Just read: Above, by Leah Bobet.

Currently Reading: Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction

Friday Top Ten #4

Putting together a weekly list of my top ten links has weirdly changed the way I process content. Usually, I click on a link and… well, I like it or I don’t or whatever. Now, that “hey, this is cool” or “hey, this is really interesting” feeling is followed by me deciding if it’s “top ten worthy.” It’s just funny the way we train ourselves, and how those behaviors become internalized. This was kind of a lean week, but it is what it is.

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What are Our Character Classes Telling Us?

I have an ongoing, love-hate relationship with the string of MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) that I’ve played over the last 20 or so years. On one hand, I love to play. On the other, it’s a constant struggle to balance that play with, you know - life. MMOs are a kind of therapy, for me: an easy-mode world, where I create an avatar, pick a character class (Rogue? Wizard? Tank?) and wreak my terrible vengeance explore the online world - by myself, and occasionally with others. I’ve played long enough to recognize that the character classes I choose – and how I choose to play them – say a lot about me: my moods, how I interrelate to other people, and how I accomplish tasks. If you’ve played, you probably know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, think about each of the four, basic classes as I describe them. Which appeals to you, and why? Which one do you think you’d be most likely to play?

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Friday Top Ten #3

Everybody is either at LonCon or GenCon this week. Everybody except me. I used to go to GenCon every year (in the stone age) and I was at ChiCon a few years ago, but I’m a little too reclusive to go to cons. I’d like to start doing it, though, especially as more and more people I know seem to be there (i.e. I don’t have to be some guy, strolling around, looking for the vending machine). At any rate, it makes for a slightly less link heavy week. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful day, the cat is napping nearby, and here’s the week’s top ten.

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