Ramble aided by lack of sleep.
Skyrim. I cracked. Reading all the people gushing about it was too much. I wanted to pick flowers and catch butterflies too, damn it. This is the first time I’ve bought a game shortly after release in a very long time. If it’s not good I may cry as I’m not a rich person and games are expensive. I feel so damn old when I say that. It used to be that I’d reason that I’d easily spend more in a night out than on a computer game and the games keep me entertained for far longer. This is still true, but I don’t really go out that much anymore so it feels like an excuse for spending that amount of money on something I shouldn’t. It is really I guess. However, I have just finished reading book five of A Song of Ice and Fire and if I don’t have some kind of fantasy world to escape to I fear I may go mad.
I’m also a total pushover when it comes to game advertising. Everytime I happen to see an advert for a shiny new computer game I instantly pay attention to the television and make ‘oooh’ noises. No matter what the game is. They certainly have me sussed. The bastards.
China: ‘We will not allow your baby to live’
Steven Mosher was a Stanford University anthropologist working in rural China who witnessed some of the early, disturbing moments of Beijing’s One Child Policy.
“I remember very well the evening of 8 March, 1980. The local Communist Party official in charge of my village came over waving a government document. He said: ‘The Party has decided to impose a cap of 1% on population growth this year.’ He said: ‘We’re going to decide who’s going to be allowed to continue their pregnancy and who’s going to be forced to terminate their pregnancy.’ And that’s exactly what they did.”
“These were women in the late second and third trimester of pregnancy. There were several women just days away from giving birth. And in my hearing, a party official said: ‘Do not think that you can simply wait until you go into labour and give birth, because we will not allow your baby to live. You will go home alone’.”
Edit: This is possibly the most disturbing thing I’ve ever read.
I have no idea what to do with this tumblr thing. The name ‘tumblr’ always makes me think of some kind of gymnastics class for toddlers though.