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Felix Atagong's Unfinished Projects

Felix Atagong's Unfinished Projects

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Iggy Triptychs

Penumbra (2006 Tech Demo) Walkthrough

Penumbra (2006 Tech Demo) Walkthrough

Pink Floyd Pie Chart Quiz

Shot Online Calculator - Starting Page

Syd A Choo Choo

The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit

The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit

The Other Room

2009

2-0-0-9

When I opened my eyes and went to work I knew that 2009 was going to be business as usual. At Brussels train station ‘North’ the monitor at platform 7 was still out of order, as it was before Christmas. I felt strangely relieved when I accepted the fact that the Belgian railway company NMBS, with its 38 522 employees, can’t find a repairman or that there isn’t one single spare monitor in their stock for any of their 582 train stations. But on the other hand the Belgian railway company is...

A Bay of Hope

Last week a professional rock memorabilia seller put some pictures for sale that he described as: 4 X ORIGINAL MICK ROCK PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AND PRINTED IN 1974 SHOWING SYD IN HIS FLAT WITH PAINTED BOARDS The 4 prints show Syd Barrett in his apartment and date from The Madcap Laughs photo sessions where both Mick Rock and Storm Thorgerson showed up. The most recent article at The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit explains that: ¤ the pictures date from 1969, not 1974¤ belong to the Hipgnosis...

A Bay of Hope (update)

In a previous post at The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit the Reverend tried to catalogue the different pictures that were made in Syd Barrett’s flat for the so-called The Madcap Laughs sessions. The latest entry adds some updates to this story with testimonies from:Dark Globe who met Storm Thorgerson andBeate S. who spoke to Mick Rock about these matters. Further on there is some important Church news instigated by the Church's arctic coven and several galleries have been updated. What are you...

Addenda and Errata with Gala and Gretta

The Reverend’s last post was rather freewheeling and not always up to par. For one mystical reason or another Iggy’s divine intervention didn’t come through, possibly hindered a bit by an abundance of pints of that black stuff that tastes so good by the gallon. So it is time to clear things up, like the surge in that same glass, although what remains isn’t crystal clear at all but rather a dark shade of ruby. This tintillating new article reveals:a few things about Rusty and Gret(t)a;the better...

Ancient Warfare

This page contains some visitor's statistics that will be daily updated for a week seven days period: complete. A couple of years ago I was interested in Mark Overmars’ Game Maker utility because I had this concept that would blow the complete game industry to pieces. I tried several game creators but always reverted to Game Maker, I subscribed to the forum and asked some silly newbie questions, I downloaded the complete tutorial (and the software itself, obviously), started learning its...

And Another Thing... or two...

I am not very fond of the end of the year, partly because everybody wants you to be happy, which I am, by definition, not. Another recurring nightmare are the end of the year lists that are published everywhere and the New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. So I had decided not to publish such a list, but then… OpenTTD 1.00 OpenTTD, probably the best game in the world, has put a first beta for version 1.0.0 on their website. With this version you can run OpenTTD without the...

Andy Hughes (1965 - 2009): gone to Orblivion

Put your head phones on to cover the sound of the bulletsClose your eyes not to see the children dyingStop breathing to avoid the fumesEscape with The Orb into a wonder landWhere no one dies... Trash, To Nat Or Not To Nat, e-mail, 2003-04-10. The sad news started sipping in on Tuesday and wasn't immediate denied, nor confirmed by those who have a direct telephone line with The Orb, always a bad sign. Andy Hughes, band member from 1995 to 2001, had died from cancer. Following the true Orbian tradition of...

Annual Easter Rant (2009)

I am writing these lines while the pope is doing his yearly humbug in about sixty different languages. He started saying something about Saulus from Tarsus, probably the first roman-catholic tyrant around as that bloke merely changed the first letter of his name but not his manners. Of course I thank god (that’s a joke, obviously) for letting me live in a country where I can write these things without being sentenced to death by a bunch of people who like to walk around in dresses. Not that I am an...

Anoraks and Pontiacs

Although Iggy is the prototype of the vanishing girl we know quite a lot of her through the bits and pieces that have survived that big black hole also knows as the Sixties. In November 1966, when she was (about) 21 or 22 years old she appeared at The Bend party that was affiliated with the television show Ready Steady Go! And there was of course her apparition in a 1967-ish documentary, called IN-Gear, hinting that Iggy was seeking fame and fortune as a model or an actress. Unfortunately enough it seems...

ArianeB 5.50 final and finally!

Update : the latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one  “Back with a much anticipated Dating Sim update.”, is the short and sharp message from the ArianeB blog. Unfinished Projects had already revealed that for the past couple of months the online 5.0 version of ArianeB (or Virtually Date Ariane) was slowly being upgraded, but now it is finally official that version 5.5 can be downloaded for offline gameplay as...

ArianeB 5.8

ArianeB, also known as Virtually Date Ariane or Ariane’s Dating Simulator Game and all other permutations of the words Ariane, virtual, dating, simulation and game (just trying to score a bit higher at Google here) has been upgraded to version 5.8. This version has got 94 new (or updated) html pages and 66 new (or updated) images The update was, according to its maker, necessary because there was a certain inconsistency in the previous ending scenarios: In an effort to open up the ending a bit,...

ArianeB 6.0

It was already known for some time at the Shark’s Lagoon community that the online version of ArianeB (or Virtually Date Ariane or Ariane Barnes or Ariane Brodie) was slowly, but Shirley, changing. Ariane’s bathroom had been reshaped and there was now an extra, albeit rather disappointing, shower scene that could be triggered (you could rub her back, but the graphics didn't have the sublime quality we were used to have). I was preparing a new post to tell the news to the many ArianeB...

ArianeB UP 16 (game add-on)

Arnulf is not only is a valid contributor at Shark’s Lagoon, but an ArianeB (aka Virtually Date Ariane) fan as well. He is the main force behind a popular ArianeB add-on, taking care of some bugs in the original game and adding some new situations as well. He also pointed me in the right direction for some of the revised walkthroughs on this site. Thanks to his helpful tips two of my walkthroughs were updated last week:The martini bug... Photoshoot by the Lake (alternative scenarios) ...

Babylon By Bus

I don’t read a lot of books anymore like I used to. An iPod in the ear and a game driven smartphone has replaced the pile of printed letters that some people refer to as a book. On top of that my right eye, the good one, is slowly dying on me. At the local hospital they stuck a needle through the lens and injected some oily substance. For a minute or so it made me the centre of a highly personal Mike Leonard’s light workshop but that is all the fun there was as for the next couple of...

Bad Moon Rising

This blog has been made with Thingamablog that recently resurfaced with a new beta version after nearly two years silence. Since September Thingamablog, TAMB for short, has issued four beta versions in the 1.5 series and hopefully we will see a RC (release candidate) soon, but as there are still some bugs to sort out, it can still take a little while. The strong point about TAMB is that it creates static webpages that behave like a dynamic blog. Although all hosting companies offer php and MySQL enabled...

Barrett: first in space!

It is a good thing that for the last few weeks I have been busy with several walkthroughs for the adventurous nookie monster ArianeB and that my review for the most recent French Syd Barrett biography, Syd Barrett, le premier Pink Floyd by Emmanuel Le Bret vegetated in that small Bermuda triangle called My Documents. Right after I had read the book my opinion about French authors was as follows; I give you an unpublished exclusive excerpt from my first draft: As long as French biographers keep on...

Catwoman

Rejoice, dear followers of the Esqimau, as The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit celebrates its first birthday. On the eight day of the eighth month of the eight year of the second Millenium the Church was born. In the summer of 2006 Denis Combet, professor at Brandon University, wrote a collection of poems as a tribute to the musician and painter Roger Keith Barrett who passed away in Cambridge on the 7th of July 2006. The poems describe fragments of Barrett’s life, his youth, his hometown, his friends and...

Cheap Tricks

The best Pink Floyd book I've read in years is of course Mark Blake's Pigs Might Fly. Don't tell this to his friends and relatives but I know from a reliable source that he prays at the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit from time to time. The funniest book about the Floyd are the memoirs, not of Nick gentleman drummer boy Mason, although they are good for a chuckle or two, crusty apple pie indeed, but those of Guy Pratt. About a third of My Bass and Other Animals colours pink as Guy joined the diet Floyd,...

Chimera Arts (2)

The producer and editor of the Iggy Eskimo Girl movie, Sadia Sadia contacted The Holy Church if Iggy the Inuit and gave some news about Anthony Stern's Iggy Eskimo Girl movie that premiered last year. The film will probably be shown on several film festivals;it will also be submitted to the British Council for inclusion in their UK film archives, but...for the time being it will not appear in the public domain. You can read this sad article, that has a funny ending to keep up the spirits, here....

Crystal Voyager

A couple of weeks ago Chaotic placed the following message on the Shark’s Lagoon forum: Virtually Date Crystal is a game I've made myself and is similar in many aspects to Virtually Date Ariane (ArianeB). This seems to be the place to give it a public test run. It isn't quite as technical, more a direct maze of events to navigate through. There are five different endings, and if it's popular enough, I'll probably add more content. The game can be played (or downloaded, update: broken link) at...

