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 …


I’m there again.  Sick, again, of being here.  I’m enjoying Austin being here, but I know he’ll be leaving and, frankly, I want to leave with him.  There are a lot of things that go into this.  One which I know is contributing to my foul mood, but which I think I should discount, is …

And again

More snow when I woke up this morning.  It’s getting ridiculous. Also, life is happening, but I’ll post about it later, when I have interesting things to say.


I love the weather here; the snow has been coming down all day, and it’s magical outside.  I could deal with a lovely long winter, I think; though this has had days like hiking in a t-shirt on my birthday (January 19) and an interlude in Africa… Speaking of which, I hope people have liked …


Ugh, I’ve been meaning to write about Tanzania, but I just don’t know how.  It doesn’t seem to lend itself to narrative very well.  One thing I have been telling people, a highlight of the trip, was staying with a retired Tanzanian general with whom I am somehow related (getting euro-interpretable kinship terms from Tanzanians …