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Month: September 2020

Cory Doctorow on Writing (VIDEO)

Cory Doctorow on Writing (VIDEO)

Here’s a nice little video of Cory Doctorow talking about writing. Listening to somebody talk about their writing is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate and not write 🙂

We are so excited for all of you to read Attack Surface, so we decided to offer a special treat—an inside look into Cory Doctorow’s writing habits!

Source: VIDEO: Cory Doctorow on Writing

Trump Secretly Mocks His Christian Supporters – The Atlantic

Trump Secretly Mocks His Christian Supporters – The Atlantic

Trump is a Christian when the cameras are on. But that’s all his base really needs. The “R” beside his name and words that they like about their religion.

The president’s alliance with religious conservatives has long been premised on the contention that he takes them seriously, while Democrats hold them in disdain. In speeches and interviews, Trump routinely lavishes praise on conservative Christians, casting himself as their champion. “My administration will never stop fighting for Americans of faith,” he declared at a rally for evangelicals earlier this year. It’s a message his campaign will seek to amplify in the coming weeks as Republicans work to confirm Amy Coney Barrett—a devout, conservative Catholic—to the Supreme Court.

But in private, many of Trump’s comments about religion are marked by cynicism and contempt, according to people who have worked for him. Former aides told me they’ve heard Trump ridicule conservative religious leaders, dismiss various faith groups with cartoonish stereotypes, and deride certain rites and doctrines held sacred by many of the Americans who constitute his base.

Source: Trump Secretly Mocks His Christian Supporters – The Atlantic

The HeroQuest Game Is Officially Back

The HeroQuest Game Is Officially Back

I wrote about this being a possibility the other day, but is now official. Hasbro is bringing back their boardgame rpg HeroQuest, as a crowdfunded project at least: HeroQuest Game System.

First of all, I’m really happy about this. HeroQuest was/is an excellent game and I’m glad more people will be able to play it. It’s a nice start into D&D type adventures while still feeling like a board game and not all in one’s head. At least that’s how we felt about it back in the day.

I do wish it was coming back as a mass produced and sold in stores game rather than crowdfunded. Also the $99.99 price tag while not excessive is still a bit more than I’d like to spend on a game that I already own. It’s one of those things that would feel a bit indulgent buying for myself. But it would also be nice to have a copy of the game I could play without fear of messing up my old set.

And it’ll cost you an extra $50 to get the expansion sets. I guess my hope for this would be it becomes massively popular and Hasbro starts to churn out new HeroQuest content. That would be sweet.

An exclusive first look at Hasbro’s ambitious crowdfunding campaign

Source: The HeroQuest board game is coming back: Here’s how to pre-order – Polygon

 

Netflix’s Has a Space Shuttle Challenger Documentary

Netflix’s Has a Space Shuttle Challenger Documentary

So, Netflix has a new documentary about the Space Shuttle Challenger accident and aftermath. I’m old enough to remember when this happened, I think all of us school aged kids in 1986 will remember it. I am one of the fortunate ones, I guess, that wasn’t watching it live on TV in class when it happened. But I remember hearing about it soon after it happened.

What I remember most, I guess, was my childlike hope in the hours and days afterwards that somehow they would have a search and find survivors. This obviously, was not close to possible.

This documentary actually looks super interesting and I am sure I would enjoy the information it touches upon. But emotionally, I don’t know if I’ll be able to watch it. Maybe I’ll watch the first episode and see how it feels.

Do you play on watching Challenger: The Final Flight on Netflix?

If you were alive in 1986, you remember it. Even if you were born years or decades later, chances are you know the image — a devastating explosion set against a clear, unusually cold Florida sky,

Source: Netflix’s Challenger documentary is a fascinating exploration of guilt