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Gareth Skarka
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Writer, Game Designer, Publisher, Composer, Graphic Designer...
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Writer, Game Designer, Consultant: Insurgent Creative and New Media Polymath.
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Insurgent Creative:  one who makes a creative living direct to their audience without going through the traditional gatekeeper corporations.    Be small, think big, move fast.

That's been my life since 2003 or so.   It's working out so far.
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Game Industry folks -- I'm updating my CV as an instructor in the Game Design field (to keep it current -- always good to do when you're on a year-to-year contract basis), and I'd like to have a couple of letters of recommendation included.

If you'd be willing to write one such brief letter, please contact me privately -- via email at gms@adamantentertainment.com. I would sincerely appreciate it.
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Ugh.  I'm dragging ass trying to get stuff done today.

Street construction outside my house started up with a concrete saw at 6:15 AM.

I checked Lawrence's noise ordinance, and, naturally, construction is exempt.   In fact, the list of exemptions is so long, that it would be shorter (and more true) if it just said "ONLY APPLIES TO K.U. STUDENTS".

Fuck this town.
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Boy, that is ridiculous

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So yeah.    A site entirely devoted to Far West being late.

http://www.isfarwestoutyet.com

Interestingly enough, the site is owned by one Jon Rosebaugh.   He's not a backer.   It appears to be this guy:  https://twitter.com/inklesspen  (Since the site listed in the user's info is also registered to Rosebaugh).    A search of my records (to see if he's a backer) shows that he's bought a half-dozen or so products from me -- but only if they were on sale for a dollar.

So, in other words, I have no idea why he's invested in the situation enough to launch this website.

Welcome to my life, folks.
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I'm so sorry that I contributed to the loss of a friendship.

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I thought about a blog post on the topic, but I don't have that kind of time.

Here's the thing, which the most recent commentary about GAME OF THRONES had me thinking about.    Geeks -- It's OK not to watch geek stuff!

Geeks of my generation have it hard-wired into us, unfortunately -- we grew up in an age where geek stuff was so rare, that we'd willingly watch crap, just because it was geek crap.  Because somewhere in our nerdy little hearts, we thought: "Well, if I watch RED SONJA and MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, maybe it will do well enough that some Producer somewhere will option the Elric novels, or Lord of the Rings..."

But the thing is, today we've got an embarrassment of riches.  Geek stuff to the left and Geek stuff to the right.  We're drowning in it.   But we still have that old mental programming that we should watch it, just because it's "our stuff."   

There's enough stuff now -- and a bunch of it really, really high quality --   that we can choose between the stuff that works for us, and the stuff that doesn't.  

It's a hard thing to overcome the conditioning of our entire lives.  But, in the end, it's better.
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It's okay not to like all of the Geek stuff noiw. We have diversified.

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This is an incredible resource.
 
Smithsonian Digitizes & Lets You Download 40,000 Works of Asian and American Art
Art lovers who visit my hometown of Washington, DC have an almost embarrassing wealth of opportunities to view art collections classical, Baroque, Renaissance, modern, postmodern, and otherwise through the Smithsonian’s network of museums.
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More stress dreams. Yay.

Yet again, centered on having to go back to my last corporate job (Mellon), and explain why I haven't been to work in a dozen years.

Yeah, no hidden meanings there.
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They ever call?

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Fan animation, but I'd totally watch this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFbrdjyDQ7E
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Sarah Reich, the tap dancer who tours with Postmodern Jukebox (you probably saw her, used as a rhythm instrument in their version of "Bad Romance", and if you haven't, google it NOW), has her own thing -- Sarah Reich's Tap Music Project.   This mix of tap, jazz and hip-hop is fucking AMAZING.   Put it in your brain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt251NpJk7I
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We saw them live last week, they put on a great show
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I participated last year, and I'll be doing it again this year.   #RPGaDay  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIuHaeoQ_-s
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Phenomenal & frankly terrifying interview about the dehumanizing price of even niche amounts of fame.

I read the interview, & wonder if I'm cut out for more success than I currently have. Negativity impacts me so hard NOW. Can't imagine more...and I realize that if I was a female creator, I'd have it SO much worse.

http://www.mtv.com/news/2181489/mortal-instruments-cassandra-clare-fandom/?utm=share_twitter
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Today's Status.
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I recognize this status and empathize with it.