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June 12, 2014

I'm going to be a Pilgrim for a Day! On Mon June 16, noon-1, join me and deputy director of Plimoth Plantation Richard Pickering, for a Google Hangout live-cast and witness my transformation into 17th-Century Pilgrim, Stephen Deane.

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Published on June 12, 2014 13:40 • 8 views

May 27, 2014

May 4, 2014


 

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April 15, 2014

D&D turned 40 this year. To honor that, at PAX East 2014 (in Boston), I was part of a panel called "Why D&D Is Still Awesome: A 40th Anniversary Dungeons & Dragons Tribute."


But that didn't seem enough. I tried (and failed) to make a giant 40-sided die birthday cake. Instead, I lead the 200+ person crowd in a rousing "Happy Birthday to Dungeons & Dragons" singalong.


With David Ewalt, author of Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It and and Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People and Fantastic Adventures, from Chess to Role-Playing Games.


 


 

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Published on April 15, 2014 14:00 • 3 views

D&D turned 40 this year. To honor that, at PAX East 2014 (in Boston), I was part of a panel called "Why D&D Is Still Awesome: A 40th Anniversary Dungeons & Dragons Tribute."


But that didn't seem enough. I tried (and failed) to make a giant 40-sided die birthday cake. Instead, I lead the 200+ person crowd in a rousing "Happy Birthday to Dungeons & Dragons" singalong.


With David Ewalt, author of Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It and and Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People and Fantastic Adventures, from Chess to Role-Playing Games.


 


 

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Published on April 15, 2014 14:00 • 8 views

April 2, 2014

Much has been written about technology’s downside. Largely, that critique centers on its de-socializing effects. The Internet and our smart devices distract us, and addict us. They tempt us to not “be present” in real world space. I often feel these things to be true.

But my take on the dehumanizing aspects of digital technology is somewhat different. My fear is this: Has my trusty and seemingly innocuous MacBook Air made me more robot-like? Have our computers turned us into them?
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Published on April 02, 2014 12:25 • 9 views

March 29, 2014

If you've ever seen the 1984 David Lynch film version of Dune, or the three-part TV mini-series from 2000, you know that both adaptations of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel left plenty of his world on the cutting room floor --- and left something to be desired.

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Published on March 29, 2014 11:11 • 6 views

March 26, 2014

I had a piece in USA Today today about Hollywood and Madison Avenue resurrecting dead franchises from the hoary childhoods of Gen Xers.

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Published on March 26, 2014 10:17

A post about possible alternative Muppet movies, from “The Muppets’ Rings of the Lord” and  “The Muppets’ End of the World” to “The Muppets Go Psycho” and  “The Muppets Greatest Story Ever Told.” You might have better ideas.
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Published on March 26, 2014 10:09 • 3 views

March 22, 2014

Bakshi in the 1970s.
Speaking of unearthed treasures from the past, I just unearthed this 2006 interview I did with legendary experimental animator Ralph Baskhi.

I recently wrote about him in connection with new, unearthed footage from his Lord of the Rings adaptation.

I hope you enjoy.

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Published on March 22, 2014 14:23 • 3 views

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