An Interactive Fiction Experiment.
I built this game (really more of a brief experimental, interactive fiction of the choose-your-own-adventure variety) using Twine, which bills itself as an "open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories." The interface was intuitive and the execution was quick. Download and play it in your browser. Like me, you might find it's a difficult choice...
Meanwhile, at the bar... Daedalus Howell's down and out reporter mulls the contents of an empty notebook... and a glass. This html-based choose-your-own-adventure story opens in your browser and encourages you to explore the mind-wiping infinitude of a Lumaville tavern.
You see, kids, there used to be this thing called MTV. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Lost & Found Pages
When I lived in Los Angeles, I would frequently discover stray screenplay pages littering the streets. I saved them all and with my ArtsID co-host Gretchen Giles, am pleased to present a staged reading of these pages, complete with cast and soundtrack provided by the fine folks of KRCB 91 FM, Cotati, CA.
Since I had no idea who wrote these pages, they have no idea that their work, or at least part of it, has been performed and immortalized in this recording. If you happen to be the writer of one of these specimens, by all means, drop me a line – I'd love to hear your side of the story.
Lost Roomba: An Artificial Intelligence Purity Project
This was an interesting experiment in virality, the details of which I'll share here soon. In the meantime, this was a fun play on contemporary anxieties regarding artificial intelligence. AI also features in the Lumaverse – first in the form of JCN, who makes his initial bow in Quantum Deadline and is the sidekick of the titular character in J00D. I share some of my notions on AI in my essay, I, Replicant: Artificial Intelligence and Me, and in the short film Farewell, My Android.
This experiment was conceived with Karen Hell after half a bottle of wine as a means of professing my love for my Roomba.
We used the Burner app for iPhone to create "Gil's Roomba Hotline." We poured through the available numbers, using PhoneSpell.org, which indicates what a particular phoner might spell. By permitting an "extra" digit, or a "Y" in our ase, "707-AI-Purity" leaped out as something with which we could work. Besides the well known "Artificial Intelligence" abbreviation, the word "purity" had a particular resonance since we had recently seen a documentary on Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (Jack D. Ripper's "purity of essence" monologue being a highlight – "our precious bodily fluids!" – two Kubrick movie references in one).
The next step was integrating the AI Purity concept into the text of the flier. This was achieved using the old acrostic poetry form – the first letter of every sentence spells "AI Purity," which is echoed by the tear-off numbers below. "Acrostic" would be the first clue offered to those who called the number, which was relayed via computer voice "Alex" via the Free Online Tone Generator site.
Karen decided the flier would have more verisimilitude if written by hand with a Sharpie pen, which she did. Then it was a trip to FedEx Kinkos for copies.
Then a post to Instagram and Facebook (1200+ views at present writing). The Next Door online community for the neighborhood really embraced it.
Meditation for Commuters
"I am Clover, that is my vision name. My totem animal is the skink. This is my podcast for mindful driving, 'Meditation for Commuters.' Episode One: Traffic. Take a few minutes of bliss to teach yourself how meditate while driving. Note: Please KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. DO NOT ATTEMPT ON THE 405."