An Interview with Bill Watterson

Owing to spite or just a foul mood, have you ever peeled one of those stupid Calvin stickers off of a pickup truck?

I figure that, long after the strip is forgotten, those decals are my ticket to immortality.

Mental Floss has done the impossible and snagged an interview with Bill Watterson. And he seems just as charming as I'd imagined he would be.

Airships →

Even though I know these are all real, my brain can't process them. They're like something from an alternate reality.

Highway Sing-along

This is lovely. Who couldn't use a few more moments of pure, uncynical joy in their lives?

Cesspool of Negativity

Solitary play can feel especially shameful, and we gamers have internalized that vaguely masturbatory shame, even those of us who've decided that solitary play can be profoundly meaningful. Niko, I've thought about this a lot, and internalized residual shame is the best explanation I have to account for the cesspool of negativity that sits stagnating at the center of video-game culture, which right now seems worse than it's ever been.

-- I might not have loved his book, but Tom Bissell's take on GTA V is spot on, in so many ways.

How Atari box art turned 8-bit games into virtual wonderlands →

I sometimes worry that my old-man nostalgia is getting the better of me, but looking at these cartridges just nailed it for me. The covers of 8-bit games were things of beauty. Never mind that the graphics could never live up to the promise of the cover = your imagination filled in the details.

Visionaries

All due respect to Don Mattrick and his Prada-clad team of VPs, but it's just a bunch of dudes trying to sell us a box. Bring out the product guys, the visionaries, and then have them explain why they made the decisions they made that will affect us all, and there'll be a noticeable change in attitude from the gamer crowd.

Xbox One was revealed yesterday and received a lukewarm reaction from the 'core' gamer crowd. John Davison nails the reason why

What would DFW make of Netflix?

An optimally adapted parasite takes as much from its host as possible without damaging the viability of the host. In order for us to stay viable hosts for the media parasite, we need only enough waking hours away from media to make money and to spend that money on advertisers’ offerings and/or media’s costs (and of course to feed ourselves and, like, stay alive). Media will gladly take all our other hours.

James A. Pearson on what DFW would make of Netflix

What do Hate Groups Think of Jennifer Lawrence?

Hey there. I was just wondering if you could tell me your opinions on Jennifer Lawrence? Tony Alamo Christian Ministries: I have no idea who that is.

You know who Jennifer Lawrence is! She just won the Best Actress Oscar? She was the one who tripped on the stairs when she was going to get her award, and it was adorable?
This is Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. This is a church. 

You didn't see the Oscars this year?
Did you call us because you have nothing better to do? Let me just say, real quick, the Lord's coming back. Very soon. And He's not gonna ask you how many movies you saw or which celebrities you knew. He's gonna ask you what you did for his son, Jesus. He died on the cross, and He did that just for you, and that's what we preach.

**Wait, are you doing that thing where people pretend they don't know what someone or something is to seem cool? Like, my friend is really cerebral and is into a bunch of obscure old music, and one time he claimed he didn't know who the Spice Girls are. Which, obviously, is bullshit. **
Did you hear anything that I just said?

This is Water

I really miss David Foster Wallace.

Top 10 Free Kindle Books - "Politics & Social Science" section

A list without judgement:

  • Preparing for the Coming Collapse of the U.S. Dollar 2nd Edition (Surviving in the New America)

  • The Poor Man's Prepping Guide: How to Prepare for Disaster on a Shoestring Budget (Stay Alive)

  • The Art of War

  • Delusions of Grandeur

  • The United States Constitution

  • The Bug Out Bag: What You Need to Stay Alive

  • How To Survive: The End Of The World (How to Survive the Apocalypse)

  • Bug Out: What to Do When It's Time to Get Out of Dodge

  • Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action

  • Beyond Good and Evil

I'll Dance Again

Hell, yeah, I’ve had plenty [of dark moments]. I’ve thrown my walker across the room and haven’t used it yet. But I realized you have to be selfish about the things that matter the most. My husband. The job I love. Dancing is my life. Yeah, having my foot blown off, that really sucks. But I can’t wallow in woe is me.

I can’t let some (expletive) come along and steal my whole life. So, I’ll dance again. And next year, though I’ve never been a runner, yes, I plan to run the marathon.

-- Adrianne Haslet-Davis might be my new hero