Desiderata

ArianeB 6.1 Since a couple of weeks the dating simulator ArianeB, also known as Ariane Barnes or Virtually Date Ariane and even Ariane Brodie (sorry, just adding these synonyms to get a higher Google ranking), has been upgraded to version 6.1. The changes have been applied to the html pages alone and as far as I could check no images have been tampered with. Apart from some bug fixes the story is identical to that of version 6.0. The main difference is that Ariane’s responses, which - up till...

Eskimono

The Church of Iggy the Inuit has admirers in strange places: Anthony Stern (movie maker and photographer): "I see that you have continued to update your website and that the cult of Iggy is snowballing."Mark Blake (journalist and author of Pigs Might Fly): "Good luck with the Iggy hunt. (...) I think it's funny that nobody even knew her real name." For that matter we don’t even know if she was Eskimaux or not. The latest article delves deeper ito Iggy's roots:was Iggy...

Flesh & Drones

Does anyone remember Signs, the 2002 movie by M. Night Shyamalan? Hundreds of aliens play peek-a-boo with the world population, tension rises to Fahrenheit 451 and in the end it all comes down to the fact that these aliens urgently needed lunch and mistook ZZ9 plural Z Alpha for the restaurant at the end of the universe. What a stupid lot of alien buggers they were weren’t they? Lucky for me there still is badmovies.org that is a constant source of inspiration. Their review of Sins Of The...

Foreign Affairs

I seldom write about politics here. Because...a) the visitors of this website have a tendency to be mostly interested in pixel-combinations that appear to the mind as sparsely clad virtual girls; and, of slightly more importance to me…b) criticism on the Belgian political system immediately results in the accusation that you belong to the opposite camp (whatever that is) and…c) criticism on the Belgian political system only feeds anti-politics, so they say… What you need to know about Belgium in one...

From Dusty till Dawn

When JenS, who may well have been the person who introduced Ig to Syd Barrett, told the Church that they both went to a Dusty Springfield party the Reverend was absolutely certain that he had found a solid path to unravel more about Ig’s past. The Church found it relevant to investigate if there really had been an Ig – Dusty – Ready Steady Go! connection somewhere and if some witnesses still remember her... The latest post at The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit contains testimonies from:Douggie Reece,...

Gimme Some Golfing

Some days ago I got a mail from an Internet publicity agency that wanted to use my site to promote a new online golf simulation game. I politely thanked for that, not that I’m rich enough but a cent per click will not pay me for a Ferrari, and I meant the sunglasses. But I promised I would have a look at the game. Promise kept. I used to be a kind of a golf lunatic in the past, not the real thing of course, as a real computer nerd I hate green open airy spaces, but the digital pixelised version of that....

Horses and heroes

Time for some game updates. This post can be watched by anyone, if you are looking for some information about adult gaming, please consult Secret Fantasy Dreams or ArianeB UP 16 (game add-on). OpenTTD, the open source remake of Transport Tycoon, finally has a stable upgrade, version 0.7.0. It brings you, amongst other things: a reworked order system (with conditional orders and non-stop instructions);more engines than in previous versions;path based signals;an AI framework;downloads and automatic...

Iggy at the Gates of Dawn

It has been awfully quiet at the Iggy front. Call it spring fatigue, problems of the heart or plain laziness but the Reverend was a bit depressed. When The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit started on eight eight eight (the number of the beauty) this little blog shook and stirred like a dry martini ogling in front of Mr. James Bond. While the quest was new and aloof and thrilling enthusiasm was flowing through the Reverend’s loins it actually felt that the mission was leading somewhere, and the Head of the...

iPod Random Generator April 2009

April. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. Jump For Joy from The Passions on the iPod. Life could be much worse. Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. Give Me Back My Man, The B-52's followed by The Move. Message From The Country. I could jump for joy indeed. The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. Louise - Jona Lewie (a forgotten track from a forgotten cold wave compilation). Every month a...

iPod Random Generator August 2009

August. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. Five Miles Out from Mike Oldfield on the iPod. Life could be much worse. Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. Allez Allez, Allez Allez (Belgian new wave from the Eighties) followed by I'm Bound to Pack it Up, The White Stripes. Spoken about a timeless track. The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea - Elvis Costello...

iPod Random Generator December 2008

Also in 2008 my MySpace page will contain some useless iPod statistics. This year however my iPod will always stay in shuffle mode, in other words: the machine will decide what songs will be played. For more information: Random Blueß aka sucking for statistics. At the end of each month I will publish the ten most popular songs of the year and the ten most popular songs of the past month. For the top 10 list of the songs I've been listening to in 2008 go to http://www.myspace.com/atagong. For the top 10...

