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Thursday, July 14th, 2011
8:49 pm
Art. Art in a heartbeat
Here's a thing I posted to an roleplaying discussion list, in a thread asking about whether Art or Fun is more important, and which we prefer in a game. I decided to share it with (all? both of?) you as well. 'Scuse the lack of context.


Art vs. Fun - Which is more important to you?

Art. Art in a heartbeat.

(Usual caveats here: 'depends on the game', 'everything has it's place', blah blah. Like everyone else I'm uncomfortable with the terms 'art' and 'fun', but let's acknowledge that both are done for entertainment and, yes, fun, then I'm fine).

I say 'art' because I like to stretch and improve myself, and gaming is one domain I can do that in - to learn to contribute to more entertainment and fun for myself and those I game with.

I say 'art' because I want an experience that sticks with me, possibly even one that makes me think, after, over a fun afternoon's giggle. This at a time when I've almost entirely stopped watching serious drama on movies and tv (I make an exception for things like BSG, Game of Thrones and such. I don't know what that execption is).

Most of all, I say 'art' because for years now I've been looking for 'a game to break my heart'. It's been soooo long since one has done that, and I really, really miss it.

It's possible that the way I play doesn't allow for it any more, that I've been GMing too much and it's snuck into my mindset, but I'm hoping that's not the case. I'm pretty sure it's not.

Many years ago when I was just starting on my 'deep and emotional characters' journey - characters that were about something, characters with issues (as in 'things they care about', not emotional damage), I remember talking with a friend about a campaign we were both in. I liked my character because I wanted to see if he(I) could reconcile his patriotism and his duty, and how would the reunion with his estranged brother go. My friend was *so* excited about his character because he had just gotten enough xp to put up his acrobatics one more point, and with his new gun skill that allowed him to do-some-cool-attack-or-other on a 13 or above. Or something.

I hadn't cared about stuff like that since high school, if ever. But there, I saw, was a man who enjoyed his roleplaying far, far more than I did.
Friday, August 20th, 2010
6:42 pm
Monday, July 12th, 2010
10:17 pm
Wise (?) words from a WoW NPC
Was someone at Blizzard feeling honest, or bitter?

"There are only three kinds of people in this world: competitors, customers, and employees. Competitors are to be crushed ruthlessly, customers indulged, and employees strictly supervised.

Independent contractors are a myth. They want to be paid better than employees, but treated like customers. Never trust one who calls himself by that title."
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
8:22 pm
8:06 pm
Tired, Sore, Happy
Pheno 2010,000 (B.C.) has been and gone, and sinks into the misty aeons. Mad dreamers spin madder tales about reliving the glory days in a month or so, but of course that will never happen* (*clvr rvrs psclgy).

Sounds like people had fun and enjoyed their games, which is the key thing. I certainly did, and it was good to see old friends again, even if too many of you couldn't make it this year, for whatever reason.

Thanks everyone for coming! If you offered, requested or suggested anything during the con, now would be a great time to make sure I wrote it down.

cheers,
Shane
Monday, May 10th, 2010
8:19 am
Link for hot new movie trailer
I was going to embed the movie right here, but for once the youtube comments are worth a look.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFicqklGuB0

But don't read them till after you've watched the clip.
Thursday, February 18th, 2010
12:47 am
* Rock Sugar *
has come home.

Ryan, Sandra, Jen: This one's for you
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
9:03 am
Stolen from specific people:

If I came with a warning label, what would it say?

(if you want to play along, post this on your own journal)
8:28 am
Ask and you shall...
Ok, so google themselves got me a wave invite. Along with a few others I can share around. Who wants one?
Friday, November 20th, 2009
10:19 pm
Hard at work
in a chat window, today:

me: break time! back in 10.
Sent at 11:01 AM on Friday
me: back
Sent at 11:25 AM on Friday
Andrew: to back.
me: alone against the darkness
Andrew: that's us - the Old Firm.
me: looks bad this time. there's a lot of them...
Andrew: Lucky I brought Velma then. You're never outnumbered with a heavy reliable dexax needler pistol.
me: ...
Sunday, October 4th, 2009
11:22 am
shameless begging
Does anyone here have a google wave invite they could throw me?
11:10 am
Boot Camp, day 2 and 3: Mapping new muscle groups from the pain
and I thought "hurt in places you didn't know you had" was a joke. Ha ha funny. Don't ask me what I've done to overwork my *shin* muscles, but that's what I've somehow managed. My theory is that every other muscle below the hip has gone on strike leaving the shins to do all the work. And omg so much work.

OTOH, while the exercise is just as hard, or worse, the actual hour seemed to go much quicker on Wednesday and Friday. Mondays hour felt interminable.

So yes, it does get easier. The trick will be reminding myself of that first thing Wednesday morning...
Monday, September 28th, 2009
8:44 am
Boot Camp, Day 1: So this must be what pain feels like.
I have survived the one hour "Fitness test and Introduction". It all gets easier from here, right?

Right?
Monday, July 6th, 2009
7:36 am
Dear internets,

Female is not a handicap.
Female is not an insult.
Female is not the presumptive loser, target, prize or victim of any contest.

I know we've only been thinking of women as actual people for a little while now, but please, you've had a century or so to adapt. Do try and adjust your snark lines appropriately.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
8:02 pm
Racefail '09
If you read SF/F, or if you value humans and their communication, check out the great sprawling blogthing that has become Racefail 09. http://rydra-wong.livejournal.com/146697.html has a lot of links to start with.

When it gets painful, http://bossymarmalade.livejournal.com/483524.html

I don't want to add discussion here, but this is an invitation to talk about it when next we meet.
Friday, February 27th, 2009
6:48 am
GRRM ringed 'round by his adoring foes.
This makes me sad.

"I have to admit, the rising tide of venom about the lateness of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS has gotten pretty discouraging."

and These people are completely right about it.

I think there's something else going on besides hateful entitlement, though. See I'm fairly sure most of the venom is well meant, and even intended to be complimentary. I've certainly joked with more than one GM that they should be home making games for me to play, because it seemed a safe, slightly ironic and hopefully non-embarrassing way to tell them just how much I've loved their past work. I still remember the shock when my best friend asked me to stop teasing him, because it hurt. Didn't he know that we would only do it because we thought he was the coolest? Well yes, he did actually. But the jokes hurt anyway.

Gentle ribbing rarely works in text, and the effect of your comment is very different en mass than if it was alone. (Yes, they have heard that joke before). Take a risk, find someone who you like and try a simple, sincere compliment.
Monday, December 29th, 2008
10:32 am
..and that's where I woke up, you see.
I dislike sleeping late when it's warm - I always get nightmares, and Pheno organisation nightmares are no more pleasant than any other. Although it was nice to see you all again, (and I do mean all, who knew there were so many orgs), I don't get out and see folks enough.

I can make sense of most of it, but can anyone tell me why Tim Smith, in the harbour out my back window, in the rain, was standing in a heavily carpeted rowboat, singing opera and offering me a red velvet pirate shirt?
Saturday, December 6th, 2008
11:35 pm
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
4:53 pm
Get a haircut, and get a real job
So the axe has finally fallen at Teletech Canberra. At noon today we locked our PCs for the last time, ate the inevitable complementary pizza, and let the Smiling Sydney Suits walk us through our individualised 'Redundancy And You!' packs.

How do I feel about it? I'm honestly not sure. Staying there the last few months has been a gamble thats paid off, and I'd say I'm in a pretty good position. I think I'm relieved, but the future looks pretty scary.

If you'd like to help, take me somewhere quiet and get me to talk about doing work that I love. Set aside some time. Bring tissues.
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So, does anybody here do haircuts?
Monday, August 18th, 2008
8:54 am
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