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.
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.
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.
We — Manton Reece and Brent Simmons — have noticed that JSON has become the developers’ choice for APIs, and that developers will often go out of their way to avoid XML. JSON is simpler to read and write, and it’s less prone to bugs.
So we developed JSON Feed, a format similar to RSS and Atom but in JSON. It reflects the lessons learned from our years of work reading and publishing feeds.
It occurs to me that by the time 90125 was released in 1983, the founding members of Yes were pushing 40 and now had to navigate this new thing called MTV. Jon Anderson’s vocals sound so confident throughout Yes’ recorded catalog, so it’s strange to see him here not knowing what to do with his hands. Doesn’t matter — 90125 is still a great album.
Here’s Yes in 1972, slaying on “Roundabout.” How strange that only a decade separates these two very different incarnations of the same group: