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( Apr. 17th, 2009 12:31 pm)


Original art by Julie Lindsey for Pendant Productions.

Once Upon a Time in Vegas, chapter 20 - "The Second Ball"

Robert teaches Tessa to hunt, Danny probes Ginger for clues and Chole lights up Philip's night.

"Once Upon a Time in Vegas" is a full-cast, fantasy maxi-series serial drama. Available for free download in .mp3 format, or as a Podcast!

Also available -- a commentary track with the director and co-writers!

iTunes link:

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Featuring the voice talents of:

Ara Pelodi as Ginger
Jeffrey Bridges as Danny
Philip Weber as Philip
Lexy Rawle as Chloe
Pete Milan as Hector
Jeremiah McCoy as Robert
Rene Christine Jones as Tessa
Susan Bridges as Teri
Alicia Laine Matheson as the bartender
and Ryan Pickens as the bouncer

Written by Alicia Laine Matheson and Rene Christine Jones
Directed by Alicia Laine Matheson
Edited by Marleigh Norton
Original music composed by Kevin McLeod
Cover art by Julie Lindsey
Produced by Pendant Productions
Executive Producer Jeffrey Bridges

Thanks for listening!

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( Apr. 16th, 2009 11:48 pm)
More coverage of the game we are working on. And a little bit of funny as well.

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( Apr. 16th, 2009 07:13 pm)
I could not find the embeddable version of this but go here. Watch this video. I mean it. Really just something amazing. I got positively giddy watching this.
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( Apr. 14th, 2009 07:04 am)
I dont know why I find this project as facinating as I do, but there it is. The descriptions are not real clear as to the overall story but here is the one from their website.

"During a routine Graveyard shift at the local Super Gas station employee Erik Matheson is thrown into the middle of an underground war - disguised as Live Action Role Playing - filled with mighty heroes, mystical creatures and magic…

After meeting a young woman fighting to save a small stronghold called Burgledorf, Erik embarks on a quest to find a magical weapon that is said to wield the power to end the war and bring peace to the world.

With the help of a lonely Wood Elf, a Dwarf named Stump and the local guild of hardcore gamers Erik will discover a greater evil more perilous than the war at hand, and realize that he must make a final stand in order to save the world from being obliterated by chaos.

The Battle of Burgledorf has begun."

Goofy i know but the trailer at least looks neat.
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( Apr. 13th, 2009 09:53 pm)

So I shared with a few today and thought i would give to the wider audience. You remember when you were a kid and people mentioned the whole you swallow a watermelon seed and a watermelon will grow in your stomach? Yeah this is worse.

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( Apr. 13th, 2009 09:35 pm)
This is too surreal not to share. Your welcome.

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( Apr. 12th, 2009 06:28 pm)
Rhapsody is a band that near as I can tell is a cross between opera and a hair metal band. They like doing tunes about impossibly epic fantasy stories. Add in the brilliance of Christopher Lee and you get win.

The Passenger Pigeon used to be one of the most numerous bird in the world. They lived in enormous flocks and during migration it was possible to see flocks of them a mile wide and 300 miles long, taking several hours to pass and containing up to a billion birds. They could literally shade sky and when they would all settle somewhere the droppings could kill sections of forest. We have no modern equivalent to this. You have never seen anything that compare.

They went from the estimated 5 billion birds at the beginning of the 19th century to the last known one dying in 1914. They were killed on mass by commercialized hunting for meat. One of the methods for hunting them was to take live pigeon and sew its eyes shut. It would be tied to a wooden stool. The fluttering of the bird would attract other pigeons to see what was wrong. The hunters would then drop a net on them and crush their heads between fingers and thumbs. This incidentally may be the origin of the term stool pigeon.

nods to the,, and for the info.
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( Apr. 11th, 2009 11:29 am)
I watched last nights Dollhouse. It was the first one I had seen that really seemed to approach the potential of the show. Much much better than most of the season. It is a shame that the show will likely be canceled before it can become the interesting show it could be.

Sarah Conner Chronicles was also very good. Lots of plot development. Very interesting. Also a shame if this one got canceled.
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( Apr. 10th, 2009 08:11 pm)
just got word from my mom. My cousin Michael and his wife Laurel were in a tornado today. It hit their house and several other in their Murfreesboro neighborhood. They apparently rode it out in a bath tub. The house sustained some damage. They were lucky and no one was hurt, but there were some people killed according to the news.

I know I still have some friends in that area so I hope everyone is alright. Meanwhile we are expected to have some storms later tonight. Everyone stay safe.
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( Apr. 9th, 2009 08:53 am)
I appeared on my friend Jeff Griener's podcast again. That is coming to be a common thing.

