I love history. I love board games. So I was intrigued when I saw this video from The British Museum about the national board game of ancient Mesopotamia, the Royal Game of Ur. In it, Dr. Irving Finkel (noted philologist, Assyriologist, and the discoverer of the rules) takes on Tom Scott in the ancient race game.
If you’re interested in learning how Dr. Finkel discovered the rules. Make sure to check out this Curator’s Corner video where he goes into detail.
I think we are in rats’ alley
Where the dead men lost their bones.
Some mornings you wake up and need Sir Alec Guinness to read one of the most amazing pieces of modern poetry ever realized. Behold, T.S. Eliot’s epic The Waste Land. Follow along here. It’ll be the best 24 minutes of your day. I promise.
I’ve long been interested in the origin (and evolution) of language and accents. In this quick video, Jonathan Strickland from HowStuffWorks’ series BrainStuff breaks down the Mid-Atlantic accent. It’s worth checking out.
I’ve long been a fan of Evan Puschak’s YouTube channel, The Nerd Writer. I like to be challenged, and I appreciate his scholarly approach to all manner of topics. So when I saw he did his most recent episode on world building—something near and dear to my own heart—I knew it’d be something I shared. Give it a watch below:
The comments on the video are really good (yeah, I know!) and I recommend reading some of the discussion happening over on YouTube. Also, I highly encourage you to read M. John Harrison’s essay on worldbuilding as it serves as a basis for a lot of Pucschak’s argument.
So, what do you think? Is world building the “the great clomping foot of nerdism” as Harrison alleges? Do you agree with Puschak’s assessment; is world building potentially dangerous? Or do you have a different take? Leave a comment below, or, better yet, join in the discussion on YouTube →
A while back I stumbled across an old episode of Rod Serling’s 1970’s supernatural television show: Night Gallery. (The spiritual successor to The Twilight Zone.) At the end of the episode was a short vignette entitled Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture, which is a quirky little homage to Lovecraftian mythos. I figured I’d share it here.
A young-ish Carl Reiner stars as the flippant Professor Peabody who runs into trouble while delivering an impious comparative religion lecture on the Great Old Ones… “if only for the laughs.” This happens much to the consternation his students, three men who go by names like Bloch, Derleth, and even Lovecraft.
My favorite part of the sketch comes when Peabody introduces the Necronomicon to his class and say it is as:
“…corruptibility harmful as the Farmer’s Almanac.”
There’s a comparison I never thought I would hear.
Don’t expect a serious take on mythos here. It’s pretty silly. The best part is watching Reiner chew the scene towards the end. Luckily, this episode of Night Gallery is available to watch for free on Hulu. I’ve embedded the Hulu player below and it’s all queued up, you hit play and just watch it there. Or just hit this link. Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture is the final story of the episode and starts around the 40-minute mark.
‘‘And now if there are no further questions…’’
It is here! It has arrived! I am so excited to share with you Overlooked Details: An Artist’s Journey, a documentary about my wife, Kari-Lise Alexander. I couldn’t be prouder of Kari-Lise and I am glad Scott Wilson gave her the opportunity to share her story. I think any creative will find her an inspiration. Full credits below the video. I recommend watching this full screen. Enjoy!
This is a story about resilience – about what it really takes to be an artist.
This is the story of Kari-Lise Alexander, an acclaimed oil painter whose work has been shown at international galleries. Along with her husband, author K.M. Alexander, and friend, woodworker Steve Leroux, Kari-Lise recounts her past and present struggles and shares what she’s learned along her journey. It’s not just talent. It will never be perfect. And success is not a destination.
Learn more about Kari-Lise’s work at: kari-lise.com
Learn more about the Emergence Series, of which this film is a part, at: emergence-series.com
Kari-Lise Alexander (kari-lise.com)
K.M. Alexander (kmalexander.com)
Steve Leroux (rubypear.com)
Scott Moore (bellevuefineart.com)
Courtney Sievertson (wallflowercustomframing.com)
DIRECTION & EDITING:
Scott R. Wilson
Scott R. Wilson
“Rise (Snowfall Remix)” performed by Tony Anderson, Licensed through The Music Bed
“Aura” performed by Blue-Noise, Licensed through iStock
Bellevue Fine Art (bellevuefineart.com)
Wallflower Custom Framing (wallflowercustomframing.com)
University of Washington Communication Leadership
Film Copyright © 2015 Seven Griddle Media LLC / Scott R. Wilson.
Art Copyright © 2015 Kari-Lise Alexander.
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