iPod Random Generator December 2009

Sometimes I think that my iPod has a mind of its own, telepathically connected to my own. I have literally made hundreds of radio programs in my angry young days, but the daring combinations the iPod randomizer presents me are quite spectacular and always always awe-inspiring. Did it know it was the end of the year? The five last songs it presented to me were:Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds followed byThe Beatles’s All You Need Is Love. Then came a suiting intermezzo with If I Could Change Your...

iPod Random Generator February 2009

February. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. Without You I'm Nothing from Placebo on the iPod. Life could be much worse. Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats followed by Iggy Pop. Cold Metal. The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. Open The Kingdom (Liquid Days, Part 2) Philip Glass. (Sometimes music can hit me so hard I'm litterally crying.) Every...

iPod Random Generator January 2009

I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. One Good Reason from Gary Moore on the ipod. Life could be worse. Also in 2009 my ipod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. Holy Smoke by Iron Maiden followed by The White Stripes. I want to be the boy to warm your mother's heart. All previous settings, apart from the song ratings have been reset on the database. Good Lovin' Grateful Dead. Every month a graph will be published here and the playlist of the month will appear on...

iPod Random Generator July 2009

July. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. Lucifer Sam from Pink Floyd on the iPod. Life could be much worse. Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. Neon Heart, The Boomtown Rats followed by Iron Maiden. Fear Of The Dark [Live At Rock In Rio]. Spoken about a timeless track. The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. One - Johnny Cash (only Cash can what Cash can). Every month a graph will be...

iPod Random Generator June 2009

June. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. The Jean Genie from David Bowie on the iPod. Life could be much worse. Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. I Travel, Simple Minds followed by The Faces. Stay With Me. Spoken about a timeless track. The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. Apologies To Pearly - ZZ Top (blues from the beards). Every month a graph will be published here, the playlist of...

iPod Random Generator March 2009

March. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. Life on Mars? from David Bowie on the iPod. Life could be much worse. Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. Homburg by Procol Harum followed by The Beatles. Baby You're a Rich Man. I feel rich indeed. The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. Eye In The Sky - The Alan Parsons Projectst. (In the mid Seventies I felt obliged to buy this Pink Floyd muzak....

iPod Random Generator May 2009

May. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. The Evil That Men Do from Iron Maiden on the iPod. Life could be much worse. Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk, Pink Floyd followed by Marilyn Manson. Disposable Teens. Spoken about disposable indeed. The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi - Air (a track so beautiful it makes the rain...

iPod Random Generator November 2009

November. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. One from Johnny Cash on the iPod. Life could be much worse. Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. Song 2, Blur (that dance floor isn't big enough for the both of us) followed by Like Clockwork, The Boomtown Rats. Tick, tock, tick, tock... The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. The Pilgrim - Iron Maiden. Every month a graph will be published here,...

iPod Random Generator October 2009

October. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. White Room from Cream on the iPod. Life could be much worse. Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. Pop Muzik, M (this band made 3 excellent consecutive singles and disappeared) followed by I feel Fine, The Beatles. Spoken about a strange combination. The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. Slow Motion - Ultravox! (Ultravox! was an early incarnation...

iPod Random Generator September 2009

September. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. Sirius from The Alan Parsons Projectst on the iPod. Life could be much worse. Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. Situatie, Doe Maar (Dutch reggae band from the Eighties) followed by I Want More, Faithless. Spoken about a strange combination. The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. Journeyman - Iron Maiden. Every month a graph will be published...

It's life, Eoin, but not as we know it...

You are in this city, that isn't your own but that you visit once or twice a year, and you know this nice little resto where they serve an excellent spaghetti carbonara. Let's have a spaghetti carbonara you hear yourself say and you stroll towards the square where the bistrot is located. The house is still there but instead of Il case di Vitollino (or something similar as you have a problem remembering the exact positions of vowels in Italian names) the place has now been called The Bull's Bollocks. When...

Lady Rachel and good girl Friday

For the second or third consecutive week I didn’t see a reason to write an entry for my blog and what frightened me even more I didn’t care. I must suffer from a serious case of early spring tiredness. At home I play the Sims for hours and hours, so presumably I’m in a perpetual god-mode, not always appreciated by my cohabiters in real time. What does a blogger do when in need of a post but with no inspiration at all? He makes a list. Here I go. The excellent freeware sound editor Audacity has...

