News Post: Market Penetration

Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:04 pm
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Tycho: Outside of Twitter or email, I don’t let strangers talk to me on the Internet.  I just don’t do it.  Generally speaking their “insights” about my identity fall into a few very staid categories and I feel confident I’ve experienced the flavor ridges of that particular narrative arc.  I’m not resting on my anodized laurels though: I’m getting into the conversation in a big way, and there’s been some interest in the novel mode of my dialectic. Hey!  The Child’s Play Team has put together a an event this afternoon on our…

News Post: My Thing

Sep. 20th, 2017 06:51 pm
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Tycho: I’m still thinking about my SCA shit up at last weekend’s Banner War, partly because I got sick there so I’ve had a lot of time to lie completely motionless except for wracking coughs and the occasional turn, as meat is turned on a grill, to let the mucus collect in the other lobe of my sinuses. Here is the comic which recounts a vital portion of the experience.  I always wonder how I’d fare in another context; statistically speaking, “dead at another’s hand in the service of someone I don’t know” is probably the correct assessment. …

Hallo, Hal-Con!

Sep. 17th, 2017 05:01 am
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Posted by John Kovalic

Hi, gang!

While I’m recovering from Insane Bike Ride 2017 (Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.), I should probably let you know I’ll be at Hal-Con, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this weekend. The gust list is pretty awesome – come check it out!

Friday, Sept. 22

  • 4 pm – 5 pm Signing, Booth A2
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm ~ Sketch Battle (Coca-Cola Stage)

Saturday, Sept. 23

  • 12:00pm – 12:45pm ~ Dork Tower and Munckin – A +10 Life in Gaming (Room 301)
  • 1 pm – 2 pm Signing, Booth A2
  • 7:00PM – 9:00pm ~ Stargazer Soiree in Delta Halifax

Sunday, Sept. 24

  • 12:45pm – 1:30pm ~ Creating Fun: Game Creation From Script to Sale (Room 302-3)
  • 1:45 – 2:45 Signing, Booth A2

Hal-Con very generously gave me a table (a2 – about as appropriate for a British-born cartoonist as you could imagine), but I won’t be bringing anything to sell. I’ll post additional times there, though, if you’d like to bring anything along to get signed. Saturday and Sunday I’ll try and be there as soon as the doors open.

Judith and I adore Canada, and it will be great to be back!

Insane Charity Bike Ride 2017 was magnificent. A record-breaker, even! Thank you all!

I’ll try and post a full report soon, but here’s how I spent my Sunday night:

 

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Sep. 18th, 2017 04:56 pm
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 In honor of how much I enjoyed dancing the crap out of #1 on this list at a wedding while very aware of how lyrically inappropriate it was for the event, here are my top 3 songs you probably shouldn't play at a wedding (except play #1 anyway because it's fun and maybe to throw a bone to those cynical single people who have been a good sport).

Outkast, "Hey Ya"

We're About 9, "For One More"

Carly Simon, "That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be"


The opposite (?) of this playlist to come; songs that are optimistic about marriagey things like "forever" and love but without annoying me too much and maybe with a more complex approach.

News Post: Dropping Science

Sep. 18th, 2017 06:47 pm
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Tycho: Gabriel mostly sat in confusion after the comment at Curriculum Night; he doesn’t really start or maintain beef in realspace. What you think isn’t political - that is to say, what isn’t up for debate - is really just an index of your politics anyway, and quite a robust one.  For me, I don’t think teaching science in science class is a political act.  I grew up in a house where “teaching evilution”...  Well, the fact that we called it Evilution is probably enough information to glean the subtleties of the position.  I live and let live as…

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Sep. 18th, 2017 12:18 pm
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 I feel like it's sort of more awkward to be that bridesmaid who doesn't wear makeup when most of the other bridesmaids also don't wear makeup in their real lives, and talk about how little they know about makeup and how little they have, but they're still doing it for the wedding. But I'm like, probably no one's gonna offer to do my makeup because they don't want me to feel guilty or anything, and obviously they're not confident in their makeup skills, and I both don't want to ask because people are rightly spending their time on themselves, and because I have kind of been put off people doing my makeup in a real situation by really awkward/bad/excessive makeup in playful situations, and I'm just generally not convinced that experimenting is a good idea when you have to go stand in front of everyone at someone's wedding whether it works out or not. (Christine did Raisa's makeup, but someone else was like hey, should we get Christine to help you with your makeup? Which is interesting, because that could feel awkward or condescending or guilt-inducing as much as with me, and I don't know if the difference is rooted in some assumption that having been socialized as a girl my whole life, my makeup ignorance is more my choice -- probably accurate -- or that Raisa "needs" makeup more to be perceived as a woman -- not accurate imho. It also could just be like, maybe expectations are different when it's your sister's wedding and your wife is officiating it and stuff.) But like, the more effort other people put into their appearances, the more I feel guilty I'm not? I feel like maybe I redirected that guilt into stress over things like standing in the right spot and getting every tiny thing right. Which, like, the fact is that the bride did not care about any of those things. And if she wanted me to wear makeup, she would have said. But I guess I'm also slightly confused by the fact that everyone else who doesn't wear makeup normally does so for a wedding (and like let's be real, their skin is good and they look good without it). Maybe I'm just behind my social groups and in a few years I'll be looking for events as excuses to figure out makeup things instead of looking for excuses to wear dresses I have/like. I guess I came out of the whole thing feeling kind of good about these dresses I have, but also aware of how bad I am at girl stuff and even understanding the social aspects of it, like I missed when my group was going upstairs to get ready in the same large bathroom and got ready in a small bathroom by myself, but also if I'd been up there it probably would have been awkward because I just put on my dress and put some gunk in my hair and painted my nails.

