Jan. 15th, 2007

Ok, some miscellaneous things I've been meaning to talk about...

First, I've said it before and I'll say it again: I so adore xkcd.

Second, at [livejournal.com profile] samzystrange's New Year's party, [livejournal.com profile] rhosyn_du asked me to post about Richard Cheese, lest she forget. Well, I forgot, but there you are now. He does lounge covers of popular music, but his voice and arrangements are good enough that it's actually fun to listen to beyond the kitsch factor. His cover of Baby Got Back is better than Jonathan Coultons, IMO and though I haven't heard it, I am told by the [livejournal.com profile] pmrp people that he's also done Holiday in Cambodia. This I must hear.

So yeah, give him a listen. He has an album called Aperitif for Destruction. This alone has earned him a place in my heart.

Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] pmrp (the Post Meridian Radio Players, for those not in the know), Second Shift's double-header performance with them at Arisia went pretty darn well. The audience was into the jokes, everyone seemed really into the Draenmer scene and we sold a decent number of CDs. The pmrp were a tough act to follow, too. Their "Red Shift: Intergalactic Do Gooder" retro scifi geekfest was a great deal of fun and I have personally threatened the writer with violence if they don't do more. At dinner I was blown away by how talented these guys are. At one point the conversation turned somehow from Red Shift to King of the Hill and I made an offhanded comment about Boomhauer as a villain on Red Shift. This immediately launched two of them into improvising sci fi dialogue in the character of each KotH character, reproducing the voices just about perfectly. Damn.

As for Arisia in general... Idunno. I guess I still don't entirely get cons. I was struck by how I left Arisia feeling exactly the same way I felt leaving Burning Man (and as a result realized for the first time how BM is basically a con). It was fun, but it's kind of weird to have been around that many people for that long and still feel as though I didn't really connect much. I had some fun conversations said "hi" to a million and one people, but... I guess what I'm saying is that it felt like a giant party at which I did pretty much the same things with pretty much the same people that I would have done at a regular party. Not that that's a bad thing, but I guess I was expecting something... grander.

That said, the highlights of the Arisia for me were the audio theater double-bill, getting to know some of the people I LARP with in real life and playing Encore with about 12 people. Man, I don't play Encore enough.

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