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Paul Beakley
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Web strategy for small business and nonprofits. Father. Lifetime tabletop gamer. Giant nerd. I write the Indie Game Reading Club collection on Plus.
Web strategy for small business and nonprofits. Father. Lifetime tabletop gamer. Giant nerd. I write the Indie Game Reading Club collection on Plus.

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GLOW Talk

Oh man...we watched S2E6, "Work The Leg," a couple nights ago and it was great and kind of traumatizing. I've had numerous really ugly joint injuries and the episode was ummm...pretty realistic. Combined with the big emotional arc in this and the following episode, dang, that's some great television.

We just watched the cute filler episode where the show has gone completely off the rails in its 2am slot and we get to see the director's id on full display. I'm glad they had a throwaway-ish episode because 6 and 7 were back to back gut punches.
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Oooh.

If you buy via preorder in Backerkit, they may yet make the book full color. That would be nice!
BackerKit Live!
A month ago the Free Spacer Kickstarter not only funded, but unlocked all the Sector Archive stretch goals. Thank you all for helping me pay +Kira Magrann, +Johnstone Metzger, and +Melody Watson. Since then, we've been working hard on logistics; finalising shipping, setting up for the archivists, art direction, and branding.

Surveys// Go to BackerKit to fill in your survey and pay any required shipping. You can also upgrade your pledge and add new items. I'll be smoke testing the Survey

Preorder Store// New backers can join the campaign using the Preorder store. Please tell your friends who missed the Kickstarter that they can still join and get a copy of Free Spacer.

$3,000 CAD - A BackerKit Stretch Goal!
The campaign fell short of the Full Colour Stretch goal. The artists and I really want the book to be in colour. So, we're going to keep the stretch goal going. If we raise $3,000 CAD outside of the shipping fees, I’ll upgrade all books – Printed and PDF – to full colour art and layout. So tell all your friends to grab their own copy of Free Spacer.
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Nothing fucks up my diet faster than having triscuits and rondele in the house at the same time.
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84K

I"ve been grinding away at this for weeks and finally finished last night. It's long! You know the little comparative-length meter on a Kindle's book list? This one's the longest.

I fell in love with North's work with The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and The Sudden Appearance of Hope this year. This is her latest and by far most ambitious. Her work is like...borderline genre, you know? Like, it's way way literary and serious, kind of like Jonathan Lethem's stuff before he moved out of sci-fi. I'd be surprised if she (or her agent/editor/publisher I guess?) continued trying to position her work as sci-fi.

84K is set in a profoundly dystopic future, where The Company (unnamed, but which ultimately owns every other lower-c company) has fully integrated into the governance of Great Britain. She makes a super compelling case for her particular flavor of dystopia: corporate efficiency has mandated that crimes be dealt with in terms of value, and everyone faces either "an indemnity" -- a fee worked out by actuarials, of whom the protagonist is one -- or goes to prison, where you are immediately swept up into various corporate work forces. Nothing is illegal, really, as long as you can afford the indemnity. The underlying forces and consequences of this system get laid bare throughout the book and it is fucking bleak.

84K reads like a cross between 1984 and The Road. Characters are interesting and well-drawn, and the writing style is super stream-of-consciousness and naturalistic. It's also a little hard to follow, with flashbacks and present day events casually intertwined with very little guidance as to what you're reading. I suspect this is on purpose, to create uncertainty and tension.

Reading this book left me unsettled and depressed, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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i haven't had bad con drop in a while but I think today I have fall break drop. Getting up to an alarm this morning was harrrrrd. Breakfast sucked. Everything sucks.

Anyway, here's the kiddo in a giant chair at one of the local children's museums.
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Last day of fall break is the much anticipated Lazy Day and that means Black Panther.
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I loaded up Justice League to hate-watch but I didn't hate it and now I'm not sure what to feel.

It was way more fun than I was expecting. The funnest bits have to do with the secondary characters (Cyborg, Flash, Aquaman) being quirky and the primary characters (Supes, WW, Bats) hitting their traditional marks hard.

It's full of dumb Snyder stuff (frivolous POV storylines to make the action "relatable," unearned emotional beats delivered via lens flares and swelling music) but none of it was even close to a showstopper for me.
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Bluebeard's Bride won IndieCade's Grand Jury prize! Congrats to the women who made it, it's an amazing piece of game design.
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Me, planning my next move on social media.
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GLOW

We just finished the first season and started the second immediately. I'm deeply in love with this show! The characters start with about as much knowledge of professional wrestling as me, figure out their trade, explain it diegetically to the audience, and play out their various real life personal dramas. It's terrific and it's putting me in the mood to take a swing at +Nathan Paoletta 's World Wide Wrestling at some point.

Season two already had stronger writing and characterization. The 30ish minute episodes make it super bingeworthy.
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