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May 17, 2012
Food Insofar As They Give You Food
A tiny note on first class air travel
I fly a bajillion miles a year and as such I have access to the first class cabin on almost every flight, which makes me a lucky bastard as much as a privileged one. I thought I'd share, from a plane of course, just one humbling notes on modern first ...
January 5, 2012
Airplane Explanations
Some notes from in-flight
On planes, passengers lose all connection with personal and cultural history. This is why everything must be explained by flight attendants, carefully and completely yet succinctly, efficiency. To fasten your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle and tighten the strap. To release, pull the tab on the ...
October 10, 2011
Frequent Flight
An essay on flying for AirplaneReading.org
October 10, 2011
Frequent Flight
My contribution for airplanereading.org
Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich have written a lovely little book called Checking in/Checking Out, about air travel. It's a two-sided book meant to be read from both ends. Schaberg's side is about his experience working for United in Bozeman, Montana, and Yakich's is about his attempts to overcome ...
September 24, 2011
Notes on Loyalty
Gamification and Operational Closure
Two seemingly unrelated things happened to me yesterday, which further reflection revealed to have surprising connections. First, I spoke on a panel at the Online News Association conference about games and news. Julia Schmalz (now of Bloomberg, formerly of USA Today) and Rajat Paharia (of gamification vendor Bunchball) were the ...
August 13, 2011
The Problem With Every Hotel Room
April 23, 2011
Mastering ATL
How to use Hartsfield-Jackson like a pro
As an expert user of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport. I thought it might be fun to share the methods I've devised for making use of the airport with minimal impact. These tips assume that you're a frequent flyer and not just a lamer leisure traveler. They also assume you're flying Delta, ...
March 27, 2011
A review of the book by John D. Kasarda and Greg Lindsay
Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next is a book with a stark premise: historically, cities have developed and thrived around transportation technologies. The present age is that of the airplane, and cities will be built for and around them. What seaports were to the eighteenth century, railroads to the nineteenth, ...
May 26, 2010
TNT Airlines Safety Video Parody
For medium light, pull the shade to its middle section
Check out this funny send-up of an airline safety video: I particularly love the unreasonably extended instruction for using the window shade, but the entire thing is choice satire. ...
April 20, 2010
OOO: This Week!
It's a very busy week. I just got back from a quick trip to Los Angeles, and now I'm making the final preparations for the Object-Oriented Ontology Symposium this Friday at Georgia Tech. I hope to see you there. Despite some very reasonable concerns about the volcanic ash mess disrupting ...
March 10, 2010
An Atari Travels
My VCS Goes to GDC
As you may remember, I brought my Atari out to GDC for the Independent Game Festival. It's been having an unusual time indeed during its travels, and I believe it hasn't seen this much excitement in some 33 years. Here are some highlights: In the Delta SkyClub Stowed under the ...
February 10, 2010
Check-Ins Check Out
On check-in mechanics and games as loyalty programs. From my "Persuasive Games" column at Gamasutra.
January 2, 2010
Please Stand Clear of the Closing Rights
How Disney and Zazzle conspire against me (and you)
I've reported twice on my experience selling things on Zazzle, the custom on-demand online print service for apparel and paper goods. First, just over a year ago, I mentioned the t-shirt designs I had made to riff on the Disney World monorail announcer notice, "Por favor manténgase alejado de las ...
November 16, 2009
The Papers are Calling
Or is it the other way around?
While I'm catching up from last week's trip to the Mobile Media Symposium at UCLA (more on that later), and this week's new deadlines, I thought I'd drop a few CFPs for those of you who might be interested. First, the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games has ...
October 12, 2009
Disney: We Own the Concept of the Castle
Fun with Infringement
Almost a year ago, I wrote about my modest success selling t-shirt designs on Zazzle.com that artfully depict the Disney World monorail announcer's characteristic Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas. In that piece, I also drew attention to the ways products like this exert fandom by commercially exploiting holes ...
September 5, 2009
Object-Oriented Ontology and McLuhan Visit Game Studies
My Talks at DiGRA 2009
I'm just returned from the 2009 Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) Conference, which was held this week at Brunel University in Uxbridge, UK. The conference was enjoyable, with good talks, good company, and good ale. I did two talks at this DiGRA, the text of which I have now posted ...
August 2, 2009
Tantrum Capitalism
Thoughts on Skype and Ebay
If you follow technology news—or even if you don't—you couldn't have missed this incredible story about Skype. Apparently when Ebay bought Skype for $2.6 billion back in 2005, they didn't acquire all of the latter's core product. Specifically, Skype's founders sheltered key peer to peer subsystems for the service in ...
July 14, 2009
A New Yorker in Paris
Versailles Graffito
A little Bastille Day gift can be found below: a graffito found etched onto a map of the grounds at the Palace of Versailles, reading "I ♥ NY." It's emblazoned onto one end of the Grand Canal. During the reign of Louis XIV, gilded gondolas would have sailed here. I ...
July 7, 2009
United Breaks Guitars
A music video complaint letter
Given my propensity for relatively outlandish, time-consuming, and complex corporate complaints (see Lucifer Notes and Disaffected, for example), I can only say that I am awed and humbled by this music video complaint letter by Dave Carroll and his band. You can read the full story here, but you'll enjoy ...
July 6, 2009
Digital Objects
Speculative Realism and Digital Media
Last week I had the opportunity to visit in Cairo with philosopher Graham Harman, someone whose work I've known and admired for some time now. It was nice to meet him in person for the first time, not to mention having a local guide for getting around this enormous, insane ...