I’ve been pretty absent over here, but finally have an excuse to post. I don’t like to toot my own horn in public, but in private? you bet!
Here’re tweets from two iPhone developers that put out great games, telling everyone how great I am:
These guys are pretty amazing themselves. Tim is a promotional monster, thinking up new cool ways to bring users and folks together thoruhg his game contests, and Keith is just the friendliest geek I’ve ever met, putting out intelligent games with emotional resonance with his wife, @nattylux.
Kudos to these, and all the other developers, publishers, and game journalists in this new, exciting iPhone/iPod Touch gaming era!
Twice now, in a very short period of time, I feel like I have given my all, my 110% to stay professional, pleasant, keep the lines of communication open, and connect on a real human level with another person whom I’m dealing with and/or negotiating with. Both times, I’ve been stupefied by the lack of ability of that other person to return the same level of connection and true honest communication.
What is it I need to learn here? I feel like maybe I need to be able to face this sort of situation with more equanimity. I firmly believe that all things being equal, people are doing the best that they can given their own history and worldview. That’s ok.
But how do I get through a working relationship with these kinds of people? How do I, who sees connection and genuine caring as essential for a close working relationship, include these folks into close working relationships? Do I need to? What is it that I need to learn here?
Sorry I’ve been absent from this blog for a long while, but GamesAreEvil and now ThePortableGamer.com are swingin and rockin.
Got an email from a high school buddy who lives in DC. He made it to the inauguration, and was then quoted in USA Today. Here’s the quote, then the link:
Subways arriving into Washington from the Maryland suburbs to the north were crowded but not overwhelming.
“I was braced for much worse,” said Ryan Trapani, who lives in a central Washington neighborhood about a mile-and-a-half from the Mall. He had to let only one subway train go by before cramming into a subway car at 7:45 a.m.
Crowds were reasonable because “people got up really, really early,” Trapani said.
You know, for a birthday or such? There’s also the Kindle, which would be rockin. Seriously rockin. You can read these on a Kindle, Amazon’s new revolutionary eBook reader. A Kindle will save the countless trees and storage space that take up much of any collector’s home. I’d love to be able to get these magazines and newer SF books on an electronic format, and the Kindle is, at this point, the best of the bunch for recreating the sense of reading from a book. But, the mags:
Interzone magazine, which is now celebrating its 25th year, has launched the careers of a great many SF and Fantasy writers. It is often shortlisted for awards and has won the Hugo and British Fantasy Awards. Interzone includes many features including interviews, news, and reviews. The magazine is currently published every other month and continues to publish some of the world’s finest writers and most talented newcomers. Amongst those to have graced its pages are Brian Aldiss, Sarah Ash, Michael Moorcock, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, M. John Harrison, Stephen Baxter, Iain M Banks, J.G. Ballard, Kim Newman, Alastair Reynolds, Harlan Ellison, Greg Egan, Gwyneth Jones, Jonathan Lethem, Geoff Ryman, Rachel Pollack, Charles Stross, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, John Brunner, Paul McAuley, Ian R. MacLeod, Christopher Priest….
Each issue features fiction, editorials, interviews, reviews, news and gossip. Interzone’s reviews cover a wide range of topics, which have included film, DVD, books, manga, and podcasts. Each new issue automatically appears in your bookshelf when it becomes available, and you will receive an email notification when new issues arrive. Subscriptions are convenient and save you money! [Publisher Note: 6 magazines are delivered each year--the magazine is published every other month.]
Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine publishes outstanding short fantasy and science fiction by today’s leading authors. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we continue to showcase stories that are innovative and entertaining. Our stories have won 44 Hugos and 25 Nebula Awards. n addition to fiction, readers stay informed about SF and fantasy through a monthly editorial column, an Internet column, insightful book reviews, and thought-provoking articles about science and science fiction.
The Kindle Edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction features double issues in the months of April and October. In these instances, you will not receive an issue the following month (i.e. there will be no May and November issues). For your convenience, issues are auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle at the same time the print edition hits the newsstand.
“You know, â€œLife was better when I was youngerâ€ is always an acceptable narrative. Right? And so for anybody who was brought up genuflecting to the literary culture and the virtues of reading Tolstoyâ€”and essentially Tolstoy is a trope in these things, War and Peace is the longest novel in the sort of Euro-centric canonâ€”you could always make the argument that the present is worse than the past by simply pointing to the virtues of the past. And so, what the Web does is that it does what all amateur increases do, which is it decreases the average quality of whatâ€™s available. It is exactly, precisely, the complaint made about the printing press. So, the only thing surprising about the Web, in a way, is that itâ€™s been a long time since weâ€™ve had a medium that increased the amount of production of written material this dramatically.
Beautiful essay on the fight against the old system of copyright:
Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Why I Copyfight
“Culture’s imperative is to share information: culture is shared information. Science fiction readers know this: the guy across from you on the subway with a gaudy SF novel in his hands is part of your group. You two have almost certainly read some of the same books, you’ve got some shared cultural referents, some things to talk about.
When you hear a song you love, you play it for the people in your tribe. When you read a book you love, you shove it into the hands of your friends to encourage them to read it too. When you see a great show, you get your friends to watch it too â€” or you seek out the people who’ve already watched it and strike up a conversation with them. “
Really, this just speaks for itself. This was in Apple’s “hot news” feed this morning.
“Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employeesâ€™ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a personâ€™s fundamental rights â€” including the right to marry â€” should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.”
Some good shit on privilege and how not to be a dick about it.
Official Shrub.com Blog Â» Blog Archive Â» â€œCheck my what?â€ On privilege and what we can do about it: “Revisiting â€˜Politically Correctâ€™
Your first instinct might be to dismiss words like â€˜womynâ€™ and being asked not to use â€˜gayâ€™ as an insult as â€˜that PC crapâ€™. If so, sit back and think about that. Your privilege gives you the power to dismiss the decisions of non-privileged groups, and further deride them by turning â€˜politically correctâ€™ into a slur. Part of engaging in a language of respect and equality is in recognizing the validity of a personâ€™s choice to use language, and â€˜politically correctâ€™ terms, even if you may not understand or agree with them.”