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Archive for May, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Monday, May 25th, 2009

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 best.)

I’ll be back east in less than a week, and that’s great.  I am also coming to some very clear ideas about what I want in life, and possibly how to achieve that.  Fortes fortuna adiuvat.

Games, Culture, Mind Altering Substances

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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. (more…)

Current reading

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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 the mail, but another book may be inserting itself between them: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Given that these books place my current reading within a 60-year period from 1861 to 1920, are there any other things on the must-read list in there?  I’m readjusting to reading fiction, and finding it just the thing.

Too early to think.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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 tabletop RPGs online (who also provides some snark when people are predictable in the gaming rooms).  But the more uses it finds, the moar betterer it gets, right?

Vienna and Athens

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

A friend of mine went to school in Hong Kong with someone named Athens FitzCheung (correct me on this, Karen?).  This name is awesome.  It only recently struck me that Vienna Teng has a surprisingly similar name.

More to the point, Austin and I saw her live tonight, at the etown taping at the Boulder Theater.  She is more amazing than anticipated: pretty, socially conscious, really smart, and most of all astoundingly talented.  With versatility like you’ve not seen in a long time.  She went from classically-informed current singer/songwriter to “didn’t Alan Lomax record this?” in a moment.

Bottom line: check her out.