Union Station

Friday, September 14, 2018

Over dinner the previous evening I learned that many movies were filmed in Union Station. Blade Runner was all I needed to hear.

My whirlwind trip wrapped up with a bus from this transit hub to the airport, so I woke up early to get there early and walk around.

Some areas were blocked off sadly, but I got the vibe. Lovely art deco details. Reminded me a bit of our Union Terminal in Cincinnati that opened 6 years prior.

Next time? I hope to hit more Blade Runner locations, including the Bradbury Building.

Reid & Richard

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Cursory searches reveal I’ve known Reid and Richard since about May 2005, thanks to the early days of online journaling.

Back when the internet was less… algorithmic.

In all these years we’d never crossed paths and that was a shame. They were my first Facetime call, we send real-life packages back and forth from time to time, and Reid even did a portrait of me and Edie a few years back.

So after work duties for the day completed, they picked me up and we were off to Little Tokyo for Japanese curry.

The evening was a delight but like many things, it was all too brief.

I’m reminded, sharing things on the internet can lead to meeting genuinely solid folks from all over.

We’ll find our way around the algorithms.

(Photo by Reid, testing out my camera)

Los Angeles

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

I had less than 48 hours in Los Angeles, most of it would be in a meeting. And I enjoyed every moment. There’s something about the light out there in California. Maybe it’s the air. But I dig it.

Flight movies:

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Big thumbs up, if solely for the optimism and concise vision of education by Fred Rogers. The letter he writes to himself struck a chord as well. Luckily I didn’t not bawl on the plane.

Three Identical Strangers – Kept me engaged, though I’d heard some of the details before that lessened some of the story arc. A solid free stream.

The Ambassador Hotel, where presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. (Mr. Rogers covered the topic on his show that week to help children understand and cope.)

Dead Cells

Monday, September 10, 2018

A couple months ago? I hadn’t known the gaming terms Metroidvania or roguelike.

The former came to my attention after investing an embarrassing amount of hours into Hollow Knight, a beautiful side-scrolling adventure with a (huge) fixed map that requires lots of backtracking as you gain abilities. I’m at a point where frustration of a few bosses is too high, so it’s time to shelve it, but it was superfun while it lasted.

Enter Dead Cells to scratch the itch when I want to turn off the noggin for a few and make pixels move around differently on a screen than the day job.

And oh how pretty these pixel are. It feels visually more like Castlevania, but elevates the aesthetic with some really solid lighting effects, depth and animation. Instead of roguelike, it’s rogue-lite. There’s no turn based battle, but the levels are procedurally generated, meaning: nothing is in the same place when you die.

And you’ll die often, starting over at the beginning, losing (almost) everything in your inventory. But as you go along, getting a little farther each time, you’re also gaining some traits that are permanent, like health restoration potions you can use once, then twice and so on.

It’s a totally different approach to gaming for me. I’m usually a point A to point B kinda player, but this encourages getting better at going with the flow, identifying patterns and honing tactics. At first I could last five minutes, but the capture above shows I can best an hour on a single life.

Not sure where this is going to fall into the personal catalog of favorites, but it feels like it’s going to rank high.

Star Wars with the Cincinnati Pops

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Highly recommended: Star Wars Episode IV with a live orchestra.

Hat tip to Heather for the suggestion to catch the Cincinnati Pops provide the score.

Even better? If there’s a Luke in your city to pose with folks for photos and raise money to buy Star Wars toys & pay medical bills for families.

COMPUTERS

Saturday, September 8, 2018

COMPUTERS

Chako

Friday, September 7, 2018

Had lunch with DJ and Joe Walsh to talk about animated logos (or as I like to call it, kinetic identity) at a place called Chako in Covington, Kentucky.

Charming, authentic, simple and if you get there on a Friday (and only on a Friday), you can order the curry which comes with a bakery item and a salad.

We each got different rolls (pictured below is my spinach one) and split ’em all. Halfway through we decided we’d get some extra toast and it was also so. very. good. Perfect for dipping in the curry.

There was dessert too but those photos didn’t turn out. If you go? Get the matcha roll cake, go with friends and take your time.

Also? Isometric is all the rave these days and I’m all for it because I grew up on Zaxxon and Q*bert.

(Cincinnati Magazine’s overview of Chako)

The remnants of a Hurricane

Pretty much been gray or raining heavily Every Day for the past week or so thanks to the remnants of some hurricane I don’t remember the name of. (I thought it was Harvey but I’m wrong.

This weather has been great for my productivity inside.