New Episode! The Future of Gaming

Today, we’re going to be talking all about the future of gaming – and I’ve got just the right guest for it. Joining me today is none other than VICTOR LUCAS, the creator and host of Electric Playground, a show he started in 1995 and which ran on TV for over 25 seasons, reaching millions of viewers. It became the world’s longest running program focusing on gaming and geek-related news, reviews and commentary.

We’ll be digging into the biggest developments in gaming tech, what we can expect to see from VR/AR, the evolution of storytelling in games, the role of collaborative gaming, how developments in gaming impact other industries, and much more!

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Mind the Future: My new podcast

The one good thing that has come out of being stuck on my own during COVID-19… I’ve finally launched my podcast, MIND THE FUTURE.

The podcast series asks guests from the world of art, science, and technology to predict how what they do and love will look like as we fast forward into the future.

The first two episodes are now up and feature futurist Nikolas Badminton as well as PR/branding guru, Peter Shankman.  With Nikolas I discuss things like gene editing, smart drugs, and optimizing humans.  With Peter, we delve into how brands will communicate with their customers in the future, AI, working with neurologically diverse teams, and even uploading your brain.

So if you’re at all “intrigued,” please check out my channel on YouTube, and be sure to like, subscribe, and comment!

If you prefer to LISTEN, check out all the places you can download the audio only version of the podcast, here.

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How the Film & TV Industry Can Make a Safe Comeback During COVID-19

When the announcement came that production was shutting down, most crew members and talent were just about to get ready for the next scene.  Most were told that this would be a two week hiatus, with a wait-and-see approach. Two weeks turned into three. Then, a month.  There’s now a sense that productions won’t be back until June or July at the earliest. If even at all.

This has completely devastated the industry, with many living their lives in complete limbo.  It has also caused tremendous financial devastation for many. Those who could, applied for support from the government. But that support is very limited and the skills of those working in the audio-visual industry are rather specific to that field.   And it’s not like many employers are hiring anyways.

So many have begun asking… If we come back before a vaccine is developed, what will a film/TV set look like?  This is my hypothesis of what can be done to continue creating art and entertainment (that so many have turned to in these uncertain times!) whilst ensuring safety:

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From the archives: Michael Douglas

(Published in 2014)

Michael Douglas offers me water and ensures that I’m comfortable during our interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. Is there anything he could get me? I decline, but thank him, acknowledging that it’s very nice of him to offer. “I’m a very nice guy,” he responds. I point out that a nice guy wouldn’t say that. Oops.

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Find Travel Inspiration From These Five Eco-Minded Instagrammers

Looking for some travel inspiration? With Instagram, you can hold a mirror to our planet, its inhabitants and its cultural treasures. Some photos go beyond simple travel inspiration though. They can ignite a desire to change how we interact with the world around us and encourage us to make conscientious, sustainable choices on our journey.

With that in mind, here are five Instagram accounts you can follow to get hyped for your next eco-minded voyage.

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Make the Most of Your Flight Stopover

Don’t stress about small stopovers in your travel plans. Instead, think of them as mini vacations tucked into your existing one. Many airlines offer great deals if you’re willing to take on a flight stopover, so not only will you get to spend a day in a great destination you may not have gotten to visit otherwise, you’ll also save money. It’s a win-win.

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Five Air Travel Tips to Get You Through a Long Flight

Jetting off to an international destination? You’ll need some air travel tips to survive and even enjoy your long flight. Here are five:

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On Learning to Drive (and Trust)

“What took you so long to learn how to drive,” said the examiner as he got into the car, saddling himself next to me. No doubt, preparing for a bumpy ride.

But, indeed, what has taken me so long?

All these years, I’ve been quick to blame my reluctance to get behind the wheel on a general condition known as laziness. An affliction known to many, overcome by few. Further examination, however, revealed that something else was at the root. Fear.
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My Year: A (Very Brief) Recap

This hasn’t been the perfect year (is it ever?), but it’s certainly been a productive one. At the top of the year, I made some concrete plans. To my own chagrin, I kept many of them. As result, I’ve had many adventures. Continue reading

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‘Face Paint’ and Lisa Eldridge

I have to admit, I’ve always thought makeup or ‘face paint’ as something rather frivolous—or practical (since it’s so handy at hiding flaws from people with otherwise perfectly good vision). But then, as I learned more about it, I began to think about it differently too. (The shift begun when I was researching a story on makeup competitions for a theatre magazine—one of the privileges of being a writer is that you come to learn a lot about the most random things).

You see, in many ways, it’s art.  The canvas just happens to be different. And like art there’s much to it beyond just an expression of creativity. It can be very political, for example.

Recently, for FLARE, I interviewed London-based celebrity makeup artist and author of NYT best-seller Face Paint: The Story of MakeupLisa Eldridge.

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Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner & Other Writing Pursuits

It’s been a while since we talked. You, kind readers (all five of you), don’t deserve the silent treatment.  So I thought I’d share some of my most recent stories:

Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner on pushing 100, charming the FBI and falling in love again

The Hollywood legends may be in their 90s, but they’re all fired up. Carl trolls Trump, Dick still dances on rooftops – and they both want a gay president. - THE GUARDIAN

What’s real and fake in ‘The Americans,’ according to real-life spies

Tom Hiddleston on the Comic Chaos of High-Rise: ‘Dystopian Nightmares Are Manifestations of Our Fears’
The world of the ’70s-set class-warfare thriller doesn’t seem too different from our own

Bryan Cranston on Learning to Think Like a Spy
- The Science of Us, NY MAG

Sutton Foster on her Gilmore Girls character

British Columbia Reduces Production Incentives but Expects Little Impact


Feel Like a Movie Star at These 8 Cinematic Hotels

A Taste of Old New York

A Brief Survey of the World’s Most Decadent Hotel Amenities

California: Sweet Carmel looks even better at 100 (pg 68-69)

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Interview: David Duchovny – Mr. Positivity

Not too long ago, in the year 2015 (now but a distant memory), I got to chat with Mr. David Duchovny as he was in the throes of soundcheck for his musical performance that night. This resulted in a cover story for Montecristo Magazine.

It goes something like this…

David Duchovny doesn’t know why he suddenly decided to take up music, only that he had always wanted to play guitar. And so he picked up the instrument, initially, to amuse himself—on a whim. “It’s a total mystery to me,” he says, quipping: “It’s either that or buy a Porsche.” Taking up either endeavour would would be costly, but music seems to be the more rewarding fit at the moment.

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