Writer, comedian, bass player, human.

 

Blizzard has created a comparatively safe space in gaming, and that’s worth preserving. It may be telling that it required us to give up almost all avenues of communication when playing against random opponents, but so be it. My long sessions are made more pleasant by the calls of “Well Played,” and “Ooops” that come as I make some good decision and some poor ones, and that’s all I need from my opponents.
 
If it means I don’t have to hear from anyone else, I’ll gladly shut up as well.

Blizzard silenced Hearthstone players, and it made the game amazing (via wilwheaton)

Totally agree with this. Simple gestures. No one trashing on me when I misclick and look stupid. Or when I intentionally click and look stupid.

(via classicmcconnell)

I haven’t played Hearthstone but I agree with this.

(via chrisreblogs)

I have played (a lot of) Hearthstone, and this is at least in part the reason why.

Seventeen Seventy Something

Last year in January, Eric Gersen emailed me about a musical he had written. He’d mentioned the idea before: a musical about the Founding Fathers, as written by hyper conservatives. I told him that was a great idea, and that I couldn’t wait to see it. He’d worked on it for the past year, and he finally felt ready to Spank it at UCB. He’d been nailing down the final draft, and he wanted me to be in it, if I was interested. I said yes without hesitation.

After our first read through of the script, not only was it clear that the show itself and the songs were already excellent, Eric had cast a murderer’s row of musically adept performers. Amongst monster talents like Ashley Ward, Kirk Damato and Carrie McCrossen, I was happy to label myself as the least accomplished singer in the cast. On top of this, he brought in John Flynn to direct. I think Eric put it best when he said John took the show and made it A Show. His direction added so many perfect touches to an already very tight script.

We spanked in April, and it went well. But like many shows, Nate thought it could be even better, and gave Eric some notes. One of these resulted in Eric losing a role and a song, which he gave graciously to me. He wrote an entirely new (and hilariously, bitingly funny) song with me in mind, and I can honestly say singing it is one of my favorite things I’ve ever done on stage. Eric also completely rewrote the music and some of lyrics for another song in the show to give it a more rousing feel, and when we spanked again in June, it crushed. I’ve been in my fair share of Spanks over the years, but I can honestly say none has gone better than that one.

We started running in August, and we’ve gotten to perform the show for so many people. Joel Esher, our musical director and piano player, gave us those beautiful Gersen tunes right on cue. We were also assisted by the wonderful comedic chops of Dan Chamberlain and Ken Beck as Torp Torp the dinosaur, and graced by the occasional presence of Melissa Gordon to fill in for the too-successful Ashley Ward. And when Kirk moved to LA, Avery Monsen stepped in the hugely patriotic shoes of Colorado Joe with great aplomb. John Flynn texts us after every show to see how it went, and it’s in part due to his fine work that the answer is typically “Great!” It’s also in part due to Alex Adan, who has nailed the show every time he’s teched - yet another feather in the revolutionary tricorn of the show.

So thanks to Nate & John for giving us the run, and thanks to Alex & Joel for always being on point. Thanks to Ashley, Carrie, Kirk, Avery, Dan and Ken, who are all a pleasure to watch and to share a stage with. Thanks to John Flynn for being a consummate professional who made the whole process a joy to be a part of. Thanks to all of you who came to see the show, and an extra thanks to those of you who told people to go see it or came to see us more than once. But most of all, thanks to Eric for writing a brilliant show I would be obsessed with even if I wasn’t in it, and for asking me to be in it in the first place.

Our last performance of the show, a full year after the first Spank, will be Wednesday at 9:30, paired with Langan Kingsley’s The Dicewoman Cometh. I hope you’ll come out and see it.

sebsational:

pandylynn:

going-in-cakeless:

crysiana:

feministroosterteeth:

Ubisoft is releasing an RPG game in 2014 called Child of Light, featuring a female protagonist. Like most games with female protagonists, it’s getting almost NO marketing and therefore no hype! Check it out, share it around. It looks really cute and I think we ALL want more video games with female protagonists to succeed!

Things you should know about Child of Light, other than the above:

  • It is coming out on April 30th for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in the US.
  • It is coming out for Steam/Uplay outside the US
  • It is $14.99
  • $14.99!
  • For a whole RPG
  • Everyone has different budgets and this is pretty affordable for many people who game
  • If you can spare the cash it is on like every platform
  • April 30th!  Preorder or save the date.

I’d also like to add that the soundtrack and art direction alone both look fantastic! Even if you don’t want or can’t have the game, please reblog this so fellow artists and musicians alike can see it!

would seriously consider if there was a mac version b/c it looks gorgeous wow

This looks lovely.

dat art direction tho

chrisreblogs:

Warning to anyone who ends up on an improv team with me:

This is the ONLY song I will suggest for our intro. And I will keep suggesting it. I will never vote yes on any song but this song. I will not be upset that another song is picked but that doesn’t mean I have to assist.

You never suggested it for TYR, because if you had, it would be our intro.

scarygoround:

Just placed this licensed Star Trek title with DC. The banks better start printing more money.

Would read every ish.

scarygoround:

Just placed this licensed Star Trek title with DC. The banks better start printing more money.

Would read every ish.

avcnyc:

"People suddenly wanted to take pictures of me on the street, and journalists were interested in what kind of socks I preferred. Among certain groups of my peers, my jokes seemed to become a lot funnier, which perhaps was all the comedy books I was reading at the time or perhaps it was sycophancy, I don’t know.

"We need to fight against our human instinct to deify our role models, but also fight against our instinct to subjugate our own individuality in the process. Star gazing is one of the most profoundly human things one can do. But perhaps we must more frequently tear ourselves away from the mystery and beauty of the starry heavens above, and rather inspect, admire and foster the moral law within."

