Written on May, 14, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

I listen to a lot of podcasts–some political, some nerdy, some covering science news. Radiotopia fills in the gaps and keeps me wondering. It’s a well-chosen set of seven short, offbeat podcasts that cover design, history, art, and other topics in widely divergent formats. My entry point was 99% Invisible, which I feel I must have written about before; it’s a terrific collection of stories about design in places or circumstances we don’t usually think have much relationship to design. You’ve likely heard of it already (if you haven;t you must check it out immediately), and the other Radiotopia podcasts I’ve listened to match it in quality.

I think Theory of Everything is probably my favorite of the bunch, combining legit interviews with fringe thinkers and odd, somewhat unsettling fake interviews to create a strong sense of not-quite-right-ness that takes me back to ’90s zine culture. Fugitive Waves is also a keeper, featuring hidden histories and untold stories.

What do you listen to these days?

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Written on May, 09, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

 

Not me.

This will eat your afternoon if you’re not tightly disciplined: Flickr: The Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989 Pool.

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Written on May, 07, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Huh, wow. My state’s AG is suing a company for failing to fulfill its Kickstarter project. I’m eager to see where this leads; it may actually have a positive chilling effect, causing those seeking funds to take greater care. If all goes well, we should see slightly fewer projects and slightly higher fulfillment rates. That’s good for everyone but fraudsters.

Undelivered Kickstarter project meets Washington’s wrath | Ars Technica.

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Written on Dec, 02, 2013 by in | 1 Comment.

So yesterday I realized that I had forgotten to restock my riboflavin a month or so ago; the reminder came in the form of a surprise migraine that swallowed my afternoon and early evening. As I lay buried and immobilized, the part of my brain that wasn’t fully engaged with suffering tried to make things worse by wondering if the riboflavin I’ve been taking for years to prevent migraines had stopped working. When I was finally released, I tottered downstairs to check my vitamin stash, and was relieved-slash-ashamed to see that I had simply forgotten to replace it the last time I ran out.

It’s been a while – migraines come my way every couple of years now, rather than every couple of months – so I had forgotten how clean and pure my head always feels afterward. Apparently this is called the postdrome phase, but as with most other migraine-related topics, little is known about it. For me, it’s like caffeine without jitters or yoga without work, while others report exhaustion and hangover-like symptoms. The price is pretty steep, but since I can’t seem to avoid paying it now and then, I suppose I’ll just enjoy it now and hope it takes a long time to come back.

If you get migraines and haven’t tried riboflavin (aka vitamin B2) yet, you really should give it a go. Take 2-300 mg every day for a month or two and maybe they’ll come less frequently. It’s not pricey – I spend maybe $10/month, which comes out to about $20 per migraine avoided. That’s dirt cheap.

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Written on Nov, 23, 2013 by in | Leave a comment

I wrote the script for this year’s big new D&D promo video that launched a few weeks back, and Wizards just published this behind-the-scenes article along with chapter two. Thanks to some weirdly good fortune, we effectively had a huge budget for animation, assets, and other visuals, so this ended up looking quite a bit smoother than others of its kind. Here’s chapter 1 – scroll down in the article I linked above to see chapter 2 in all its glory.

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Written on Nov, 11, 2013 by in | Leave a comment

Time will tell, but I decided to dust off the site after losing my archives in the Great Cloud Transition Fiasco last year. I’m setting up a site for my upcoming podcast Nerdhole (with Paul and Mary of the Stranger Testing Department) and figured I may as well spend the marginal amount of extra time it takes to rebuild this old thing. RSS me!

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