A Shameless Minecraft Post

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Five years ago I did a post about Minecraft. It’s by far the most popular thing I’ve ever written on this site not because it was particularly good (it actually kinda sucks), but because something like 35% of the internet is dedicated to Minecraft.

Incidentally, the second most popular post I’ve written was about Disney buying Star Wars, so, y’know. Popular things are popular. That’s SEO, kids!

In my old post I made this foolish declaration:

No, I haven’t started playing Minecraft nor will I. The game, if you can call it that, seems like a gigantic time suck. It’s the sort of thing I could get into if I had unlimited time on this earth and didn’t feel guilty about such things.

About a month later I bought the game.

A lot has happened in five years – even just to Minecraft. Notch did not make the game open-source. He sold it to Microsoft for buckets of money. The game has continued to receive updates and is now available on pretty much every electronic device with a color screen. Minecraft merchandise is in nearly every retail space that sells stuff to kids or nerds or nerdy kids. And apparently there’s a movie in the works possibly with Steve Carell.

I hope he’s playing Steve.

I don’t really care about any of that. Minecraft has become essentially one thing for me: a replacement for Lego, K’nex, and all the other building toys I grew up with.

You know what? I was right. Minecraft is a huge time sink. In five years, I’ve gone from not playing at all to building all of this.

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My world from the “air”
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A skyline view of the same – or most of it

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The Workshop #9 – Even More Professional

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Dear listener: we at the Workshop Podcast feel that when we produce an episode, we are making a pact with our audience. A pact between our audience and their ears.

No! Sorry. That sounded way creepy.

We are making a pact with you, the listener, to produce the most professional, best content we possibly can. To show our renewed commitment to professionalism, we present these recent photos of us in suits.

Nothing says “professional” like a suit. And from these suit pictures, you can clearly see how professional and committed we are to you, the listener.

On today’s professional episode of The Workshop Podcast, we spend a surprising amount of time discussing sports and sports-related topics. Also featured: the shocking revelation of Eric’s (probably) real name, our city’s terrible nickname, warmed-over 90s jokes, and our plans for a dark, gritty Inspector Gadget reboot.

As part of our commitment to professionalism, I must note the following: while Eric correctly states that Matthew Broderick is in American Crime Story, I incorrectly assumed he was in the first season about O.J. Simpson. He is, however, in the second season which is about Hurricane Katrina and hasn’t been released yet. I have since watched this show and *now* I get the obsession. So we’ll probably talk about that in a future episode.

Happy Birthday, St. Louis!

The City of St. Louis is 250 years old today… maybe. Then again, it could have been yesterday.

Our city’s French founder, Auguste Chouteau, wrote the date in his diary, but authorities have gone back and forth about whether he wrote February 14th or 15th. Nobody’s quite sure which is the right date. Yay for bad handwriting!

I’ve lived in St. Louis, Missouri my entire life. Okay, technically I’ve lived in the suburbs of St. Louis and not the city proper, but we claim St. Louis residency and culture just the same.

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