The Droids Have Ears: Surveillance and Technology in the GFFA

There's an odd thing that happens in properties (intellectual properties, or “IPs”, which encompass the entirety of published fictional media) which were created decades before our contemporary social and technological developments went from being fiction to reality. Things we take for granted are mysteriously never added to the official IP, and even fanworks which blend … Continue reading The Droids Have Ears: Surveillance and Technology in the GFFA

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“In Order to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch, You Must First Invent the Universe”

Title courtesy of Carl Sagan Been a while; a lot's changed. I discovered that the worst thing about trying to maintain a weekly blog is trying to come up with things to talk about. I'm still writing, and recently shared a bit of my world-building process with some friends. Another friend asked me for my notes; … Continue reading “In Order to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch, You Must First Invent the Universe”

Tolkien Economics

Most people who stumble across this blog likely have at least a passing familiarity with Tolkien's Middle Earth, whether they've only seen the recent Peter Jackson films, read the books, played one of the many Lord of the Rings games, or been dedicated enough to pick up analyses of Tolkien's work and become moderators on official … Continue reading Tolkien Economics

Getting Shirty

Okay, so I WAS going to do something on character visual design, but this bullshit blew that clean out of the water. Character design can wait til I've patched the hull; let's discuss what's really so wrong about a company selling this shirt at WonderCon and why their response to public criticism shows that they are not … Continue reading Getting Shirty

Self-Fulfilling Disappointment

In 2010, I was moderately known as a blogger writing about EVE Online; those of us seen as "regulars" with decent writing skills were loosely known as the Blog Pack. One of our number, CrazyKinux, ran a monthly event known as the Blog Banter, where a subject would be chosen for all of us to … Continue reading Self-Fulfilling Disappointment