have now been sick for three weeks with some kind of Captain Tripps-wannabe cold. was getting better at the beginning of the week but on wednesday it roared back with a vengeance, like some kind of insidious Downton Abbey/Lavinia Swire virus cosplay. Can viruses and bacteria cosplay? 

Sinus pressure is making me so loopy, I just typed a sentence about viruses and bacteria cosplay.

Send ramen. 

I better get well in time for Gilmore Girls, dammit.


The White House sent a secret “hotline”-style message to Russia on Oct. 31 to warn against any further cyber-meddling in the U.S. election process. Russia didn’t escalate its tactics as Election Day approached, but U.S. officials aren’t ready to say deterrence worked.

The previously undisclosed message was part of the high-stakes game of cyber-brinkmanship that has been going on this year between Moscow and Washington. How to stabilize this relationship without appearing to capitulate to Russian pressure tactics is among the biggest challenges facing President-elect Donald Trump.

The message was sent on a special channel created in 2013 as part of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, using a template designed for crisis communication. “It was a very clear statement to the Russians and asked them to stop their activity,” a senior administration official said, adding: “The fact that we used this channel was part of the messaging.”

According to several other high-level sources, President Obama also personally contacted Russian President Vladimir Putin last month to caution him about the disruptive cyberattacks. The senior administration official wouldn’t comment on these reports.

Hey, look! It’s another Transmedia debate!

Sometime yesterday, my feed starting being deluged with links to essays about transmedia. “Wow! Is it 2009 again?,” I thought. Nope, but it turns out that Immerse picked up a blog post Andrea wrote last month and then asked a few people to write their responses.  I haven’t seen so many people discussing their own definitions of transmedia since before we lost Brian Clark

Check out smart people being smart about transmedia:

Andrea’s original provocation: “What’s Happened To Transmedia”

Godfather of transmedia, Henry Jenkins, takes the academic tack 

The brilliant Caitlin Burns reflects on her front row seat to the transmedia “scene”

Alex Fleetwood finds the term outdated, while reflecting on Perplex City.

Christy Dena, our first transmedia PhD, think transmedia is doing just fine as it enters adolescence. 

Lance Weiler pushes for more empathy.

Ramona Pringle thinks transmedia is now our way of life.

Sue Ding critiques the motivation behind many non-fiction transmedia projects 


After conducting focus groups with hundreds of boys and young men, ranging from 11 to 18 years old, the recurring themes were crystal clear. Boys at the younger end of the spectrum told us that, while they did sometimes want to discuss how they were feeling, they were prevented from doing so out of fear of ‘banter.’ They were almost certain, they told us, that any kind of emotional confession would result in ‘piss-taking’ and that, by the end of the day, the entire school would know.

Older teenage boys expressed similar sentiments with regard to ‘banter,’ but were (ironically enough) actually bantering with one another while they were telling us this. We asked them, if they hated it so much, why they were communicating with one another in this way. They replied that this was, simply, their only blueprint for man-to-man communication. That every man they knew—their dads, brothers, uncles, every other boy in their school—spoke to each other in this way.

Natasha Devon, Boys and mental health: How do you solve the problem of ‘banter?’

(via breakingtheboycode)