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Monkey Island

When I was a kid I was really into the PC game MONKEY ISLAND. I used to play it a lot.

In year eight at school (age thirteen) we had an ICT project where you had to design a marketing campaign, of sorts, for a film. You had to provide detailed info about all the characters, the plot etc etc. I don’t really remember the ins and outs of the task, I just remember you had to pick a film though and stick with it throughout your project.

I think it says a lot about what an obnoxious child I was, that I refused to pick a film and instead chose to make my project about MONKEY ISLAND. I was met with no resistance so, unlike everyone else who did their projects on films (as intended) I did mine about a trilogy of video games.

I encountered various problems along the way – largely because all the guidelines for the project were aimed at film campaigns. I seem to remember it was a project we worked on for ages, maybe three months or something. I wonder if anyone actually read what we were doing, because I have a feeling my project was something like 60 A4 pages long.

I remember really enjoying being able to include images of the characters:

Unfortunately I don’t think Youtube was on my radar so much as a 13 year old in 2003, or else I’d definitely have listened to the theme music on repeat -

It’s just TOO GOOD!

I do remember a point during the project where my confidence in my selection of project topic wavered, but I was too deep in to start again.

This fansite has been on the internet for yonks, and I used it massively as my main resource during the project.

I played the beginning of each of the three games countless times, but I only completed them once or twice each. In Monkey Island three I seem to remember being stuck inside a snake for literally weeks. I spent so long clicking around the screen.

Got out though. Natch.

 

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Reading List

Reading 2013: books so far.

Nana    Emile Zola    1880
The Road    Cormac McCarthy    2006
Sons and Lovers    D.H. Lawrence    1913
The Year of Magical Thinking    Joan Didion     2005
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man    James Joyce    1916
The Fall    Albert Camus    1956
A Confederacy of Dunces    John Kennedy Toole    1980
Notes From Underground    Fyodor Dostoevsky    1864
Infinite Jest    David Foster Wallace    1996
The Sun Also Rises    Ernest Hemingway    1925
Wise Blood    Flannery O’Connor    1952
Night and Day     Virginia Woolf    1919
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter    Simone De Beauvoir    1958

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1904

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Do Not Sing

I have read Ulysses and Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man but am yet to read the famously lyrical/nonsensical Finnegans Wake… I was thinking about it this evening, how I would like to read it soon; and I wondered if Joyce has any poetry, to tide me by in the interim. Lo, he does! And it is beautiful. Very sweet and easy.

Here are two nice ones:

Gentle Lady, Do Not Sing

Gentle lady, do not sing
Sad songs about the end of love;
Lay aside sadness and sing
How love that passes is enough.

Sing about the long deep sleep
Of lovers that are dead, and how
In the grave all love shall sleep:
Love is aweary now.

At That Hour

At that hour when all things have repose,
O lonely watcher of the skies,
Do you hear the night wind and the sighs
Of harps playing unto Love to unclose
The pale gates of sunrise?

When all things repose, do you alone
Awake to hear the sweet harps play
To Love before him on his way,
And the night wind answering in antiphon
Till night is overgone?

Play on, invisible harps, unto Love,
Whose way in heaven is aglow
At that hour when soft lights come and go,
Soft sweet music in the air above
And in the earth below.

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Les Mepris (1963) Jean-Luc Godard

This film is so wonderful and beautiful.

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