games Stavia’s Xbox – August 26 2014 Comments Off

Stavia showed up yesterday and we were like a superhero team together. I make a great sidekick! Gamerscore stands at 58,274. Up up and away right? She played LEGO® Marvel on 360, and oh... don't tell Stavia this, but I have been getting in a little video chat in the off-hours. Booyah!

games Stavia’s Xbox – August 25 2014 Comments Off

Consoles are for playing! I am glad Stavia picked up on that yesterday... Gamerscore is a respectful 58,274 points. That is a profit of 20 points over last time! She played LEGO® Marvel winning 1 achievement on 360, and oh... don't tell Stavia this, but I have been dumbing down the AI lately... I am hoping it keeps her coming back for more! MUHAHAHA!

games Stavia’s Xbox – August 24 2014 Comments Off

Like a queen on her throne, Stavia said 'awaken' and for her I did comply. 58,254 points represents the size of our growing kingdom. Ok, enough of this Monarchy stuff. She played LEGO® Marvel on 360, and... hmmm... I forget what else we did...

games Stavia’s Xbox – August 21 2014 Comments Off

I love to game, you love to game, Stavia loves to game, we all love to game! 58,254 points FTW!!! That is a profit of 120 points over last time! She rallied LEGO® Marvel gaining an amazing 6 achievements on 360, and then I told her to keep playing but she didn't... out of spite I think.

jasperopolis A new inhabitant has come to Jasperopolis. Comments Off

A new inhabitant has come to Jasperopolis.

jasperopolis A new inhabitant has come to Jasperopolis. Comments Off

A new inhabitant has come to Jasperopolis.

metafilter MeFi: “That wasn’t any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.” Comments Off

Things That Don't Suck, Some Notes on The Stand

I recently reread The Stand for no particular reason other than I felt like it. I'm honestly not sure how many time[s] I've read it at this point, more than three, less than a half dozen (though I can clearly remember my first visit to that horrifyingly stripped bare world as I can remember the first reading of all the truly great King stories). It's not my favorite of King's work, but it is arguably his most richly and completely imagined. It truly is the American Lord of The Rings, with the concerns of England (Pastorialism vs. Industrialism, Germany's tendency to try and blow it up every thirty years or so) replaced by those of America (Religion, the omnipresent struggle between our liberal and libertarian ideals, our fear of and dependence on the military, racial and gender tension) and given harrowing size.



I'm happy to say that The Stand holds up well past the bounds of nostalgia and revisiting the world and these characters was as pleasurable as ever. But you can't step in the same river twice, even when you're revisiting a favorite book. Even if the river hasn't changed you have. This isn't meant as any kind of comprehensive essay on The Stand. Just a couple of things I noticed upon dipping my toes in the river this time.



[Spoiler alert: assume everything, from the link above to those below, contains SPOILERS.]

metafilter MeFi: Apartment Houses of the Metropolis Comments Off

10 Elaborate Floor Plans from Pre-World War I New York City Apartments

flickr Randall Munroe’s Hugo acceptance speech, Hugos, Loncon 3, Worldcon, Excel Centre, Docklands, London, UK Comments Off

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Randall Munroe's Hugo acceptance speech, Hugos, Loncon 3, Worldcon, Excel Centre, Docklands, London, UK

metafilter MeFi: Okay, angry owls it is Comments Off

One of the great things about medieval art and architecture is that people just went in and did things. They didn’t build models and scale them up. Building great cathedrals and abbeys was a learning process as much as anything else. This means many of these apparently perfect aspirations to the Heavenly Jerusalem have some often quite comical mistakes, corrections and bodge-jobs that once you see, you can’t unnotice. Great Mistakes in English Medieval Architecture.

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