Went to Electron Workshop on the weekend to watch William Gibson's No Maps for These Territories, followed by Johnny Mnemonic. The former was good phenomenology of technology in radical smash cut style, the latter was disappointing hack of the Gibson short story but tolerable. The Workshop is an excellent venue of the more professional warehouse cooperative style, and I hope they do well. On a somewhat related tangent, convened the Linux Users of Victoria meeting on Tuesday where two very different talks were provided; Bianca Gibson on preventing volunteer burnout and Russell Coker on the current status of BTRFS.
The two related political organisations that I'm primarily responsible for have had actions this week; the Victorian Secular Lobby has a media release on maintaining the Australian Charities and Non-Profits Commission, which is being suspiciously dumped after some intense lobbying by both the Catholic Church and Financial Services Council; I smell a Sinodinos. The other for the Isocracy Network, organising a meeting on North Korea: Human Rights and International Relations (FB) with a scholarly and eye-witness account being presented. Somewhat related is The Philosophy Forum meeting that I'm convening this Sunday; Bill Hall speaking on the social and technical evolution of the species.
Most of RPG Review issue 23 is ready with the theme of "Different Worlds" (like the old magazine), which includes Victorian versions of Mars (Savage Worlds), Gulliver's Trading Company, a post-cyberpunk Titan (Eclipse Phase), GURPS Middle-Earth and much more. In actual gaming activities, recent sessions of Call of Cthulhu, Pendragon, and GURPS Middle Earth have all gone well. Unfortunately, after almost ten years of play, my HeroQuest Glorantha game has fallen into a small hiatus, even though the plot is at the point just preceeding "the big reveal". Hopefully it will get a shot in the arm soon - I suspect it is the longest running HQ game in existence.
This entry was originally posted at http://tcpip.dreamwidth.org/173822.html.
- Cyberpunk, Politics, Gaming