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Thoughts on themed entertainment and the web, status reports on Variable Stage attractions, and also just nonsense sometimes (a lot of the time).


Cows: nature’s dogs

THE DEAD DON’T DIE - Is there anything I enjoy more than a meta genre send-up? Is there‽ #movies

This is my first summer in an apartment without built-in A/C and I’m trying go without, but today I discovered that it’s too hot to eat M&Ms and I’m feeling so torn

It seems like I’m not alone this year in choosing to not celebrate the Fourth of July. That brings me just a little comfort.

I built a service that translates Mastodon Atom feeds into JSON feeds that are formatted more like micro.blog’s feeds. I’ve been reading all my social follows in my feed reader for a few weeks and it’s really quite pleasant. Try it!

I’m going to be in Portland July 19–21! I’ve never been there and I’m excited to experience it.

I’ve had a cold for a week and I think it’s mostly from the twice-daily arctic blast of the subway cars

@manton I didn’t know he worked for Disney until I explored his website! I also didn’t realize he had so many books. Time to dive in.

I loved No Such Things by Bill Peet as a kid and forgot about it completely for many years. I’d really love to find that old copy for my bookshelf now. (Bill Peet’s website is a 90s treasure.)

Walking around Red Hook and Gowanus today, I think I must have seen every scooter in Revel’s fleet.

An installation in Otherworld

Last weekend I visited Otherworld in Columbus, Ohio. It was a lot of fun! It’s a sort of immersive art experience in the vein in the vein of Meow Wolf. But whereas House of Eternal Return was a bunch of artists coming together to create a single thing, Otherworld seems to have a much more singular focus. As I explored with my friends, we slowly began to realize that there was a puzzle to solve here. The clues were sparse and didn’t perfectly fit together, which we suspected was because the show isn’t finished yet—it’s only been open about a month. I’m excited to visit again in a year and see how things have evolved.

I think my favorite part of the design was how gracious it was to the guests. The world-building preamble is in a side room off the main entrance that’s easy to miss and—more importantly—easy to skip. There’s a loose framing narrative around the idea that we are test subjects for some sort of experiement, and a mystery to uncover around how and why things started going wrong, but ignoring all of that does not at all detract from the main experience. It would be easy as a designer to force the audience through some sort of expository preshow and, like the old Hydrolators at EPCOT, that preshow would probably be forcefully disabled very quickly. Well done, Otherworld!

I’m glad Jeremy Keith shared a link to Remy Sharp’s webmention.app—together with Aaron Parecki’s webmention.io, it’s now so easy to configure incoming and outgoing webmentions!

I, TONYA - I like how this one seemed to switch genres halfway through. I also really liked how it treated the fourth wall. A good movie. #movies

Last night in Ohio was an extremely Ohio night. We all rushed to the basement because there was a tornado nearby, then later we were stuck at a train crossing while the world’s longest train barreled along. And today? Today I expect to see some cows.

Spirit released their first video of the season, happy Halloween

I spent the last couple days at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. It was extremely nice.

MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY - I didn’t know what I didn’t know about this group. They’re such an inspiration! And the documentary is so well-made! #movies

I fixed my micropub endpoint! I can publish on my website without sshing now! Feels good!

Hello world

A performer named Eric Koller was the lead in LUZIA and I can’t stop thinking about his performance. He makes me want to be a clown.