Boing Boing: Mashup of Beatles/Aretha/George Michaels/Scissor Sisters — phenomenal

Boing Boing: Mashup of Beatles/Aretha/George Michaels/Scissor Sisters.

I don’t know why, but these Beatles mashups just rock my world. And Boingboing is on top of ’em all.

See also:

Revolved, which has some really sweet tracks like “Close To No One” (the Cure’s “Close to You” vs. “For No One”).

UberBeatles Mashup, about 40 beatles songs mashed together.

And let’s not forget the Paperback Believer video, which hypnotizes me for some reason.

And the Grey Video, which similarly throws my brain into spasms of happy.

If anyone would like one of these and the boingy links are unavailable, get in touch and I’ll try to hook you up.

When Uniformity Is Compromised…

Teens Gone Wild: Tuxedo Shirt Found “Inappropriate” (original article, another article including the following terrifying quote):

Others applauded Ward’s decision, including Karen Gordon, who said, “When uniformity is compromised, then authority no longer holds.”

One of our children (I’m not naming any names) we sometimes get really frustrated with, because this child seems to have an incredibly strong need for autonomy and self-determination.

The child (I’m avoiding gendered pronouns here) cannot be disciplined. Punishment does not change the child’s behavior in any positive way. We’re doing our best to find ways of working with the child which respect the child’s need for autonomy and self-determination. It isn’t easy. Traditional child-rearing doesn’t really have a solution for this kind of thing.

I mentioned the situation to a professional therapist and he said that he thought that while he respected the desire to raise a child in line with egalitarian values, he wouldn’t want to raise a child who didn’t know how to deal with other adults in their lives.

I read this article and realized I would be proud to raise a child who was not willing to knuckle under to the kind of authority this principal tried to assert — and that if what that takes is not being able to depend on automatic, unthinking obedience to my own authority, I’m more than willing to accept that price. In that context this willfulness is a gift, not a problem.

America needs more people like the students in this story, both the one who had her photograph taken that way and the editor of the yearbook who refused to remove it.

When uniformity is compromised, then authority no longer holds.

Interview With Vincent “Lumpley” Baker

Heard about the interview via the 20×20 room.

Is there some key element that you feel is necessary for an enjoyable session of role-playing?

The key element is, we have to touch each other on a human, heart-to-heart level.

People think I’m hyperbolizing when I talk about this stuff. But I’ve been role-playing for 20+ years, y’know? In the last couple of years I’ve had such consistently good role-playing experiences that they’ve changed my standards. What used to be the best session of a summer with my very best friends in the world, right, you know how good that session is? I demand roleplaying that good now from a 4-hour con game with mostly strangers. And I’m getting it!

While we’re at it, check out the interview with Clinton R. Nixon, designer of several cool games including Paladin and Donjon, which I’ve got, and The Shadow of Yesterday, which I’d like. He’s got a great little note on why one needs a GM. And there’s Keith Senkowski, whose games I’m not familiar with but which Clinton recommends. He’s got a lot of good stuff to say.

Someday, I will finish my game, Odyssey, and people will interview me! Or else I’ll end up illustrating games and other things for a living.