Friday Night Fragments #9

Final blog stats for 2014:

  • 54,340 views
  • 21,342 unique visitors
  • 76 posts
  • 95 likes
  • 273 comments
  • WordPress tells me that this blog has been seen in 119 countries, though I suspect that number is artificially inflated by people using proxies and other such things. Top ten countries were (in descending order):
    • United States
    • United Kingdom
    • Canada
    • Australia
    • Germany
    • Sweden
    • Brazil
    • The Netherlands
    • Finland
    • Croatia

This is quite a bit more attention than I ever expected when I started blogging in August 2013. I am looking forward to seeing what kinds of numbers I can put up in 2015.

I had the realization last night that this blog needed a new look. The old theme was meant to evoke the perception of scribblings on a parchment scroll, but it hit me that it wasn’t making this blog look rustic so much as tired, and so “The Legionnaire” now has a crisper, sexier look in 2015.

I wish I could recall the name of the game I am about to describe (and I wish I could remember where I learned about it), but sadly it just isn’t coming to me. The game is set up such that one player is the pope and the others represent various renaissance-era Italian states. Players that displease the pope can be excommunicated, but the pope’s power is dependent on the number of people who have not been excommunicated. If one player is excommunicated, then he is the clear loser. If too many are excommunicated, then the pope is the loser.

One of the best things we can hope for in this day and age is that the pope excommunicates everybody, by which I mean to say that the current moral guardians drop the hammer on too many people and find themselves without allies. This trend would be especially helpful if it became high status to be purged, although for that to happen the current elites will have to prove themselves beyond doubt to be a joke and the excommunicated will need to build institutions of their own that are well-regarded enough as to be able to confer status.

It seem worth briefly touching on “The Legend of Korra”, as there’s been quite a kerfuffle surrounding it ever since the series finale, which culminated in a not-so-ambiguous moment involving the two leading female characters. The end result is that a lot of people are retroactively declaring their love for the series and completely forgetting how much they’ve been complaining about it for the past 2 – 3 seasons.

Some on the right have been complaining about this “unexpected” leap for the characters. For what it’s worth, it’s been obvious since season three that the creators were leaving the door open to spring this on us. I guess you either sensed it or you didn’t.

Why did they feel the need to do this? I suspect it was a gamble to pump some creative spark into a show that had been slowly dying and had shown that it was incapable of living up to its predecessor.

The first season was a delight to watch. It was bold, it was fresh, and well-paced. It was a darker and more vivid reboot of “The Last Airbender” that was without doubt was a worthy successor to the original series. The season finale had one or two questionable moments, but there were easily overlooked in favor of the dramatic and thrilling events that dazzlingly wrapped up the story. The beginning of season two introduced the show’s strongest and most delightful character and promised a spectacular extravaganza that would blow season one out of the water.

And yet, somehow, somewhere, it all went wrong. Characters that had once been interesting became lifeless and flat. Characters that had once been competent were now idiot goofballs. The show had no idea where to go and what to do with itself anymore. It settled into a lackluster funk, and everyone knew it.

They tried to fight this with season three, which was a pathetic attempt not worth mentioning. Season four was their last chance to resuscitate the show, and while it was a better attempt than season three, it was still a shadow of its former self. The series finale was actually better than I thought it would be, but it only looked so bright in comparison to the lifeless season that preceded it.

Ending the series on a lesbian note was a desperate attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes and prevent them from noticing that a once rich and fulfilling show had rotted from the inside and was nothing more than a shell of its former self.

Of course, isn’t that really what popular culture is all about?

FINAL VERDICT: The Legend of Korra would have done better to quite while it was ahead and finish up after its first season (as was originally intended).

This twitter thread caught my eye the other day. I recommend giving the whole thing a quick read.

I mention MBTI a lot on this blog (especially during fragments) and this was pretty funny, so it only seemed fitting to link it. I have to question some of the things they say, though. In my experience, ENTPs and ENTJs have a tendency to grate on each other, which tends to put a damper on how well they work together. It’s quite a shame, really, because they can very dangerous when they manage to work together.

Of course, about a third of the time, they hit it off and gel with each other really well. There’s not really any sort of rhyme, reason, or middle ground to it. Life is weird sometimes.

Building neoreaction. Doing neoreaction. Applying neoreaction. 2015 is going to be the year in which people really begin to demarcate the differences among those three things. More on this soon.

You demonstrate how proficient you are at games like chess by working within the rules. You demonstrate how proficient you are at the game of life by breaking the right rules at the right times in the right ways.

I suppose I should make some predictions for 2015.  Here’s the best I’ve got:

2015 will be the year in which real progress is made on the Antiversity, and we probably won’t realize it at the time.

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3 thoughts on “Friday Night Fragments #9

  1. Max 01/05/2015 / 2:56 AM

    quite while it was ahead

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