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Mass Effect and the Problem of Narrative in Video Games

Narrative is tricky thing even in the complete freedom of a short story or other written medium. It needs to be streamlined enough to allow a fluent story but also show the characters making choices that seem real within the … Continue reading

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Silence

A drop, not the sink, too far away, uninteresting. Car in the distance, not slow or fast, just moving, boring. Pipes creaking, for no reason, not even old, pointless. Teeth grinding, just a bit, noise in my skull, annoying. The … Continue reading

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five haikus in motion

Events in the middle of the flow set in motion. Past climbing up my throath being done waiting. Decision made in a possible hurry of the regrets. Burning flickers with a long shadow in serenity. Can’t stop now the movement … Continue reading

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Worldmap Update

Haven’t renewed that in a while:

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Moscow

Moscow in the clouds. And I don’t mean the good kind. I mean the nasty wildfire smoke clouds. We arrived early afternoon, but the smoke made it look very dark, like very very late afternoon. The streets were mostly empty, … Continue reading

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Novosibirsk and Onward

Next train ride, another overnight, to Novosibirsk, but the first one without a border crossing. Train was nice, but nothing special. We only had one compartment companion, a very quite man, who didn’t speak English and was also not very … Continue reading

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Irkutsk

Irkutsk looks like Berlin! Here we were in the middle of Asia, but I was feeling like walking around in a typical European city build in the 19th century. Wide streets, Jugendstil buildings together with Plattenbauten. So very different than … Continue reading

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Border #2

Oh my, no wonder this train right is so long. We first sat for several hours on the Mongolian side of the border without much happening at all. A Mongolian woman and her son asked us if they could hang … Continue reading

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Train #2

Second train, Ulan Bator to Irkutsk, actually a shorter trip by distance then Beijing – but there is a Russian border and crossing takes a lot of time apparently. The Russian portion of the train (aka the part actually allowed … Continue reading

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Mongolia

It was only two and a half days in Mongolia, but it was quite an impressive stop. Ulan Bator (UB) is a mix out of modern city (main city square, parliament and surrounding buildings), run down communist buildings (2nd circle … Continue reading

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