Leilani

Virtual Date Girls has got a new 100 MB update. The new girl is called Leilani, but the release has been done rather in a hurry, not always a good sign, and several reports at Shark’s Lagoon already mention crashes and bugs. The good news however is that some previous bugs with the Erica character have been solved. Chaotic’s output is rather frantic and I’m pretty sure it will not take a long time before a bug fixing release will see the light of day. At first sight, I haven’t played the game yet,...

Lost Yoot

I honestly thought that I already wrote an item about SimTower on this place, but as Google can’t find it back who am I to contradict that? Google doesn’t has it, ergo it doesn’t exist. The Matrix is closer than you think. SimTower was a game devised in 1994 by Yutaka ‘Yoot’ Saito and published by Maxis as a kind of spin-off of their popular SimCity series. As a matter of fact the game didn’t have anything to do with the SimCity brand name and its successors (such as SimHealth,...

Panspermia

I’m writing this post on the worst day of the year, so tells me my newspaper, the 3rd Monday of January also known as Blue Monday or depression day. Of course I can’t tell the difference, as I have been in a semi-constant state of half-depression for most of my life. Ever since I asked my religion teacher, I must have been 12 years old, how he could prove to me that our, his religion, Roman Catholicism, was the one and only and not for instance Protestantism or even Islamism, that also...

Perception

Last week a Belgian governmental institution published some HIV statistics. In 2008 1078 new cases of HIV have been diagnosed (other sources say 1079). It has been established that, concerning unprotected heterosexual encounters; there is an almost infinite small chance of getting HIV in Belgium, 1 in about twenty thousand. Strange enough the government and its affiliated partners refuse to confirm that we may all screw now like horny rabbits, in their minds protection and safe sex are still the standard...

Pink Dreams

Some exciting news arrived last weekend through a Pink Floyd portal. Alex Paterson, head spinner of the band The Orb, said in an interview that he and David Gilmour had entered a studio ‘to work on an album’. The news was vague and titillating enough to make all kind of assumptions. Did this mean that LX & DG were attempting a Fireman trick à la Youth and Mc Cartney? Perhaps Alex had finally lured Dave in his spider web with a little help from Guy Pratt who can be...

Rock - Paper - Scissors

Mick Rock in Psychedelic Renegades: Known only as Iggy, the half-Eskimo girl had momentarily made her way into Syd’s life, and flat, at the time when the (Madcap Laughs) photos were taken. Though not part of the original shoot plan, Iggy was an intriguing accomplice. With no job and little to call her own, Iggy epitomised the free natured spirit of the psychedelic underground. The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit is very proud to announce you 3 new Iggy galleries:Street Life, black & white pictures...

Rock around the block

When I look at my latest posts it appears to me that I have become a grumpy old man always at war with the world around him. I blame it on television because I’d really rather chase some nude virgins around, frolicking in a poppy field. But even these virgins aren’t anymore what they used to be, cf. Ahmed The Dead Terrorist. I can’t shout this loud enough from the roofs of Atagong County, the best game in the world is (Open) Transport Tycoon Deluxe. I know you male chauvinist...

Rock around the Blog

One of the lesser profane tasks of The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit is to check the amount of iggybility on the World Wide Web and to act (or react) accordingly. As the one and only keeper of the true faith this means that in very grave situations the Holy Igquisition has to intervene. The Holy Igquisition has found two cases of heretic Iggy websites and seriously considers excommunication of its makers. To read the Igquisition's report, please consult the full article: Rock around the Blog....

Saint Cecilia

My brain is like a sieve, did sing the very underrated Thomas Dolby on a sunny day once, but today Felix suddenly had a heroine-like-flash of memories from, what he thought were, his anarchic student days. Try to visualise young Felix Atagong, pimple faced jam jarred glassed weirdo who was frenetically trying to belong somewhere, anywhere, but has always been too afraid to do so. Caught in a crossfire of childhood and boredom, brought up in the deep-rooted Flemish catholic tradition that it is not done to...

SBRS

The Syd Barrett Research Society forum has been down now since Sunday the 8th of March. This is not, to deny some rumours, due to SBRS, nor to the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit, but to the (free) hosting company running these forums: http://www.hostingphpbb.com. All the forums (more than 10,000 apparently) on their domain (and even the introduction page) show the following error: Internal Server Error The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your...

Secret Fantasy Dreams

Time for some adult game updates. If you feel offended (or are too young to read this) please consult the item Horses and heroes. The Wendy games series from Shark’s Lagoon has got a new episode, the fifth one if my memory is correct. Secret Fantasy Dreams is all about Nanny and Wendy and their search for eternal happiness. There isn’t a lot of story in the game unless you want to re-define that as a toy story, if you catch my drift. Shark’s games have become more...

