I'm a recent graduate with a PhD in Geology from University of Auckland, New Zealand. I'm going to fill this up with random musings about food, video games, science, politics, and whatever else is bugging me.
Last week I gave a guest lecture for Laura Wiebe’s Pop Culture Studies class on DIY production, using By Crom! as an example. It is a frank, honest, specific investigation of challenges and issues in self publishing I rarely see represented at large.
It is not quite the joyous celebration of the support you’ve all given me on this project that I owe the internet. It’s an academic lecture. But if you’re curious about critical issues in the production of small scale pop culture, you can watch me lay it out for an hour and a half right here!
If you’re curious about how I did this whole comic thing, here’s a chance to hear some straightforward facts about selfpublishing, indie comics, anxieties, finances, and so forth. Let me know what you think!
I spent almost all of my free time this week with the new shiny game. And then, I found one of my guilty pleasures on Netflix. That was most of my week, but to those paying attention to cultural happenings in our world of geekiness, there has been rather a large to do regarding video games. I’ve been reluctant to put out my thoughts on the subject, since many other better writers and thinkers have already done so much, but this has come to a head in such a way that most of the reading time was spent on blogs and news sites rather than pleasure reading. Please click through to read the rest of the article.
Whatever Gamergate may have started as, it is now an Internet culture war. On one side are independent game-makers and critics, many of them women, who advocate for greater inclusion in gaming. On the other side of the equation are a motley alliance of vitriolic naysayers: misogynists, anti-feminists, trolls, people convinced they’re being manipulated by a left-leaning and/or corrupt press, and traditionalists who just don’t want their games to change.
During the past week, I found myself busy with work during the day, but managed to find a good amount of time to spend on my geeky pursuits. Lots of video games and started with a new anime series this week. Read on to learn more about what I did this week.
Our relationship with alcohol goes back deep into our history as a species; many anthropologists speculate that the desire to create fermented beverages initiated the development of agriculture and the rise of civilization. In his book Proof : The Science of Booze, author Adam Rogers examines our relationship with alcohol from several varied perspectives. Domestication of yeast, developing the process of distillation, cultivation of fermentables, how we get drunk, and why we feel so bad the day after are all topics that Rogers examines in his book.
Just because you’re saving the world doesn’t mean you can’t look absolutely fabulous doing it. No one shows that better than Princesses Zelda in Hyrule Warriors. With a mix of hard armor and flowing skirt in a gradient of purple to pink and gold accents, this look is rich,royal, and a little bit dangerous, befitting of a modern fashion Princess/Queen.