It’s Business Time (timotheories September 2016)

 

Do you ever find that you’re drawn to certain kinds of music, films, and foods when the weather starts to turn? And I’m not talking about commercially viable options, but the obscure memories you’ve cultivated because they remind you of specific feelings?

I may have already written about this idea once this month, but September is usually my personal time of reflection, and when I begin to sing my own redemption song.

For instance, if I find that I’m out of balance I’ll begin to pick up certain good habits that I dropped – Whether it’s reading more, practicing good sleep hygiene or even maintaining an exercise routine, September is that time when timotheories is all about pulling up bootstraps and getting down to business. It’s business time after all, especially because I’m gearing up for the Superbowl of retail.

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After all dear readers, this is the time of year when it starts to get cold, the hot beverages come out, and the covers go up to add an extra special layer of cloudlike warmth and comfort.

If you’re not sure what I’m eluding to, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered students. We’ve already had a post explaining why Alan Moore destroyed the superhero long before Hollywood got their hands on it, how art school changed my perspective on New Years, a preview of this month’s feature artist interview, and some other cool reviews. Oh and did I mention we summarized a summary on self-help books?

September is shaping up nicely. Time to give you an overview.

But we need to get the disclaimer out of the way, then we can dive right on in and go over the schedule.

*Disclaimer* As always, every week I purchase an album and movie one week ahead of the actual review release and while I have the best intentions, I don’t always get what I want… so if you follow me on instagram (@timotheories) you can actually see what’s coming.

timotheories summarized – September

Stimulating Sundays – (09/04) Ryan Andrade preview interview, (09/11) Ryan Andrade interview, (09/18) Cross Talk Ep. 9, (09/25) Megan Warkentin interview
Melodic Mondays – (09/05) Glass Animals, (09/12) Angel Olsen, (09/19) July Talk, (09/26) Beyonce
Theatrical Tuesdays – (09/06) The Jungle Book, (09/13) Love & Friendship, (09/20) Captain America: Civil War, (09/27) TMNT: Out Of The Shadows
Wisdom Wednesdays – (09/07) 1000 Self-Help Books Summarized, (09/14) Gary D. Chapman, (09/21) Exercise, (09/28) Brian Lee O’Malley
Timely Thursday – (09/01) Art School (Back to School), (09/08) timotheories September, (09/15) Harvest, (09/22) Nuit Blanche (Petite Nuit) (09/29) Artwork Update

The year of all killer, no filler continues friends! Nothing quite like laying it all on the line and getting right to the point. Without this strategy I wouldn’t be able to reinvigorate the weekly grind quite so easy.

Cross Talk continues to evolve of course. Now that we’ve got Singh on as a regular cast member, we’re going to begin the slow trek into a weekly format, but for now we’ll continue to release one episode a month. Episode 9 could be about death, personality, globalization or film snobs, you’ll just have to stay tuned in…

Surprise, surprise though, as I’ve decided to put together not one but TWO artist interviews for you folks this month. Ryan Andrade will be talking with me about balance, and then Megan Warkentin will get into exploration, which is why I wasn’t able to slot her in last month.

And of course I sound like a broken record, but I really do have something coming together for Just In Time Games, but we’re still not quite there yet.

And those are all of the theories I can come up with for now friends. Please leave some comments, to let us know what you want to see in coming months and subscribe to the blog too!

Tim!

Is There Any Way To Make It Play Itself? (Real Time Games update)

A few months back I wrote a niche post about an idea we have at timotheories.

I put it fairly directly at the time, and it still rings true, but I’ll expand on that idea today. The idea was one that might be obvious, but like many obvious ideas, it should be repeated. BECAUSE it’s important – Board games have been associated with children, fun, and idle time for a few decades, but the truth is that not only are they a lot of fun, they are now absolutely useful and necessary in our culture.

And they will continue to be a key feature of life as we become more reliant on digital tech to work, communicate, and conduct most affairs in our personal lives.

The reason for this need is that board games do something that is really is important for human beings, but which cannot be achieved via digital tech. Direct human contact.

See a little light bulb just went off, didn’t it?

But before we continue, we should clarify that much like realm of advertising, which is a component of marketing, and not a root word, board games are a facet of something larger and should be used in context. As dogs are to mammals, board games are a type of table top gaming.

