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Joe: October 28, 2002:

When you really look at it, the English language is really fscked up!

But before we get to that, let's talk about some more mundane matters... like page views and PR. Yes, our hunger for new readers is acting up again (well I really can't speak for Laura, but my hunger for new readers is definitely causing my creative belly to rumble). So, I'm asking our current loyal(?) readership for some help. Please spread the word about Radical Dreamers. Also, if you have any advertising (man, that word seems dirty for some reason) ideas, please drop us an e-mail or post to the forum. Thanks in advance.

Secondly, on the weird-search-engine-hit front, my plan to get more random people to visit by putting strange references in my rant has met with very little success... okay, it's met with no success. However, the searches that do hit on this site are getting stranger and stranger. Apparently, lots of people want to know how to speak like pirates. Who knew! I can sympathize though. I've always wanted to be a pirate (arrrr matey). We also had one person who was looking specifically for "Mosh Mosh Revolution". For those of you who don't know, "Mosh Mosh Revolution" was a parody of "Dance Dance Revolution" that showed up in a MegaTokyo strip a while ago (back when Largo was still involved with that comic... I'm pretty sure that was one of his contributions). I don't know if the person doing the search was looking for that particular MT strip, or if he was under the assumption that it was a real game. It would be pretty cool if it were a real game.

Okay, now on to the actual rantage that's relevant to the teaser line above. I mentioned that I've been working on creating the language (or a conlang for those who are into this type of thing) for the Tacoran (Briev's race). I have the phonology and alphabet done and am tackling the syntax and grammar now. In doing this, I'm starting by translating simple English sentences into Tacoran. I knew it was a bad omen when I chose "See Spot run." as my first sentence to translate. Just take a look at this explanation. Now, how screwed up is that?!?!?! I mean, are kids who are starting to read really going to realize that "Run is an abbreviated present participle, and the sentence should really read, 'Do you see Spot running?'"? And don't even get me started on "To be or not to be". Shakespeare be damned! Well, okay, it's not really his fault. He's just another hapless victim of the bastard nature of the English language. And things just keep getting worse. Just take a look at leet speak. Now I have been known to slip into 1337 5p33|< when an occasion warrants it (it drives Laura nuts), but only in limited doses. Also, I like to believe I have a decent enough grasp of English grammar that I can bend those rules a little and still remain coherent. However, in this age of text messaging and the ubiquitous internet, some people are barely coherent when typing normally (just check out some of the user comments to the yahoo news site stories). I think it may already be too late for English. If this keeps up, I'm going to have to start using Chinese as a reference (but the only Chinese I know is Cantonese which is almost as bastardized as English ... I lose... fatality!).

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Laura: October 28, 2002:

To begin with, since I'm writing this rant after the actual update, I couldn't help but notice that today (Monday) our hits rose up to over 400 people and the day's not done. Wow. That's almost as many people as we've gotten in a month. A good deal of our hits seem to be coming from F.O.G.Club, which plugged us today. Dennis, you rock. Thanks for making us feel really good.

So anyway, I'm back. Not that I was anywhere else this week, but obviously I didn't do my little rant thing last week. Mostly it was out of shame for updating late last week(hehe) and I had been doing so well the last couple weeks (sigh). I wanted to behave myself since our readership has gone up a signifigant notch but I just wasn't feeling well last week, so I had been dragging my feet on the page. Sorry. But honestly, I don't always have something to talk about, so there will probably be weeks where I don't have much to say, but I try not to miss two in a row.

I'm so excited. I bought Wild ARMS 3 this weekend. I know that it's not that most remarkable or original series but it's combo of western and fantasy has a special place in my heart. It's been a little while since I bought a Playstation game, and even a little longer since I've actually played one. I picked up Grandia 2 a few months back, but I haven't had the urge to play it yet. And Toys R Us was a having a buy two get one free special on their games so I might just weaken and pick up three more games. I've been eyeing Devil May Cry for a while now, and with the sequel coming up, I should probably get in there and play that sucker. I've also been hearing good things about Suikoden 3, and I may or may not pick up Legend of Legaia 2. Wow, so many sequels....speaking of sequels, hear about FF X-2? What's up with Yuna? She looks so...Tomb Raiderish. I know that comparison has been made a thousand times since the promo images started appearing, but one can't help but think of Lara Croft. Not that it's a bad thing in itself, but it seems a bit out of character for Yuna (Her clothes and guns actually made me think a little of WA3's Virginia Maxwell, since they have that western flare). It's possible that Yuna's changed a lot in the two years that pass between the original game and the sequel, and as long as Square makes it believable I'll be happy. My only other concern was how much the actual story ties in with the original. I know that's probably not a concern for everyone, but I'm not sure I'd care as much about the story if it were entirely separate or had little to do with the events of FFX. I heard the reasons for Yuna's adventure have something to do with Tidus, so I guess we'll see. But seeing as Square owns my soul, I guess I'll be playing the game anyway, so what's the use?

Anyway, Halloween's almost upon us. Unfortunately the only thing I have to look forward to is being the dispatcher of candy to little hellions....er, the charming tots that go trick-or-treating. I live in the cultural pit (as I've grown accustomed to calling it) of NJ, so there's really not much else for me to do. I'm going to spruce up the house a bit (hello fake cotton spider webs) and carve some pumpkins (with oni faces!). Of course there is cable. There are a ton of cool movies on this weekend. AMC is having a Monsterfest, complete with a Godzilla mini-marathon (yay!) and of course, what Halloween season is complete without the Rocky Horror Picture Show?

As of lately I have especially had the urge to break out my Evil Dead movies. I love Bruce Campbell, I really do. Perhaps I've been thinking of him because he seems to be everywhere as of lately. He has a one page interview in the back of this month's Wizard magazine and he did a introduction for the TP of Dangergirl that came out recently. He also cameoed in Spider-Man, which I'll be picking up this Friday most likely. The guy's everywhere. He's just this cool king of everyman. I often find myself watching some weird sci-flick on TV and saying, "Hey, isn't that Bruce Campbell." He seems so down to earth (in a weird campy sort of way) and that chin! Of course, Bruce as Ash will always be my favorite.

So I think that about makes up for my missed rant last week. I hope you guys have a fun Halloween, and remember.....Shop smart, shop S-Mart.

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