Indie game creator Alexis Kennedy (Fallen London, Sunless Sea) of Failbetter Games plumbs the murky depths of games with Heath Corson (Bizarro, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis) as they discuss the role of Kickstarter in indie gaming, game pacing, managing world creation, how to keep game franchises fresh… oh, and cannibalism. There’s actually a fair amount of talk of cannibalism.
- The Red Road (Sundance) - Season 2
- Derek (Netflix) - Special and final episode (already aired in the UK in December)
- Salem (WGN) - Season 2
- Louie (WGN) - Season 5
Game of Thrones (HBO) - Season 5
Nurse Jackie (Showtime) - Season 7 (final season)
Silicon Valley (HBO) - Season 2
Veep (HBO) - Season 4
- Turn: Washington's Spies (AMC) - Season 2
- Bitten (Syfy) - Season 2 US premiere (the season is being broadcast on Space in Canada)
- Orphan Black (Space/BBC America) - Season 3
- Weird Loners premieres on Fox on March 31.
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- Younger premieres on March 31 on TV Land.
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- Olympus premieres on April 2 on Syfy.
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- The Lizzie Borden Chronicles premieres on April 5 on Lifetime. It is based of the television movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax.
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- American Odyssey premieres on April 5 on NBC.
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- Wolf Hall premieres on April 5 on PBS.
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- Your Family or Mine? premieres on April 7 on TBS.
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- The Comedians premieres on April 5 on FX. It is an adaptation of the Swedish series Ulveson And Herngren.
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- Marvel's Daredevil premieres on April 10 on Netflix.
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There's no morality in exercise. electricant challenged that claim in a really thoughtful and interesting way:
No one is morally better than anyone else because of the amount of exercise they do. However, I, personally, am a better person for working out. I'm not better than anyone else, but I'm better as me-working-out than I am as me-not-working out. And that better does include a moral dimension [...] I feel like working out is a habit that allows me to develop many positive traits in myself - some physical, some intellectual, and some moral [...] it is a moral imperative for me personally, according to my own value systemI've been turning ideas round in my mind for a while about the idea of "being healthy", and how exercise fits as part of that. I think the core of it is that being healthy is often used to refer not to a state of being, but rather to (believed to be) correct actions which people may or may not perform.
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Years ago I attended an Easter morning service at my friend Peter's church in Williamstown. I went with our friend Bernard, visiting from Ghana. (I wrote an essay about it: A field trip into Easter.)
One of the moments which has stayed with me is Reverend Peter asking, at the end of his sermon, "Will you rise?" -- and the pregnant pause during which we all realized that it wasn't "just" a spiritual question but was also a literal one.
"Everything that rises must converge," wrote Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He believed that all creation was rising toward the Omega Point, the highest possible level of consciousness toward which the universe continues to evolve.
I don't think the rising he's describing happens automatically; I think that there is spiritual work involved. But I like the idea that ultimately there is convergence. That in the end we all come together. As a Jewish Renewal chant has it, echad yachid u'm'uchad -- "one, singular, united" -- or, in singable English, "The One, every single one, each one joined and united in the One." We come from unity and we return to unity.
As Pesach approaches, of course, the kind of rising most of us are thinking about is a literal rising -- the uplift in fermenting bread dough caused by yeast. Some of us cleanse our homes of hametz, leaven; some of us cleanse our hearts of spiritual hametz, the puffery of ego. For a week we will eat only matzah, eschewing foods which are risen. And yet Pesach is a time of great spiritual ascent. Our bread may be flat, but our souls are invited to soar. Time for our spirits to rise.
1. watched the meg ryan/kevin kline movie 'french kiss' on netflix the other night. now, obviously it's not nearly as amazing, but essentially the movie is basically 'when french theif played by british actor met sally' - it has a lot of what is one of my top favourite movies about it. and it also has kevin kline doing a silly accent with a silly moustache and being generally a sort of a fan bait type character - he's a wronged prince (sort of) who steals things so he can settle down and get married (But also because he looooves to steal things). he is a dick, but eventually is won over by our heroine's kooky charm. it has fake relationship, it has meet the family (and a bit where kevin kline's brother punches him in the face), it has... a kind of weird scene where meg ryan eats too much cheese, which should not have been in the movie. BUT - i recommend it more thoroughly than most other things i've watched recently. it's pretty good.
2. i discovered today that the summary for my hypnotised unconventional courtship fic ISN'T the real summary of that book (that will teach me for trusting summersteam rather than the approved list/generator.) the real summary isn't bad, but it's not as fun. now i am conflicted! maybe i'll post the real one in the notes... anyway, i have started to shake the enigmatic blake off and hopefully... this won't take too long o_0 WHO KNOWS.
