Now that vaccinations are plentiful, it’s time to finally gather in person to say goodbye to Linda Mattingly.
Saturday June 5, 2021, 10:00am-1:00pm
Chapel in the Woods
1407 Moser Rd
Louisville KY 40299
The chapel seats 400 when it’s operating at full capacity, and the parking lot can hold 150 cars.
There will be a brief service at 11:00am.
Two new videos are online.
Achievement Unlocked: How to Get Promoted is a presentation I gave on career advice for SQL Saturday Minnesota (12/12/20). SQL Saturday is a worldwide recurring training (free unless you want to pay for their onsite lunch) primarily about databases, but also security, reporting, technology in general, and personal development. Look for one in a city near you at www.sqlsaturday.com.
Back of the Cereal Box with John Pyka (12/26/20). John Pyka is an author, a magician, a singer, a comedian, a game reviewer, a blogger and podcaster, an an IMPOSSIBILIST. Follow his channel at Back of the Cereal Box.
My lovely wife Linda passed away this weekend from an apparent stroke.
We met in Florida in 87 at a theater where she was acting.
I introduced myself and kissed her hand, so of course she melodramatically swooned.
We dated a week later, engaged a month later, and married a year later onstage in that very theater.
Her big heart and ready smile inspired all she met, and even taught a shy nerd like me how to open up, laugh, and live.
She’d been in a wheelchair and near-constant pain for the past twenty years or so…
…But now she’s finally free, and once again dancing and cartwheeling.
She had to give up her sign language interpreting for the church years ago because of her tremors…
…But now she’s enthusiastically praising the Lord with her hands (and putting her whole body into it) once again.
Helping others was incredibly important to her.
Most of you know that she was highly involved in a volunteer homeless outreach every Wednesday night, faithfully providing meals, blankets, socks, and more.
She’d want to ensure her mission continues, so if you’d like to help, please consider donating to The Forgotten Louisville, either via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to The Forgotten Louisville, 911 Southview Rd, Louisville KY 40214, or even by volunteering yourself, or otherwise caring for those around you.
I know she’d appreciate it.
Thanks, everyone, for all the support you’ve already shown us.
I love you all, and so did she.
From time to time, I go from place to place.
You can keep up with me on my tour page.
Usually, this is in person, but lately a lot of it has been online.
In two weeks, I’ll be preaching at the Origins Online game convention. (Update: The entire conference was canceled)
UPDATE: This has been canceled, and will be rescheduled.
I’ll post a followup once the new date is confirmed.
I’ll be teaching a workshop on how to use improv comedy techniques for security.
2801 S Floyd St #100
Across the street from Cardinal Stadium
Park in the numbered lot (free) on the corner of Boxley and Floyd!
Improv Comedy as a Social Engineering / Phishing / People-Hacking Tool
Have you ever gotten an “urgent call about you car warranty” or a demand that “you need to pay the IRS by credit card right now”? Social Engineering is the practice of talking your way into or out of situations, and is often employed by the underhanded, but can also be used to defend against those very attacks.
Forty-Eight Hour Film Project
On Friday night, each team draws a genre out of a hat (actually, each drawing has two genres, and the team picks the one they’d like to do). The final film must be 4 to 7 minutes long (credits at the end of the movie don’t count against the maximum time, unless the film would have been too short without them).
On top of randomly drawing a genre, each team has three required ingredients: a line, a prop, and a character. Even though each team gets its own genre, all teams share those same three ingredients. Our (and every team’s) ingredients were:
- Character: Tilden Kefauver, a best-selling author
- Prop: a ticket
- Line: “I’m not sure. Can I call a friend?”
This year, I was part of Company Outcast, a local theater/comedy company.
Our team included people that I’ve been friends with, like Rachel Allen (who I introduced to the 48HFP), Marcy Ziegler (leader of Company OutCast), Christie Troxell (who I’d met at my first 48HFP), Martin French (who I knew from the Alley Theater), and Victoria Wagner (who I’d met during OutCast‘s “Best Bits” show). Plus a bunch of new really cool people.
We drew Horror or Mockumentary. A mockumentary probably would have been a lot of fun, but we chose horror.
I’ve Got You Covered
Since our character Tilden was an author, and I had run a publishing company for several years, my job for the film was to put together some prop books for him to have at his signing.
All I had to go on was that it was a mystery book, with the title “Double Vision.” And I only had about four hours to design and print the cover, and assemble onto actual books.
By that point, I’d already designed at least a hundred book covers, but I’d never mocked up made a fake cover before – they’ve all been real book covers that were printed at a press to encase actual books. The finished product turned out fairly well.
I also ended up helping to block the daylight during a bar scene, by standing in front of the curtain. Since taking up space is one of my many talents, I spent an hour or so denying the sun while the crew filmed several scenes with multiple takes. During one of the shots I ended up in frame, just standing by the door crossing my arms, the company decided to credit me as a “Bouncer.” (Possibly since I already look somewhat horrifying.)
So now I have actual real-world experience as a pretend real bouncer. You’d better watch your step, buddy.
No One Knows
Here’s the film we completed.
(The description says Do Not Share, but now that the screenings, voting, and awards have happened, it’s all good.)
I was away at another conference during most of Gen Con, and only drove up for the Sunday church service.
Gen Con Worship Service
I first started holding Christian Gamers Guild church services at Gen Con back in 2002 (or maybe 2001). Several years ago, we got too big for the Convention Center (the biggest room they could give us there had a capacity of 200), so they moved us to a nearby hotel. Our current space is great, but it’s mildly inconvenient for Exhibit Hall vendors who need to get there by 10:00, since it’s a good 10-minute walk.
These days our services generally get around 250 people, which is our largest church service of the year. At smaller conventions, we might get 50 to 100.
You can see four video clips of the service here:
Here’s our program for the event.
I co-wrote the comedy skit stage show Company OutCast‘s Best Bits, a Monty Pythonesque revue and tribute.
They wanted to have a hymn parody, along the lines of the Python’s “All Things Dull and Ugly.” I put together this tour de farce based on “Amazing Grace,” but we ended up not using it in the show.
A Grazing Mace
A grazing mace twas but a scratch
that struck a knight like me
No man may pass upon this path
for I will smiteth he
A logging place where I could leap
from tree to mighty tree
I like to dress in women’s clothes
and go to the lavat’ry
A squawking face could speak and sing
if he had life like me
Norwegian blue could fly so free
but he has ceased to be
A fighting space lets me behave
I argue with our customers
if they have paid the fee
(c) Dave Mattingly, 2019