Corrugated Arcade

One day, by chance, I walked into Smart Parts Auto looking for a used door handle for my ’96 Corolla. What I found was an elaborate handmade cardboard arcade manned by a young boy who asked if I would like to play. I asked Caine how it worked and he told me that for $1 […]

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Mario & Magritte

PBS Arts posted this video arguing that Mario is the world’s greatest work of surreal art. They don’t go very far with it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun.

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Rube Herscher

In case you missed it, this is a hilarious Rube Goldberg machine. I’ve determined that creative currency in these machines doubles with each non-reusable item. For example, you get a point for each over-complicated step in the machine, but that point doubles if the step shatters one of the necessary pieces. You get three points […]

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5th Ed.

Published today over at that start-up e-zine, The New York Times, the current publishers of Dungeons & Dragons, Wizards of the Coast, congratulate themselves on having such a neat product and such a passionate fan base.  More to the point, they are announcing the beginnings of the fifth edition of the game. They are opening their […]

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Fantasy Armor

I’ve been thinking a lot about “nerd culture,” (white) male privilege, cheesecake, and cultural norms surrounding fantasy, myth, and the way that we tell stories. Consider this the first post (repost, really) in a series on the matter. The article discusses women’s fantasy armor from the vantage of an armorer. It is especially fresh for me […]

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A Few Posts About Games

Futility Closet is one of my favorite ‘blogs on the internet. Recently they posted a breakdown of the fastest possible Monopoly game. Lightning Monopoly | Futility Closet. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately – ways to break games, perfect scenarios. The article makes me think of a Radiolab episode about chess and […]

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