How many of the 600 or so attendees to AHS11 at UCLA weren't shocked by the appearance of J. Stanton? ...Mohawk? Long! ....Why?
...We did covered Gnolls in the interview. Spotted Hyena based creatures that, if it could talk to humans—as they non-magiacally can in The Noll Credo—would almost certainly find us less repulsive if we wore....mohawks. My story. Sticking to it. What I didn't know is that it was already a fantasy creature. Which is better, really. It had a certain following or popularity already, and J. exploited it.
J. is a joy to have around. ...A little story. He emailed me when he was leaving South Lake Tahoe and gave me an ETA. An hour after that ETA had passed, I wondered what had happened. But, before I wondered too much, he showed up. Turned out, he was a first responder for a guy on a very big motorcycle who'd had the misfortune of having it slide out from under him around the 8,730 ft summit of Ebbetts Pass. J. had to make sure all was alright, helped him right his huge bike, gave him all his water, and that was that.
...And you get to learn the story. I doubt J. would ever tell it on his blog. ...He didn't even tell me until I got a bit of whiskey into his system.
There was not a moment of silence in the place from when he got there, to 2am; recommencing at about 9am or so. We did 2 takes of the interview, and due to tech problems with the first, we went totally with the second.
This is the first time I've tried to mash video from 2 cameras together. We had mine on a tripod, and Beatrice shot various clips at various angles—and at various zoom—and I integrated a lot of those clips. I'm a total amateur; so for one, instead of a uniform audio recording, it's audio from each camera. Attempting to use audio from the one and trying to split, replace video, and sync was just far too much. But I think that in the end, it's pretty amazing what a single guy with two cameras can do with a little tech in a few hours. This was millions of dollars worth of equipment when your annoying teenage daughter was born.
We covered a lot of ground in what comes out to 27 minutes and change.
- The Gnoll Credo, his book, how it's a fantasy without magic, and how it relates to our paleo/primal dispositions, even in social spheres.
- His blog, gnolls.org. What's his purpose? Why so sciency?
- Foord reward/palatability vs. Low Carb.
- Must the science be settled before you can play hopscotch with your life?
- AHS11 and AHS12.
I'll try to get up an audio only version in a day or so. In the meantime, here's the video, at our cabin in the Sierras, from the deck.
Here's audio only:
Come join us both at AHS12. If you want to, but can't get tickets, come and picket the place....and make sure you have the nefarious names of Brent Pottenger and Aaron Blaisdell clearly visible on your signs. They are responsible for creating far too much success too soon, with insufficient capacity.