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THE HANGOVER - Fart noise #movies

WIND RIVER - Probably my favorite Jeremy Renner performance. I think this is the most benevolent possible usage of the White Savior? #movies

Themed Attraction Longevity

Themed Attraction Longevity

When is a theme park not a museum?

May 4th, 2019

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - This movie I think succeeded at doing what it wanted to do! I didn’t enjoy it per se but I feel satisfied having seen it. #movies

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - I read the book a long time ago and saw the new Broadway production recently; this adaptation was new to me. I prefer Sorkin’s stageplay but there are some excellent performances here too. I blubbered! #movies

US - It’s difficult not to compare this to GET OUT, and I think it’s not as successful, but I also think I’ll be thinking about it for a long time. #movies

COLLATERAL - This is a movie about the virtues of public transportation. I wish they committed more to the fate/coincidence thing; as it was it felt a little too Deus Ex Machina-y for me. #movies

MOON - Hmmm. I liked this but also I wanted it to be more. More of what? I’m not sure. Felt like all the tension was in the first act and the rest just sort of unfurled gradually. Sam Rockwell was really great though! #movies

ARRIVAL - I’m floored. This is now among my very favorite movies. The culminating emotions here are some that I’ve often thought impossible to capture. Wow. #movies

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - Hey I still like this one! A fun exercise in killing your darlings. #movies

CAPTAIN MARVEL - Couldn’t have cared less about the first 20ish minutes but got into it eventually! I liked the twisty plot but more than that I enjoyed how radical this film was (for a billion-dollar blockbuster anyway) #movies

THE FOREIGNER - This movie lived up to the hype of its trailer perfectly. I wouldn’t change a thing! #movies

SIDEWAYS - This was not at all the movie I thought it was going to be—all I knew was that it was sort of stuffy about wine. I liked it! I haven’t seen this sort of smallish quirky indie movie in a while. #movies

What Is ActivityPub?

That depends on who’s asking.

March 5th, 2019

IRON MAN 2 - Such fun! The MCU isn’t really fun like this anymore. Also I will watch anything that invokes the 1964 World’s Fair. #movies

THE BOURNE SUPREMACY - A good movie to eat popcorn to! #movies

LAYER CAKE - I enjoyed this one a lot but have little to no idea what happened or who any of those people are. Also still don’t really understand Daniel Craig’s appeal but he’s fun. #movies

THE BOURNE IDENTITY - I think I’ve seen this but I didn’t remember hardly any of it. It’s fun! This is apparently the year of Matt Damon for me. #movies

THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART - The funny stuff didn’t work as well as in the first one but the sweet stuff was right on point. I really liked Whatevra’s character design! #movies

THE DEPARTED - Leo’s performance was particularly great, what a thrilling plot, I hated everyone #movies

QUANTUM OF SOLACE - Oh I see, James Bond movies are Mission: Impossible movies but less fun. #movies

CASINO ROYALE - I believe this is the first James Bond movie I’ve seen. It was fine? A lot of details were confusing until I realized this movie is older than iPhone. #movies

ADVENTURELAND - I think I’m too old for this one? But I appreciated the copious amusement park scenes! #movies

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT - The first movie knew it wasn’t really about driving cars; the sequels haven’t figured that out so far. Still, Chekhov would have loved the third act and John loved the last 90 seconds. #movies

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS - Haha oh no every part of this movie was terrible except Tyrese #movies

REBECCA - Came for the Sleep No More references; stayed for the weird quickly-delivered sass #movies

GAME NIGHT - Whoa this is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Everybody is so fun and smart and good!! #movies

THE INFORMANT! - Thought this was going a particular direction a few different times and it curved me every time. I love how schlubby every detail of this movie is. #movies

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS - I was thrilled for the last 30 minutes but what a painful time capsule of the early 2000s! I probably would have thought everyone in this movie was so cool if I had seen it then. #movies

SOLO - Seems like they got lost on the way to a compelling story while trying to string together every single little canonical detail of Han’s character. I liked Donald Glover though! #movies

LA CONFIDENTIAL - Guy Pearce is so good. #movies

THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY - Such a delightful first half! Such a stressful remainder! This movie wouldn’t work at all today but I appreciate it as a crime capsule. #movies

Les Triplettes de Belleville: An Unauthorized Dark Ride

Les Triplettes de Belleville: An Unauthorized Dark Ride

A little tribute to one of my favorite films. Just exercising!

May 11th, 2018

Where is everybody?

Starting to design a location system for walkthroughs

April 2nd, 2018

Planning for Spring Again

Planning for Spring Again

Bobby’s Birthday is on the horizon. Let’s get ready!

November 28th, 2017

Virtual Box Office

Let’s talk about software.

