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September 10, 2009

Old Capcom ads

The Capcom Unity blog has a nice post of old Capcom game box art, but this is my fave:

Nice guys finish last

posted by Andrew

September 7, 2009

Dune

I love the original Dune series. I’m not so hot on the followups. So I made a rough numerical analysis to find out why.

Occurances of the string ‘ had ’ in Dune novels, grouped by author

Book name Total word count Occurances of ‘ had ’ Average no. of words
between occurances
(larger is better)
Dune 204145 1085 188.152
Dune Messiah 75702 544 139.158
Children of Dune 149377 1201 124.377
Emperor of Dune 137410 1144 120.113
Heretics of Dune 165154 2026 81.517
Chapterhouse Dune 143949 1258 114.426
Total for original series 875737 7258 120.658
House Atreides 206634 2233 92.536
House Harkonnen 210188 2378 88.388
Hunters of Dune 146500 1958 74.821
Sandworms of Dune 144501 1734 83.333
Paul of Dune 158244 1948 81.234
Total for new series 866067 10251 84.486

Summation: Original Dune series had on average a third less ‘ had ‘s throughout.

Now I know why it felt like every third sentence was a recollection. And usually of something that sounded more interesting than the current novel.

posted by Andrew