Saw this a few months ago, and it’s nice to know that Jack Gleeson, the actor who plays Joffrey, is the antithesis of his character.

thankyourobotnyc:

THIS FRIDAY.
THANK YOU, ROBOT is excited and honored to present a very special show: SCIENCE EXCLAMATION POINT.In this experiment, we are inviting two scientists to give short lectures in their fields of study. Following each, there will be an exploration of the presented topic… in the form of long form comedy improv. Featuring special guest team TESLA.Only $5. The Scientists:Ben LillieBen is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York’s theater district. He is the Co-founder and Director of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science. He is also a Moth StorySLAM champion and a former writer for TED.com.Paula Croxson Paula is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She works on the brain networks and chemicals responsible for memory and other higher functions of the brain. She’s particularly interested in complex, autobiographical life memories. When not in the lab, she plays flute with alternative rock band Marlowe Grey.The idea came to us from Ben Lillie, Danielle Sedbrook, and Caitlin Shure.To help use in this journey of discovery is the absolutely amazing team TESLA (Shaun Diston, Ellena Chmielewski, James Dwyer, Dianimal Kolsky, Jesse Lee & John Timothy)Hypothesis: Your brain will be filled with knowledge and then blown with improv.(Join us afterwards at UCB East for a post-show symposium. And beers.)

Very excited to try something new this Friday!

thankyourobotnyc:

THIS FRIDAY.

THANK YOU, ROBOT is excited and honored to present a very special show: SCIENCE EXCLAMATION POINT.

In this experiment, we are inviting two scientists to give short lectures in their fields of study. Following each, there will be an exploration of the presented topic… in the form of long form comedy improv. Featuring special guest team TESLA.

Only $5.

The Scientists:

Ben Lillie
Ben is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York’s theater district. He is the Co-founder and Director of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science. He is also a Moth StorySLAM champion and a former writer for TED.com.

Paula Croxson
Paula is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She works on the brain networks and chemicals responsible for memory and other higher functions of the brain. She’s particularly interested in complex, autobiographical life memories. When not in the lab, she plays flute with alternative rock band Marlowe Grey.

The idea came to us from Ben Lillie, Danielle Sedbrook, and Caitlin Shure.

To help use in this journey of discovery is the absolutely amazing team TESLA (Shaun Diston, Ellena Chmielewski, James Dwyer, Dianimal Kolsky, Jesse Lee & John Timothy)

Hypothesis: Your brain will be filled with knowledge and then blown with improv.

(Join us afterwards at UCB East for a post-show symposium. And beers.)

Very excited to try something new this Friday!

thankyourobotnyc:

Are you excited to find out who the scientist are at Thank You, Robot’s SCIENCE EXCLAMATION POINT show on April 18th? Well, wait not longer!
Ben LillieBen is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York’s theater district. He is the Co-founder and Director of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science. He is also a Moth StorySLAM champion and a former writer for TED.com.Paula Croxson Paula is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She works on the brain networks and chemicals responsible for memory and other higher functions of the brain. She’s particularly interested in complex, autobiographical life memories. When not in the lab, she plays flute with alternative rock band Marlowe Grey.(The idea for this show came to us from Ben Lillie, Danielle Sedbrook, and Caitlin Shure.)
April 18th. 10:30pm. Under St. Marks. SCIENCE EXCLAMATION POINT.

thankyourobotnyc:

Are you excited to find out who the scientist are at Thank You, Robot’s SCIENCE EXCLAMATION POINT show on April 18th? Well, wait not longer!


Ben Lillie
Ben is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York’s theater district. He is the Co-founder and Director of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science. He is also a Moth StorySLAM champion and a former writer for TED.com.

Paula Croxson
Paula is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She works on the brain networks and chemicals responsible for memory and other higher functions of the brain. She’s particularly interested in complex, autobiographical life memories. When not in the lab, she plays flute with alternative rock band Marlowe Grey.

(The idea for this show came to us from Ben Lillie, Danielle Sedbrook, and Caitlin Shure.)

April 18th. 10:30pm. Under St. Marks. SCIENCE EXCLAMATION POINT.

thankyourobotnyc:

THANK YOU, ROBOT, in collaboration STORY COLLIDER, is excited and honored to present a very special show: SCIENCE EXCLAMATION POINT.In this experiment, we are inviting two scientists to give short lectures on their field study. Following each, there will be an exploration/discussion of the presented topic… in the form of long form comedy improv.To help use in this journey of discovery, is the absolutely amazing team TESLA (Shaun Diston, Elllena Chmielewski, James Dwyer, Dianimal Kolsky, Jesse Lee and John Timothy). Because it obviously had to be them.Hypothesis: Your brain will be filled with knowledge and then blown with improv.Only $5. This show may pre-sell out, so you might want to buy tickets early.(Join us afterwards at The Hot Chicks Room for a post-show symposium. And beers.)

thankyourobotnyc:

THANK YOU, ROBOT, in collaboration STORY COLLIDER, is excited and honored to present a very special show: SCIENCE EXCLAMATION POINT.

In this experiment, we are inviting two scientists to give short lectures on their field study. Following each, there will be an exploration/discussion of the presented topic… in the form of long form comedy improv.

To help use in this journey of discovery, is the absolutely amazing team TESLA (Shaun Diston, Elllena Chmielewski, James Dwyer, Dianimal Kolsky, Jesse Lee and John Timothy). Because it obviously had to be them.

Hypothesis: Your brain will be filled with knowledge and then blown with improv.

Only $5. This show may pre-sell out, so you might want to buy tickets early.

(Join us afterwards at The Hot Chicks Room for a post-show symposium. And beers.)