The Brainy Gamer

Maybe the best summary of how I view my own life that I’ve ever seen:

The Brainy Gamer
“Finding your inner child” sounds like a ridiculous and hopelessly outmoded self-help bromide these days. But as I look at the world around me at this moment, I can’t think of a better prescription. We’ve been steadily increasing our productivity for decades. We work and work and work; when we finally give ourselves permission to play, we party and binge-drink ourselves into oblivion or sleep in restorative seclusion, maximizing the efficiency of even our recreation. Then we crash and recover just in time to report back to work. Somewhere on a hill Sisyphus is smirking.

We need more creative energy, imaginative thinking, and an infusion of earnest, unselfconscious, child-like faith in impossible dreams. We need more playful fun – not simply downtime or vacation time – that engages our minds and spirits in joyful re-creation. In other words, we could stand to bring back a few lessons from the world we enter when we play with toys.

I regret my servitude to relentless productivity. I’m tired of feeling embarrassed to play Animal Crossing in public. It’s time for me to say goodbye to game shame.

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Palin: Wrong Woman, Wrong Time

Great opinion piece up on the ADN today, about Sarah Palin. Using Sinclair Lewis to make your point? Brilliant. Best part was the last paragraph; it makes me have hope in the state I call home these days:

Over-intellectualized academics and stuffed shirt attorneys shouldn’t be vice-presidents, either. But anti-intellectualism and romanticized ignorance masquerading as common virtue are no brief for leadership. Their most serious flaw is a lack of enlightened vision, one realistic about constraints, manifestly respectful of the rules and caring of others in society. That’s what people are listening for in this election.

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The GOP Loves the Heartland To Death –

Part of a WSJ piece on Palin’s “small town values.” Please repost.

The GOP Loves the Heartland To Death –

Generally speaking, though, when husbands and wives work two jobs each it is not merely because they are virtuous but because working one job doesn’t earn them enough to get by. The two-job workers in Middle America aren’t spurning the Ivy League and joining the military straight out of high school just because they’re people of principle, although many of them are. It is because they can’t afford to do otherwise.

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Stephen King, talking to Stephen King, about the whole Palin thing. – Messages from Stephen

Steve: Want to talk about politics?

SK: Nah, people don’t want to hear that from me. I will say that, as the scary guy, the thought of the two-year governor of Alaska becoming President if McCain got the job and then died doesn’t thrill me. Part of it’s that right-wing bunker mentality, but mostly…well, let’s face it: McCain’s pretty old. At the outer limits of the insurance actuarial tables.

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The Middle Class on the Precipice

It’s kind of odd to be crying unfair when you have so much more than others in the world, but here’s an interesting article on that strange creature, the American Middle Class. It basically states that the middle class is faced with its own crises, mainly having to do with economic issues beyond their control.

The Middle Class on the Precipice  January-February 2006

So where did their money go? It went to the basics. The real increases in family spending are for the items that make a family middle class and keep them safe housing, health insurance, that educate their children pre-school and college, and that let them earn a living transportation, childcare, and taxes.

Thanks, @jmenter on twitter

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quoted on a blog that got 55,000 hits

Myster writes a blog entry about Sarah Palin:

She’s not politically moderate. In fact, when it comes to social issues, Palin is almost as conservative as they come. In a 2006 gubernatorial debate, when asked to respond to a hypothetical situation in which her own daughter had been impregnated by a rapist, Palin responded immediately and unequivocally, “I’d choose life.” No discussion. (And no say in the matter for daughters Bristol, Willow or Piper, either.) In 2002, she sent a letter to Alaska Right to Life (the people who drive around town in a giant truck decorated with huge photographs of aborted fetuses) claiming to be as “pro-life as any candidate can be.” (She does say, however, that she’s pro-contraception.) She’s also opposed to gay marriage, and she supports teaching creationism in public schools. Oh, and climate change? It’s not a pressing issue in Sarah Palin’s universe. Woe betide ye, polar bear who stands in the way of progress.

Even better, she quotes my tweet:

And perhaps the most relevant question of all, from Roblef:

“If McCain gets elected and dies, and the vp takes over, will they finally ship to AK?”

Hahahah. I crack myself up.

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long time, no write

So, I’ve been way busy with the band (robotJunky), the new videogaming site (gamesAreEvil) and my work (Special Ed. Service Agency). Plus, you know, parenting and husbanding and such.

I’ve also been trying to keep up the reading. I feel like a more ocmplete human being when I a) read, and b) exercise. So here’s a little thing about one of the books I’ve read recently:

Radio Freefall Radio Freefall by Matthew Jarpe

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mix geek culture with rock band culture with drug culture, and put it all in the near-ish future, and you have a good read. This book is oddly compelling, and I look forward to more from this author.

I love it when I find such an original work at the local library. I make it a point to try a new author each time I head over there. This book made me continue the practice.

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Internet Speed Test | Speed Matters

Internet Speed Test | Speed Matters

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you’ve been missing me, i KNOW it.

too human snapshot

too human snapshot

I’ve not been blogging much here. Why not, you ask? Well, ’cause I’m involved in a new writing venture. I’m writing and editing sections of a website about video games. Here’s one piece of my writing:

360 Too Human? Too Melodramatic Demo Mini-Review | Games Are Evil: Console and Portable Gaming Magazine
Which brings me to the storyline/plot/world. A good sf RPG adventure game has a good story or world. This world is just WAY too melodramatic for my taste. Ok, cool, I get the whole “based on Norse mythology” thing, but it’s laid on with a trowel. The visual design is stunningly next-gen, and all shiny and textured. They should have stopped with that. To add on horribly melodramatic, over-serious dialogue spoken like it’s being read for a dress rehearsal of a stage-play was just too much. The Valkyrie that comes down when a player is killed was cool, but then to have to waste an entire non-skippable cut-scene just to have someone say, “She’s a Valkyrie, come to take Thorisson to Valhalla” in the loud stage reading voice killed the fun and immersive-ness I crave in a RPG. Go try out Mass Effect and Assassin’s Creed for comparison.

Man, it’s kind of cool to quote myself. Lookit there, blockquoted ME. 🙂

Anyway, sorry for the slowdown here, but I think this is a great opportunity to do some journalism, and to get my name out there as a writer/blogger.

Game – ho!

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