* ‘Critical Role’ and ‘HarmonQuest’ prove watching role-playing games can be fun. But 4 hours? (2017-Feb-22) [LA Times]
Mercer has a theory, though, about who and why people are watching during this recent surge in popularity of board games and role-playing games.
“A lot of gaming and a lot of interaction is no longer physical, it’s all digital and at a distance. There’s this innate, tribal need of the people to have face time with other people and play together in person,” he said. “I think there’s been this rediscovery of the joy of playing with people around the table … or getting together with your friends and crafting a story narrative and having an improv together which is an experience that a lot of these kids are just now discovering because of shows like ‘Critical Role’ and role play and the Internet’s sudden appreciation of that.”
* I Get Knocked Down by the Hill, but I Get Up Again (2016-Nov-18) [NYT]
In this life of stresses and anxieties, I’ve never found any better antidote than getting out on the fells and finding my way through puddles and woods. There’s always a moment, after all the scrambling and struggling, when you come out on some isolated hilltop and discover anew the truth of Muir’s words: “Presently you lose consciousness of your own separate existence: you blend with the landscape, and become part and parcel of nature.”
* I’m coming into this weekend’s Roller Coaster marathon with way less training in my legs than for any previous marathon. This has been a strategic choice around available training time, injury avoidance, and the fact this run is in itself a training run for UTA50. As the start line gets closer the doubts start to creep in; is this a good approach to be running these distances? Is relying on a solid platform going to work?
I appear to not be the only one asking these questions as there is a heap of discussion on the trail running groups as people question their preparation for their chosen distances this weekend. I’d just like to put it out there that you have done the miles, your legs *are* ready. Most importantly, you have the ability to do this – it’s not all about the fitness, it’s about your ability to dig deep once the hurting starts. You’ve got this! Rely on your running buddies as each of you will have doubts at different points, hell this course is built to give us doubts. And most importantly – have fun out there!
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
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