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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.
What do Lincoln, Taft, and Wilson all have in common? March 4 Inauguration day!
After George Washington set the date as March 4 at his second inaugural, every President up to Rutherford B. Hayes was inaugurated on March 4. Hayes was sworn in on March 5th, 1877. Then we went back to the 4th until FDR’s second term, when the 20th amendment changed the inauguration day to Jan 20.
I just thought Magón’s look here was so plaintive, I had to include it too.
As you’ve surely noticed, I’m playing a lot of board games lately and would like to write something about them on my blog. I hesitate to do reviews because there are lots of good game reviewers who give games several plays before they review them, and depending on the game it would take me months before I had enough play under my belt to review a game. So here are some other ideas:
continue what I’ve been doing – irregular random compositions about games as they emerge
reviews – I don’t care, Brendan, that you haven’t enough time to play games thoroughly before you review them. Review away!
Why I play ____ – semi-regular feature, maybe twice a month, with just stuff about why we play a game. Not really a review because I won’t be assessing quality so much as what we like.
Game Design notes – semi-regular feature in which I highlight one aspect of a game I really like from a design perspective.
I am open to suggestions. Post them in the comments.
The busiest time of the year, for me, is early January. It’s crunch time over at the PCA, where we’re solidifying our schedule, finishing registration, and getting ready for the conference. We’re preparing for a new semester at Columbia College Chicago, so there are syllabi to finalize and other administrative work to do. And I’m teaching my zombie class, which is five-six hours of class and screening each day.
So please forgive the pre-written posts. I’ll get back to more timely stuff after next week.
This year’s BEV is a bit weird, because I wasn’t really blogging much in the first half of the year. I’ll start when I restarted the blog. Reminder: Blog’s Eye View is the first sentence written each month.
Here are the four (six) best comics I read this year, in no particular order:
Revival, Volume 1-3 by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, et al
A smart, interesting zombie comic in which the zombies are just people who have woken up (ala The Returned) but are also dead and, well, off in some way. All three volumes so far are GREAT.
Mind Mgmt, Volume 1: The Manager by Matt Kindt
A creepy SF tale about a government organization that trains people in mass control — not completely dissimilar from Lexicon, except in this comic it’s a supernatural power that the individuals are honing. Also, cool indie art.
Fatale, Volume 1 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
A Lovecraftian hard boiled tale with an intoxicating lady and terrible things hiding in the shadows. Creepy and wonderful.
Incognito: The Classified Edition by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
When a supervillain joins the witness protection program, he bums around like Henry Hill for a while, but then he starts using his superpowers to fight for good and things get all weird and wild.
The Lindburgh Child by Rick Geary
Perhaps the best of his treasuries so far, this detailed account of the kidnapping and murder of the Lindburgh baby discusses both the crime and its aftermath, and helps us ask whether the man they caught and convicted was really the man who did the deed.