“The resources are so many now, they are so vast – and they replace themselves and render themselves obsolete so quickly, that nobody has the has the time to do anything but just dabble for a moment in the current resource de jour before it’s gone and they are busy scrambling to learn just the merest proficiency of the next one.” – Mark Ferrari, Terrible Toybox
June 10, 2015 by wetwebworkComments Off on Board game boards
I play a few (and own more than a few) board games, and one thing that always bugs me is that the boards are generally orientated for one player.
Discworld Ankh-Morpork board
I understand when a map is the play area; maps generally show north at the top and everything is written for someone holding the map. When a map is turned into a board the simple solution is to reproduce that. Lazy, but I can see why it happens.
Dark Moon board
But BGG: Dark Moon (formerly BSG Express before finding a publisher and being reworked to lose the IP) is set on a mining world in an alternate 80’s-like future, and could have easily had a board that uses the current elements but in a way that made it seem as though the players were sat around a console.
This prop photo from Battlestar Galactica shows a shared console table. A top down view for the board would have been great.
Battlestar Galactica command and control console table
For me the weakest of the three “Art of Punk” videos so far, which is a shame as The Dead Kennedys are up there in my desert island bands, and I love Winston Smith’s collage art. Perhaps knowing the Kennedys so well there was less of a revelation, or the subsequent infighting colored my view. Still, a must see if you are in any way punk. And that logo…
June 19, 2013 by wetwebworkComments Off on Crass: The Art of Punk
Crass weren’t an always easy listen, especially back in the early 80’s when if you wanted to hear a band that didn’t get radio play you had to buy an album – no Spotify or iTunes or Youtube then.
Crass albums weren’t just vinyl in a slipcase and sleeve, they came in envelopes and wrapped in disturbing posters (I had one of Maggie shitting sausages), which actually made them a more of a commitment. You weren’t buying an easy listen to stick on when you got home that your Mum might ask you to turn down. You were buying a freaking art project you Mum would demand you turn off.
The music itself might be music, or a spoken word description of someone having a wank. Or the sound of a train with Eve Libertine screaming “Screaming babies… In all our decadence people die” over the top*. Which might explain the lack of airplay. But fuck me if it isn’t still far more relevant today than most of the punk dross of the time (a lot of which I like and still like).
And that logo… I laboriously painted it onto a shirt, not really clued up on the more socialist/anarchist slant of the band, being far more of a faux punk at the time.
*Shaved Women: my favourite Crass song. Actually, one of my favourite songs of all time.
June 15, 2013 by wetwebworkComments Off on Too good: THE ART OF PUNK
“[Last] September — despite strong indications of innocence, an international outcry and a petition of 1 million signatures — Georgia sent a man named Troy Davis to his death. The execution of Troy Davis, despite the absence of a murder weapon, physical evidence or DNA linking him to the crime, placed the spotlight on Georgia and the injustices of the death penalty. This, in a state where five death row inmates have been exonerated.
“And Georgia is in the spotlight once again, as it plans to execute Warren Hill, a mentally ill man. “
“Make content available first, and navigation second. Don’t waste precious screen space on superfluous items. This is especially important on mobile devices, but not bad advice for the screen, either.”
“In 2008, the U.S. had over 12 thousand firearm-related homicides. All of Japan experienced only 11, fewer than were killed at the Aurora shooting alone. And that was a big year: 2006 saw an astounding two, and when that number jumped to 22 in 2007, it became a national scandal. By comparison, also in 2008, 587 Americans were killed just by guns that had discharged accidentally.”