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In honor of Presidents’ Day, specifically in Alabama, where it is celebrated as “Washington and Jefferson Day,” I present the trailer for the upcoming movie Jefferson.

Happy Presidents’ Day all!

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Originally published at Words and Thoughts. Please leave any comments there.

Haven’t posted in a while, but today I got an important bit of wine news from Free The Grapes and Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws. To quote:

Maryland: Wine Bill Hearing Monday

Right now, Maryland’s state legislators are considering Senate Bill 616 and House Bill 1260, which, if passed, will significantly expand your choice in wine. The bills are based on the “model” direct shipping bill working successfully in the majority of states and allow ANY licensed winery or retailer in the US, regardless of its location, to ship a limited amount of wine to you.

HB 1260 will be heard this Monday, February 18 in the House Economic Matters Committee, so time is of the essence to voice your support for legal, regulated wine direct shipping!

Everyone in Maryland with an interest in less restrictive wine laws and/or free trade should go to the issue site set up by Free the Grapes! and take a moment to email the committee members who will be hearing the bill Monday and notify your representatives of your interest in the issue. This is one of the issues that most annoys me about Maryland, with a bit of work and a bit of luck we might be able to make our antiquated laws a bit more modern.

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So tomorrow is apparently a day of some special significance to me and is also the date of the second Maryland / Duke game this year. As such I will be watching the game and engaging in celebratory drinking tomorrow in Bethesda (meaning either in my apartment or one of the nearby bars). If anyone's interested in joining in let me know -- game runs from 7-9ish, though I'm up for continued shenanigans afterwards. There'san invite up on facebook, just because those a fairly easy to make. :)
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I'm in the process of moving my blogging over to http://emjohn.com. Still figuring out how I'm handling the transition, but for right now I'm using good ole-fashioned hand-typed notices. So -- if you have any interest in reading my thoughts on tonight's episode of The Wire you should go to my new site.
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Originally published at Words and Thoughts. Please leave any comments there.

The Wire’s fifth season continued on Sunday with”Unconfirmed Reports,” and Bunk’s comment from last week’s episode, “The Bigger the lie, the more they believe,” is sounding quite prophetic. From the police to the streets, the hall, and the Sun, untruths were the order of the day.

Rather than try and recap the episode (which would be difficult since I failed to take notes during either of my viewings), I want to focus on three scenes that I feel were particularly emblematic of the episode: Chris and Snoop schooling Michael, the discussion of the schools at The Baltimore Sun, and McNulty unleashing his “grand plan” (as it were). Each of these, in my mind, speaks volumes about this season, this series, and David Simon’s world view.

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GamePolitics.com has been reporting on presidential candidates' responses to Common Sense Media's questions about what policies involving children and video games the candidates would implement. They've only gotten 5 responses, but Edwards, Obama, and Richardson came down in favor of industry self-regulation, while Clinton and Romney are in favor or regulation through legislation. Guess which ones I'm not voting for.

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One quick bit of good news: I will be running jiituomas's excellent A Serpent of Ash on Friday night of Intercon H. I heartily recommend it as a more cerebral, character-immersive alternative to the more manic fare I tend to associate with the northern Intercons.

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Thanks to everyone for their comments on allegory in LARP, although I'm a bit upset that no one managed to use an form of "diegesis" in their discussion.

That being said, I suppose it's worth sharing the thought process that led to that post/question. I'm playing in a Changeling LARP being run by toothlesshag, blackflame2180, and rojir, and playing in the Changeling venue always gets me thinking about some of the themes that tend not to be used often in play: the interplay between fantasy and reality, the idea of growing up and losing a part of yourself (generally your innocence and/or sense of wonder), etc. As I was pondering this I was also flipping channels on TV and landed on the film version of Jonathan Larson's Rent. The combination of these led me to proclaim to young_egotist that "if it was 10 years ago I could do being a Changeling as an allegory for AIDS. Think it'd be passé now."

Figured I'd share, feel free to share your thoughts on mine if you like.

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Wow - long time and no posting. And I still owe y'all a lot of rambling theory posts. Hopefully that will be starting up soon, the hellish period at work finally died down this week, so I can back to more interesting pursuits without stressing. In the meantime, I have a question to pose to my theorist friends...

Do you think you can effectively use allegory in LARP?

I'm tending to think yes, although I imagine there'd be a goodly amount of pushback from the anti-artistic factions of LARPers.

What are your thoughts?

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3 years ago today, on September 22, 2004, Oceanic Flight 815 from SYD to LAX went missing. Best of wishes to those who are Lost.

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