3. i finally got round to finishing the second most recent BF audio 'ghostship' and it's SO BORING. and also about how avon is so awesome and the only one who knows anything, and he's really scary (this is series 3 avon, btw, not series 4 avon). AVOID (not an opinion that you'll find in the other reviews, though. idk, idk at all). next up - tarrant's problems written by steve lyons, who is... ok. sometimes. it's a shame libby chronicles 10 was good, because otherwise it's been bad for a while (jac rayner was ok, but should have been better). one of these days i'm going to have to leave big finish. one more death will do it.
i'm not even sure whether i want LC11 - nigel fairs? no. the guy who wrote ghostship writes two OCs? i can live without it. andrew smith? consistently strong in this range. but mission to destiny is the episode i always forget exists.... i guess for now i've answered my own question. which means i have to wait until LC12 (who knows what's even on it) comes out in NOVEMBER. i wonder whether BF are thinking of bailing too.... and i also wonder whether paul darrow is ok.
This thing is about 60k so far. Expecting another 4 chapters or so going into the final stretch. Miah pushed me to tackle clockwork smut. So, um. There might be automaton!Nathan smut.
It is useful to consider what female viewer’s identification with Spike means. Importantly, at the same time Spike is depicted as excessively hard and masculine and an object of erotic desire, he is also feminized, possessing feminine traits like emotional openness, a willingness to love unconditionally, and a desire to talk about the relationship. He is “love’s bitch,” endlessly suffering for love. Despite his physical strength, Spike is revealed to have little power in the relationship. As he tearfully tells Buffy “All you’ve ever done is play me. And keep playing with rules you make up as you like.” Spike’s emotional powerlessness and internal pain are emphasized to the point of excess within fan fiction, indicating that Spike embodies what Ien Ang calls “a tragic structure of feeling” for fans. He functions similarly to Dallas’ Sue Ellen, allowing fans to take pleasure in his excessive emotions and melodramatic suffering (78-79).
2. Three days of sleeping in coming up! That's good because I've gradually slipped into a later and later schedule, which I don't like but can't seem to get out of. :( I used to wake up before my alarm on the days I had to go in in the morning, but now I'm almost always sleeping until the last minute (which means I don't have time to eat breakfast before going to work, either). I'm hoping to get back to going to bed earlier, but in the meantime, at least I have a few days of no alarm coming up. :p
3. Speaking of work, I'm going to be getting a significant raise! It won't go into effect until May 1st, but that's not so far away!
The poem by Carol Ann Duffy written specifically for the reburial at Leicester, read by Benedict Cumberbatch
The detective novel that made the case for a generation: Josephine Tey is hardly Shakespeare, but if there's one work of fiction that has reliable acted as the pro-Richard counterpoint and for many first introduction to the controversy for more than half a century now, it's that short and entertaining volume, "The Daughter of Time". (By now the research she used is outdated, of course, but it's still an immensely readable book.) The New Yorker article describes how it came to be written, and which effect it has.
Since I've been reading up on my Tudors in recent months: Imperial Ambassador Chapuys dissed Henry VIII. in his dispatches by comparing him to Richard III. not once but twice. Or rather, the first time he reports others doing the dissing:
"Every day I am visited by people of quality, who break my head with speeches and writings, giving me to understand that King Richard, the last of his name, was never so much hated by his subjects as this present king is, and yet that he was dethroned by two or threethousand Frenchmen under the leadership of a prince hardly known in this country."
Far from getting his head broken, Chapuys seems to have taken note, because some time later, he used the Richard comparison himself in a direct conversation with Henry as a stealth insult. This was during another round of arguments about Henry's treatment of Katherine and Mary. Henry said that since Archbishop Cramner had declared his marriage to Katherine null and void, he was legitimately married to Anne now, and Mary could no longer considered or be treated as his legitimate daughter, surely Chapuys could see that. Upon which the Empire struck back (sorry, I couldn't resist), telling the King:
"With regard to the sentence pronounced by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the divorce suit, he ought to make as little of it as that of which King Richard caused to be pronounced by the bishop of Bath against the sons of King Edward, declaring them bastards."
