News Post: Dumber Camp, Part Three

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:55 pm
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Tycho: Thus concludes Part 3 of Dumber Camp, unless we uncover some new memory we’ve suppressed.  He tells me this is a true story, and I don’t doubt him at all.  I don’t think they even tried to send him to any more summer camps. The Mike Krahulik I met in 1993 was a curious combination of unassailable and exposed.  You really couldn’t get the best of him linguistically.  All the people I know who had hard childhoods are hilarious, not as some virtue but as a kind of intuitively generated defense matrix.  They’re “funny” as a…
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I have been meaning to write this up for a while and have just had cause to do so elsenet; ergo, have a copy of Alex's Algorithm For Choosing A New GP. It has served me pretty well thus far.

Comments and additions welcome, as ever. :-)

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News Post: Dumber Camp, Part Two

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:45 pm
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Tycho: I have every faith that I’ve said something very much like if not identical to the last line in the strip.  I could apologize, I guess, but I’m not 100% sure it isn’t true. There is a more detailed version of this tale presented in an old post, maybe, what…  fourteen years old at this point?  I have a condition where when I remember things I also feel all the feelings in the memory.  It makes forgiving people very challenging because even if I’ve developed an antibody to, say, a Betrayal, I always feel that first when I go back. When I think…

HIDDEN CITY Fun!

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:03 am
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Posted by sarahtuttle

Here are a couple of fun things concerning my upcoming book Hidden City for this Friday.

 

Thanks, once again, to illustrator Amy Schimler-Safford for posting clips from the art for Hidden City. View her post by clicking here.

 

And, Publisher’s Weekly included Hidden City in their Spring 2018 preview post! Look under the publisher’s name (Eerdmans) for the one-sentence blurb. Click here to visit their post.

 

Exciting!

 


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Tycho: We always offer a space for especially for indies with the PAX 10 - our cadre of experts selects their favorites from the submitted titles, and the chosen games get free booth space at the show.  We’re proud to announce the list!  Here is the link to the official page, but they are also right here!  Use whichever links you want.  They all go to the same places! Antihero by Tim Conkling Celeste by Matt Makes Games Inc. Cosmo’s Quickstop by Big Sir Games Keyboard Sports by Triband No Heroes Here by Mad Mimic Interactive Ship It by Think On Labs (First VR Game…

News Post: Dumber Camp, Part One

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:23 pm
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Tycho: I have been left completely and entirely alone, abandoned by my Mork, such that he left me with four or so .jpegs and flew away.  Mechanically assisted, obviously.  He didn’t just “throw himself at the ground and miss.” He was telling me about an Adult Summer Camp, of which there are apparently several, and like so much else that a normal person would do it turns out I don’t have the receptors for it.  So many bedrock concepts that get absorbed in an ambient want by other people, simply… inhaled somehow just accrue on the skin.  Accrue, and…

an amusing confluence

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:03 am
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1. Mr Men In London (press release); official merch; Londonist.

2. The Tube is dropping "ladies and gentlemen" as a passenger greeting.


Ergo: 3. Who do I gotta hassle to make e.g. "Mx Cool" and "Little Mx Stubborn" etc happen?

The Girl And The Rat

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:00 am
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From Hitherby Dragons by Jenna Moran.
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Tycho: I like all the PAX shows, but PAX South is one of the shows where people bring me beef jerky so it definitely earns a few extra points.  I eat pounds and pounds of jerky at night in bed while I watch The Town with Ben Affleck.  It’s an incredible convention, on and off the showfloor. Last year also saw the debut of Acquisitions Incorporated there, live on stage - it’s tradition, now, and I can’t wait to bring it back there.  It’s funny, there wasn’t even a “C” Team yet.  My life moves fast and is very strange.  Anyway! …

Getting Unstuck

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:35 pm
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Posted by sarahtuttle

19990274_449735185424887_1900573782951226455_nI spent part of my birthday this year working on a new project at one of my favorite  spots in Boston– the New England  Aquarium! Sometimes, the best way for me to get unstuck on a manuscript is a small switch– from cursive to print handwriting, notebook to loose paper, one pen to another. Anything that makes the manuscript look different can give me just that little bit of distance needed to find what needs to be fixed. Sometimes I change the font or spacing on the computer, or change the paper orientation from portrait to landscape. And sometimes, I head outside to a different place that helps me be in a different mindset. On this particular project, I was frustrated every time  I opened my notebook. So, I went to a place that makes me happy. And, sure enough, once the frustration was gone, the words flowed out. Thanks, Aquarium!


