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The organization of this page approximates the system of media categories used on TV Tropes and All The Tropes.
For material relevant to Damian Yerrick's fictional universes, see User:Eighty5cacao/misc/WMG dump/Concentration Room and DX Town.
For material created by Btm pdx, see User:Btm pdx/Grand Unified Theories.
This is not a formal archive. This page may be edited infrequently, but it will not be actively kept up to date.
- 1 Animation
- 2 Film
- 3 Literature
- 4 Music
- 5 Video games
- 6 Web original
- 7 Real life
- 8 References
TODO: Why "Cobol Engineering"? Anything to do with the programming language? (The OOU etymology is probably similar to that of Cobb's name. wikia:inception:Cobol Engineering exists, but it doesn't clarify this issue.)
The Time Machine (2002)
- See also: Eloi language – English
TODO: Multiple rises and falls of civilization? Local temporal distortion fields? (The latter explains the dubious chronometer reading, which was originally addressed by Tepples in the "See also" above. What creates the distortion remains to be addressed. The former assumes the chronometer is not as far off as Tepples was suggesting. The two are not necessarily incompatible.)
TODO: In the film's Eloi language, <tor> appears to be a negation word according to these sample texts. We should be able to wild-mass-guess out some etymological* justification, possibly related to "tower"/"mountain"; nothing to do with that Tor of course. (Vox 114 could have been running Tor software at some point, but the Internet would have disappeared long before human descendants were self-identifying as "Eloi". A more plausible hypothesis involves the Tor/Forge imprint of Macmillan Publishers, which currently focuses on science fiction. Might the possible reactions to its decision to discontinue DRM on e-books be relevant?)
(*Sloppy, but no sloppier than Greenberg and Ruhlen. I am aware of the discussion surrounding Eloi language#English, which says that drift invalidates the concept of Eloi "etymologies.")
TODO: Mention something about darkness and grues - expand on this later - No one knows exactly how much light is needed to injure/kill a grue either.
Connections with Evanescence
|Behind the scenes information|
The following similarities exist (TODO: expand this intro):
(in-universe content still needs to be written)
"From the Inside" and IBM Linux ads
There exists an universe in which Jamie Bennington's character and the boy from the "Prodigy" advertisements are the same person or at least brothers.
|Behind the scenes information|
Mention something about the "Riot Kid" shown as item #1 of this Cracked article.
Solitude Standing (album)
TODO: Regarding the song "Solitude Standing":
- Who or what is Solitude?
Out of universe: The Spanish equivalent "Soledad" is commonly used as a name. However, Suzanne Vega states that the song is a metaphorical description of solitude and is not (knowingly) inspired by any person named Soledad.
- What do we make of the lyrics "Her palm is split with a flower with a flame"? (Compare the Fire Flower.) NB: The SongMeanings.com copy of the lyrics used to show a comma immediately following "flower" as of (FIXME! - check this wikipage's history), but it no longer does as of Aug. 2017
- Near the beginning of the song's video, the LCDs of the Yamaha equipment cycle through the names of several tracks from the Solitude Standing album. At one point
No.50 LUKA ワappears. Is ワ intended to depict a glitch in the equipment? Is it something other than the katakana? Does it have some deeper meaning here? Perhaps the display contents are an enciphered message?
- Mention something about the nerdy-looking guitarist (name? wikipedia:Solitude Standing#Personnel doesn't specifically mention the titular track)
Mind the Gap (Scooter album)
Regarding the song "Jigga Jigga!":
|Behind the scenes information|
Are the lyrics "What we say" a reference to "What you say!" from the "All your base are belong to us" text?
What else can we say about this song?
(in-universe content still needs to be written)
- Moved to headscratcher hooks
|Notes which need to be reviewed|
(Jossed already? Compare the normal version of the cutscene, if stage 6 has not been completed on the current file, with the alternate version, if it has. In the alternate version, Maria is lying where Shaft is standing in the normal version, and the would-be levitation beam is off to the right. This means that Shaft probably did cleanly stop the beam and move Maria before running to the boss-rush room, or else his ghost could have done so before the battle in stage 7. Contra: This could just be an oversight by the graphic/scenery designer)
TODO: Does the original Rondo of Blood vary the cutscene similarly (where the pre-FMV room layout is also considered as part of the "cutscene")? There appear to be no playthroughs on YouTube that demonstrate the stages in the order desired here.
KiKi KaiKai (series)
Why do we never see Miki-chan (Becky) between the FDS and GBA entries in the series? (possible spoilers hidden)
Also, why doesn't the ending of Pocky & Rocky 1 explain Black Mantle's origins at all?
Answer: Some evil forces captured Becky and forced her to work as a villain — Black Mantle was Becky all along. TODO: What evil role might Becky have played in Pocky & Rocky 2?
NB: These are written from a mix of in- and out-of-universe perspectives.
TODO: Are the human protagonists ever referred to with an honorific other than -chan? (Canonically and OOU, the answer appears to be no, but keep looking.) If so (not), why (not)?
- Main article: User:Eighty5cacao/misc/WMG dump/Momoko 120%
The Japanese version states that they were created in a laboratory. The non-Japanese version instead states that they were born conjoined and were separated following a train accident. (This is biologically impossible, given that they are of opposite sexes. They could be semi-identical twins (livescience.com), but conjoined twins have to be truly identical to be viable.)
I propose that, in universe, the Japanese backstory is the true one, and the non-Japanese backstory was fabricated by Danny and Demi based on conversations they heard around the lab. The lab produced some twins who were truly conjoined, but none survived beyond early infancy. One of the lab managers died in a train crash; none of his experiments were onboard the train at the time. (TODO: reconsider that – perhaps none of his full-grown experiments were onboard the train, but some embryos and/or cell cultures were)
TODO: Who runs the lab? How is the principal investigator related to the other playable characters? The non-Japanese version states that Bernard White is a "biotech engineer"; were Danny and Demi created by White's company or a rival company?