I'm probably just procrastinating but like this isn't fandomy enough for Tumblr or short enough for Twitter and sometimes it's just thoughts.

Edit- I just remembered, I think Raisa had some makeup she was maybe looking intimidated by or trying, and that is probably the difference. Like, maybe if I had been staring in confusion at some mascara or something, someone would have been like 'hey Christine, help Susanna with makeup.'  But I'm not convinced that I should have done that, for the aforementioned reasons.

News Post: Not Near Enough

Sep. 15th, 2017 06:04 pm
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Tycho: There was talk of trying the Leviathan raid, and it sounded pretty good to me, but then I realized that numbers were real and my numbers were very, very low.  I’m much closer now; Greazy-E and I are gonna try to crack the 260 barrier on this afternoon’s stream around 2 PDT.  Stop by? Here’s last night’s Acquisitions Incorporated: The “C” Team game, Anchors Aweigh (Part 4).  Watch live video from Penny Arcade on www.twitch.tv I needed to rest after this one; I was glad to have the break in the middle of the show this time, not merely for…

– fin –

Sep. 14th, 2017 04:29 am
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Posted by Jenna

This is the beginning of the world:

When her feathers, when Emily’s feathers, settle, and her fears fall away; when she closes her eyes and when she opens them; when she boots up the Thunder Dance on that little rock and dances then to touch the sky, and to bring it all tumbling down;

To work a brand new miracle

And to set a hurt thing free.

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Sep. 14th, 2017 04:28 am
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Posted by Jenna

I think if the wolf had lived —

The bigger wolf, I mean. The one that wasn’t Skoll, or me —

That maybe it would have been bad, I mean, really bad, but not world-ending bad. That maybe there’s something else that you can do with wolves that isn’t just killing them or letting them eat everything. That maybe sometimes things can happen, and they suck, and they’re awful, but then afterwards, somehow, things go on.

Or maybe they don’t. I don’t know. How could I? There’s not been time.

The world has only just begun.

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Sep. 14th, 2017 04:27 am
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Posted by Jenna

Emily walks past a cow. It’s got a crown. She nods. It moos.

Emily speaks with a snake for a little while.

At the edge of the chaos she kills a fine feathered coat-beast and she puts on a fine feathered coat.

She walks to the waste, with its great sticky trees, and she scuffs the dirt with her toes: here a down arrow. Here a left arrow. Here an up arrow, and here a right.

She sets up a stone, that’s all you need, you don’t need a PlayStation if you’ve learned the dance.

She turns the staring skull to face away.

And this is how the world begins: when the last bit of fear in Emily settles, and the feathers of her coat; and she closes her eyes, and opens them, pure and clean; and she grinds a power button into the dirt, and she presses it, with the horny calloused tip of her right big toe.

Lightning flashes. Thunder rumbles. The world powers on like a PlayStation fan.

“You could die here,” whispers a silver snake. “They could fall on you. The world could bury you alive.”

There’s no turning back now, warns a passing crow.

And the jaguars go around and around the Earth, in the cold and the airless awfulness of space; and even in this last moment of that pain they do not know that an Emily has come.

News Post: What A Savings

Sep. 13th, 2017 05:10 am
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Tycho: Stripped of its makeshift ironic armor, the events of the strip are quite true.  A father hand-made a custom universe for his son and as a result Hearts got warmed. This is not what happened at my home game.  What happened in my home game was that they stumbled upon an old peddler in the woods who was delighted - delighted! - to learn that their parents had gone missing.  His cart was full of bones and his shabby tunic was dusted with the dust of the GRAVE! A couple videos we have had MANY requests for are now available for your fervid watchings.  The first is…
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