sketchfest

The Weekender: SF Sketchfest

on Thursday, Jan. 24th

This is less of a “Weekender” and more of a “Fortnighter”, amirite?

And that, folks, is why I write about the San Francsico Sketch Comedy Festival and don’t perform in it.

SF Sketchfest starts tonight, and then continues through February 10th. That’s 18 days of best sketch, stand-up and general tomfoolery you can find in the country. For twelve years now the festival has been growing from a small line-up of shows to one of the defining parts of the SF Bay Area’s social calendar. But you don’t care about history, you care about the shows.

Basically, it’s everybody.

John Hodgman will be doing his Judge John Hodgman podcast live, The Thrilling Adventure Hour will put on their big old time radio-style show, Drew Carey has a show, there’s a Futurama live, Nick Kroll is performing… and that doesn’t even cover a quarter of Friday and Saturday.

For all intents and purposes: if there is a funny podcast that you like, it will be there. An alt-comedy superstar–roll with the oxymoron, just roll with it– they’re going to be on like six things.

And it keeps going. Like an Energizer rabbit powered by the laughter of dour tech sector employees who live joyless lives the other 49 weeks of the year.

Heck, next Wednesday they are even having a Portlandia tribute.

Just go with the knowledge that this is the only time of the year I really miss living in the Bay Area.

Oh, man… Pinky and The Brain will be there.

I hate you all.

Detail from the cover of Snow Crash.'

Bright, Bold Future: Magic Leap Has Hired The Godfather of The Metaverse

There’s a rapturous term thrown around by VR enthusiasts: “The Metaverse.” It is a term that comes from the seminal Neal Stephenson science fiction novel Snow Crash, where it described a kind of embodied virtual reality.

Sponsors

magicleap

In the looming battle of AR and VR the prize is your mind.

Let’s talk about augmented reality versus virtual reality shall we?

Corey McCall with the video game controller that measures the level of excitement in the player. Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

These Game Controllers Will (One Day) Read Your Mind

A version of this story airs on NPR/WBUR’s Here & Now.

oculus-crescent-bay-prototype2

Virtual Reality’s Future Hinges on Presence and Patience

There are two reoccurring themes in the reports out of this past weekend’s Oculus Connect developers conference in Hollywood.

ewok_full

The Dumbest Case Against Games Journalists You’ll Ever Hear

WARNING: Contains Opinions.

placeholder