I'm not usually a fan of the "people sit around and talk about stuff" genre, but this group has a broad enough set of interests, a different enough POV from the usual, and good enough chemistry with each other that I've been really enjoying it.
(note: if you know the people involved, they're intentionally keeping last names out of it, so please like and share, but don't tag with personal accounts)
This is not a cheap Ikea thing, but a solid, all-wood frame with optional head/footboard (not pictured) and a top of the line (when I got it many years ago) mattress designed to rival any bed mattress. The mattress is showing its age a bit, but if you've ever sat on the "couch" at our place you'll know it's still perfectly comfy, and we both still sleep on it regularly.
Interested? Ping me!
If you like thoughtful commentary about games as art, cultural objects, *and* y'know, just games, do yourself a favor and put on one of his videos while you do the dishes or something. They're long, but worthwhile.
See also: his excellent retrospective of the Half Life franchise (and pretty much everything else on his channel)
Wanna hear more from that album Stranger Ways previewed at Arisia a couple of years ago? Yes, except for a year off while Nat was out of state, we've been working on it since then. Now guest-starring Kara of Sassafrass fame!
Wanna be the first to hear "Escape to Danger!", where I team up with Andy Hicks on some of his amazing songs?
Wanna see me drop dead if it decides to be summer that day?
We'll be at 258 Willow Ave from 4-6pm this Saturday, along with a bunch of other local bands playing throughout Somerville all day!!
For details, maps, and band listings see http://somervilleartscouncil.org/
See you there!
To be honest, I've never been a big fan of The IT Crowd, where I think most people know Richard Ayoade as the guy who plays Moss. My first exposure to him was Garth Merenghi's Darkplace, a fake 1980s horror TV show that was in no way inspired by anything Stephen King ever did, provides a perfect example of how you have to be really good at something to do it really, really badly on purpose. It's brilliant.
I'd thought he was just a member of the supporting cast on that show, but it turns out he also co-created and co-wrote the thing. The more you know! This got me looking for more of his stuff, which led me to...
- This supplemental Darkplace documentary, which is actually a good place to start with the show, since it's entirely made up of "behind the scenes" interviews with the "actors" that give Darkplace its... "charm".
- Man to Man with Dean Lerner, a spinoff in which Richard Ayoade plays the guy who plays his Dakplace character, publishing mogul Dean Lerner, doing an interview show. I've only seen the first episode (with special guest Garth Merenghi), but it's laugh-out-loud brilliant, especially if it's as improvised as it looks.
- And finally, my current background TV obsession, Gadget Man in which Richard Ayoade demonstrates that he is good enough at both writing and delivering wry commentary to keep me glued to episode after episode of what is essentially a live-action SkyMall catalogue. I have been blowing through this series while I do chores and whatnot, and even though I feel like kinduva tool for it (it really is basically a giant ad for Stuff, presumably sponsored by the Stuff Council of Britain), I am so very, very hooked.
Also, thanks to Gadget Man, I can now pronounce his name. Bonus!
Next week on March 26th, for one night only, Theatre@First will be doing staged readings of two short plays: "Like a Loss", a new piece from the Mrs. Hawking universe by Phoebe Roberts (I'm in the cast for that one, too!), and "The Wheel" written by Zinnie Harris, a British playwright, and directed by Jess Viator, returned to the states after studying in the UK (I'm guessing these facts are not unrelated). Details and tickets for that one are at: http://www.theatreatfirst.org/shows/
More than that, by poking around there I found a really cool looking toolkit aimed at making it easier to create such things, and I am totally ed-tech nerding out about it at the moment.
If you're an ed-tech person, or a designer who isn't afraid of some relatively simple and very well-explained code, take a look!
Everyone else, check out some of the stuff at explorableexplanations.com. To me, these things are a super-exciting reminder of just how much untapped potential technology still has for creating new kinds of engaging and effective learning content!
If you haven't seen it yet, The Parable of the Polygons is a great place to start, both because it's an excellent example of the use of this kind of technology and because it's a very effective demonstration of some very important stuff!
...and yet, sometimes I feel like all I really want in life is to be this man. Y'know?
...well ok, to be that guy and have all the other stuff too, really.
Thank you, Internet. Thank you.
...ooh! Also, hello next thing I am totally reading.
I am pleased to say that, IMO, this year's event was both great fun to oversee and a rousing success! In fact, this may be one of the most coherent things I've seen come out of Author Improv. :)
So here, submitted for your enjoyment, is the first character sheet from the LARP, "Cats vs Dogs on an Asteroid". I will personally be a little disappointed if there hasn't been at least one attempt to actually write this game in full by next Intercon. :P
Special thanks to our authors!
- Dybbuk Q. Klezmer
- Phoebe Roberts
- Sarah J
- Sharone Horowit-Hendler
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Today, Mindy, Raimi, Steph, and I did their their Valentine's day hunt (nudes-themed), and it was a buncha fun. Highly recommended, and not just because we totally won first place in terms of both points and speed and, if I do say so myself, totally had the best team name, too: "William Rimmer? We hardly know 'er!"
We shall now humbly accept your accolades. Thank you, thank you.
And seriously, if you're looking for a novel themed party or something, check them out!
And yeah, it's great that the US is "only" the 20th worst offender, but there's still so much more room to do better. For example, carrying reusables instead of using "disposables"!
Anyway, seriously if you haven't seen it yet you should really check this out.