After much heart-wrenching deliberation, I think it’s time to close Board Games Weekly down. It pains me to do so, as I love it so very much, but I don’t have the time anymore. At least, not at the scope I had imagined for it.
My goal was to produce the twice-weekly podcasts, a weekly live news show, the game play videos with my friends and a Twitch channel, as well as daily blog posts. That would have been a lot of work before I lost my job, but now it would be irresponsible for me to spend that much time on something other than billable hours as it were. Plus, my partner, Matt, has gone on to bigger and better things in the meantime (I don’t blame him), that will include many of the goals I’ve just described.
One of the things I learned while working on this project is that a podcast that features people talking about tabletop games isn’t very exciting. This topic demands video, and I don’t have the bandwidth to pull that off. So, put the dice away. It’s time to go home.
A simple, audio-only podcast supported by a Tumblr or something (or nothing, really) would be possible. Unfortunately, the fun, social hobby of tabletop gaming is not served well by that format.
The Beard called. He asked if I’d be interested in writing something for The Loop Magazine.
You don’t say no to The Beard.
I’m thrilled to have an article issue 4 of The Loop Magazine. I hope you like it. And the pictures. Oh, the pictures.
There’s an app for today’s mobile one-percenter. BlackJet‘s private jet service is now taking reservations via its iPhone app.
You can book a seat up to two days in advance of your departure date and travel between San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston and South Florida. As you might expect, it ain’t cheap. I searched for an AM flight between Boston and “South Florida” (I don’t know which airport, actually) and was quoted $2,368.90.
To protect itself from people who would waste their time (like me), BlackJet booking requires a membership plus a one-time membership fee of $2,500. But the benefit is, if you can swing it, you get a guaranteed seat in your preferred time frame on a very nice airplane.
BlackJet says additional cities are coming soon and that well-behaved pets are welcome on board. The company recently received $5 million in funding, according to Galding, and Ashton Kutcher is reportedly a customer.
All I can say is the headphones better be free.
Congratulations to Joshua Edison! He’s won the black DODOnotes case for iPhone 5. Enjoy, Josh!
You may carry small knives on airplanes except that you may not.
The US government has done a 180 on a recent decision that would allow passengers to carry small knives (those under 2.36 inches long), bats and golf clubs onto planes. Several airline CEOs, lawmakers, and relatives, friends and victims of terrorist attacks balked at the idea, and now the TSA has changed its mind. Again.
So keep your commemorative Yankee Stadium bat and Tom Mix pocket knife in your checked luggage. Unless you want a friendly TSA agent to take it home.
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Do not photograph the pickled mussels on Jægersborggade.
That’s my take-away from this brief photo essay from travel writer Alex Robertson. Why else wouldn’t they appear in this otherwise beautiful gallery, taken entirely with an iPhone (in portrait orientation, no less)?
Alex’s enviable career (seriously, I hate him) has him traveling and writing for the New York Times, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Guardian Unlimited, and Condé Nast Traveler. In a recent blog post, he recorded a journey through Milan, Turin, Ivrea, Aosta, Sion, Copenhagen, Malmö, and Lund (See? Hate him.) using his iPhone as his only camera.
Alex called the experience a “plus for convenience [but] minus for quality.” I think his shots look great, but there’s no doubt a pro DSLR would have done stellar job.
As for the “fantastic” pickled mussels, I’ll take Alex’s word on it.
Here’s a great post by National Geographic’s Andrew Evans. Andrew spent a few days exploring Mexico City with no Internet connection and no “heavy cameras.” The only gear he had was his iPhone.
His photos are great and make me want to visit what Andrew calls, “The most exciting city on earth.” Has anyone been? Are you a pro photographer or traveler who’s ditched the pro-level gear for a day with the iPhone? If so, let me know.