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  • Re: David Bowie does an encore

    Found this tangentially via Twitter also. Good on MTV for publishing it.

    David Bowie has some questions and criticisms about MTV’s lack of videos featuring black artists in this 1983 interview with Mark Goodman.

    Some more commentary / annotation on i-D (part of Vice):

    "There seem to be a lot of black artists making very good videos that I'm surprised aren't used on MTV," Bowie adds, before Goodman suggests that some areas of the country are "scared to death" of black artists like Prince. "Should it not be a challenge [for MTV to take on] to make the media far more integrated?" Bowie asks. Goodman fobs him off a bit more before asking, "Does that make sense? Is that a valid point?" But Bowie's having none of it: responding, "I understand your point of view," and implying, "But I don't agree with you."

  • David Bowie does an encore

    New EP from, yes, David Bowie released today, what would have been his 70th birthday, and two days shy of a year from his death.

    More at NME

  • Re: Be our neighbor!

    A look at what's opening in Detroit in 2017: http://detroit.curbed.com/maps/detroit-development-map

  • Re: Star Wars Rogue One Discussion FULL OF SPOILERS SPOILER THREAD

    @MAGIC said:
    Fly across galaxy at hyperspeed to retrieve data stored on tapes in a tower only accessible by activating a blinky light on the tape then retrieving it with clunky robot arms.

    @primesuspect the fact that they store data on giant hard drives in a pillar that requires a robot arm for access is awesome. It's so cool visually, I love that they didn't allow the rules of our world dictate how to tell the story. Suspend disbelief, it's not science fiction, it's a fantasy film.

    Consider the obvious alternative: Star Wars Hacking Scene 2016™

    Suffice to say: I'm cool with the data silo.

  • Card collecting like an adult

    I've been collecting Magic: The Gathering cards since I started playing back in 1995. This very quickly developed into keeping 1 of each card in a binder, in 9-up page sleeves. On a shoestring budget, I was always on the lookout for a (free) slightly-nicer binder to keep my cards in. When my dad brought home a set of four 3" D-ring gray binders from work, it was a small windfall. I printed out the expansion symbols for the sets I was collecting on a piece of printer paper and slid it in the spines. This was Very Fancy.

    For the uninitiated, MTG releases (mostly) unique sets of cards, (usually) 140-350 cards each, (usually) 4 times a year. Each of these sets has a unique expansion symbol printed on each of its cards to distinguish its origin. They're often in "blocks" of 2-3 sets that are related.

    I mostly stopped playing/collecting when I left for college in 2002, picked the game back up briefly from 2009-2010, played sporadically at Icrontic events, and then started again a little over a year ago. When it came time to dust off the ol' Magic card sets, I wanted to be able to have them sitting out in the house somewhere without it looking like... well, a giant pile of Magic cards in school binders.

    Nerd stuff's gotta match the decor, man.

    Step 1 was to find some nice binders. After much searching, I found a 3-ring Barrister binder with optional sleeves. Spill- and dust-proofing the binders was high on my priority list, so I splurged on a set of these.

    Step 2 was to be able to identify what was in each binder. I wanted to put expansion symbols on them, but it had to be in a classy, fairly subtle way. These binders go in the pub, so writing on the spine in a silver Sharpie was way out of bounds. I considered custom vinyl stickers, but some of the symbols were far too detailed. Stencils seemed a poor choice for similar reasons.

    Eventually, I settled on clear adhesive-backed printer paper. Now it was down to finding and printing all those symbols. Fortunately I stumbled upon Keyrune, a new open source font of all the Magic: The Gathering symbols, hosted on GitHub. Now I was getting somewhere!

    After a test run on plain paper to gauge sizing, the first run on sticker paper.

    Trying out the first binder - all 3 sets in the Ice Age block, 1 per color area. Great success

    The 7 blocks of the pre-modern era of Magic.

    As I'm able to afford more binders and cards, this system is very easily expandable and looks classy as hell. Pretty happy with the outcome.