Years ago, when Sentimental Lady was on Harold Night, there was a night where Robin Williams came by the theater and asked if there were any improv shows he could sit in on. He didn’t ask in an entitled way. He apologized for asking, seemed to think that the answer would be “no”, and clearly had…

Dig what’s happening to you.

By “dig” I mean get into it. There are lessons for you there. And when it gets uncomfortable, that’s an important time to open and dig. There’s treasure in them thar hills.

- Jeff Bridges, during a Reddit AMA

the 2013 inventory - crazytown.

this is more for Future Carrie’s benefit and recollection than it is for you. but 2013 was crazytown, y’all.

  • SO MUCH TRAVEL. Went to London, England and Lisbon, Portugal for two conferences, went to Italy with my family and BFF in June, went to Cambridge for my 5-year reunion, Chicago to see David Byrne in concert (!), Chicago again for my parents’ 60th birthday party, and various other locales in Texas for funsies
  • went to SXSW for the third time, covering a bunch of comedy events, which involved playing Bingo with Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, and Mitch Hurwitz, seeing Tenacious D in a very intimate venue, and partying at the Team Coco/Funny or Die party that was inexplicably also sponsored by some FPS videogame
  • took my last class everrrrrrr
  • planned a graduate conference about Amer’cuh and presented a paper about Larry David there
  • mourned the death of a close friend of mine, Elsa Kim, who was killed in a car accident in late August but who stays with me in clear and not-so-clear ways
  • read 200 books
  • redecorated my apartment with some new furniture so now I don’t look like I live in a 12-year old’s house
  • started writing for Kill Screen - video gaaaames
  • played a LOT of new video games for work [obviously]
  • came up with a dissertation topic
  • covered Fun Fun Fun Fest for Laughspin and interviewed Patton Oswalt from the back of a golf cart
  • dealt with the lack of a ceiling in a portion of my apartment for ~6 weeks
  • worked on development and fundraising for my department (and we were successful!)
  • hung out with my friends a lot and that was awesome.

to 2014… fewer books plz.

[WoW’s economy is] essentially unregulated [and so] will almost certainly be used as a venue for terrorist laundering and will, with certainty, be used for terrorist propaganda and recruitment.

- The best quotes from the NSA World of Warcraft surveillance papers - Kill Screen

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