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Monthly Archives: April 2006
It is now official: the third DiGRA world conference will take place in Tokyo, Japan in September 2007. Take a look at the announcement page in DiGRA.org.
We have been looking for a group calendar that would be flexible enough and easily compatible with most PC and mobile calendar standards. Looking at the Google Calendar beta, this seems to be not so far now. But, when I have now been trying to test it, the import function from Outlook seems not to be working. There are some others who face the same “Failed to upload ical/csv file” error when importing from iCal, too. Wonder if there is some obvious solution for this?
Edit: there appears to be so many bugs in Google Calendar at the moment, that some people would prefer to call it Alpha rather than Beta. See: http://groups.google.com/group/Google-Calendar-Help.
Carcassonne start into Easter: four different expansion packs and a nice dinner with Johanna and Heikki. I must confess that I prefer a game with a bit simpler rules: two hours of preparation before the game can even start is too much. But it is so nice to have a break and some free time.
This is pure nostalgia: Egmont in Finland has republished 1950s pulp scifi with a series of Rick Random and Jet-Ace Logan comics. Were the stories really this bad? But Ron Turner‘s style of drawing has certain “Edgar Rice Burroughs style” fantasy in it.
In weekend, I ended up watching the Ringers: Lord of the Fans film. An interesting blend of pr material for the LoTR film trilogy, Tolkien literary tutorial, and anglo-american fandom history. I think the film is half fandom-produced, and that might explain its a bit uneven quality. But it was fun looking at this layer of history of enthusiasm into modern fantasy.
Yet another seminar (YAS) this week, as we hit the road to get to Hämeenlinna. Interaktiivinen Teknologia Koulutuksessa (that is Interactive Technology in Education conference in English) adversises to be the largest conference in Finland about information and communcation technology in educational use. We have not done so much work in Serious Games or other applied games research areas, but there are many interesting possibilities worth looking there — particularly in educating people to understand the scope and nature of so-called common games. Every game is educational, in the sense that you need to learn a lot in order to be able to face the challenges that are part of many games. But more about it in the conference tomorrow. Welcome to visit Game Research Lab booth: we have a small ‘game studio’ set up for two days in ITK.
See: ITK conference web pages.
This is when you know you are having a slow day: I actually became interested in a HS/Yle story about rerecording of church bells. There is a radio ritual in Finland, started apparently in year 1944, to play the sound of Turku Lutheran Cathedral bells at 12 noon every day in main Radio 1 FM channel. There is something smoothing and relaxing in its slow, echoing sound. You can read a story of the bells and listen to the recordings in MP3 files from here (in Finnish only).
This is actually sort of funny: they claim to offer wisp as a new Alliance player race in WoW. See the announcement. Since it is time for the April Fool jokes, this is sort of easy to get, but might confuse someone for a moment. On a more non-friendly note, Blizzard appears to have some trouble getting their WoW account management working this week, and they are not advising their poor addicted players on what to do when the playing time runs out. Tsat-tsat!
There is a tradition to walk to the small Siilinkari island over the Näsijärvi ice in Tampere in March. This time Aamulehti had organised some music and other programme for a family-oriented Sunday in March 12. I was there with Laura, and some of these (long overdue) photos are now in Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fransmayra/search/tags:siilinkari/ – and all in my own server: http://unet.fi/pics/2006-03-12/