September 20th, 2017

My website is still powered by a PHP script but it’s now entirely static, TGIF 👌

Ahh! I can post to my microblog from the iOS app now! This is so cool.

Planning for Halloween Again

Planning for Halloween Again

June 24th, 2017

Listening to The-Dream at a standing desk is a recipe for guaranteed hip sway

Congratulations to E•MO•TION for being awarded Only Album of the Year, two years running

Apparently Redbone is something I can juuuust barely pull off at karaoke

I wonder if they thought I was fixing to make some fidget spinners 😂

Just walked into a skate shop to buy bearings for an animation rig for the show; felt like such a poser!!

Spent the night and early morning in bed, in the dark, thinking about Halloween. About three hours of sleep though!

I adore this little haunted house treatment by Ian Kay: The Maze of the Zombie Couch Potato!

Every time I eat a Cubano I just wish to be in Miami

Just spent an hour scrolling through my entire Instagram history for some reason. I used to be much more (outwardly?) interesting!

I wrote a Ruby script that writes to the DMX stream which turns the lights and motors on and off! ALSA is trickier than I have patience for tonight so no programmed sound yet, but this was a VERY PRODUCTIVE DAY. I’ll write all this stuff up at some point 👌

The RasPi can now control the lights, motors, and speakers! I am thrilled! Now to write code to coordinate all those things 🤔

Adventures in theatre tech: Raspberry Pi operational! 6-channel audio interface playing music! Trying to remember how my old DMX interface works!

Another new disco-ass Calvin Harris song, this time featuring Khalid‽ What did we do to deserve all this

I decided, sort of on a whim, to quit smoking yesterday. Going alright so far?

Papier-mâché is satisfying and powerful but my apartment constantly smells like terrible bread

Oops I’m crying at lunch: My Father Spent 30 Years in Prison, And I Don’t Want Him to Text Me

Okay I’m doubling down on this: the new Calvin Harris songs are way more disco than any of his previous works! 2017 is the year!

The DJ at the McDonald’s on Broadway in the Financial District is EXTREMELY on point today

Hey bub, this is Hollywood! Scratch my back, I’ll scratch these geese!

Chance and Jeremih’s Christmas album is still really good and you can listen to it any time of year if you want to

I should just start introducing myself as a themed attraction creator? My idle party conversation gets so much more interesting!

By my very rough estimate, the demographic seems to be about…um…the opposite of the Mastodon demographic

Every personal web-art project I’ve ever pursued has just been an attempt to make something that feels like any of Radiohead’s late-90s/early-2000s sites. I think the closest I’ve gotten is my installation.

I have received exponentially more LinkedIn friend requests from coworkers at this job than any other I’ve ever had.

James Bruton makes really slick robotics and lately he’s been exploring VR. This physical-virtual-physical proof of concept with giant LEGO bricks and minifigs is so inspiring and whimsical!

Love this Rivers of Light review. I missed it when I was at Animal Kingdom a few months ago—for good reason, but still a shame. Just gotta go back soon, I guess!

Time to make to whole bunch of papier-mâché paste.

It’s working! Quill is also delightful!

I’m micropubbing a lot right now because I want to make sure this whole deal works :’)

It took me a while to figure out exactly what Micropub’s whole deal is but I’m a big fan.

Micropub is DELIGHTFUL.

I’m on now! Someday I’ll make my personal microblog compatible with OStatus and then I may finally rest

Oh no! Sorry microblog, I’ve been playing with Mastodon. I really want to POSSE this thing though and have been cooking up a plan.

Rolling Walkthrough Flow Control

Rolling Walkthrough Flow Control

April 5th, 2017

I was trying to remember which TV show my dentist recommended; Googled “the main terrorist show” and yep it was Homeland, thanks Google

The SoHo UNIQLO has a big Beauty and the Beast graphic on their window and I almost broke my ankles switching course to get in there

Spent the weekend watching Westworld, building a character, and extending my manuscript. It was good. I’d like more weekend.

Hey, it’s more than a year since I wrote this essay about gags in dark rides. Now I’m gonna write about 40 more and call it a book!

In New York again. The lights turned off on the 4 for some reason while I was listening to the Splash Mountain soundtrack and I felt like I was back!

Notes on the Orlando Theme Parks

Notes on the Orlando Theme Parks

March 1st, 2017

Oh gosh. The “I Created Disco” Calvin Harris is utterly distinct from the modern-day Calvin Harris in my mind which is why I was surprised to hear him writing…disco…and I regret the error!

Today is, I think, the first time I’ll spend a whole day solo at a Disney park. I am bracing myself for the impending academia!

