First week back to work after the epic Disney trip (I still have to get around to posting about it). As I count down to my move back north in the next sixty days or so on a more or less permanent basis, It has gotten me to thinking about the South. For a guy that has fancies himself an unapologetic northerner, I have spent over half my life in the southern part of the country. I have strong feelings about the region, both in the positive and in the negative – I think it is safe to say that I prefer the northeast for many reasons but I will always have love in my heart for New Orleans, Macon, Savannah and Nashville.
1. PENNY DREADFUL: I just got finished watching the series last night on Amazon Prime and really enjoyed it. It is a supernatural mystery show set in Victorian England and has a Downtown Abbey meets Dracula meets League of Extraordinary Gentlemen kind of vibe to it. The whole thing has just the right mix of camp and seriousness to it but honestly, the show is made by the performance of Eva Green – an occultist who also has the misfortune to be occasionally possessed by Satan. Like another favorite of mine, The Arrow, it is a guilty pleasure and I think I will be definitely be watching the second season.
2. CATACLYSM DARK DAYS AHEAD: One of the games which I go back to quite often is a game called Cataclysm DDA. It is a ASCII Text Like roguelike game – a genre of games where there is no starting over if you’re character is killed. It is a zombie apocalypse game where you as a survivor are dumped at a shelter with no gear and have to make your way in the world. The game is actively developed with updates every day and it is INCREDIBLY detailed. A short list of a FEW of the things you can do in the game – build a car, cook a stew, dig a well, grow cotton, tame a dog, forge a sword, make musket ammunition, build cybernetics, hack a computer, play a Gameboy game, go scuba diving, read a book on motorcycles, fire an RPG, go fishing, brew beer …. The list goes on and on and new stuff gets added daily. The best part of the game is that the narrative on your survivor happens all in your head and it is a great emergent storytelling game. I highly recommend this game.
3. DHS FUNDING: I am going to refrain from expressing too much on this subject but can’t help but to be disgusted by the whole manufactured nature of this ‘crisis’. Honestly, did this really need to be controversial? The immigration debate has precious little to do with DHS. The fact that whether we fund the folks charged with guarding the borders of this country or not was attached to the immigration fight is foolishness.
4. HISTORY OF ROME PODCAST: Michael Duncan is a professional Podcaster (yep, there is such a thing) who is known for his five year, two hundred episode (each 20-30 minutes long) recounting of the history of Rome from 500BC to 500AD (founding to fall). I am halfway through the Podcast (over 30 hours of listening over the last year) and I love it. He has a great manner of presentation and I have learned an enormous amount about Rome – I highly recommend it.