If a 1500 word summary of Derrida is of use to anyone, here ya go. Assigned Topic: “Derrida’s special significance lies not in the fact that he was subversive, but in the fact that he was an outright intellectual fraud.” (Mark Goldblatt) Assess this claim, but in a way that shows you have made a … More Spectres of Derrida – The State of the Harlequin
This was an undergrad essay i’m dumping here. The set topic was ‘Describe Kierkegaard’s argument for taking a leap of faith. Evaluate its strengths/weaknesses. What do you think? Give reasons.’ Abraham and Isaac at the End of History: Kierkegaard and the Despairing Absolute A libertine, an accountant and a priest walk into a bar. They … More Kierkegaard and the Despairing Absolute: Abraham and Isaac at the End of History
Hexen is a fantasy first person shooter made by Raven Software and published by Id Software/GT Interactive. It was released in 1995. Hexis (ἕξις) is a Greek term referring to a person’s ‘character’, expressed somewhere between a ‘possession’ and a ‘state’ of being. Used by Aristotle and later deployed by French Sociologist Bourdieu, hexis shares … More AN ANALYSIS OF HEXEN WITH HEXIS
[Never topical, never on time. I wrote this the night after seeing Star Wars VIII. Now it’s no longer relevant, my self-disgust has reached an ambient enough level to actually publish it.] Not to repeat myself, but It should never be far from mind that the Jedi are an ancient aristocratic order of religious monarchists, … More Star Wars VIII: The Last Praxis
Let’s All Love Max. Initially, i found Life is Strange to be a sprawling, poorly written, pandering, scattered mess. My take on it will be no better, But i need to write up something soon, before the sequel swallows the franchise into something even further beyond my grasp. (Edit: I assumed playing Before the Storm … More Life, is. (Strange)
(Rogue One came out in my country a week or so ago. In celebration of how little i can be bothered with it, here’s an utterly useless and untimely analysis of the Force Awakens.) (Small disclaimer: i wrote most of this post before the news of Carrie Fisher’s death. My personal attacks against Leia aren’t … More The War Economy Awakens: Thanatos and Hegemony in Star Wars.
So I tried Fallout 4 recently. By which I mean I mostly sat on a coach and watched someone else play it. It’s not relevant to any of this, but i’m still navigating just how much truth is a virtue in blog-posting. Anyway. I was mostly apathetic about the game’s release; while New Vegas had … More Fallout 4 and Gone Home: Agency as Tide in Videogames.
This review has some spoilers for Dr Strange. If you think Marvel films can be spoiled, don’t read it. It’s a Friday evening. You’re bored. You meet up with a couple of friends to see Marvel’s latest blockbuster. You were unsure whether to bother, but the ridiculously high ratings convinced you. Line up. Get popcorn, … More Marvel as Time Loop: Dr Strange at the End of History
One day, you decided to identify as a writer. You don’t actually write anything of course, (which in itself is already a cliché,) but still, sometimes you do bubble up fragments of half-formed witticisms, a handful of which you decide could probably strung together into a pseudo-narrative, or at least an essay, and the … More i thought i should do an introductory post. i regret it.
This post doesn’t really offer any new hopes or ideas, but is just another gaseous addition to a growing pile of venting. But, being in England immediately Post-Brexit, something resonated with Trump’s victory. Probably a global death knell, but still. While initially, with Brexit, i had some tragic hope the plunge into the self evisceration … More Trump and Brexit: Politics of nightmare, and the rationality of mass irrationality.