(Other regional differences: Professor Ching's intro text has some minor rewording unimportant to the backstory.)
TODO: Need to explain why Danny and Demi are each missing an arm given that they were not born conjoined – but am I interpreting the pictures and written descriptions correctly?
Sonic the Hedgehog (series)
Non-original: The video "The Science of Sonic the Hedgehog" by The Game Theorists postulates that Rouge the Bat is a Honduran white bat. If I understand correctly, official material doesn't specify an exact species of bat.
Sonic's depiction on the title screen appears to have (the top halves of) a pair of breasts hidden behind the "Sonic the Hedgehog" text banner. This is visible in the Sonic 1 Bouncy Edition hack or when sprite limits are not emulated, such as in Sega Smash Pack Vol. 1 for Dreamcast.
(Contra: What appears to be Sonic's right breast [not to be confused with the viewer's right] is really supposed to be a partially obscured view of his right arm.)
Are there any existing fan writings on this topic?
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (both versions)
Tails in all Sonic games from the 16-bit version of Sonic 2 onward is actually the ghost of Tails from the 8-bit versions, who died in said game's bad ending. 16-bit Tails appears "immortal" because he can't die any more than he already is dead.
- Main article: User:Eighty5cacao/misc/WMG dump/Umihara Kawase
- An example can be found at uncyc:File:Ualuealualeualueale.gif.
TODO: Mention something about "Ualueria" in Lingua Ignota.
- For background information, see: User:Eighty5cacao/misc/WMG dump/archive/Magibon/OOU
Magibon is a virtual character created by Google [in cooperation with the founders of YouTube?] as part of their research into artificial intelligence. The software, which is also responsible for the Webdriver Torso test videos, runs on hardware that uses some secret paranormal technology, powered by the admiration of fans. (It also depends vitally on the kind of fan that blows air, as depicted in videos 1, 2, and 4 of the main mu sequence. But that's rather obvious.)
(Could the office in ☆無57★ plausibly belong to Google?)
The program later created the Poppy character when Magibon proved no longer to be popular.
|Poppy: Background info and caveats|
It may appear on a cursory glance that Poppy started uploading videos around the same time that Magibon stopped, both in Nov. 2014. This is inaccurate for several reasons. Considering only the videos that are publicly available, Magibon's last video was actually a couple weeks after Poppy's first. (The in-universe rationalization is that the program decided to produce a final "goodbye" video as Magibon (無65) after an initial test of the Poppy character proved successful. TODO: Describe symbolism of this butterfly and of the dragonfly in 無65; each video precedes a hiatus.)
The other concern is originality: Poppy's videos are produced by Titanic Sinclair (ToDo: find sources describing what else s/he is known for). Magibon presumably had no such help with ideas or recording.
- There are multiple people (or more generally, sentient entities) uploading videos under the Magibon account
- When the Copyrobeast has banhammered everyone else, Magibon will be the last registered user remaining. Such is the advantage of doing nothing (mu) – in other words, "the only winning move is not to play." Then the Copyrobeast will find some reason to ban her anyway...
My guesses about subsequent plot lines are as follows:
TODO: Similarities with Turkish language; see uncyc:User:Pentium5dot1/UN:REQ explanations/Turkish-Japanese Conspiracy
Was a previous universe destroyed by a programmer's attempt to implement a quantum bogosort? Compare
robbak's signature on The Daily WTF forums. (NB: "brillant [sic] mum, Paula" is a reference to The Brillant Paula Bean)
In East Asian ethnicities, prominent ears are more tolerated and Stahl's bar is more prevalent[unreliable sources?] than in Western ethnicities. What could this imply in the evolutionary long run? Compare to the pointy ears typically attributed to elves.
|Reasons for auricle correction (or not)|
Auricular "abnormalities" are typically corrected because of the risk that a child may be teased. For example, see news story on Huffington Post. (Emphasis on typically; some commenters on The Daily What disagree whether the surgery was a good idea.)
Also, a prominent ear may make it difficult to fit a behind-the-ear hearing aid. (But what about interactions with hair positioning, as mentioned in that ref?)
Suppose a child has a mild to moderate degree of prominent ears and/or Stahl's bar. If s/he has normal hearing, then raising him or her in a teasing-free environment would eliminate the other common justification for ear surgery. (However, more serious deviations such as cup deformities, cryptotia, and rim kinks are usually corrected regardless.) TODO: Find sources on incidence of teasing by ethnicity
Slashdot and Mathematica
|Copied from talk; consider rewording|
According to Mathematica, Slashdot (/.) "applies a rule or list of rules in an attempt to transform..." nerd-related news into rather lengthy and often factually inaccurate or misquoted discussions that may deviate into the most unrelated of subjects; Mathematica also claims Slashdot aims to replace all other sources of nerdy news. Pedantry is one of the most frequently-used transformative rules; indirect self-reference is one much more infrequently used. --Btm pdx 16:42, 11 January 2011 (MST)
Also the icon on the barrels in Donkey Kong... I have another WMG that mentions Donkey Kong, but the barrels in the other game look different.
- From wikipedia:Tor (rock formation): "A tor is a large, free-standing residual mass (rock outcrop) that rises abruptly from the surrounding smooth and gentle slopes of a rounded hill summit or ridge crest. In the South West of England, where the term originated, it is also a word used for the hills themselves..."
- I need any information on stahl's bar (ear deformation?)? - Yahoo! Answers