A friend of ours shared a curiously familiar-looking dog picture; turns out Tricksy Beschizza had gone viral! Congratulations, pup! After the jump, the full-size pic.
The podcast is presented as a series of community radio broadcasts from the fictional town of Night Vale, a place where all the conspiracy theories are true. Episode by episode, the team build up a roster of characters (each with their own epithet, like "John Peters -- you know, the farmer") who are woven in and out of each others' storylines through bulletins from Cecil, the station's announcer.
There are recurring moments of brilliant and surreal comedy, especially the messages from the advertisers:
You come home. The lights are off. You get an uneasy feeling. Suddenly, the phone rings! You remember that you do not have a phone. It rings some more.
Stuart Ashen takes a close look at some unlicensed toys made with not quite the care and quality control of the originals. He starts out with a Batman Begins trading card set that seemed familiar to me, because we published the backstory from it earlier this year. His spoken word delivery is priceless! But that's just the beginning. It's a long video, so I grabbed some screenshots to show you what he is reviewing: Batman Begins, Star Wart (featuring Admlral Ackbar), Teenage Motant Ninja Tortlez, and an Invincibility Robot.
"A never-ending source of disappointment and confusion."
Similarly, on our shores, the myth dies hard. The most perdurable and certainly the most dreary is that of the cabdriver-philosopher. Our columnists still insist upon citing him as the perceptive 'diamond in the rough' social observer. Lucky Miller, a young cabdriver, has his say in this matter. 'A lot of drivers, they'll agree to almost anything the passenger will say, no matter how absurd. They're angling for that tip.
I forget what documentary it was, but I finally understood the Tom Friedman cab driver thing when he was filmed at a call center in India or similar (sorry, fuzzy memory) and he would say things in kind of a form of a question and then the people he was talking to would basically repeat it back to him.
Cowpea weevils and four other insects whose sex lives you do NOT want to be involved in, according to the fine folks at Buzz Hoot Roar. (Which is seriously a blog that you need to be following, like, yesterday.)
One of my favorite things about Boing Boing's movie, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, is the soundtrack, which was composed by Robyn Miller (also the film's writer and director) on a Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer (Here's Robyn's review of the tiny but amazing synthesizer.)
The song above, "Ballad to Augustus," was not composed by Robyn. It was written and performed by Alex Miller, and we like it so much that we are including it on the 22-track soundtrack, which you can buy as a DRM-free MP3 album for $6.99.
Bundle of Holding -- a name-your-price download service -- is currently promoting a collection of family-friendly RPGs, including several games that are suitable for age 5 and up. Ten percent of the purchase price goes to two worthy kids' charities (Save the Children and St Jude's Children's Hospital), and you can choose how much you pay (the recommended payment is $17). If you give more than $14.14, you get six bonus games, as well. Click through below for a list of the games in the bundle:
* Hero Kids: An ideal introduction to fantasy roleplaying for children aged 4 to 10.
* Mermaid Adventures: Exciting undersea adventures and strange mysteries. (Ages 6-11.)
* The Princes' Kingdom: Young heirs to the throne of Islandia, visiting the citizens of their land and solving problems. This bundle is the first .PDF version of The Princes' Kingdom sold anywhere! (Ages 5+, plus an adult.)
* Happy Birthday, Robot!: The charming storytelling game by Daniel Solis for families or classrooms. (Ages 9+ -- and especially good for grownups.)
* * Adventures in Oz - Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: A loving journey into the lands of L. Frank Baum. (Ages 8+.)
* Camp Myth: The RPG: Third Eye's adaptation of the Chris Lewis Carter YA novel series about mythic creatures at summer camp. (Ages 8-13.)
* Project Ninja Panda Taco: Jennifer (Jennisodes) Steen's game of competing Masterminds and their biddable Minions. (Ages 8+.)
* School Daze: It's high school the way you wish it could be. (Ages 13+.)
* The Zorcerer of Zo: Chad Underkoffler's classic game of fairy tales set in the Zantabulous Land of Zo. (Ages 5+.)
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