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Mia Morland – Owner, Morland Studios

As far as gaming goes, there are many “things” gamers may need to actually game.  Some games require dice, cards, etc.,   In gaming, there are many games which require miniatures or models.  To some gamers, a group of enthusiast of which I am a member, who feel that the creation of the model is just as big as the game itself.  Some of us, even take it to the terrain level.   For those of us who love miniatures and terrain, we need places like Morland Studios. They do models and terrain.

Marc Gunn – Firefly Drinking Songs

POSTED ON September 27th  - POSTED IN site

Marc Gunn is Doing an Online Firefly Drinking Songs Concert

Marc Gunn is a very talented “Rhythm and Folk” musician who does music themed around hobbits, Star Wars, cat, Sci-Fi and other geeky topics including Firefly.  I was able to interview him and see him perform live at this year’s Gen Con.  I feel he puts on a very entertaining show.

You can get your “pay what you want” ticket at his website.  The date of the event is October 19.

Why Is It Taking So Long

POSTED ON September 20th  - POSTED IN 2014 Gen Con, Cons, site

Gen Con Ended Over a Month Ago and I am Still Overwhelmed

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Gen Con (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, Gen Con 2014 ended over a month ago and I am still publishing interviews. I am typing and editing as fast as I can. I ended up with a gluttonous amount of material but I promise you I will get them all done.

I am not trying to make any excuses however the following are some of the reasons why it is taking so long:

  • It was my first Gen Con, I had no idea how massive it is
  • I was sent out of town immediately after the con and gone almost all of August
  • The sheer volume of material… it took 22 hours just to dump it to my towers
  • The age of my machines make for slow audio editing, my newest machine is a Mac G5
  • I ran my free drive space to almost nothing, literally down to MB
  • A WordPress update ate our website, we rather had to deal with that first
  • My carpal tunnel is back

I will get them all done as fast as I can.  I am focusing on the interviews and will then double back for the concerts.

A ConQuest at Gen Con

POSTED ON August 15th  - POSTED IN 2014 Gen Con, Community, Cons, Entertainment, Gaming, site

Lumpy and Many Others Embark on a Conquest

I am sitting here anxiously awaiting the arrival of several musicians I am going to interview. I am also hoping to record their live performaces at this year’s Gen Con. I am equally anxious to check out the insane number of exhibitors at this year’s con.

For those of you not familiar with Gen Con, it is one of the largest gaming conventions in the world. Last year over forty-nine thousand attended. It usually sets a new attendance record each year. In conversation with some of the convention center staff, I learned that about fifty-seven thousand are anticipated this year.  Everyone scrambles to see the thousands of exhibitors.  They even have a game for the process.

New Games Debuting at Gen Con

POSTED ON August 14th  - POSTED IN 2014 Gen Con, Community, Cons, Entertainment, Gaming, site

Games, Games and More Games

If you have been reading here of late, you know that this is Gen Con week.  While Indie Nation is not a gamer’s site, there is not a single member of our staff who is not a gamer.  This post was actually drafted from my ToDo list for today.

Kudos to Board Game Quest for a really long list of games we should see at Gen Con.   Below are just the ones I want to check out that are being released with companies that start with the letter A.  It is going to be a heck of a con.

Indie Nation Will Be at Gen Con

POSTED ON August 9th  - POSTED IN 2014 Gen Con, Community, Cons, Entertainment, news, site

w00t! We are Going to Gen Con

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Gen Con (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First off, to the 130+ indie artist submission sitting in our inbox, we promise we will get to you.  We are a staff of few and are, due to getting ready for Gen Con, swamped at the moment.

Listeners, there is still time to join us, get over to Gen Con and get your badge.  Seriously, 80 bucks for 4 days of gaming is impossible to beat.

I am not going to go into details but several of the performers have already agreed to interviews.  Keep your browser, podcatcher and player tuned here for more before, during and after this gala event.

Links for Listeners 04/10/2014 (p.m.)

POSTED ON April 10th  - POSTED IN site
  • I am not so sure I agree but quoting the article, ““Our findings suggest that sales displacement effect can be real without a promotional effect. That is, the people listening on YouTube appear to be, to some extent people who would know about this album anyway, but may not buy it because of YouTube,” the researchers conclude.”

