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Tycho / 2 days ago

There are so many ways to "be online." At one point, you might have dialed into a major service or dialed into a service provider. This would have been about the same time I was hauling Token Ring cables out of office buildings the way you'd pull out the roots and vines of an invasive species. The Internet then was like an island chain, discrete heaps of data you traveled to. It was an idea as much as it was a technology, and the idea was informed by the implications of its topology. It…

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Tycho / 5 days ago

Ol' Greasy Gribbs and I really enjoyed the first season of The Dream, a podcast which was (at that time) concerned with Multi-Level Management schemes, the shoddy products they sell, and the legal framework they've accreted over time to provide nearly impenetrable cover for something like parasitic fraud. The second season isn't as good, but I do like the topic, which is "wellness." It's a natural evolution of the MLM thrust because much of what an MLM sells is…

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Gabe / 5 days ago

PAX East Pins

I've got a bit of bad news to deliver unfortunately. Here's a message from PA about our pin selection at PAX East this year.    Walkers of the path Unfortunately, we can’t always come to you with good news. In an ideal world, we’d be bringing you news of the PAX East Pin Quest at this time, but instead, we have to let you know that we’re likely to have delays with pins at PAX East. Issues stemming from the Coronavirus are affecting supply lines globally,…

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Tycho / 1 week ago

Gabe and I don't agree on much other than the fact that we should attempt to disagree without rancor. It's not always possible but we manage it a statistically significant amount of the time. I am of the opinion, as enunciated in the strip, that making things is fundamentally valuable. It's valuable to me and it's valuable to other people. This value is broadly defined; one way it's valuable is that in my experience creative work is very rarely wasted. It always comes…

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