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Got my review for the Ryubix Manor adventure up on my blog. A nice mega-location adventure from Second Thought Games. I have to give them two thumbs up on this one. Here is the link:
Tower of David: the World’s Tallest Slum | Via
The Tower of David is an abandoned unfinished skyscraper in the center of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, that is now home to more than 3,000 squatters, who have turned the 45-story skyscraper into the world’s tallest slum.
Construction of the building, originally called “Centro Financiero Confinanzas” and nicknamed the “Tower of David”, after its developer, David Brillembourg, was started in 1990 and was to become a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future. It is the third highest skyscraper in the country. But a banking crisis brought those plans to an abrupt halt in 1994. The government took control over the building and construction was never completed. The building has no elevators, no installed electricity or running water, no balcony railing and windows and even walls in many places.
In 2007, a group of squatters took over the building, and it quickly gained notoriety as a hotbed of crime and drugs. Despite this, residents have managed to build a comfortable and self sustaining community complete with basic utility services such as electricity and water that reaches all the way up to the 22nd floor. Lifts being absent, residents can use motorcycles to travel up and down the first 10 floors, but must use the stairs for the remaining levels. Inside the building’s long hallways there are warehouses, clothing stores, beauty parlours, a dentist and day-care centers. Some residents even have cars, parked inside of the building’s parking garage. Some seven hundred families comprising over 3,000 residents live in the tower today.
Commentary Time. There’s a lot of variations on this theme of how you think of people who support you and your depression. Are they lying? Misinformed? Lacking common sense? Etc, etc … whatever rationalization we can give them for being supportive of someone undeserving as us. It’s a bit uncomfortable, and many of us tend to retreat when this happens, fearing discovery of our undeserving status, mistrust, or guilt.
The freckled character is a mixed bag. She has become more supportive over the course of the strip mainly to model positive support, especially since most interactions with the non-depressed are kind of negative. Sadly, she is not meant to be a person who exists but as a counterpoint to other characters who are baffled, bewildered, and belligerent.
Found this a while back on Deviant Art but I’ve think I saved the link to the right place in the wrong folder. Some really great design work here and I’ve been a Nausicaa fan for a long time (ever since the hacked up US release called Warriors of the Wind).
But I was also thinking that this would make a great ‘character sheet’ set up for a video game. Equipment currently carried shown in the spinning circle behind the profile, the pics at the bottom represent the current quest lines or goals. Stuff like that.
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Many years ago, when I was still in high school I believe (it’s been a while trust me) I loved messing with pictures with ink, paint and whatever else I could find. This one in particular was one of my favorites.
I chopped up a Tron story book, something I regret now, for the base picture of Flynn at his keyboard. Then I modded him up all cyberpunk style. This was before photoshop or nearly any other sort of photo manipulation programs were available outside of a production studio.
Appleseed Alpha - Trailer #appleseed
Nice to see a new Appleseed movie… but I’m not to sure with the new ‘look’. Kinda liked the way the other CGI movies over the style of this one.
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