Archive for July, 2015

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Coaster Wednesday!

July 29, 2015

So, this happened:

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Or, more accurately, a lot of those things happened!

Yes indeed, just over a week ago I satisfied my itch for awesome roller coaster action by hitting up Six Flags Magic Mountain for 10 hours of nearly non-stop coaster riding action. Longish lines meant that those 10 hours resulted in “only” 19 coaster rides – and yet what glorious rides those were.

Ready? Secure yourself in and DO NOT STAND UP! Read the rest of this entry ?

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Philosophy Tuesday

July 28, 2015

This is a philosophical statement. It is intended to spark thinking and examining.

Remy:  “Oh, please. I’m sick of pretending. I pretend to be a rat for my father, I pretend to be a human for Linguini. I pretend you exist so I have someone to talk to! You only tell me stuff I already know! I know who I am! Why do I need you to tell me? Why do I need to pretend?”

Gusteau: “Ahhh, but you don’t Remy. You never did.

— Ratatouille

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Architecture Monday

July 27, 2015

Note… this is not a Frank Lloyd Wright building:

not a textile block house

But it is perhaps one of the classiest restroom facades around.

(Just back from an amazing week in LA!  Sorry for the week of silence.  The above was taken within California Adventure at the Disneyland resort;  I laughed so hard when I saw this, I wonder if the cast members looked at me with worry that perhaps I had lost my mind…)

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VidCon is over

July 26, 2015

Wow. Vidcon 2015 has been an absolutely amazing experience for me. I went in with a curious mind and came away with so much more than I imagined. I learned many things, discovered kinsmanship on a whole new level, met delightful new friends (hi everyone!), received a tonne of support and love, delighted in Art Assignment projects, juiced up my excitement for my designs, met many wonderful people, shared in our individual and collective passions, interacted with wonderful YouTube personalities and mentors, and rocked the night away with the Driftless Pony Club as well as Hank and the Perfect Strangers.  A wicked three days. I come away totally happy.

Thank you everyone for a completely fantastic time.   I am so looking forward to our continued journeys together.

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Gaming Thursday: Rabbits!

July 16, 2015

Ever since I bought Bunnies and Burrows, many moons ago, I’ve always considered that it would be one of the toughest RPGs to run. For one, everyone is a rabbit, an everyday, ordinary rabbit who can count to four and maybe knows a bit of herbalism or bun-fu. I figured you would need a very good group of players, fully invested in the idea and willing to really get into character and drive the game through the everyday bunny type adventures you’d have. Oh, there could be the epic quests like those in Watership Down, but the game suggested revolving the campaign more around the trials and tribulations of keeping the warren safe, exploring the local area, some mischief with local farms. You’d need a lot of support to carry that.

Plus, I never owned the original version, only the GURPS remake of it, and I’m really questioning now if that type of system would have supported the play well, making the job even more of a challenge to run.

With my recent exploration into FATE and the playstyle it encourages, I’m now much more confident that such a game would be runnable. Sure, invested players would still be indispensible, but the way the systems are set up for that kind of a game style it nudges the players and lends itself to the freewheeling nature of that kind of story as well as the ingenuity of the bunnies.

‘Course there are other systems that also fall into that category, and now there’s a chance to find out how it’d run in the Apocalypse World Engine. And of course it’s another Kickstarter! $10 bucks gets you the completed PDF!

I’ve jumped in. Though I’ve never seen how hard, or easy, it is to run B&B, with this I might just.

(As an amusing side note, I bought Bunnies and Burrows before I read Watership Down, and somehow it was through the reading list at the back of B&B that I ended up learning about and reading Watership Down, a book that I still read chunks of on a semi-yearly basis…)

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Wonder Wednesday

July 15, 2015

I’ve been kicking it hard and fun in Northern Shaolin (and Tai Chi, and…) for almost 15 years.

This week I got rooting while kicking on a whole new level.

I smeggin’ love this stuff!

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Philosophy Tuesday

July 14, 2015

This is a philosophical statement. It is intended to spark thinking and examining.

We may not like our history, but it’s history.

History, however, need not define us.

Nor how things will go.

Creating the future begins by taking responsibility for our history.

All of it.

Be present to the what happened.

Get all the unsaids,

all the hidden views,

all the truths we’ve been telling ourselves for years.

Be responsible for those too.

Be willing to accept the consequences.

Clean up the messes made.

And get responsible and involved for charting where we want to go.

Get in action.

It may not be easy.

It may not be quick.

But if we want to live and be who we say we are…

It’s what we have to do.