the one where i post about E3
That sinus thing I had last week is trying very hard to move into my chest. Im exhausted after being awake for three hours, and my cough gotten . . . well, I'll spare you the details. Guess I have to go see the doctor, after all. Dammit.
I spent the entire day down at E3 with Xeni and a kick ass posse or ultranerds, doing a story for NPR's Day to Day on the intersection of Hollywood and the video game industry. It should run tomorrow, and I can't wait to hear it — we got so much great material, it's a shame we'll have to cut so much of it out. It's a good argument for podcasting: since a podcast is always going to be timeshifted, it can be as long or as short as you want it to be. (Speaking of podcasting, I listened to Card Club on Lord Admiral Radio on the way down and back. It's the first poker podcast I've heard, and I really liked it.)
As usual, E3 was so crowded and loud, I had a very hard time separating the substance from the style. It's sort of like being in a giant venn diagram of sound effects, game monitors, music, lights, props, 50,000 decibel game demos, people talking, and the occasional booth babe. The problem is, everyone is trying to be louder than everyone else, so after about 20 minutes in the South hall (which is more crowded and therefore louder than the West hall) all I wanted to do was leave, or at least put on some noise cancelling headphones.
I know I saw some cool stuff, because I said something like, "Hey, that's cool!" But the cold medicine and that really neat exhaustion I feel made it very hard for me to actually absorb it.
The best part of the day was how I got there and home: on the Metro Line. It's rare that the MTA can conveniently (read: without riding a bunch of different busses and taking three times as long as it does to drive) get me where I need to go, but the convention center is one of those places. I really enjoy taking Metro, and I hope that Los Angeles will leap into the 20th century and continue to expand light rail and subway service.
I have to go lie down for about 65 hours now, or until my ears stop ringing, whichever takes longer.