Gaming & Culture

Nerdcore Hip-Hop Addendum

Couple people wrote in with notes about a second nerdcore documentary in the works, Nerdcore for Life. Oddly, I kind of liked the trailer better. A little rawer, a little angrier. (Though you have to feel a little uncomfortable with the basic analogy some of the rappers propose, implicitly, between the civil rights abuses that fuel some …

Nerdcore Will Rise Up

I’ve been putting off doing a nerdcore post just because I’ve been heavily into nerdcore hip-hop for a couple of years now, and I kind of don’t know where to start. But now there’s a nerdcore documentary. So my hand is forced.

For those who don’t know, nerdcore is hip-hop by nerds about nerdy subjects: video games, star wars, …

Fool’s Mate: Or, My Big Chess Porn Problem

I’ve never been very comfortable with the fact that I’m crap at chess. As a lad I self-identified as a smart kid, but when I stepped up to the board, I had nothin’. I just told myself I had other strengths and went back to drawing Thor on my math notebook. But an uncomfortable feeling lingered.

Despite this, or maybe because of it, I …

Webcomics Are Still the New Blogs: A Bit More on Achewood

I’m going to add a short addendum to my Achewood post the other day, since it got mad comments, and I could use the traffic.

Most of the comments were people saying, in various eloquent ways, that Achewood is awesome. With which I concur. Someone pointed out that I didn’t mention the blogs for the various characters, which is totally …

Webcomics are the New Blogs: The First of a Series of at Least One

There came a time not long ago when I realized that a goodly percentage — not 50, but like, you know, 15 or something — of my media intake consists of webcomics. A quick census of the sites in the toolbar hovering over the browser window in which I write this post would include links to Penny Arcade, Order of the Stick, Achewood, PvP, …

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