    Tags: 2014, youtube, music, album, sales, research, IN-Pub

    • The researchers estimate that for the top albums the total in lost sales because of YouTube equals roughly $1 million per year. This is a significant percentage of the label’s total revenue.

      It is hard to say, however, that YouTube is hurting overall revenue, as the advertising revenue it receives from Google also brings in a significant sum of money.

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Links for Listeners 02/25/2014 (p.m.)

POSTED ON February 25th  - POSTED IN site
  • While unlocking a phone is not a copyright issue, legislators keep trying to get a copyright act to apply to such.  Interesting they are now trying to sneak a “no bulk unlocking” clause into a bill which is intended to protect our right to bulk unlock.

    Tags: 2014, unlocking, cell phone, DMCA, copyright, Section 1201, technology, law, legal, yourrights, writeabout, wroteatindienation, indienationnews, IN-Pub

    • Because of section 1201 of the DMCA, the “anti-circumvention” provision, companies have been abusing copyright law to block all sorts of actions that are totally unrelated to copyright. That’s because 1201 makes it illegal to circumvent basically any “technological protection measures.” The intent of the copyright maximalists was to use this section to stop people from breaking DRM. However, other companies soon distorted the language to argue that it could be used to block certain actions totally unrelated to copyright law — such as unlocking garage doors, ink jet cartridges, gaming accessories… and phones
    • Separately, every three years, the Librarian of Congress gets to announce “exemptions” to section 1201 where it feels that things are being locked up that shouldn’t be. Back in 2006, one of these exemptions involved mobile phone unlocking.
    • Every three years this exemption was modified a bit, but in 2012, for unexplained reasons, the Librarian of Congress dropped that exemption entirely, meaning that starting in late January of 2013, it was possible to interpret the DMCA to mean that phone unlocking was illegal. In response to this there was a major White House petition — which got over 100,000 signatures, leading the White House to announce (just weeks later) that it thought unlocking should be legal — though, oddly, it seemed to place the issue with the FCC to fix, rather than recognizing the problem was with current copyright law.
    • While this gives Goodlatte and other maximalists some sort of plausible deniability that this bill is making no statement one way or the other on bulk unlocking, it certainly very strongly implies that Congress believes bulk unlocking is, in fact, still illegal. And that’s massively problematic on any number of levels, in part suggesting that the unlocker’s motives in unlocking has an impact on the determination under Section 1201 as to whether or not it’s legal. And that’s an entirely subjective distinction when a bill seems to assume motives, which makes an already problematic Section 1201 much more problematic. Without that clause, this seemed like a bill that was making it clear that you can’t use the DMCA to interfere with an issue that is clearly unrelated to copyright, such as phone unlocking. But with this clause, it suggests that perhaps the DMCA’s anti-circumvention clause can be used for entirely non-copyright issues if someone doesn’t like the “motive” behind the unlocker.
    • Unfortunately, the bill was deemed so uncontroversial that it’s been listed on the suspension calendar of the House, which is where non-controversial bills are put to ensure quick passage. That means that, not only did Goodlatte slip in a significant change to this bill that impacts the entire meaning and intent of the bill long after it went through the committee process (and without informing anyone about it), but he also got it put on the list of non-controversial bills to try to have it slip through without anyone even noticing.

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Links for Listeners 02/05/2014 (p.m.)

POSTED ON February 5th  - POSTED IN site
  • “I have to admit that I’m consistently amazed at just how badly law enforcement in both the US and New Zealand appeared to screw up the raid and the case against Kim Dotcom. I’ve said it a few times before, but it really feels like authorities in both places actually believed the bogus Hollywood hype being spread by the MPAA about how Dotcom was really a James Bondian-villain, and acted accordingly, while ignoring any evidence to the contrary.”

    Tags: 2014, new zealand, zealand, spy, evidence, yourights, privacy, dueprocess, indienationnews, IN-Pub

    • I have to admit that I’m consistently amazed at just how badly law enforcement in both the US and New Zealand appeared to screw up the raid and the case against Kim Dotcom. I’ve said it a few times before, but it really feels like authorities in both places actually believed the bogus Hollywood hype being spread by the MPAA about how Dotcom was really a James Bondian-villain, and acted accordingly, while ignoring any evidence to the contrary.

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