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Doctor Mysterian

<p>The future of mass entertainment.</p> I’m so board in the USA

Omaha is at the start of a national trend. Soon, board game bars and cafes will open throughout America, offering access to hundreds or even thousands of games for a small fee. Teams will form, and leagues, and a board-game craze will sweep the country. There will be YouTube channels exclusively devoted to watching skilled board game players compete with each other, and the best will go pro. Board games will start...

Heartland Healing

2015.04.27-2 Happy Dirt is Nature’s Prozac

Recently we wrote about the human proclivity to kill everything. We called the cause of this behavior, “biophobia” or a fear of life. We stomp on bugs, sometimes just because we can. We hunt giant mammals and shoot them for sport. We kill other humans for a variety of reasons. And everywhere, we try to eliminate every bacteria or virus we possibly can in the mistaken belief that it will keep us safe and healthy. The...

Doctor Mysterian

<p>Get ready for a lot of reading.</p> The Long Tale

We are entering an era of extremely long-form storytelling. While there was a time when a three-hour movie was considered long and a 600-page book was considered enormous, we are now in a time when stories can be told in a variety of formats as an ongoing concern. These will not be like the stories of old, where a television soap opera might run 20 years and tell hundreds of stories. Instead, the stories will be...

Heartland Healing

2015.04.21-2 Blinded by the Light

It took only a few seconds for me to realize it. I was lying in bed in the wee hours, staring at late night movies on TV. Most everyone in the music business in Los Angeles in the ‘70s and ‘80s knows the stare, the insomnia trance. Light from the TV was piercing my brain, not helping at all. But then I tossed a glance at the TV’s reflection in the bedroom window and noticed my eyes relaxed right away. Back to the...

Doctor Mysterian

<p>We will all sing songs about crows.</p> Heavy nettle

A new genre of pop music is about to emerge called "heavy nettle." Despite its name, the music will tend to be folk-based and very twee, and it will concern itself with the natural world. Songs will typically detail, in almost storybook fashion, the day-to-day activities of, say, a fox, or list various strange sea creatures, or discuss the strange intelligence of corvids.

Unsurprisingly, in this era of increased...

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