Gaming & Culture

Nerd World Top 10: Portals to Other Worlds

Some days reality is just intolerably repugnant, and there isn’t anything very interesting coming out of MacWorld, so you start looking around for an alternative. A top 10 list of places to look:

1. The Wardrobe, from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The original, all-time champeen.

2. The Gate of Hell, from Dante’s Inferno.

A Letter from Richie Rich

To: The Employees of Rich Enterprises, Inc.

From: Richie Rich, President and CEO

My loyal employees,

There is no other way to say it, so I’ll just say it. We are broke. I unwisely invested all our company’s funds with Bernard Madoff, and now the money is now gone, never to return. As of January 1, 2009, Rich Enterprises is no

The “Only Ten” Lists

The Time culture critics have just come out with their Best of 2008 Top Ten Lists. This is useful. These guys know what they’re talking about. It’s their job to have thorough knowledge of their areas of expertise. Movie critics see every movie. TV critics watch every TV show. Music critics listen to every album. Then these worthy

Wolverine Trailer: See If That Works

It’s been bouncing around the Net in shaky-cam amateur-vision, but now the Quicktime version is up. It’s here.

I can’t decide if galloping Liev Schreiber is funny or scary. But seeing Emma Frost shift into diamond form is probably worth the price of admission all on its own.

On Making Maps of Imaginary Places

I’ve been working on a fantasy novel for the past few years. Adult fantasy, I guess you’d call it. Whatever that means. Anyway we’re getting close enough to publication that I’ve finally reached the point where I’m supposed to draw the map.

I guess I could have started with it, but to be honest I didn’t really know enough about the …

Ad Agency Remix of A Charlie Brown Christmas

In the very brief period of my life when I was extroverted and not introverted — circa ages 7-9 — I appeared in my elementary school’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas as Charlie Brown. I still have the yellow shirt with the ziggy black line. Ironically I now have a bald round Charlie Brown head, but I can no longer fit into the …

Mamoru Oshii’s The Sky Crawlers

When I first saw the trailer for The Sky Crawlers, a movie by Mamoru Oshii, the guy who made the cyberpunk classic Ghost in the Shell, I thought: eh, he’s gone in for some kind of historical deal about fighter pilots. Pretty, but come on! More ghosts! More shells! Dude only makes a movie about once every 5 years as it is.

Dollhouse: Don’t Read This Read That

By which I mean that. My colleague James Poniewozik has seen Dollhouse and blogged about it. He makes a good point:

Dollhouse [sic — Jim is way lazier about italicizing things than I am] as conceived (a heroine plays a different “person” every week) is less a series concept than an actress’ showcase, a sort of extreme version of an

Ode to Taschen

Behold, gentle reader, this odd-rhyming storium
Of bookselling’s classiest sassiest emporium

You enter to see the most avant-garde shelves
Philippe Starck dreamed them up, then installed by gay elves

Now gaze at the stacks, and try to keep stable
As these books are worthy of God’s coffee table

Nature engravings of ancient

In Praise of the Order of the Stick

I haven’t been shy in the past about my excessive ardor for the webcomic The Order of the Stick. I bring it up again now (my ardor that is) because for the first time I’m in possession of a couple of hard-copy editions of the comic.

Quick summary: The Order of the Stick is a webcomic about a band of D&D characters. Lately they’ve been …

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