Memorial Day Weekend

It was a pleasant one; the thing that has made it best for me, though, is probably the rain every evening, like right now, as it comes down outside, and I contemplate how much water, particularly moving water, is amazing.  (Who am I kidding?  Seeing friends and talking with random strangers was what made it …

Games, Culture, Mind Altering Substances

In that sense, you suggest that gaming, in fact, pops up everywhere. There’s a lot of stigmatism around the idea that you might sit at home alone playing a computer game—or blogging—or that you might go out to an internet café and play a game with your friends, as if there’s something socially wrong with you; but if you go down to the pub for a game of pool, that’s the height of sociability. That’s the right kind of gaming. So only specific types of games are stigmatized, and only specific types of play have been rewarded.

BLDGBLOG interview with Jim Rossignol

So. It’s fairly well-reported that every culture has its approved mind-altering substances and its disapproved ones.  Anywhere you are, there’ll be at least alcohol, and quite possibly a plethora of local flora (and sometimes fauna) capable of putting one quite out of one’s senses.  And some of them are OK, and some of them are not, depending what culture you’re in. Continue readingGames, Culture, Mind Altering Substances

Current reading

So, I’ve had the notion of reading Daniel Deronda by George Eliot in my head for a bit, but, failing to find it at the bookstore, picked up Silas Marner, also by George Eliot.  I’m proceeding apace through Silas Marner, and was intending to move on to Daniel Deronda, which my mother sent me in …

Too early to think.

I object to just posting a comic, particularly without some insight about it, but I really don’t have enough in my early-morning brain to say more than that this comic, while it’s simple, accurately captures my feelings on NDAs.  They’re quite silly.

Jabber Bot

So, I’ve written a python-based MUC-aware Jabber bot framework, using XMPPpy.  If anyone would be interested in using or improving this, please let me know.  I want it to be of use to people, like a Jabbery version of your IRC-bot framework of choice.  It is currently instantiated only as Tyche, my dicerolling bot for …