worlds from home...

I haven’t forgotten about you

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I’m terribly sorry there have been no blog posts for the past two weeks. I know it’s the standard excuse, but I became unexpectedly busy – this is the week before finals at my university, and our regular pre-posting post review process (say that ten times fast!) got a little out of wack. There’s a decent chance I won’t be able to make it next week, either, because of finals, but I promise a return to your regularly scheduled programming after that.

Thanks for bearing with us!

P.S. – Alabama has suffered some horrendous tornadoes this week. Here‘s a page about the relief effort. Anything you could contribute would be truly precious, helping people make it until their homes are repaired and their life returns to normal.

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In the Beginning

In Design Strategies, Written by Tiffany on April 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I’d like to tell you a story. In fact, I’d like to tell you several.
The stories I’d like to tell you are about beginnings. They’re origin stories. Some of them are familiar, like the stories my parents told me about how life began.

How to Make Your World More Convincing, or What I Learned from Patrick Rothfuss

In Language, Patrick Rothfuss, Written by Thomas on April 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I recently got hold of Name of the Wind by Patrick ┬áRothfuss (from here on referred to as “Patty”)*, and I’ve got to say, it’s a great book. It’s got living, breathing characters, a spellbinding plot, and a setting so believable you could pick up and move there if only you could figure out the zip code.

On top of being enjoyable, it’s also been an education. It feels like every chapter five pages he does something else that makes his world just a little more three dimensional. My copy weighs in at 662 pages; if you do the math, there are 132.4 lessons there for world builders like us. I think one of the most important is this: