Monday, August 12, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
PBS covers roleplaying games!
Since their growth in popularity in the 1970s, RPGs have had a huge influence not just on players, but on everything from Hollywood to the development of video games. Now, In a world dominated by video games and social media, there remains an enduring interest in gathering around a table and playing games face to face. Beyond cards and board games, Role Playing Games allow not just for interaction and play, but the creativity of storytelling, world creation, and engagement with ideas.The adaptability of D&D and other tabletop RPGs can satisfy players in a way that our digital world still cannot, with unique game mechanics and engagement and limitless use of imagination. As tabletop RPGs enjoy a cultural resurgence, more and more people are discovering the freedom and interactivity that makes them unique.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
An ancient PopSci (not sure about the date) offers a fascinating snapshot of the mindset of the Cold War-era tech zine. Submitting your stories for censorship! It's hard to wrap your mind around. (Here's a bigger version of the editorial...)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Hey guys! Here are the notes from my IgniteMpls talk. Woot!
1. Lego: The classic definition
-- The wack model is set #710-3: Basic Building Set (http://peeron.com/inv/sets/710-3), released in 1983.
2. Cool models. Oh hell yeah!
-- Our models are better these days, but it's just for fun.
-- The sandcrawler was built by Hannes "Marshal Banana" Tscharmer in 2011. http://www.flickr.com/photos/marshal-banana/
3. Serious Lego: An definition.
-- Professionals do serious projects with Lego.
-- The giant Lego DSi was built by Sean Kenney (seankenney.com) as part of the game pad's 2009 release. It uses 51,324 bricks and was built around a welded steel chassis. #seriousdough
-- Learn more at BIG's website: http://www.big.dk/#projects-cphx
5. Beowulf Cluster of Raspberry Pi Boards
-- Press release: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mediacentre/features/raspberry_pi_supercomputer.shtml
-- Project site: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~sjc/raspberrypi/
6. Autistic Therapy
7. Team Building
-- So serious that entire cooperate departments waste a day doing this. Cheesy marketing image is from strategic-play.com.
-- Creator of the arm is piotrek839 and his models may be veiwed here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=523286
-- To learn more about the Open Prosthetics project: http://openprosthetics.org/
9. Cheney blowing his friend's nuts off.
-- The model is by Thom Beckett: http://www.flickr.com/photos/minifig/102667005
10. Atrocities I
-- One of the most compelling reasons for depicting an atrocity in Lego is to shock people with the juxtaposition of a child's plaything and something horrible.
-- You can learn more about Legofesto's work at her website: legofesto.blogspot.com/
11. Atrocities II
-- Lego builder Moritz (www.flickr.com/photos/nolnet) used Lego's "Green Army Men" from their Toy Story line to depict wartime atrocities like mutilations, torture, arms deals, and so on. #enhancedlegoation
12. Lego Antikythera Mechanism
-- To learn more about the Lego Antikythera Mechanism: http://acarol.woz.org/antikythera_mechanism.html
-- Also, check out this sick video: http://vimeo.com/17648733
13. The Bone Thing
14. Space Elevator
15. Weed Dispensary
-- Los Angeles art collective LA-Go removed the plants and jars of dank nugs from a medical marijuana dispensary and replaced them with Lego duplicates. The resulting show, called "Indespensible: Art by the Ounce," was described as "a conceptual cannabis co-op comprised of LEGO bricks."
-- Learn more here: http://knowngallery.com/blog/post/lago-brand-usa-indispensable-art-by-the-oz/ -- and here: http://argotandochre.com/2012/06/medical-marijuana-dispensary-made-entirely-out-of-legos/
16. Concentration Camp
-- Polish artist Zbigniew Libera asked Lego for some gray bricks for a work of art. It turns out the piece consisted of a Nazi-like concentration camp in fake Lego packaging, with the label that the company had sponsored the project. Lego tried to play the thug role but backed down when Libera raised a stink. #itsartbaby
17. The Collectivity Project
-- Olufur Elliasson's Collectivity Project (http://www.olafureliasson.net/works/the_collectivity_project.html) is a communal art project where ordinary citizens imagine rebuilding their city using white bricks to visualize how the roads and buildings might look like.
18-19. Brick Testament
-- The creator gives each scene a rating, so the Garden of Eden would be rated N for nudity!
-- Learn more at bricktestament.com
20. Shillin' like a villain
-- Hey kids, you should get up on my book, the Cult of Lego! http://www.amazon.com/The-Cult-LEGO-John-Baichtal/dp/1593273916/
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