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The same Emerson quote that's been haunting me for a few years: "We see young men who owe us a new world, so readily and lavishly they promise, but they never acquit the debt; they die young and dodge the account: or if they live, they lose themselves in the crowd". (from "Experience", an essay that shakes me every time I read it).
For the whole time I've been making music, I've also been making excuses for why I never play in public. Hell, even just go to an open mic every month or so. There are about 20 full, pretty good songs that I have written and nobody's ever heard. I'm scared of leaving behind less than I could have.
I'm scared of dying young and full of ideas, like my brother. It would be his 25th birthday this Thursday, and I'll probably spend some of the night looking over the notes he made in the margins of scripts he never got a chance to direct.
In a bit of a funk. I haven't recorded any music or made any clothes since I got my dog in August. I've been starting to write a lot of new music, but haven't been finishing much.
I spend a decent chunk of time reading about new RPG systems now. Been quietly putting together a little homebrewed world, designing dungeons. I suck a little less at drawing now, will post pictures when I get home.
EDIT: And a new Tennyson Single
I'll be in Portland! The 23rd works for me, I'd love to grab a beer somewhere!
Flipping through my fake book, came across this wonderful song I somehow hadn't heard before.
Found on the bottom of a pan at the preschool.
It's the first week of the school year at Pre-K, lots of new kids. One kid cried the entirety of the day yesterday, which was, uh, not great.
My dog killed a squirrel yesterday. He's incredibly proud of himself. Pretty cute.
I buried the dead squirrel in the yard, but Coop keeps digging him up and playing with the corpse. Not so cute. cgod, can I throw a dead animal in my municipal compost bin in Portland?
Didn't know Plotkin had a blog, thanks for sharing this! He's never been quite my style as far as IF authors/creators go, but I can't deny that he is an incredible font of information.
Also, just because IF doesn't come up much, here are some of my favorite IF games for anyone who wants to play one (and you should!):
Games about words
A masterful game by one of the best IF creators, and has one of my favorite items in all of fiction: a gun that lets you remove one letter from a word, and thus alter reality. A "pear" can suddenly become an "ear", and someone's tasty snack will suddenly become quite a bit less appetizing. Think of it as "Portal for the English language". Each puzzle has quite a few solutions, and you are limited only by your cleverness.
A smartly written puzzle game that relies on clever wordplay and themed rooms. Light and engaging.
By far my favorite one room game. Anyone with an interest in linguistics and "thinking your way out" should check this out. A pretty fast game about unearthing magic.
Games about Games
My favorite IF game. Part throwback love letter to old school IF, part metafictional metaphysical rollercoaster. If you've played an IF game before, I cannot recommend this game enough. You will DEFINITELY need to download it and play it on your computer, not online. Make use of saves.
Words about Words
A beautiful character study that is incredibly executed from a syntax/programming standpoint.
It's, uh, real sad. A retelling of the classic myth.
By the creator of Her Story. A one word game.
NOTE: I only picked freely available modern games because it's a bit harder to find legal ways to play older ones. Obviously, play Zork Sorceror, Adventure, etc. if you can find a copy of them.
What are your brothers names? I had a pretty solid Kirby in 3.0 PM, haven't played much since.