Rights by right

Years of silence

Monday, January 23, 2006 | 06:09 AM | by
A general topic interview with me was just posted over at Force Council, if that sort of thing interests you. It seems like every time I turn around lately, I'm giving an interview somewhere. I've given nearly a half a dozen newspaper interviews this month just about Winter-een-mas.

I still find it amazing that something that started on a whim has been embraced by so many people. I think it really shows the magic and strength that community makes possible.

I had a reader email me to ask why we needed a holiday to celebrate video games. The answer is, simply, that we don't. We don't need one. Technically we don't need video games, either. We don't need television, or computers, or cars.

However, I am of the opinion that the good things in this life should be celebrated. Even the simple every day stuff. Family, friends, loved ones, even the pasttimes that bring us enjoyment. Ideally, we'd celebrate these things every day of our lives, we all know that doesn't happen. We lead busy, hectic lives, and a lot of things get taken for granted. So it's easier for us to set aside specific times, "holidays" or observances, during which we can remind ourselves to focus on the good stuff, be thankful for the good stuff.

With all of the bad stuff in this world, I think it's a nice practice to remember the good stuff. Even if for only a few days a year.

Winter-een-mas officially starts on Wednesday, so I hope you've all got gaming plans. If you're looking for Winter-een-mas events that you can attend, you can check out the Winter-een-mas forum on the website.

This weekend I will be in Boston, MA for Vericon. I won't be bringing any merchandise to sell, but I will happily sign anything you bring with you. I'll be doing some panels here and there, but mostly I'll just be hanging out, chatting and playing video games. Vericon is the only convention I will be attending in 2006.

Anyway, I think the main panel I'm doing is on Saturday afternoon. You'll have to check the schedule. Otherwise you can probably find me attached to a video game somewhere, or pestering my friend Mookie at his table. Maybe I'll even be in a sketching mood. You never know. Come say hello. We'll go throw Jell-O at people or something.

You learn something new every day

Monday, January 23, 2006 | 03:07 PM | by
A lot of my Australian readers have written in to inform me that Koala's are not in fact "bears". They are just Koala.

I guess I never actually assumed they were part of the "bear" family, but "Koala Bear" is just how I've always known them. Maybe some reference I picked up as a kid.

Anyway, thanks for correcting me on that! I still love the little buggers, whatever they're called.

Firefly Season 2?

Monday, January 23, 2006 | 03:22 PM | by
Is it possible? I have no idea how legitimate this is, so if anyone can enlighten me I'm happy to listen.

It would seem that some group of people are interested in seeing if it would be possible to get Firefly independantly funded, directly by the viewers, very similarly to what I'm doing with the Ctrl+Alt+Del Animated Series. Cut out sponsor particpation alltogether and just pay directly for the show in some form.

It may be a long shot (since Joss Whedon stated he was done with Firefly), but for me at least, any shot for more Firefly is a shot I want to believe in. I thought other Firefly fans might feel the same. All they're looking for now is a raise of hands of people who would be interested inparticipating in this venture.

You can find the survey on their website.

Digital Overload Computer Rentals

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 | 12:37 AM | by
Digital Overload, the big Ctrl+Alt+Del LAN party is only a short month and a half away.

Some people, especially those farthest away from the convention center, have been asking if it is possible to rent a computer instead of transporting their own. We now have a solution for those people.

We've hooked up with Best Computer Rentals who is going to be handling all PC rental requests. The best part about it is that they will deliver and pickup the PC at the Rhode Island Convention Center. You don't have to worry about anything except showing up and having a great time. This is also a great opportunity if you want to try out a new PC or don't think yours is up to par. Also, each computer is going to be custom-specified, so you can tell them exactly what you need. You can find more info about rentals here.