Midway

Dealing With Fools

Sometimes, when you’re looking at stuff while in a certain mindset, your brain automatically starts linking stuff to it. I’m assuming the same will happen to me at those times when I actively search for fluff, resulting in claims at references that are a bit more… far-fetched, or vague, I guess. This is just such a case, as even if it is a reference, it is such a commonly used one that it can hardly be considered. But, since I did see it, what the hell.

I was still doing odd jobs for the good citizens of Midway—specifically for the Burns family—working towards that nice AP reward at the end of the mission line. In one of these, the young Mr. Burns (and yes, the Burns family might be a nod towards the wealthy yellow-skinned curmudgeon of Springfield fame, but since Burns is not that uncommon a name, and I saw nothing else to support this idea, I’ll pass on that one… for now) tasked me with getting a small supply of crossbow bolts up to his woman on the rooftops. The mission name?

This put me in mind of two things: The first one, as some might guess by the title, is the hit song by The Alan Parsons Project (quick! 5 chips if you can guess who was a core member of that band!)

From right to left: Alan Parsons and, by inference, "The Project"

The song itself, by the way, was likely a tribute to something else. Eric Woolfson (come on, you didn’t really think he was named “The Project”) was said to have been fascinated by the security cameras in casinos, also known as “Eyes in the Sky,” and did the song about them. Listening to the song, I can sort of see how this could be true.

The second thing I was reminded of is an old SciFi novel by Philip K. Dick (hey, I was an 80s kid – anything from before that is “old” in my book), in which the eponymous Eye in the Sky was a perception of God (at least according to Wikipedia. I haven’t read the book; I’ve only seen it as a result when googling Philip K. Dick one day). It may be interesting to note that this book might also have been an inspiration for the aforementioned song, as quite of few songs and albums by The Alan Parsons Project were named after and inspired by works of literature: Their debut album was titled Tales of Mystery and Imagination, and was comprised of retellings of works by Edgar Allan Poe. Their second album was titled I Robot and was supposed to be about Asimov’s works, but ended up being just about robots since the rights to that property had already been sold. You can see where I’m going with this.

The reason for that wordy lead-in to the post is that the term “eye in the sky” is so common these days, that it can’t really be called a “nod” towards anything. For one thing, I’m not entirely sure how many people are still aware of the song/album and the book; obviously many people know them, but far fewer than, oh, 10 years ago, and I’m sure many people use the term without knowing of its previous famous incarnations. And for another, I’m not even sure that the uses I mentioned are the original ones.

Anyway, that’s the end of this post, and it looks like it’s also the end of Midway, as I have not stumbled onto more little things. If you’ve found some yourself, feel free to let me know. I’ll have a submission form up soon, but until then, feel free to use the comments for that.

Just Say Yes! …Wait, what?

Still wandering through the streets (and the occasional rooftop) of Midway, I came across this delightful medical practitioner:

Not pictured: scruples

Dr. Cremaster was happy to teach me the basics of medicine (though truth be told, the good folks over at South Burb had already educated me upon the subject), and all he wanted was a couple of spleens and pancreas (and one medula oblongada) in return for getting me started on the path to being a real doctor. It’s when I provided these to him that things started to get more… familiar. See, after we concluded our business concerning the bits of Blade Dancers, the good doctor had the following mission for me:

Now I don’t live in the US, but I did spend some years there – specifically, the end of the 80s. And let me tell you, Nancy Reagan would not be pleased with Cremaster’s choice of words. For those of you not familiar with it, “Just Say No!” was the name of the decade-spanning anti-drug campaign spearheaded by then-First Lady Nancy Reagan in the 80s and early 90s (possibly after that, too, but by then I was half a world away). The campaign eventually branched out to battle violence and premarital sex in addition to drugs and its effectiveness is a matter of some debate but I, for one, failed to get past my initial bafflement by the campaign managers’ choice of a color scheme.

Because really, teenagers these days aren't quite confused enough

Fight Club; Midway Chapter

During my happy exploration of the Wasteland in search of AP, my path lead me to the starter town of Midway, where getting from point A to point B is a simple matter of going to point C, climbing up to point D, jumping across to points E, F and Q. As I tend to do, I went AFK in the middle of the wasteland around the town, and when I came back to the computer I was revived at the local LifeNet pod – yes, even low level Found can kill you if you stand around long enough. I was making my way to the nearest garage which, unlike some businesses in the city, was at ground level, when I came upon a building sporting the following fine examples of post-Fall signcraft:

One house over from the Midway Knitting Club

Look familiar? I thought so, too. I talked to the mission giver standing by this building (Fallen Earth: the only place where you are encouraged to talk to people with biohazard signs over their heads) and she had the following mission to give me:

So yeah, it looks like I found Fight Club. But you know, I can’t really talk about it. I’m also sorry to say that none of the resident GBH afficiandos bear any resemblance in name or appearance to Tyler and the gang. Then again, maybe I just need to watch the movie again. Or read the book.