Basement Jaxx, on their slow trek towards Junto, released “Never Say Never,” the 4th track on the album. They also released a music video that I’m not the most comfortable with, so I present the song to you via Soundcloud.

Junto is set to release on August 25 on all major digital retailers, with the standard and special editions currently available via and iTunes. (Hint: if you’re in America, go with iTunes. The difference between British pounds sterling and American dollars is astounding.)

I’m starting to realize that I am going to realize the pain that my mother feels as a Mets fan translated to my RBNY fandom. I said it to someone deciding who to support in MLS, and it’s finally hitting me. Right now, RBNY is the team everyone hates on, but given the hubbub around NYCFC, they’ll fade off and be the team that never really challenges. I hope that’s not the case, but I’ll take less abuse that way.

For Throwback Thursday, a thing that I typically avoid, a bunch of young people and a middle-age man play a really old children’s game show.

YouTube Brits, musicians Emma Blackery, Dan Howell, Phil Lester and psychologist-cum-comedian Dr. Stuart Ashen join some of the original cast of Knightmare, a children’s VR style game show from Britain in the late 1980s. As such, Dr. Ashen is the only one who would likely remember it, but they all still seem to have fun.

And, as a secondary fun fact, Stuart’s Vinnie Vole shirt, a reference to his days at the BBC doing Ashen’s Tech Dump (see here), is available for purchase on Etsy:

Continuity is always a challenge in a thirty-year-old franchise, but as long as people stay sensible about it, recognize the constraints and that it won’t ever be perfect, and treat it as fiction and not a religion, then we can all have fun. When the continuity matters more than the stories and themes, the saga will be over.
Karen Traviss, one of the three Legacy of the Force authors, whose work now is considered non-canon after the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm and all attached properties.

Apple CarPlay vs. Android Auto

This is mostly for my personal usage, but if you wish to, keep an eye here for a list of the vehicle manufacturers supporting these standards.

Abarth, Alfa Romero, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opal, Ram Trucks, Subaru, Suzuki, Volvo

Apple CarPlay:
BMW, Citroën, Citroën DS, Ferrari, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Toyota

Android Auto:
Acura, Bentley, Infiniti, Maserati, Renault, SEAT, Škoda, Volkswagen

My First Doctor


My first Doctor happened to be Paul McGann. My generation falls into the Doctor Who-less gap, and when I was in elementary school, I caught a rerun of the 8th Doctor’s movie. Of course, at the time, it gave me the heebie-jeebies. But it did cause me to come back later, and to see the 8th Doctor again in “Night of the Doctor” gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

For your delectation, my designs for a Night Vale Soccer Club in celebration of the World Cup.

The dark purple kit comes from the purples of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast art, as it informs most things in our universe that relate to Night Vale. I’m a fan of the Peru style of kit and it allows for a singular accent whilst also invoking the Western United States via the LA Galaxy.

The orange kit accents and socks come from StrexCorp’s orange, and as there is no orange ever specified, I went with a darker orange to compliment the dark purple. Since StrexCorp most likely has a controlling interest in the club (since they have a controlling interest in everything currently), it makes sense that their corporate branding would inform the branding of the club. (See Red Bull GmbH’s 3 clubs for that.)

The crest simply takes its crescent from the podcast art. We don’t have a lot of information about the culture of the area, so I went with the tried and true purple in the lighter shade, so as to avoid the logo blending into the kit. The crescent still manages to evoke a sense of “other” to the crest, even if it isn’t instantly recognizable.

I used Ubuntu Bold Italics for the StrexCorp wordmark, Big Noodle Titling for the crest and Adidas’ proprietary 2014 font for the player name, number and team name.

And now for potential questions from Night Vale persons:

Why StrexCorp instead of one of the more local brands?
I decided to use StrexCorp because of how big a deal they have been in the recent arc, and because of the size. Most club sponsors are major, multinational corporations, and StrexCorp fits the bill.

Why do you keep spelling it “StrexCorp” instead of the accepted lowercase “Strexcorp?”
It’s partially personal preference, but it’s also a result of the fact that “________Corp” type names are usually just a mash-up of the company name and Corporation, so the capitalization makes more sense that way.

This is horrible, I could do better!
That’s not really a question, but if you think you can (or if you just want to give it a shot), send me a message! I’ll send you some of the bits and bobs I used.

I’m a soccer/football fan and Night Vale fan. Can I buy this?
Unfortunately, no. As per Commonplace’s requests, I can’t provide this for sale. But if they wanted me to design something like this for them, I’d be more than happy to. I’d also put in more time and create the entire kit from scratch instead of just the color palate and crest.

Potential questions from soccer people:

Why did you pick Adidas as the kit manufacturer instead of [insert brand here]?
I picked Adidas as the manufacturer because the MLS has Adidas as the exclusive kit sponsor. As such, if Night Vale were to be somehow awarded a franchise, the kit would have to be Adidas. Plus, they have a rather handy kit maker, which made my life easier. I was prepared to make it entirely from scratch, but it would have taken forever. Plus, I’m good at the idea side of design, not so much the creation.

Why did you go with the shield and ribbon crest?
It tickled my fancy. Plus, the team name fits better on a ribbon than the circular crest, even if it would have evoked the eye of Night Vale.

Stephan Pastis and his off-color strip Pearls Before Swine got the guest appearance of a lifetime: Calvin & Hobbes author and artist Bill Watterson.

Pastis discusses the process on his blog, starting with one of his “IRL” strips. He then proceeds to send it to Watterson, who responds with a proposal to co-write and co-draw a set of 3 strips.

The arc marks Watterson’s first return to the newspapers of America since the end of Calvin & Hobbes in 1995.