Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Flash Fiction: "Now and Later"

For the record: Guns don't murder people. Fucked-up assholes murder people, and they don't need guns to do it. But firearms do carry a lot of psychic freight.

Read "Now and Later" at 512 Words or Fewer

Curtis

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

SnoutCast #149: 'Tis the Season

...for a little shameless self-promotion!


[ Download mp3 - 22 MB ]

00:59 - "wonderful"
03:15 - Adopt Lady Grey!
06:35 - Hire DeeAnn!
12:56 - speaking of consultants...
16:35 - Read Curtis's 512 Words or Fewer every Friday! (And tell other people if you like it!)
19:30 - Follow Curtis or DeeAnn on Twitter!
21:32 - (note to self: remind DeeAnn to NOT adjust her mic during recording)
22:11 - GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY
23:49 - The End

Tell us we're wrong on the Internet! E-mail podcast@snout.org or post a comment at www.snout.org/podcast.

Music: instrumentals from "Code Monkey" and "Chiron Beta Prime" by Jonathan Coulton

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Curtis DeeAnn

Christmas Greetings

Below please find our traditional year-end family newsletter, which hopefully does not inspire in you the depths of revulsion described by Garfunkel and Oates:


http://vimeo.com/8192170

You are, of course, free to not read it. We'll never know! But seriously, somebody really needs to adopt Lady Grey.

2012 SoleChen News

[ Download PDF - 176 KB ]

Curtis DeeAnn Jasper Tye

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

SnoutCast #148: Newbie Game RFP

This week, we talk to Larry Hosken and Scott Royer III about a "Newbie Game" concept which Scott helped originate and which Larry has since developed into The Octothorpean Order—and would like to finish next year, with your help!


[ Download mp3 - 26 MB ]

00:59 - "modern"
01:51 - acronym expansion (and the actual RFP doc)
02:21 - like a phoenix, rising from the DASHes
04:05 - Larry's online puzzle hunt thing (as seen on SnoutCast in 2010 and at GC Summit 2011)
05:15 - how does one teach people to solve puzzles?
08:44 - DeeAnn enjoyed the MegaHard stamps
09:14 - how Scott prepared for his first event, BANG 16
12:16 - who is the audience for the Newbie Game?
15:51 - in other words, RUN MORE GAMES :)
18:01 - how would newbies transition from the online hunt to live events?
22:36 - help wanted!
25:11 - plug-o-rama: Spaceteam, Amnesia Fortnight Game Jam, Puzzle Hunt Calendar
28:20 - The End

Tell us we're wrong on the Internet! E-mail podcast@snout.org or post a comment at www.snout.org/podcast.

Music: instrumentals from "Code Monkey" and "Re: Your Brains" by Jonathan Coulton

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Curtis DeeAnn Larry Scott Jasper

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This cat would make a great Xmas gift!

Jasper here! If you live in the Portland metro area, we've got the perfect gift for that special human on your list: Lady Grey! She is a spayed female cat—a gray tuxedo Domestic Shorthair (DSH)—approximately five years old, and she would love to join your family!

Lady Grey likes to explore closets, climb furniture, eat wet and dry food, charge around the house, and watch the world out the window! She greets every visitor, and plays with everything from cat toys to postcards!

See for yourself! Lady Grey stars in this safe-for-work video...


http://youtu.be/l_0HK9GYgiY

...and this TOTES ADORBS photo slideshow!


picasaweb.google.com/116737692309729475506/MeetLadyGrey

I know, right? I'll bet you want to come whisk her away to your loving home right now! Well, here's how you can get in touch with our humans to arrange just that (click image to embiggen):

solechen+ladygrey@gmail.com

Make one of your fellow humans very happy with a new cat this holiday season! Preferably Lady Grey! SRSLY.

Note: you should not try to stuff Lady Grey into a stocking, or wrap her up in a box, for that matter! I recommend asking the lucky recipient to close his or her eyes, then gently placing Lady Grey into his or her arms. After that, just step back to reveal the surprise and witness the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

(Lady Grey will put herself in a corner just fine, but that's neither here nor there.)

Jasper

SnoutCast #147: So That Happened in Vegas

On this week's show, we talk to brothers Justin Graham and Charlie Graham about competing in the Great Urban Race (GUR) National Championship this November!


[ Download mp3 - 28 MB ]

00:59 - "fast"
02:06 - big money and other fabulous prizes
05:20 - transportation and other challenges
09:35 - SnoutOut™ to their support crew!
16:55 - location-based activity highlights
21:38 - brotherly cooperation
24:14 - day jobs: JVG Healthcare and Shop It To Me
27:18 - upcoming events: Puzzled Pint (Portland & Seattle, TONIGHT); Mastermind Pub Hunt (Sacramento, TONIGHT); Real Escape Game (San Francisco, December 14-16th); more on Puzzle Hunt Calendar!
29:57 - The End

Tell us we're wrong on the Internet! E-mail podcast@snout.org or post a comment at www.snout.org/podcast.

Music: instrumentals from "Code Monkey" and "I Feel Fantastic" by Jonathan Coulton

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Curtis DeeAnn Justin Charlie

Friday, December 07, 2012

Friday Flash Fiction: "Introducing Kangaroo"

One of these days, I'm actually going to finish a Kangaroo novel that is of publishable quality. In the meantime, I'm going to keep writing these vignettes to fill in backstory. I hope you enjoy some of them.

Read "Introducing Kangaroo" at 512 Words or Fewer

Curtis

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

SnoutCast #146: Listener Mail et cetera

In which we review what some of our listeners had to say about previous podcasts!


[ Download mp3 - 26 MB ]

00:59 - "reactive"
01:55 - Re: "Hangry is the Hunter"
10:48 - Re: "Deadline City"
28:11 - The End

Tell us we're wrong on the Internet! E-mail podcast@snout.org or post a comment at www.snout.org/podcast.

Music: instrumentals from "Code Monkey" and "I Feel Fantastic" by Jonathan Coulton

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Curtis DeeAnn