Space cowboys

Last week a madman entered a crèche, murdered two babies and a childcare worker who wanted to protect them and stabbed, wounded and injured several other infants. Immediately press hounds swept the area trying to find a witness and as there weren't any around anybody who wanted to say anything to a camera was fine as well. One guy had heard from somebody who had heard from nobody that the psychopath had painted his face white and his eyes black. “Scream!”, the press screamed in unison until another...

Spirits in the Sky

Every kid has this period in his life when he’s genuinely interested in UFO’s and all that conspiracy theories mumbo jumbo. I wasn’t an exception either and in my bold and beautiful days I devoured, next to the obligatory Clarke and Asimov SF stuff, the serious scientific works of Erich Von Däniken. Erich Von Däniken was the man, or better said the early seventies phenomenon, and promoter of the theory that aliens had visited Earth in the past and had left proof of that, dispersed all over the...

Tattoo You

In a new Syd Barrett biography that was recently published in France its author, Emmanuel Le Bret, can get quite lyrical from time to time. How this reacts, interferes or enriches the biography is a question that will be further investigated on Unfinished Projects but only after the current ruttish series of ArianeB walkthroughs is out of the way. But the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit can’t of course not ignore some Iggy statements to be found in a chapter well spend on The Madcap Laughs: La cinquième...

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (1): The ArianeB Chronicles

The dating simulation game ArianeB (or Virtually Date Ariane) has been upgraded to version 5.5 (see: ArianeB 5.50 final and finally!). Virtual Dating Simulator or ArianeB as I prefer to call it is a point and click simulation in the rich tradition of Ren’ai or Eroge games, but using Caucasian characters instead of Japanese. I just add in these difficult words to make this text look more intellectual than it really is. If you are a newbie and want to know what this is all about about... The game...

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (2): Meet, Greet and Meat

ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane, probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .5. The text has been revised, 218 pictures have been added or upgraded, some bugs have been deleted (but some new ones have slipped inside). Here is the second part of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish for version 5.5, this text is largely copied and pasted from the previous guides, so you may experience a certain dejà vu if you have...

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (3): Bistro Dinner and a Fight

ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane, probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .5. The text has been revised, 218 pictures have been added or upgraded, some bugs have been deleted (but some new ones have slipped inside). Here is the third part of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish for version 5.5, this text is largely copied and pasted from the previous guides, so you may experience a certain dejà vu if you have...

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (4): Rock Paper Scissors

ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane, probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .5. The text has been revised, 218 pictures have been added or upgraded, some bugs have been deleted (but some new ones have slipped inside). Here is the fourth part of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish for version 5.5, this text is largely copied and pasted from the previous guides, so you may experience a certain dejà vu if you have...

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (5): Rebecca

ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane (aka Ariane Brodie and even Ariane Barnes), probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .5. The text has been revised, 218 pictures have been added or upgraded, some bugs have been deleted (but some new ones have slipped inside). Here is the fifth part of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish for version 5.5, this text is largely copied and pasted from the previous guides, so you may experience a...

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (6): Fast Food, Fast Games, Fast Girls...

ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane (or even Ariane Barnes and Ariane Brodie), probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .5. The text has been revised, 218 pictures have been added or upgraded, some bugs have been deleted (but some new ones have slipped inside). Here is the sixth part of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish for version 5.5, this text is largely copied and pasted from the previous guides, so you may experience a...

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (7): Photoshoot by the Lake

ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane (aka Ariane Brodie and / or Ariane Barnes), probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .5. The text has been revised, 218 pictures have been added or upgraded, some bugs have been deleted (but some new ones have slipped inside). Here is the seventh part of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish for version 5.5, this text is largely copied and pasted from the previous guides, so you may experience...

The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (1): What's New Pussycat?

ArianeB, or Virtually Date Ariane, if you prefer, has got updated and listens now to version 5.7. The previous update (5.6) had only modified some internals of the game and took care of some bugs, but this one, with its 70,747,121 bytes download, contains 55 new or updated images (and 102 new or updated html files since version 5.5). The Life in the Metaverse blog, home of ArianeB and her friends, has got the following to say about it. I’ve been tinkering around with the dating simulator again,...

The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (2): Pool Party

ArianeB, or Virtually Date Ariane, if you prefer, has got updated and listens now to version 5.7. The previous update (5.6) had only modified some internals of the game and took care of some bugs, but this one, with its 70,747,121 bytes download, contains 55 new or updated images (and 102 new or updated html files since version 5.5). The Life in the Metaverse blog, home of ArianeB and her friends, has got the following to say about it. I’ve been tinkering around with the dating simulator again,...