Immanentize the Book Reviews

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:37 pm
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I meant to get around to write a post on the reading I did at Sandy last week. But last week was exhausting, and the weekend was pretty busy. I didn't have nearly as much interrupted reading time as some years, but I did get in a good thousand pages:

The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea: This conspiracy-weird-humor cult-classic novel has definitely left its mark on pop culture, and it's certainly one of the things I was making reference to way before I actually read it. A sensible read given how fond I am of RAW's humor re the Principia Discordia and the like, but to be honest I think the Principia is quite a lot funnier. Still, if you read that and decide you'd like more of the same but want something that's heavier on the narrative, a lot less G-rated, and about a kajillion times longer, Illuminatus! is pretty good.

Class by Paul Fussell: Fussell's musings on the American status system are most interesting when he's relating other people's take on the subject (e.g. the idea that class politics might be divided among factions of "The Guilty" and "The Cross" certainly seems to have some present-day relevance). Most of the book is Fussell's extensive cataloging of differences between social classes in America. To put it another way, Fussell defines the middle class as being motivated largely by anxiety about their (in)ability to rise in the class hierarchy, and the bulk of the book by that view is mostly middle-class-baiting. Many of Fussell's observations seem to have stood the test of time pretty well. Some seem bizarre. (Is "vodka with water" really an upper-class drink, and was it ever? A little on that topic turns up this interview with "The Gronk", who is certainly rich and (semi?)famous, but would a pro-athelete be upper-class in Fussell's taxonomy? Fussell says that it's a middle-class mistake to focus too much on profession, but he also might have something to say about that nickname.) The book concludes with a chapter on the role of college in the status system, which is one of the more interesting bits given how the higher-education bubble has developed since. In Fussell's view, the problem is that college is advertised based on average increases in earning potential, but this conflates selective universities (which help) and non-selective colleges (which don't). That problem seems to have been "fixed".

Minimalist Parenting by Christine K. Koh and Asha Dornfest: The book this most reminds me of is Bryan Caplan's Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids. It certainly has a similar philosophical bent. But Caplan's book had a pretty clear thrust of argument (people underestimate the benefits of parenting and overestimate the returns on certain kinds of parenting effort, therefore they underestimate the number of children they should have; instead of stressing out about the prospect of parenting, maybe consider having (more) children and just being lazier about it) and it backs up that argument in the sort of way you might expect an economist like Caplan to do. Minimalist Parenting, likewise, is what you'd expect from two bloggers, basically an organized collection of "lifehacks"; less in the way of numbers, more in the way of "try it and see".

News Post: Gardinex

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:01 am
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Tycho: Destiny 2 is - I don’t think this is a spoiler, because it’s the whole point of the game - the part where the hero drags themselves up out of the Underworld.  I suspect you won’t drag yourself up for very long; optimally, the buttons on your controller do things in a game, though there are some notable iconoclasts. I got into it so late, compared to most of the people I know; I got in when the getting was very, very good, with the House of Wolves DLC.  I made partner - whatever the Destiny equivalent is, I guess I was Raid Ready - in what felt like twenty…

Knightriders

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:30 am
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In the news today are a bunch of obits for director George Romero. Pretty much all of them focus on Night of the Living Dead, and to be fair, it's the work he is best known for.

But let's pause a moment and remember his movie Knightriders -- the closest thing the SCA has to its own motion picture. Legend (maybe true, maybe not; I honestly don't know) has it that Romero happened to attend a particular SCA Crown Tournament, and was swept up by the drama he saw there; his producers weren't thrilled by the idea, and said, "Enh -- maybe if you add motorcycles and a good soundtrack, we'll think about it". So he did.

Knightriders has always been on my personal list of Movies Every SCAdian should see. Not because the club portrayed is the SCA, mind. It very much isn't: it's essentially a traveling RenFaire where they joust on motorcycles. But the feel of the group, I've always thought, reflects the SCA beautifully. You have the folks who are dead-serious about The Dream, who see something better in the ideals of their club. You have the stick-jocks who are here for the sport and the babes. You have the craftsmen who are making it all possible, and, yes, you have the folks who are just here to party. (There's even poor Patricia Tallman, better known for Babylon 5, in her first major role as the token mundane who is enamored by the whole thing but doesn't quite seem to get it.)

The movie gets a bit full of itself at times, and some people mock it mercilessly, but I love it -- not least for Ed Harris (in my favorite of his roles) as King Billy, who is trying desperately to keep his people both safe and united, and to pursue his dreams while everything around him is falling apart. He is a wonderful study in obsession, illustrating both the advantages and problems of having a strong leader.

If you haven't seen it, check it out. It's not the most brilliant movie ever, but it's wonderfully human. For pretty much every character in it, I can say, "Yeah, I know folks just like that". That's one of the higher compliments I can pay a director...

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