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{ Monthly Archives } April 2015

April 29, IN HISTORY – labor relations

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken. For some reason, lots of photos from Aprils 29th were available, we have Presidents, Writers, Opera Singers, plus bombs and wreckage.  Enjoy! President Opera Singers Writer Upton Sinclair […]

On Baltimore

Thinking about Baltimore this morning, I recall this Martin Luther King Jr quote I read a few years ago: It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist […]

Koko Takes a Holiday

Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea Shea’s novel is a light romp through a dark future where most of the Earth has been ravaged by economic and environmental collapse.  Many people live in floating cities high above the Earth, and a few others vie for the limited slots among the global elite.  Just making […]

Tweets from 2015-04-19 to 2015-04-25

Tweets from 2015-04-12 to 2015-04-18 http://t.co/aY56lrQPqi 10:01:12, 2015-04-19 Epic game night yesterday with Jenny, @pbooth81, @KatieRBooth, @PetraJensen10, and @weelobow #GameLog (1/5) 12:51:33, 2015-04-19 #GameLog Kids joined us for #WitsandWagersFamily. I discovered Avery is better at betting than i am, but @weelobow cleaned up. (2/5) 12:53:28, 2015-04-19 #GameLog Then it was half a game of #Citadels until […]

Dispatch from the Age of Electracy: C2E2 edition

One of my prized possessions (thank you, Joe Hancock and Joy Sperling) is a Dawn of the Dead poster signed by George Romero, Ken Foree, David Emgee, Scott Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross.  Among the various bits of stuff that the seller provided were photos of the signings — attesting to their provenance.  With C2E2 today, […]

On Game Design: You Gotta Spend Money to Make Money

One of my favorite things a game can do is to make spending money (or currency) draw from your victory pool.  Some examples: Smallworld requires you to spend victory points to bypass races you don’t want to play. The Sheriff of Nottingham doubles the effect by encouraging you to bribe opponents with coins, which increases […]

Silver Screen Fiend

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt Patton Oswalt is a really good memoirist.  He has the deft touch of a seasoned comedian, a keen eye for metaphor and the important detail, and a strong sense of storytelling.  Silver Screen Fiend imbues his early standup years with a […]

Tweets from 2015-04-12 to 2015-04-18

Tweets from 2015-04-05 to 2015-04-11 http://t.co/zqndHX2laJ 10:03:01, 2015-04-12 Worst night's sleep ever. At one point dreamed I was finally sleeping, woke up to check the clock to see what time I'd fallen asleep. 05:41:03, 2015-04-13 In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin http://t.co/B3elMCXnj0 11:32:57, 2015-04-13 TV fiends: Is there a […]

March music roundup: Raconteurs, Bhi Bhiman, Tally Hall

I review my music playlist for each month, compiled from albums that drift across my transom and tunes I download from eMusic. Emusic albums: Bhi Bhiman, Bhiman – Bhi Bhiman continues to impress.  This is the second full-length album of his that I’ve gotten and it’s great.  It opens with “Guttersnipe,”a swelling paean to a […]

I always thought IKEA was kinda creepy, OR: Horrorstör – creepy by design

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix This remarkable, entertaining horror novel has a simple premise: a haunted IKEA.  It’s not actually the Swedish flat-pack behemoth, of course, but an also-ran called ORSK, a fictional store designed, the narrator asserts, to copy IKEA as closely as possible.  The tale follows Amy, her supervisor Basil, and a couple other […]

April 15, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Dispatches from the Age of Electracy: Unbreakable

I’m not sure how much of an essay is worth writing here.  Slate excellent pieces about the race issues in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and in particular the disturbing trope of the “hilarious black neighbor” trope that has become so common.  Aisha Harris writes: The tongue-in-cheek song will be familiar to anyone who’s followed the news […]

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson Months and months ago, I started In the Garden of Beasts and while it was good, the slow ramp up to the intense story didn’t quite grip me.  I stopped about sixty pages in, just, as it turns […]

Tweets from 2015-04-05 to 2015-04-11

Tweets from 2015-03-29 to 2015-04-04 http://t.co/KQKHFPwC6h 10:00:15, 2015-04-05 Got to meet Martin Sheen for a brief moment this weekend. #pcaaca15 http://t.co/0mz8mZJAwq 11:09:33, 2015-04-05 Hey @RheaButcher! I met Matt Clark this weekend and got the recipe for Wake-Up Juice. #BackToTheFuture3 http://t.co/zQC35pUj0N 11:21:06, 2015-04-05 RT @mrdaveyd: Here's the NY Post describing the riots in Ferguson…. http://t.co/831uN91O70 12:26:47, 2015-04-05 […]

Back next week

Hi All, With the PCA/ACA 2015 conference last week, I’ve been swamped and thus pretty non-bloggy.  I will be so this week as well, but should be able to resume some semblance of a regular schedule next week. In the meantime, here’s a picture of me with Martin Sheen.