This was a particuarly masterful burn because of course Bishop Stillington, the bishop of Bath mentioned, who swore he'd witnessed a contract between Edward and Lady Eleanor Butler which automatically rendered the Edward/Elizabeth Woodville marriage null and void, had by his testimony not just declared Edward's two sons bastards, but all the children of that marriage. Including the oldest daughter, Elizabeth of York, Henry VIIII.'s mother. In other words, Chapuys wasn't just saying "you're behaving just like your family's arch nemesis, the guy your dad called an ursurping tyrant", he also said "if your daughter is a bastard now, then so was your mother, which means the Pole family has a far more legitimate claim to the throne than you".
To give credit where due: Henry wasn't bad at the stealth insult game himself. Contrary to his image, he didn't shout back at this but told Chapuys magnanimously he could send him several books which would explain why Mary was a bastard now and couldn't inherit. (Chapuys was a highly trained lawyer.)
And Ng_moonmoth just finished "Often Buried Deep" so you can read the rest of that now. Astin, Spalling, and V conclude their latest round of trade and enjoy each other's company.
I'm cheery enough within myself, but yesterday's exertions are taking their toll. And I really want to be well enough to go to the Palm Sunday march tomorrow, for asylum seekers and a humane asylum seeker policy, so it's baby steps today.
Come to think of it, today would be a great day for making that list for the physio of the bits of me that hurt, and how they hurt. (She's supposed to visit me at home, but she cancelled the other day, and hasn't called back to rebook yet. I suspect the timbre of my voice is such that she thinks I can't possibly be deserving of her services, so to be honest I don't think she'll ever make it.)
But it might still be a handy list if she ever does get here.
And even with that, I feel pretty good today? I'm in a bit of an upswing, and the weather is the kind of perfect it so rarely is, and I've been engaging in some decent self care for the last few days, and I feel the kind of renewed that I only ever feel in the spring. It's nice to have a bit of a break from feeling crummy, at least.
In other news:
-Mikey got engaged to Kristin, and congrats to him! He also hung out with Pete in the somewhat recent past and Pete shared the love on Instagram, so that's thrilling. Mikey also shared a pic of some Haunted Mansion stretch pictures he has, and I shared a picture of the ones in Sister's house on his Facebook comments, and he liked it. Bonding over our mutual Haunted Mansion/Disneyland love. ♥
(No, but the ones Sister has are really cool. We were there during an anniversary, and we had to get food at a bunch of the restaurants to get them, which made it feel kind of like a scavenger hunt. They're depictions of Mickey-Minnie-Donald-Daisy-Goofy in the Haunted Mansion stretch pictures.)
-Despite everything (/o\), I'm still aiming to post my 1D Big Bang on Wednesday. I've been poking at this story since January 2014, and I want to be done with it. I'm also thinking of tackling another 1D idea I have partially outlined for Camp NaNo - I have some original fic ideas floating around as well, but I want to take some time to develop them and work on ways to extend my word count in longer stories (and the quality off said words), and this idea would be a lot of fun. So. Probably happening.
-My TNG watch is going well! Season two's a lot better for me so far than s1. I've been pairing it up with a replay of Lego Batman 2 (replay in that I did the PS3 version before, but now I have it on PC, and I'm going through it there). TV or podfic + silenced video game has been my coping method more than once when I've felt too crummy to work, and I'm glad it still works.
Bulls Island: Lowcountry Tales #9 ($3.99 Kindle), by Dorothea Benton Frank [HarperCollins]
The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining: Spirited Recipes and Expert Tips for Barbecuing, Charcoal and Gas Grilling, Rotisserie Roasting, Smoking, Deep-Frying, and Making Merry ($0.99 Kindle), by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison [HarperCollins]
Force 10 from Navarone ($1.99 Kindle), by Alistair MacLean [HarperCollins]
Gaudí Afternoon: The Cassandra Reilly Mysteries #1 ($1.99 Kindle), by Barbara Wilson [Open Road]
The BLT Cookbook ($0.99 Kindle), by Michele A. Jordan [HarperCollins] – who knew there were enough variations to create an entire book?
Coconut 24/7 ($1.99 Kindle), by Pat Crocker [HarperCollins]
Southern Peach Pie and A Dead Guy: Poppy Peters Mysteries #1 ($0.99 Kindle), by A. Gardner [Gemma Halliday Publishing] and Killer Confections: 8 Delectable Culinary Cozy Mystery Novels ($0.99 Kindle), by Joanne Pence, Tamar Myers, Pamela DuMond, Leighann Dobbs, Harper Lin, Shelton Connie, Sample Cindy and Dietz Denise [Quail Hill Publishing] are today’s Indie/Small Press Bargain Picks
Marilyn Monroe ($1.99 Kindle), by Barbara Leaming [Three Rivers Press / Random House]
All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.