The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (1): Kitchen Talk

Virtually Date Ariane (aka ArianeB aka Ariane Barnes aka Ariane Brodie) has been upgraded to version 5.8. Going to the kitchen after dessert (and after the chance to play the spin the bottle game) will make ArianeB consider what options are still open. She will then propose one of these and the player may agree or disagree. If you don’t like ArianeB’s proposal she will think of another one, and another,… until she runs out of ideas and the game has got no more options...

The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (2): Whiskey in the Jar

Virtually Date Ariane (aka ArianeB aka Ariane Barnes aka Ariane Brodie) has been upgraded to version 5.8. Going to the kitchen after dessert (and after the chance to play the spin the bottle game) will make ArianeB consider what options are still open. She will then propose one of these and the player may agree or disagree. If you don’t like ArianeB’s proposal she will think of another one, and another,… until she runs out of ideas and the game has got no more options...

The Crystal 1.1 Walkthroughs (1): Love in an elevator

Virtually Date Crystal is an ArianeB clone, made by Chaotic. It can be played online on his site but, just like with the original predecessor, it is preferred to download, unzip and play offline. Some information about the game can be found at my blog entry: Crystal Voyager. As the flowchart / walkthrough presented in that post is (partially) outdated I'm planning to post some walkthroughs for the next couple of weeks. Here is part one for version 1.1. If you would like to get around the backspace key...

The Crystal 1.1 Walkthroughs (2): Let's have a party

Virtually Date Crystal is an ArianeB clone, made by Chaotic. It can be played online on his site but, just like with the original predecessor, it is preferred to download, unzip and play offline. Some information about the game can be found at my blog entry: Crystal Voyager. As the flowchart / walkthrough presented in that post is (partially) outdated I'm planning to post some walkthroughs for the next couple of weeks. Here is part two for version 1.1. If you would like to get around the backspace key...

The Crystal 1.1 Walkthroughs (3): Steamboat Willie

Virtually Date Crystal is an ArianeB clone, made by Chaotic. It can be played online on his site but, just like with the original predecessor, it is preferred to download, unzip and play offline. Some information about the game can be found at my blog entry: Crystal Voyager. As the flowchart / walkthrough presented in that post is (partially) outdated I'm planning to post some walkthroughs. Here is the final part for version 1.1. If you would like to get around the backspace key protection just disable...

The Great Belgian Firewall and Other Assorted Stories...

I’m in the middle of preparing a laptop for the use of the 3D animation suite that can be found on the cover disk of the July issue of Computer Shopper. It contains DAZ Studio, Hexagon 2.2, Carrara 5.1 and a couple of hundreds programs more… The only thing I can’t grope is how on Earth (this is Earth, isn’t it?) a July issue of a magazine can be found half of May in the shops in Belgium, knowing it already takes minimum a week before these magazines arrives in our little rainy country after they...

The Purloined Ladder

Six prisoners escaped from a Belgian prison by putting a ladder against the wall and jumping down, obviously at the other side where one of their mothers, Ma Baker, was waiting in a getaway car. Four could be arrested almost immediately; two are still on the loose… Is it normal, so wanted to know a journalist, that a ladder high enough to climb over the wall is lying there out in the open? This was a pertinent question because it had already been established that nobody had visited the escaped...

The Style Council

The Cromwellian existed since 1964 or 1965 and in the autumn of that year jazz-singer, writer, critic and generally bad tempered journalist Georges Melly wrote a piece about the place, that was later re-printed in his excellent account of the pop art days in Britain Revolt Into Style. In contradiction with most flower power studies his book did not appear two decades or more after the facts happened. Melly wrote his essays when Swingin’ London was still swinging although it was slightly running out of...

Thingamablog 1.5

Those that peek behind the green door of this blog may have noticed that it has been conceived with blogging software called Thingamablog. I have consecrated a few posts to the program before but these all date from quite a while ago. The reason is simple, the last update from the application dates of December the 2nd, 2007 and since then nothing happened. I am not in the business of upgrading for the sake of upgrading like all these other programmers, if anyone can explain me the difference between - for...

Trip to a Dream Dragon

Last week the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit revealed two new Iggy pictures appearing at the Chimera Arts website that distributes the Iggy Eskimo Girl movie in various parts of the world (alas, not those parts of the world the Reverend is familiar with). Anthony Stern who, should you not know, shot the movie in question recently updated several pages on his site as well. The Church investigated about the how, the why, the where and the when and the complete article, covering Anthony Stern's movieIggy the...

