I imagine an ultra-cynical civics game, wherein the player must promote varying policies just before the Apocalypse.

Governments are bloated and meddling, led by people who have to conceal their real motives from fickle, reactionary voters. The whole mess is routinely stymied by bickering and political grandstanding.

Financial markets are amoral abstractions, apathetic toward humanity. The markets are never actually “free” and those who game them are often heartless monsters.


Creeping Changes

Updating my 3Gs iPhone to iOS4 was like getting a new phone. So I’ll probably wait to get iPhone 4, since the next version will probably be better.

Talking to some others, today I realized how much I use my phone now (and how little I use it *as* a phone).

Off the top of my head, this is my 3Gs iPhone usage, not in order:

Texting (SMS)
Weekly grocery list
Directions/maps (I’m directionally impaired)
Reading (fiction)
Reading (non-fiction)
Reading (daily news)
Reading (political sites)
Reading (graphic novels)
Reading (blogs)
Wikipedia checks (ie, looking up words, history, etc)
Recipes (while cooking)
Listening to music (with headphones)
Locating nearby places (food, coffee, movies, etc)
Buying media
Watching movies
Buying/canceling Amazon products (not just books…dishes recently)
Photography (for amusement)
Photography (to share)
Photography (to remember something, like the way someone else has decorated their house)
Home/car maintenance (while working on something)
Stock values
Tracking calories/exercise
Recording audio snippets (for odd work tasks)
Checking local events (live music, festivals, etc)
Updating Netflix
IM (when on the road)
Approve blog comments
Identifying music (playing around me)
Phone calls

GDC 2010

Finally home after the Game Developers’ Conference. Matthias Worch and I gave a talk on Environmental Storytelling, a subject we both love. Here are the slides and notes.

Update: Smaller, compressed PDF with slides and speakers’ notes together:

Thanks to everyone who attended. (Sorry about the momentary technical glitch. I really thought we were going to have to give a GDC talk with no slides…terror.)

As always, it was great to see developer friends from outside Austin.

Fake Album Covers

While studying up on art theory (semiotics and simulacra), I stumbled across this Fake Album Cover meme. Seems like my kind of thing, so how did I miss it?

Fake Album Cover from Know Your Meme:

How to Make Your Own Album Cover

1 – Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to “Random quotations”
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.