Gaming as a service

There are always a lot of people panhandling and busking on the Pearl St. Mall here in Boulder. But today, as I walked along with the first drops of rain starting to flick through the sky, after a good lunch with a good Rosetta Stone friend, I saw a funny thing. Someone sitting with a …

How to spend a summer’s day

In this case: watching a cricket game up in Longmont with a few friends and the following picnic: cucumber sandwiches bread, cheese and pâté hobnobs and McVitie’s digestives Pimm’s mustardy potato salad treacle tarts nutella There was nothing not good about this.

Meeting

I spoke for what I think is the first time today at meeting. It was not really a choice. The message was from me, from somewhere inside of me, but it was not my choice to speak it. Consciously I didn’t want to, but at a certain point, part of my brain said “you’re a …

Twitter

Twitter is really cool. For a long time, I didn’t understand what it was for, but I’m getting an increased understanding of it. It’s kind of like a room where you can define who’s near you, and nearness is not necessarily transitive. So you can overhear conversations and join into them seamlessly, or hear when …

Why

So, I need to always revisit why I am doing a thing. In this case, grad school seems unpleasant currently, so I am trying to see what it is that I like about it. And really, it is the teaching. I very much want to do that. I am sure that I want to do …

Public Space

It’s a beautiful day, and I’m working at a coffee shop on Pearl Street. Nice space, doors open to the air outside, a comfy chair and a nearby outlet. I don’t feel like their choice of music, so I’m listening on my headphones to Carter & Grammer—Drum Hat Buddha right now, but it’ll move on …

Disqus

Because I like threaded comments and good notifications, I’ve set up Disqus for this here blag. If it perturbs you, sorry. Hopefully, it’ll help people get notified when people reply to comments. You don’t need a Disqus account or anything, but if you have one, awesome.

The Matter of Britain

I’ve been working on a game set in Regency Britain of magicians and fairies, drawing much inspiration from Susanna Clarke’s fantastic book, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. The themes of madness and manners are so perfectly embodied in the period, with the very king himself being mad. But I’ve had a realization as I work …

The King’s Speech

I saw it tonight. Great movie. I liked the amount of period detail, for sure, but what I really liked was the fantastic structure: every act and scene and beat was just in place. A problem, a new relationship, a breaking of that relationship, an increased crisis that leads to reconciliation. A gradual escalation of …

Scott Pilgrim

I finally got around to reading the last two volumes of the comic last night. Great ending to a great comic. I just wanted to say that the “wilderness sabbatical” bit is very Yoda-esque: Scott travels far away, goes into the wild, confronts his shadow, and returns, wiser for it. But at least Luke doesn’t …