I also said um to much but over all it isn't bad. The subject was a round table review of the players handbook 2 for 4e. Give it a listen.
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( Apr. 8th, 2009 11:43 pm)
So time for the chilling note. I am a man who believes in the power of our ingenuity and knowledge. Humans are brought to a better life often through our progress. We eat more regularly. We live longer. Our lives are more comfortable than those of our ancestors. We have almost all of the knowledge in the world at our fingertips.

The problem is the double edge. Technology also complicates our lives and in someways makes us less safe. Yes we have all the food we could want, and we endanger our health because we are not conditioned to deal with that availability of food. Our lives are more comfortable, but we don't know how to survive without our technological wonders. Science takes us to a place we thought beyond reach. Only after we get there do we think to ask if we should have gone there.

And now the robots.

Here is a TED conference speech about robots being used for war. We can spare our soldiers from hazardous duties by sending machines. Speaking as someone who has friends over in the middle east or heading over, I have to say it is appealing. Sadly as anyone who is a SciFi nut will tell you, having robots fight your wars can lead to problems. To paraphrase the speaker, a machine has no contextual awareness of the difference between a tank and a grandmother. It will not care.

Just got word from Mike Stackpole

Last year Gary Gygax passed. This year Dave Arneson. These are the two men responsible for creating D&D and pretty much starting a hobby I love. I got to meet the man last year and watch him speak briefly. He was a very funny and smart man and he will be missed.

Raise a glass.


Original artwork by Kristen Bays for Pendant Productions

Episode 32 - "The Tribulations of Kinship"

Tensions build between Lily and her cousins, things boil over between Esmerelda and Cornelius and Dixie cares for a wounded Thomas!

"Umket Industries Presents: The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater" is a serialized, full-cast audio adventure with one new episode every month. Available for free download in .mp3 format, or as a Podcast!

Also featuring an audio commentary track with the director and writer!

iTunes link:

Podcast feed:

Download link:

Season One of "Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion" on audio CD!
Produced from the original master mixes with over five hours of
content, including exclusive bonus features!

Featuring the voice talents of:

Rene Christine Jones as Dixie Stenberg
Mark Zaricor as Frank McGuff
Steve Anderson as Reginald Billingsley
Jeremiah McCoy as Archibald Withersby
Pete Milan as Freudenberg
Scott Vinnacombe as Cornelius Robert Sims Pearson
Anthony Piselli as Joey Scalzetti
Chris Brittain as Thomas Galen
Perry Whittle as Benedikt Adarchenko
Alicia Laine Matheson as Lily LaRue
Melissa Johnson as Daisy LaRue
Tracy Hall as Violet LaRue
Melissa Hearne as Rose LaRue
Marleigh Norton as Iris LaRue
Megan Pressley as Buttercup LaRue
Kathryn Pryde as Geist
Justin Daube as Volker
Kristen Bays as the Umket Triplets
Jerry Crawford as The Dean
Elaine Barrett as the Robot
Amanda Fitzwater as Nebulon 2000
Alicia Marie Barton as Esmerelda
Colin D. Snow as Random Man
Chip Joel as Generally Intelligent Joe
Jeffrey Bridges as the Commercial Announcer
and Seth Adam Sher as your host

Written by Jeffrey Bridges
Directed by Seth Adam Sher
Edited by Marleigh Norton
Cover art by Kristen Bays
Produced by Pendant Productions

Thanks for listening!

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( Apr. 5th, 2009 11:34 pm)
okay a number of people in my various online networks of friends has shared this. This walks the line of being awesome and sanity compromising. You should watch it. Now to bed.

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( Apr. 3rd, 2009 03:39 pm)
for those who think making a game is all fun and games allow me to share an article from play this thing. Now the entire industry is not like this exactly but it is a picture.

"Mike Capps, head of Epic, and a former member of the board of directors of the International Game Developers Association, during the IGDA Leadership Forum in late 08, spoke at a panel entitled Studio Heads on the Hot Seat, in which, among other things, he claimed that working 60+ hours was expected at Epic, that they purposefully hired people they anticipated would work those kinds of hours, that this had nothing to do with exploitation of talent by management but was instead a part of "corporate culture," and implied that the idea that people would work a mere 40 hours was kind of absurd."
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( Apr. 2nd, 2009 08:34 am)
This is one of the most disturbing Public Service ads I have ever seen.

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( Apr. 1st, 2009 08:32 am)
as a demonstration of the sort of things today produces that I love, you tube is presenting videos and all the text on their site is upside down and backwards. Thats funny.
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( Apr. 1st, 2009 08:15 am)
If I am to gauge by my friends list I am the only person on the internet who still likes April Fools. That's a shame. I really enjoy a well crafted prank, scam, or humorous goof. I like April Fools in some ways not unlike how I like Halloween. Things today don't have to be real. Sure sometimes the joke goes to far but it is pretty much never done with the intention to harm anyone. It is purely a game.

But all of that said I understand many folks don't like it and they have their reasons. I just wish they could enjoy it the way i do.


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