Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ted's triumphant return to podcasting

Some of my long-time readers may remember that I was once part of a podcast made up of local comics geeks, called, appropriately, The Geek Report. Some of you may also remember that this podcast then stopped happening for a while. Well, fret no more, loyal audiophiles, for the Geek Report is back! Lance and myself are returning for "season two," and we're now joined by Lupi Loops McGinty (note: may not be her real name) and David Cohen. Enjoy our semi-coherent ramblings, won't you?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

On video game design

I've been talking a fair bit with a friend of mine about video games: how they're designed, what they do for us and our brains, and what makes the difference between a good game and a great one. In the spirit of sharing, I thought I'd put my two cents out on the Internet for all to enjoy. Join me, won't you?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

At least they thought Miles Davis was okay

Back when people still bought encyclopedia sets, Britannica used to include a 'Book of the Year' for each new edition, summing up the changes in various entries for the previous year. From the Book of the Year 1957 entry on Music, Popular:

Most of the popular songs of 1956 had little to recommend them artistically, and the best of them were either revivals from the past or imitations of tried and true materials. The Elvis Presley hysteria began with a rhythmic monstrosity called "Blue Suede Shoes" and continued through "Heartbreak Hotel" to the primitive "Hound Dog." Eventually "the Pelvis" arrived at a straightforward ballad, "Love Me Tender,' which served as the title of his first motion picture and was copied note for note from the old "Aura Lee," also known as "Army Blue" and "The Violet."

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ted versus his past selves

I have an adversarial relationship with the previous iterations of myself.

No, I'm not talking about reincarnation. (Although I'm pretty sure that, in a past life, I was an Aztec warrior.) I'm talking about the fact that not only do I feel disconnected from what I've done when I was younger, what I was like at previous points in my life, I'm downright hostile towards these previous selves. I don't want to be reminded of them, I don't want to acknowledge they exist, and when necessary I even try to erase evidence that they ever happened.