It is my belief that capturing the reality of North Korea through purely rational means is impossible.
Check out the video of the Nordic Larp Talks event in Stockholm recently. It’s almost two hours, but well worth your time if you’re interested in larp. It features many of the luminaries of the Nordic larp scene, such as Jaakko Stenros, Markus Montola, Johanna Koljonen, Emma Wieslander, Peter Munthe-Kaas and Martin Ericksson.
This is a video by Mark Holthusen of the Tiger Lillies song Living Hell. Tiger Lillies is a wonderful, wonderful band.
Non-fiction: Richard E. Byrd: Alone (Island Press, 1938/2003)
This was one of the last Antarctic classics I had yet to read, an account of Admiral Byrd’s stay alone in 1934 at the Advance Base weather station. Staying alone through the Antarctic winter proved to be hazardous, and most of the time Byrd had to struggle with long-term carbon monoxide poisoning brought about by bad ventilation and running gasoline engines indoors.
It’s a good book, well worth its reputation. Although he makes effort to justify himself, Byrd seems more emotionally honest in his writing than predecessors like Scott and Shackleton.
At one point, stricken with weakness, Byrd contemplates why he has to risk death like this. He asks whether he could be a Martyr of Science, but discards the idea because he himself has no real idea what the work he does means. He does the observations, but doesn’t know why. It’s curiously like a workingman’s dilemma. Even though Byrd was an upper class man, he describes himself as a “jobber of science”.
More books about Byrd’s expeditions will probably appear here later.
I spotted the link to this in the irc. It’s described as a “non-official video” for the Zombie Zombie song Driving, directed by Simon Gesler and Xavier Ehretsmann. It manages to combine a whole load of things I love, from French electro and Antarctica to the G.I. Joe toys and the John Carpenter movie the Thing.
In a nice touch, the action figures used in the stop motion animation are all really classic. I used to have that same Outback figure before I gave it to my little brother.
By my brother…
TV1 Sunnuntai klo 9.05 10.2.2008
Isä, poika ja roolipeli. Heikki ja Erik Kasurinen harrastavat yhdessä larppausta eli liveroolipelaamista. Millainen vaikutus sillä on isän ja pojan suhteeseen? Teksti-TV 333.
“Mites avovaimo suhtautuu siihen, että mies ravaa metsissä?”
“No avovaimo ravaa myös.”
Tätä katsoessa sitä ajattelee, että roolipelaamisen ja larppaamisen käsittely mediassa on kehittynyt melkoisen paljon viimeisen kymmenen vuoden aikana.
Komsomolin lapsikuoron helmiä, vuodelta 1973.