Table top gaming can refer to games played with dice, cards, on a board, with tiles, timers, miniatures, wargames, and any other variation that would be done on a flat surface. Which is what separates them from live action role-playing games, video games or sports games. Which is why I would make the argument that playing sports or playing video games in the same room as your friends works decently well too. But video games aren’t made that way any more

As for the politics surrounding chance for strategy in table top gaming, let’s not get into that today.

This is where Real Time Games came into the fold – Real Time Games, as I’ve mentioned before, is about people and sharing the joy of board games with them. My brother Ryan and I set up a weekly gaming group so that we could ensure that we spread the message, so-to-speak, about the hundreds of hobby games now available and which have slowly been cropping up since the turn of the century.

Nowadays, there are all kinds of hobby websites, YouTube channels, brick-and-mortar stores, and organizations that help promote this niche industry. But the proletariat are less versed in culture shift that needs to take place.

Yes, it’s happening, but ever-so-slowly, which is ironic given the motility we are supposed to have with the current technology at our fingertips.

And so we play different games every week, with the intent of sharing the social value of the games that we play. And my original plan was to develop a video series for Real Time Games wherein we discussed the value of said games via a standard table top review. But it occurred to me that that wasn’t a realistic use of Ryan’s time, and he wasn’t comfortable getting in front of the camera to declare expertise. So the idea sat, and ruminated for 6 months or so.

But now it looks like I have found a new partner in crime, and so Real Time Games evolves to become more timely delivering content to those who are using technology but looking for analog connection.

So please stay tuned as that idea unfolds. Because we’ll be discussing the latest and greatest at Edmonton’s new hot spot, The Gamer’s Lodge. I’m not going to reveal any more, since I’m out of theories for today, but stay tuned as I work with my new partner to set up this regular service and help flesh out our community.

Tim!

Behind The Theories (timotheories June 2016)

Well we finally made it! We’re now into the 6th month of the year and I’ve got another fantastic monthly update for you, dear readers!

Yes, it’s time to unveil the show and give you a sneak peek of things to come in the month of June. We’ve already started things off right with a post about the importance of plans, and I think it’s a great indicator of the continued quality we are able to offer at timotheories.

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Before we get into the schedule though, I need to share my disclaimer with you. It’s old hat but always important as I don’t want to disappoint.

*Disclaimer* As always, every week I purchase an album and movie one week ahead of the actual review release and while I have the best intentions, I don’t always get what I want… so if you follow me on instagram (@timotheories) you can actually see what’s coming.

Great! Now we can get into the thick of it. And of course I’ve included the week of May 29-June 4 as a reference point, though you’ve already read my review on Eric Clapton’s new record and we’re in the midst of today’s post:

Stimulating Sundays – (06/05) David Wiens interview, (06/12) Cross Talk Ep.6, (06/19) Formalist Art, (06/26) Just In Time Games
Melodic Mondays – (06/06) Holy Fuck, (06/13) Paul Simon, (06/20) The Veronicas, (06/27) Radiohead
Theatrical Tuesdays – (06/07) Love In The Time of Monsters, (06/14) Zootopia, (06/21) 10 Cloverfield Lane, (06/28) Midnight Special
Wisdom Wednesdays – (06/01) Plan to Make Plans, (06/08) Multi-Tasking, (06/15) George Orwell, (06/22) Why You Must Keep A Journal, (06/29) Snopes
Timely Thursday – (06/02) timotheories June, (06/09) Nextfest, (06/16) Father’s Day, (06/23) The Works, (06/30) The Fast & The Furious

The year of all killer, no filler continues friends! Now I should warn you, I do have something extra special planned with the interviews going forward, and because we feature interviews on Sundays, I may or may not be pushing a few things around in the Sunday and Thursday posts to accommodate the influx of international artist Q&A opportunities, but more on that when it comes up.

This month’s Cross Talk is going to be an interesting one as Chris and I talk about how fandom can impact film and influence studio direction, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad.

You won’t want to miss it.
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And of course the David Wiens interview is forthcoming; now that will be a fantastic entry into the fold of existing timotheories interviews. It’s my most precise and informative interview yet, and with a sculptor of light, no less.

And now we’ve covered it all, my friends. Or have we?

I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but seriously been working the format over on the tabletop gaming series and I now have a serious partner to host with, and an excellent local location to shoot the videos, and it’s just in time.

And those are all of the theories I can come up with for now friends.

Please leave some comments, to let us know what you want to see in coming months and subscribe to the blog too!

Tim!