Wikipedia reporting on the aftermath of Orson Welles’s radio drama adaptation of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds:
Many listeners sued the network for “mental anguish” and “personal injury”. All suits were dismissed, except for a claim for a pair of black men’s shoes by a Massachusetts man, who spent his shoe money to escape the Martians. Welles insisted the man be paid.
Welles couldn’t abide depriving a man of shoes. Some things are just beyond the pale.
Today’s music selection is “The Unknown Planet” by John Keating, off his 1972 album Space Experience. I just found out that one of my favorite Commodore 64 tunes, the main theme from Warhawk by Rob Hubbard, borrows some melody from Keating. Although, now that I’ve heard the original, I think I prefer the abstract, mysterious intro (the first 1:20) over the main funk portion.
Space Experience is actually king of amazing, featuring arrangements of “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Rocket Man,” and “Theme from Star Trek.” All on the same album.
Scott Eden, ESPN:
That Yasiel Puig — who can now be seen in paparazzi photographs, his arms around the shoulders of people like Jay Z — departed Cuba in a clandestine operation that involved a 50-kilometer swampland trek and a cigarette boat piloted by Zeta-affiliated gangsters speaks to a certain root absurdity in the ways of man.
The defection of Cuban players to the MLB: more fucked up than you can possibly imagine.
70s sci-fi art reblog: here’s a giant pink space rabbit. I have no idea what the story is behind this image or who drew it. A quick reverse image search failed me.
Happy Easter, everybody!
UPDATE: We have a source! Art by Joel Naprstek.
Video game composer George Sanger gave a community interview to Slashdot a little while ago. The whole thing is pretty cool (and long as heck, that man can talk for days), but I enjoyed this bit the most:
How did you get into the video game music business, and what advice would you have for aspiring artists looking to follow in your footsteps?
FAT: A good question—but do bear in mind: Anybody you ask that of has only gotten into the business approximately once.
I thought this was a really keen observation for any “how can I get into the X industry” question.
Pretty great photo by Bill Ingalls featured on NASA’s Image of the Day:
A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard, is seen launching from the Tanegashima Space Center on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 (Japan Time), in Tanegashima, Japan.
I like this thing. This is a thing that I like.
Jenna Pitcher, Polygon:
This year’s GaymerX2, the convention that celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in games, will be the last largely due to the growing financial burden, the event’s organizers announced via its official Twitter account.
"We decided that we could no longer continue as a convention as the price of running a yearly convention downtown in San Francisco was just too high — we weren’t able to get the corporate sponsorship that we needed to make it something sustainable, and we were racking up huge amounts of debt to put this years con on," organizer Matt Conn told Polygon.
Pretty unfortunate. San Francisco is a hell of an expensive place.
I’m rather sad at the part where they weren’t able to get enough corporate sponsors interested in the convention.
As part of our continuing coverage of the 2014 Citizen Kane Comparison Fodder of the Year, Goat Simulator, here’s a review of the game by actual real life goat farmer Angelina Bellebuono:
The pasture goats do not seek to escape their fenced pasture confines, but they are insatiably curious. I honor that curiosity now by exploring with this Caprine Destructor. My keystroke skills are weak, but we master headbutting quickly. We practice on cars, exploding them from painted red into charred metal shells. We practice on barrels in a rhythm—headbutt, back up, go again. Headbutt, back up, go again.
I feel a little dirty for having so much fun. “Don’t tell,” I whisper to Goat, my enabler.
Bellebuono is a bit taken aback by the warm reception her essay’s been getting.