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drive-by blog post rec
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Captain Awkward has a really interesting post with, critically, additional discussion in the comments, about different communication styles: Ask (failure mode: Tell) and Offer (failure mode: Guess)—which, as an even later comment points out, is another way of talking about high-context v. low-context cultures. I found it really thought-provoking and useful.

And now, back to the never-ending war against entropy in the particular form of the kids' stuff.

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Welcome to Night Vale re-listen, episodes 1-4
Welcome to Night Vale (purple logo), Welcome to Night Vale
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I am mainlining Welcome to Night Vale in preparation for Arisia, and I was going to just keep notes for myself, but why not do this in public?

Assume spoilers for everything in comments.

Episode 1: Pilot (stream, transcript)

General Comments

Wow, this is rockier than I remembered. Much less Cecil-y in narration, e.g., the really DEEP DRAMATIC opening--which has maybe going a little too far in the opposite direction recently, but when people said that his voice put them to sleep, suddenly I see how.

(Other people have said he doesn't sound like an actual community radio host, but someone narrating a text; I don't know what an actual community radio host sounds like, but I figured it was just character development.)

If it weren't for Carlos I'd suggest people skip this. Actually I think people probably should still skip this and then if they like episode 2, come back to marvel at how that's really text and not subtext at all about Carlos (that's actually why I started listening, because I'm so used to fans viewing things through slash goggles I couldn't believe that Cecil's crush was really that definite and non-comic).

(Also, I'm trying to listen to all the weathers, but this song defeated me, it's just painful.)

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Episode 2: Glow Cloud (stream, transcript)

General Comments

Oh, that's much better. Cecil is still more subdued than later but is more flexible and emotional, there's something like a plot, or at least a governing subject, and the weather is iconic. I would definitely say people should start here.

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Episode 3: Station Management (stream, transcript)

General Comments

Not bad but not as fun as the prior for me; I know the creators hate Lovecraft and disclaim conscious influence by him but regardless, this one feels rather Lovecraftian to me, which is also not my favorite either, plus the acting and the sound effects don't click for me and I HATE the Carlos stuff in this one.

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Episode 4: PTA Meeting (stream, transcript)

General Comments

Also not my favorite; the PTA meeting stuff is fine, but introduces one of my least favorite characters, Michael Sandero, and some of the satire feels a smidge too on-point.

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