Happy Halloween! / by Andy Stoltz

Hey where’d you go?

I just spent the last couple of weeks traveling around Arizona. It has in a way brought me back to my college thesis which discusses how we relate to scale and I realized I have never mentioned anything about that here. Basically my concept was that we all relate to scale differently, just as we relate to what’s possible and this matters because how its presented in the world says a whole heck of a lot about our society.

For example some places in developing countries will have these massive tangles of wires on their telephone poles as over time more and more homes have become networked in. Those wires have never been managed to look like the neat tidy telephone poles we’re accustomed to. Someone may believe that there is no other way to supply those utilities to a densely populated area but the truth is that the scale of that power grid and the scale of our own are roughly the same.

The Mountains in the Western United States as compared to the Eastern United States always reminds me of how scale is relevant to everyone based on their life experience. Consider the massive difference in scale, how we use trees as a point of reference for scale in New Hampshire, and that the scale for a place like Arizona is now tough low lying scrubs. You will very quickly realize that what you initially believed to be a short distance is really miles upon miles.

What’s going on now?

I’m still streaming fairly regularly, sometimes games and sometimes art projects. I’ve accumulated over 40 hours of time spent streaming content in the past month! The channel is twitch.tv/paparhombus and it’s mostly art and multiplayer games right now with loads of commentary but I want to also start playing different tabletop games with strong story-telling elements.

BTW ~ This Halloween the theme is skeletons! I’m dawning a flight suit and dressing as Top Gun Skeleton (it’s very last minute).

Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction, AZ: Meg and I got a little off track in the wilderness coming on nightfall. Fortunately I befriended a veteran adventurer who helped show us the way.

Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction, AZ: Meg and I got a little off track in the wilderness coming on nightfall. Fortunately I befriended a veteran adventurer who helped show us the way.