VR and Nausea

By Brian Lancaster Disclaimer: I’ve never tried a VR headset, nor do I care about about VR. The closest thing to virtual reality I’ve tried was back in 1995 when I was a kid in a Circuit City trying out a Virtual Boy — some Mario game that was a huge leap backwards and just…

Why Colossal Cave Holds Up

By Brian Lancaster Enter house, get torch, exit house, north, XYZZY. The first text adventure (also known as interactive fiction) to ever be created, was called Colossal Cave Adventure (1977), in which a sentence parser broke down the player’s commands into verbs, direct objects, and indirect objects with a preposition (the subject is always assumed…

Oliver Stone’s a Scholar

By Brian Lancaster Oliver Stone was a guy who volunteered for Vietnam, flew to Mexico after the war with two ounces of Vietnamese weed, got arrested at the border, and later dosed his Republican father with LSD. Despite having no formal history education, Stone is an expert on shady American history. According to a new…

Who Built the Pyramids?

By Brian Lancaster Did Charlton Heston really build the Great Pyramids of Giza while shirtless, glistening, and getting whipped? The Ten Commandments movie (1956) was set during the reign of Ramses II, long after the pyramids were built. The slaves weren’t building the pyramids in the movie, but the film has certainly contributed to the…

Charles Manson and the CIA?

By Brian Lancaster Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is an alternate history dealing with the Manson family murders. In the movie, the infamous psycho hippie appears briefly only one time without a single line of dialogue, snooping around the Polanski residence on Cielo Drive in the hills, witnessed by Brad…

Apocalyptic Virus Lit

By Brian Lancaster I was ready to party last week and spread my germs around, then the second spike hit and I am stuck at home writing about post-apocalyptic virus literature set in the Bay Area. No zombies, no ridiculous Resident Evil mutants from some bioweapon that makes abosutely no sense. Just a plague that…

RAW

By Brian Lancaster Have you ever talked to someone who is living in a separate universe than yourself, like when you are drinking an Arrogant Bastard ale with a Trump voter on Amtrak? To paraphrase Robert Anton Wilson, most people believe their minds exist inside the universe, whereas it might be vice versa. This is…