Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Side Question

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  This I'd what I understand a beholder to be. 

No wonder our opinions on what ships are attractive in eve are so varied and cause passionate discussion.  The Myrmidon is an excellent example of this. I believe that ship has a beautiful name.  Its smooth and has a y in it and just flows off the tongue   Visually it is a lovely word with complex but connected shapes.  In actuality, the Myrm is a very awkward looking ship. 

"It is a vertical wedge!" I have heard its passionate fans exclaim.  Yes, I understand that.  A catalyst is also a wedge and its lopsided and looks like it should spin in a circle when the engines turn on.  As I understand it, Gallente ships are 'organic' and not in the healthy way where they don't use pesticides.

That's fine. I will admit that I was a bit under whelmed with Eve's spaceships when I first started.  I started as a Gallente and the Velator was not attractive.  Then I got an Imiscus.  Really, what is that.  Why does it have a kickstand?  My concept of spaceships had always been sleek and modern and metallic.  I worked past that.  Eve was unique.  Unbalanced was different.  Different was okay.  I could close my eyes.  I almost ran off to the Amarr because of this but I stopped myself.

None of that explained why the Thorax looked like a penis.  I'm not talking about the phallic shape.  Phallic shapes can be found everywhere.  It is a natural object in all its naturalness   But really, the Thorax is an entire set of genitals.   I don't have a problem with it.  I'm just endlessly fascinated by the very natural form that many Gallente ships take.  I'm so fascinated that I wrote a poem and named it a Haiku even though it is not a Haiku.
Haiku to a Gallente
There is something about a man from a race
That has put so many penis shaped
That makes me want to have a taste...
Oh my, I love me a Gallente
And while my poem amuses me (and it does, endlessly) and it is one of the reasons I started blogging (I was at work thinking up poetry about penis shaped spaceships in a video game) it still does not answer the question of why is the Thorax a penis imagined into a spaceship.  And after the CSM minutes came out I have to guess there is some deeper meaning (Page 44, Paragraph 2, 1st Sentence).

On the subject of vanity items, Two step expressed many player's desire to be able to build a penis in space.
But, while I am curious and why I would love to talk to its designer to find out what they saw (I'm still betting a penis) there are other unanswered questions out there.  Why is a Rattlesnake shaped like a Scorpion?  Why don't Minmatar ships snap apart?  Why did the Amarr forget to finish putting a hull on the Aeon?  The Impel is a beetle.  Why did someone forgot to give the Moros the rest of its legs?  How many legos did it take to conceptualize Caldari hulls? All of these things are also questions that I have.

As for Penises, looking at the CSM minutes I can only guess that some of the player base has a passionate desire for their imagery.  They were considered good luck in Rome.
"In ancient Rome, a tintinnabulum (less often tintinnum)was a wind chime or assemblage of bells. A tintinnabulum often took the form of a bronze phallic figure or fascinum, a magico-religious phallus thought to ward off the evil eye and bring good fortune and prosperity."
After all, the Eve wiki has an article about dickstars.  There is obvious cultural interest in the subject matter.  Prehaps, it goes back to the origins of the Gallente.  They're supposed to be free spirited so I can understand how they would be.  Oh well, it is a subject of much research I guess.  I will have to visit the Icelandic Phallological Museum during fanfest for more answers I guess.

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The amusing part is that I wrote this blog post on Wednesday and now someone can win iskies by creating a good luck phallus for Poet.

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