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March 2008 Archives

March 31, 2008

My favorite poetry discussion

I was doing some ego surfing just now and I stumbled across this old forum thread about poetry by yours truly.  The real discussion continues for about 3 pages after my inital post (as linked).  It's a very old thread, so don't register on that site & post replies or anything.  But I am proud of the nuanced conversation we had about what poetry is, what kind of standards it needs to maintain, and how subjective the whole process should be.

March 30, 2008

Top 5 cool things in Platter's Planescape: Torment pages

Planescape: Torment is probably the best role-playing game ever made.  Don't let the word "torment" throw you off – at its core, this a bittersweet game about regret and forgiveness.

Annah in green

Platter was a guy who hacked Planescape: Torment (in a good way).  He fixed bugs, stabilized the gameplay, and so on.  Unfortunately, he dropped off the Internet in 2007, and his Web site was lost.  As I was going through an old backup, I found a copy of his entire Web site, which I recently put back online.  Now that I've gone through it, I want to share with you the 5 coolest things I've found.

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March 25, 2008

Finally, I have to leave this here.

For roughly two months, I have kept a tab open in my Firefox Web browser.  It contains one of the saddest Web pages I have ever seen.  I do not mean that the code or design or CSS is wonky.  I mean that it displays a heartbreaking image from a photo journalism contest.  The photo breaks me down into tears every time I glance at it.  I haven't been able to close the tab.  I shut down Firefox, but when it starts back up the next day, it reloads the tabs.  Every time, this image of this boy is there.  This broken, six year-old boy who looks so much like my own six year-old boy.  And every time I see it, I cannot stop thinking of the cruelty of this life, the fact that we have been robbed of life that never had a chance to flourish.

I need to make peace with the photograph.  I need to find some way to resolve my feelings about it.  The only thing I can think to do is to link to the photograph, to make this the funeral for everything wrong with the image that I cannot get out of my head.  And after I make this post, I will close the tab, and then I will go and kiss my son as he sleeps, and I will thank God that he is still with me.

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