Magic, Mario and Molecular Dance Parties

One of the best things about video games and nerd culture in general is that everyone cares way, way too much about things like canon, narrative and settling debates about… everything. Or maybe just the having debates. I don’t know. I’m not a very good nerd.

It gets even better when people who create these things actually embrace these ridiculous discussions and answer questions about them. For example, here’s Nintendo wizard and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto answering some “burning questions” about the Mario series. Here’s my favorite:

Q: Mario has been a boxing referee, a doctor, an Olympian, and a carpenter. Are all these official careers in Mario lore? If he has a medical degree, why does he continue his plumbing business?

Shigeru Miyamoto: There’s really only one rule in terms of the things that Mario does. Generally, it’s that he’s more on the blue-collar side. He’s hard-working, and certainly much more physical in nature. So, I think that a doctor is sort of an unexpected and perhaps unbelievable role for Mario. Perhaps the Dr. Mario you’re thinking of was maybe, in some way, not necessarily legitimate.

Either Miyamoto is implying that Mario has a doppelganger practicing medicine illegally using his good name, or that Mario himself was solving puzzles with medicine he was not trained to perform. Whatever. Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine was better, anyway.

You’re definitely going to want to read this so you understand what’s going on here. Unless you like Cypress Hill that much.

J.K. Rowling has a new book coming out tomorrow that’s supposed to be far from her Harry Potter roots.

The New Yorker has a 9,300-word piece about Rowling, which is actually one of the first things I’ve ever read about the author. Yes, I’ve read every Harry Potter book and yes, they’re good, but I’ve never really invested that much into Rowling herself.

Even after reading that, I’m not sure what to think. Either way, it’s an interesting look at someone who avoids press in almost all circumstances. If you’ve invested all those hours into reading the books, you should probably take a few minutes and read about the lady behind them.

Also, someone convince her not to become the George Lucas of the children’s publishing world. No one wants that.

Speaking of sequels…

You know, just in case you couldn’t keep all these sequels straight.

I wrote something on Wrap Around Curl about hockey yesterday. Go check it out if you like horses and spandex.

SB Nation got an overhaul this week, including some Buffalo-based sites that are looking pretty fancy these days. I’m a really big fan of the visual-heavy look many blogs—this one included—are migrating towards these days. We’ve come a long way from the same four Blogger templates everyone had a few years ago, and it’s great to see a major network like SB Nation put the work in on a major upgrade.

It’s also good to hear they will start publishing more longform pieces, complete with their own unique layout and style. The first piece they put up this week looks incredible. I know I’m a sucker for good visuals, but I’m excited to see what they can do with the tools in place.