Late nights and The West Wing

With the election right around the corner and a bunch of papers to sort out last night, I put on one of my favorite episodes from The West Wing. Toward the end of 20 Hours in America, Toby, Josh, and Donna get off a shuttle bus after being stranded in Indiana and trying to get home. Toby has been railing against the Republican nominee and his lack of gravitas. His speech hit a nerve so I share it here:

If our job teaches us anything, it's that we don't know what the next President's gonna face. And if we choose someone with vision, someone with guts, someone with gravitas, who's connected to other people's lives, and cares about making them better... if we choose someone to inspire us, then we'll be able to face what comes our way and achieve things... we can't imagine yet. Instead of telling people who's the most qualified, instead of telling people who's got the better ideas, let's make it obvious. It's going to be hard.

Then we'll do what's hard.

After hearing some disturbing things from around the Net, I think it could be harder than I originally thought. To crib another line from The West Wing, no matter who you vote for, be sure you get out and vote. Let's make sure all our voices are heard loud and clear.

A Horrible Trend

Since Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog came out I've been noticing more mad scientist stuff out there. For example, at GenCon I got a copy of the game MwaHaHaHa! by White Wolf to review. It's a fun game, if a little light, where you assume the role of a wannabe villian and try to blackmail the world.

Another example is the book Soon I will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman. I was loaned a copy from one of the guys in my monthly game group. It's a fun read told from the perspective of a supervillian Dr. (wait for it) Impossible and a rookie superheroine. Both recount how they got to this point in their life with the Dr. working to gather resources for another shot at taking over the world and the cybernetic Fatale finding her place among the premier heroes of her world.

Both of these were already out there before Dr. Horrible hit the Net. Of course Mad Scientist's are nothing new so it's not surprising.

It's just amuses me to see these things. Like that episode of HIMYM where they all mention each other's foibles and see nothing but them afterwards.

But more Horrible! :)

I so miss the West Wing

Maureen Dowd got Aaron Sorkin to write a meeting between Senator Barack Obama and President Jed Bartlet. My favorite part:

OBAMA The problem is we can’t appear angry. Bush called us the angry left. Did you see anyone in Denver who was angry?

BARTLET Well ... let me think. ...We went to war against the wrong country, Osama bin Laden just celebrated his seventh anniversary of not being caught either dead or alive, my family’s less safe than it was eight years ago, we’ve lost trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, thousands of lives and we lost an entire city due to bad weather. So, you know ... I’m a little angry.

OBAMA What would you do?

BARTLET GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because that’s what they are. Sarah Palin didn’t say “thanks but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said “Thanks.” You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While you’re at it, I want the word “patriot” back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesn’t know the Bush doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he can’t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. It’s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? It’s not bad enough she’s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? It’s not enough that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapist’s baby too? I don’t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure she’s got the qualifications of one. And you’re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for!

Wnat the whole thing?

Or if that doesn't work the USA Today Pop Candy Blog is where I found it:

How the world has changed

I have a ten minute walk from the train to my office every day. I pass by a few resturants and hotels that play music outside their front door. Today as I was walking, I started tapping my finger to a familiar tune. Realized it was Radio, Radio by Elvis Costello & The Attractions. Wait, what? Who's... I look across the street and it's coming from the newly remodeled Cass Hotel, now a Holiday Day Inn Express.

The corporate giant co-opting another anti-establishment anthem. I know it's nothing new. But, I was still smiling about it on the rest of my walk in. May have to put in my Best Of album when I get home tonight.

GenCon was a good time, but I'll have to wait to post on that.



Like games? Read this book!

One of my favorite things about travelling to ALA conferences for work is visiting the exhibits. There are publishers giving away lots of books. Last show I got Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and I got to meet the author this time in Anaheim.

This show, my favorite book has to be Hobby Games: The 100 Best edited by James Lowder and published by Green Ronin. It's essays written about the best hobby games by luminairies in the field. It's illuminating to read what games inspire designers and what made them stand out. I haven't heard of a lot these games.
I'm glad I'm reading this now because I can make a shopping list for GenCon.

My Google-Fu is weak

Cory Doctorow spoke at a panel at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California on Saturday June 28. I have run a couple Google Searches hoping for notes or possibly video. No such luck.

I searched Cory Doctorow with ALA, and Anaheim and struck out. Any suggestions on better searching (either site or query construction) would be appreciated.

Oh and check out his new book Little Brother. I just read it (my new signed hardcover) a second time and it's still one of my favorite books in a really long time. Check out this review:

As I've said to a few people. I want to be Cory Doctorow when I grow up, then I realized that he's a year younger than me. Huh.



Being a tourist the conclusion

But the commercial breaks are fun as Drew riffs with the audience. One guy in the audience was on a show with Drew 15 years ago. Really fun. Didn't get called up, but had a great time.

Now I'm sitting in a hotel bar before doing a tourist lap on my way back to the airport to grab a shuttle up to Anaheim for my trade show.

Of course it being LA the hotel bar is Gordan Ramsey's at the London. :) Having sushi and risotto. Then a drive up to the Hollywood sign and maybe sunset on the Santa Monica Pier.

Managed both and took the scenic route through Beverly Hills and Bel Air.

Man long posts are a pain on a Palm...
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