This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.

Pokemon = animal abuse

Posted by: James Lileks under Outstate, Technology Updated: October 9, 2012 - 12:09 PM

It’s one of those days when the slightest breeze causes a torrent of leaves. Some trees are just looking for any excuse.

 

PROTEST! Any parent whose kids went through a Pokemon phase knows the truth - the sick, sick truth - at the heart of the entire subculture. It’s cockfighting. The creatures are kept in small dark cold balls, then released into the world only to find themselves in desperate combat.

PETA agrees.

The animal rights group has launched a campaign against Pokemon Black and White 2, saying that the game condones animal cruelty and that its creatures are treated like abused animals.

 "The amount of time that Pokemon spend stuffed in pokeballs is akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to 'perform' in circuses," PETA wrote on its Web site. "But the difference between real life and this fictional world full of organized animal fighting is that Pokémon games paint rosy pictures of things that are actually horrible."

The game encourages you to stun and electrify your trainer, which is okay because he’s a person, and people are disposable in almost any form. What really counts are helpless creatures into which we can project almost anything, our own moral vanity included. Heck, especially that!

The full game - slow, dull, pedantic -  is here. Warning: because the site was coded by chimps rescued from a research facility, the game autoplays, and there’s music.

 

 

 

VIDEO Because there’s a curse word at the end, I’m not embedding this. But it’s the popular video of the moment: The rootin’ tootin’ rainstorm with the big ka-bang conclusion.

It’s 45 seconds long, which makes it rather epic-length for these things. There might be additional footage of the tree after the explosion, or the delayed reaction of the dog, but they probably held that back for the Extended Edition, or a sequel.

Here’s a video without any swearing, just screaming and a cow. It was the 34th more popular viral video of 2006.

 

 

FACT OF THE DAY This Digg link says: Underpaid Genius - 10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011. Wow: that’s an interesting statistic. I believe I will incorporate that into my toolbox of facts and figures casually inserted into a conversation with a certain authority. If anyone asks the source, I’ll just cock an eyebrow and look amused and change the subject to the number of cellphones with cameras, which makes the truth of the statistic self-evident.

But this is tumblrland, which means it’s going to be a breadcrumb trails of vias and liked and reblogged. Underpaidgeniusgoes to this tumblr, which says he got it from here, and that’s where the stat is displayed with a source - Fortune magazine - but NO LINK, because he got the quote from the print edition.

Google the phrase, and you’ll gets 16 pages of returns. (Over 16 million results, but the phrase peters out after 16 pages.) Fortune magazine online is no help, because it’s folded into money.cnn.com. So we have to take the OPs word for the quote’s veracity - and assume the article is correct. Other than that, wow! 10% of all photos ever take were shot in 2011. FACT. I guess.

 

EWWW If you’ve ever wondered “hey, if I win a python in a roach-eating contest, and I die from eating roaches, is the python considered part of my estate, and thereby something my heirs can claim?” The answer is yes.

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