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    MOVIES! TRAILERS!

    >My new video "A HARD DAY'S KNIGHT," in which I don chain mail to find glory, donuts and spare change for my quest. BIGGER SCREEN ON YOU TUBE

    CLASSIC BOOK trailer! [bigger screen on YouTube]

    more videos here

    Tuesday
    Apr152014

    200 People Singing "Happy 40th Birthday Dungeons & Dragons"

    D&D turned 40 this year. To honor that, at PAX East 2014 (in Boston), I was part of a panel called "Why D&D Is Still Awesome: A 40th Anniversary Dungeons & Dragons Tribute."

    But that didn't seem enough. I tried (and failed) to make a giant 40-sided die birthday cake. Instead, I lead the 200+ person crowd in a rousing "Happy Birthday to Dungeons & Dragons" singalong.

    With David Ewalt, author of Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It and and Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People and Fantastic Adventures, from Chess to Role-Playing Games.

     

     

    Wednesday
    Apr022014

    Help, My Computer Is Turning Me Into A Robot

    Much has been written about technology’s downside. Largely, that critique centers on its de-socializing effects. The Internet and our smart devices distract us, and addict us. They tempt us to not “be present” in real world space. I often feel these things to be true. But my take on the dehumanizing aspects of digital technology is somewhat different. My fear is this: Has my trusty and seemingly innocuous MacBook Air made me more robot-like? Have our computers turned us into them?

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    Saturday
    Mar292014

    Dune is in Your Head

    If you've ever seen the 1984 David Lynch film version of Dune, or the three-part TV mini-series from 2000, you know that both adaptations of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel left plenty of his world on the cutting room floor --- and left something to be desired.

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    Wednesday
    Mar262014

    Hollywood, ditch the childhood nostalgia trip

    I had a piece in USA Today today about Hollywood and Madison Avenue resurrecting dead franchises from the hoary childhoods of Gen Xers.

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    Wednesday
    Mar262014

    How about some edgier Muppet movies?


    A post about possible alternative Muppet movies, from “The Muppets’ Rings of the Lord” and  “The Muppets’ End of the World” to “The Muppets Go Psycho” and  “The Muppets Greatest Story Ever Told.” You might have better ideas.

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    Saturday
    Mar222014

    A 2006 Interview with Ralph Bakshi

    Bakshi in the 1970s. Speaking of unearthed treasures from the past, I just unearthed this 2006 interview I did with legendary experimental animator Ralph Baskhi.

    I recently wrote about him in connection with new, unearthed footage from his Lord of the Rings adaptation.

    I hope you enjoy.

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    Saturday
    Mar222014

    Lost Bakshi Lord of the Rings footage found


    Over at BoingBoing, I posted a short piece about new, previously unseen footage from the love-it-or-hate-it 1978 Ralph Bakshi Lord of the Rings adaptation. Turns out, Bakshi (actually, his son Eddie) has unearthed some unfilmed cel animation art that was never previosuly used. Those drawings have recently been filmed...

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    Friday
    Mar142014

    How Dungeons & Dragons and Fantasy Prepare You for Law & Life

    How is a lawyer like a wizard? How does a courtroom resemble an epic battle? How is a casebook like the Dungeon Master's Guide?

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    Friday
    Mar142014

    Obscene income inequality is immoral

    The current disparity between what executives make vs. rank-and-file employees is nothing short of immoral. But sadly the battle for improved pay equity across America’s workforce isn’t going to be won anytime soon.

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    Friday
    Mar142014

    Put Down The Camera, Pick Up The Fork

    Food — you know that stuff you put in your mouth, chew and swallow to stay alive? — has officially jumped the shark.

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