I know I’ll be sick of the humidity within 24 hours but for now I’m so excited to be in Florida

We’ll remember 2017 as the year Calvin Harris started making disco music

I’m going to be at Universal Studios on Saturday; Fifth Harmony will also be there 😬

Lately I’ve been feeling unusually inspired and productive but also restless for not being more productive at the same damn time

It’s 8:30, have you listened to Yeah Yeah by Travis Scott and Young Thug yet today

Every time a clipboard person asks me for a donation to their org, my answer is roughly “I don’t give my CC info out on the street” but there’s never a contingency for this

Using Workflows, I was able to put an icon on my home screen that pops up a dialog and posts to my microblog, it’s rather lovely :’)

If you’re reading this then I tried a thing and it worked

solemnly every day is the fourteenth

It works! I’m now syndicating a rolling 24 hours of microblogs to Twitter with this

Huh. I’ve walked back on my “cross-posting is bad” stance a little.

I’m still surprised that The-Dream never covered “I Would Die 4 U.” (His whole career is basically a cover of “I Would Die 4 U”, but I mean explicitly. Also this isn’t a bad thing.)

These headphones are fantastic so far, I’m not used to earbuds not falling out of my ears but it’s a nice phenomenon

“I wonder how I can adjust my spending to increase my rate of savings” buys expensive headphones “it’s probably impossible”

I let my newest app dress me this morning and actually I look pretty good

Bought a one-day ticket to Governor’s Ball! My plan is to just stand directly in front of whatever stage Chance the Rapper will perform on for the entire day.

I started another project last night. The outfit-planning app I wanted to create for iOS many years ago has become something I’d actually use a lot so I’m putting it on the web.

Took a few minutes to investigate something a coworker casually asked about; suddenly it’s the afternoon and I have not had breakfast yet

It’s difficult to keep this microblog mundane when all I can think about is the unraveling US government. That said, I’ve grown fond of standing desks over the last few months.

Six pounds of hot glue arrived yesterday, a hundred sheets of posterboard arrived today. I feel professional!

My apartment is more of a mess six weeks into show two than it was six months into show one. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

I’ve been really enjoying being a part of my company’s soccer team. I scored a goal tonight! It was the wrong goal but that’s not important I think!

Well, I’ve done it, I’ve poured probably a dozen hours into this silly PHP flat-file static CMS

I’m trying really hard to not pour a huge amount of work into tweaking this silly side project 🙃

I love late night talking-to-myself walks; just developed a new method for building Variable Stage figures like paper dolls to go from concept to sculpture so elegantly

This automaton by Keith Newstead is stunning. If I can get even a fraction of this liveliness next Halloween I’ll just retire early.

The popular usage of an indie microblog is to syndicate to Twitter (cf. POSSE) but remember when we syndicated Twitter and Facebook back and forth and how annoying that was? Maybe silos are cool.

I resisted La Croix for a long time, I guess because I thought it was cliche, but this weekend I drank like four cans of the coconut stuff so I guess the joke is on me

We’ll know Chance has really made it when he starts showing up in Karaoke songbooks. Features don’t count!

Year-End Inspiration

Year-End Inspiration

December 30th, 2016

Selling Tickets

December 8th, 2016

Notes on a Variable Stage

November 23rd, 2016

Planning for Spring

November 17th, 2016

What’s a Theme Park? What’s a Dark Ride?

April 27th, 2016

Planning for Halloween

April 20th, 2016

Excuse Me

At last, I’ve set free the hip hop mixtape I didn’t finish in 2012.

February 14th, 2016

On Gags

February 10th, 2016

Got my Twitters in pairs and they’re playing Gorillas

Introducing @LeftGorilla and @RightGorilla

September 9th, 2014

Walking Through a Land

Walking Through a Land

December 3rd, 2012

The Idea of Piracy

November 18th, 2012

A Walk Through the History of Themed Attractions

A Walk Through the History of Themed Attractions

November 12th, 2012

Show, Don’t Tell

Show, Don’t Tell

November 9th, 2012

All of the Lights in the Magic Kingdom

All of the Lights in the Magic Kingdom

November 7th, 2012

La Caravelle, a French Legend, Is Closing After 43 Years

There used to be a restaurant in New York.

July 24th, 2012

Fun for the whole family

To all who come to this happy place: Welcome.

June 19th, 2011


June 17th, 2010

Alright—Yeah… Uh Huh

April 17th, 2010

Sugar Headaches

April 14th, 2010


A stripped-down re-style of Google Reader

April 6th, 2010

I Will Die

I Will Die

March 30th, 2010

Things Keep Happening

February 12th, 2010


I spent my last few hours in New York on a hospital bed with a needle in my arm. Also, airport musings.

November 10th, 2009

Kirby’s Dream Land

Kirby’s Dream Land

I forgot all about this game!

August 14th, 2009