Author’s Note: Nearly a year ago now, October 16, 2013 I camped out in a Chick Fil-A parking lot. I did this as part of their First 100 Event for new store openings.
I was out of work at the time, due to the government shutdown. I didn’t know how long it would last (15 days) or if I would be paid for any of it (I wasn’t). But Chick Fil-A and their offering of 52 free meals for the next year and…
“One of my favorite ways to avoid doing work is to read books about work. This allows you to lie in bed and absorb the wisdom of someone else’s labor, which leaves you with a satisfying sense of accomplishment when you’ve actually done almost nothing. I highly recommend it.”—Thursday, 25 September 2014 – The Pastry Box Project
“I was in favor of the U.S. invasion. But we are literally 5,000 times worse than before. If you look at it, you can see it was wrong. We have gained nothing. Literally nothing. We may have had an evil dictator, but now we have total terrorism. We used to have one Saddam. Now we have thousands.”—Rev. Canon Andrew White (via azspot)
“Let’s get something straight: ISIS didn’t behead civilians and then post videos of the killings online because they thought it would deter America and other coalition members from going to war against them. They did it because they knew it was precisely the type of behavior that would bait the world into war–and that such a war would lead inevitably to a flood of new recruits, offended by the excessive force that the western coalition will no doubt use against them. As the collateral damages pile up, retaliation will be only too easy to justify. Launching airstrikes against ISIS may make us feel like we are assuming control of the situation, but we are merely playing out a role that ISIS has written for us. The harder we strike back, the more justified their original acts of violence will appear.”—Am I smarter than President Obama? I don’t think so… (via azspot)
Today has been a long day. It’s been the last long day of a very long week. This week’s dispatch is about getting away from it all and being outside in the sunlight and fresh air. Thank you for reading this and for reading me. I am thankful for every one of you to read my work. When you share or comment on my work it fills me with pride and gratitude. Thank you all.
This 19 minute video talks about Phil Fish, who those in the indie gaming world hate because he is talented with strong opinions. But people don’t hate Phil Fish as much as they hate the concept of Phil Fish.
Chrono Trigger really was more or less destined for greatness. It was produced by an RPG dream team, and one of the real dream teams. Not like Nintendo’s so-called Ultra 64 “dream team,” which gave us classics like Wheel of Fortune and… hmm. They canceled Robotech: Crystal Dreams, right? Oh well.
But with Chrono Trigger, you had the core staff behind Final Fantasy, led by series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. On the other had, you also had Dragon Quest lead Yuji Horii. These two very different men brought together their very different visions of what RPGs can and should be, and… somehow, managed to reconcile these ideas beautifully.
Though the Polar Vortex reared its ugly head across Chicago this past winter, it brought with it something incredibly beautiful if not apocalyptic–lots of fog. Fog can always make for great images, and that’s what photographer Michael Salisbury was able to do. According to a Chicago Tribune article, the fog that was over Chicago back in…
Stop caring and worrying about breaking things and start hacking at them — just make sure you have a good backup in place first. Remember that for many of us it is more about learning than anything else.
Cut to Carl, bleary-eyed, on the 6th (top) floor of the Department of Labor.
Walking to the café there, I glanced out the window to see the Washington Monument in the distance. With a plane flying across the horizon line. The sun was hidden by clouds but desperately trying to come out.
I noticed of the half-dozen flags flying atop nearby building. They were all at half mast. And I was confused.
"What I miss most," he eventually continued, "is somewhere between quiet and solitude. What I miss most is stillness." He said he’d watched for years as a shelf mushroom grew on the trunk of a Douglas fir in his camp. I’d noticed the mushroom when I visited—it was enormous—and he asked me with evident concern if anyone had knocked it down. I assured him it was still there. In the height of summer, he said, he’d sometimes sneak down to the lake at night. "I’d stretch out in the water, float on my back, and look at the stars."
I’m interested in the tiny house movement. I think the idea of casting away most of the junk that fills our homes and storage units is admirable and pleasant. This may be taking it to an extreme but I thought this would be a good intro and look into the world.
I enjoyed hearing about the motivations and desires of the tiny house dwellers…
New Rule For the Internet: Let’s not get overly worked up over things that won’t matter in 24 hours.
It’s a rule I’m trying to live by more. It is very easy to get pulled into the Internet Outrage Machine™. Everyday there is something absurd to get all worked up over. Then, the next day, it won’t matter to anyone. This is also why I do not cover tech newson this site. There is no point in…