Back from Australia, on to Disney

Kirby Krackle is back from two weeks in Australia performing at the Supanova Expo. Sometimes it’s hard to explain what it’s like to be in this band, because telling stories about it sounds a lot like describing dreams to annoyed friends. “So I’m in Australia, and Thor is there, and that one guy from The Walking Dead show is there, and the guy that drew Green Lantern in the 80s is there, and we’re having our pictures taken with a wombat…” etc. See what I mean? The weird mix of TV celebs, voice actors, hotshot comic illustrators, and…me. And then we’re back to the day job as if none of it happened. So, I’m not even gonna try.

In another two weeks Kirby Krackle is headed south to perform at the Disney D23 Fan Expo. We’re playing four sets over the weekend and are dialing in our set to focus on Disney/Marvel/Star Wars topics. This the strangest ride.

July 5, 2017

Song recommendation: “The Outfield” by The Night Game

To be clear, this isn’t a new song by The Outfield, but a song by The Night Game called “The Outfield” which, in my opinion — and possibly not by accident — channels The Outfield. A bona-fide mood-boosting earworm. (h/t Kyle.)

June 9, 2017

The Lady and the Shark

I bookmarked this blog post from horror author Joe Hill a few years ago, and I come back to re-read it every few months. The non-fiction premise: is there a connection between a famous unsolved New England murder and the filming of JAWS?

The press dubbed her the Lady of the Dunes and at the time of this writing, over 40 years later, no one has ever claimed her. She remains without a name or a history. Her killer has never been identified.

[And] in all the time since her death not one person has stepped forward to say, “I saw her. I met her a few weeks before she was found. I can tell you her name.”

But what if we’ve all seen her? What if she’s been in front of us for decades and we just never noticed?

Who’s in the mood for a ghost story?

Yeah. Okay.

So let’s talk about JAWS.

June 8, 2017

Nerds On Tour (a podcast)

Been digging Abraham Levitan’s new interview series. Cool discussions with musicians like Jason Narducy, John Roderick, Kelly Hogan and John Doe.

June 7, 2017

Octopus Pie (a webcomic), concluded

Meredith Gran’s decade-long webcomic concludes today. What an achievement.

June 6, 2017

Kirby Krackle is headed to Australia this month

It’s true! A week from today I and my bandmates will be headed to Australia as guests of the Supanova comic-con and gaming convention. Assuming we are not immediately swallowed whole by saltwater crocodiles the moment we deplane, we’ll be playing multiple shows during our stay, in both Sydney and Perth. It’ll be my first time south of the equator and as far west as I’ve ever been (does west become east at that point? I should look that up).

This also means while the northern hemisphere is enjoying its summer solstice, we’ll have the pleasure of experiencing the southern’s winter solstice in the middle of June! Hell yeah, give me TWO winters. Anyway, this is all totally bonkers and I’m looking forward to playing tunes to Australian Krackleheads.

11 things I learned reading the flexbox spec

Some interesting takeaways from the CSS Flexbox specification. Filed for further reading. Also, a thing to note: WC3 specs are fairly easy reads.

June 1, 2017

Ray Harryhausen’s “Little Red Riding Hood”

Posted to BoingBoing a few weeks back, I finally took the time to watch this early work from acclaimed stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen. Created in 1949, long before his better-known work on movies like Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans.

There are a handful of outstanding moments. The way the grandmother leaps out of bed; the wolf prowling up the stairs in silhouette; the hunter jumping on the bed then putting an arm down to prop himself up at the window. It’s that attention to detail that makes Harryhausen one of the greats.

Add colorful terminal text to your Node applications

This colors NPM package looks handy for colorizing the terminal output of your Node application. See also these tokens that can be inserted into JavaScript strings to add colorized text.

May 31, 2017

Making A Living As A Professional Dungeon Master

I love everything about this:

One night, after smoking a joint, [Toronto-based dungeon master John Dempsey] resolved to quit those day jobs and focus on the wild idea of playing Dungeons & Dragons full-time. He’d already spent hours building elaborate, three-dimensional dungeon sets; what if it wasn’t purely for leisure? “For a month and a half, I heard nothing, and I thought to myself, ‘what a stupid idea’. Some of my family and friends thought it was a stupid idea, too,” he says. “But then I got a call, and another, and another, and before I knew it, this became a full time gig. I couldn’t believe it! I still have a hard time believing sometimes that I make a living being a Dungeon Master. I currently have 14 groups, and it keeps growing every month.”

After not playing for almost 20 years, I had the pleasure of joining some co-workers for a one-shot campaign with first-level characters, and it was a total blast.

May 30, 2017
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