True Story (part 3, the horror returns)

I duly want to apologize to the person of the Isabel helpdesk for shouting at him, on Monday morning, that he could fuck himself just before I smashed down the phone. I only wanted to know if the Isabel utility was compatible with Windows 7 - that's all - but getting an actual answer on that simple question was something else. Isabel is, or better was, the ingenious software that was devised by a conglomeration of Belgian banks to help the industry automate their bank movements. In the past when a company...

True Story (the sequel)

One of the latest buzzwords is efficiency. Companies are streamlining their products and services in such a way that customer service, productivity and expenses are optimized although result wise it mostly is in reverse order and with limited success. There comes a time that the different concepts clash. Last week I had 3 encounters with different helpdesks and all of them guided me, in name of efficiency, wrong. HTC On Monday I received a HTC smartphone that had been lying in an empty desk at work. I...

Virtually Date Crystal 1.1

The ArianeB clone Virtually Date Crystal (VDC) has been updated and version 1.1 can now be downloaded at Rapidshare. The game is rather a success in adult gaming circles and an unfortunate side effect is that both Chaotic’s websites are (temporarily?) down. I don’t know if he reads this space but there are several providers around that give you gigabytes of web space for less than 2 Euro per month. Some previous paths (especially the endings) in the gameplay have been altered and a completely new,...

Virtually Date Girls 1.1

Chaotic, the man who gave us Virtually Date Crystal (VDC) made a new click’n point dating simulation called Virtually Date Girls (VDG). The complete game should give you a choice between three different dates: Erica, Leilani and Kelly, as was the original intention with VDC as well, but for the moment only the Erica character is playable. Basically this is an ArianeB clone but with slightly sloppier graphics. Like in his Crystal game the facial expressions are not always up to par and Chaotic should...

When I'm 64

Brethren Dan5482 visited the several Church locations that can be found on the World Wide Web and confessed the following to the Reverend: Despite all that collective amnesia I think that Iggy can still be found. There are journalists, detectives... who have found more difficult "targets". However, an intense and widespread interest for her is a necessary condition. Your Church is a source of hope in this sense. It lets many people know that once such a mysterious woman existed. Time for...

When Syd met Iggy (Pt. 1)

Hello, I would like to try and clarify a couple of things about Ig.She was a girlfriend of mine. The above message reached the Reverend a couple of weeks ago. It was written by JenS, a Cambridge friend of Roger Keith Barrett. She is the one who introduced Iggy to the Pink Floyd founder exactly 40 years ago. Told exclusively to The Church of Iggy the Inuit, and now published for the first time after 40 years, here is her testimony. When Syd met Iggy... (Pt. 1) The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit...

When Syd met Iggy (Pt. 2)

Part 2 of the memories of JenS, a mutual friend from Syd Barrett and Iggy the Eskimo, as exclusively told to The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit. 1. It is generally believed that The Madcap Laughs photo sessions, by Storm Thorgerson and/or Mick Rock, took place in the autumn of 1969, a couple of weeks after the album was cut and a short time before it hit the shelves of the record stores. 2. It is generally believed that Iggy has only been living in Syd’s apartment for two or three weeks maximum, during...

When Syd met Iggy... (Pt. 3)

In the first part of this series (When Syd met Iggy (Pt. 1)), JenS, a Cambridge friend of Syd Barrett, recollected how she met Iggy and how she introduced the party girl to Syd.In the second article (When Syd met Iggy... (Pt. 2)) the photo shoot from The Madcap Laughs, Barrett’s first solo album, was painstakingly reconstructed.Part three contains some freewheeling to be entirely blamed on the Reverend whose ticky ticker jumped a few beats when he compared the Syd Barrett recording dates with the dates...

Yellow

It has been the most wonderful week. After I had read a favourable review of Douglas Coupland’s Generation A in the newspaper I bought me the book and I am in the middle of reading that one now. The story is put in a future not so very far from now where bees have disappeared altogether and the weather is constantly playing tricks on the population, like suburban smog. When 5 persons around the world get stung they are immediately abducted by special services into a research centre that reminds...

Z for Zeitoun

It was freezing cold this morning and exactly this week clothing manufacturer H&M decided to adorn the railway stations with some lingerie publicity that made me even shudder harder when I passed the semi-naked fleshy skeletons that pretended to have a good time. In the name of science I had a good look at them and decided that two models glued together would make a normal looking woman with the necessary accessories to put some lingerie around (and then, as I am – but – a man,...

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