Monthly Archives: January 2011

What is your stance on password sharing with significant others?

I’m sort of continuing with my data privacy rant from Friday, but this time I want to bring it around and talk about another privacy aspect. This comes up every once in a while in conversations, and my opinion usually … Continue reading

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Data Privacy Day

Today is the official Data Privacy Day. Since I was supposed to be teaching my class yesterday, I wanted to take a few minutes and tell my fledgling trans-humans about privacy. You see, as they offload more and more of … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block Strikes Back with Vengence

Most people who write a lot are probably familiar with this feeling. You sit down at a blank page, put your hands on the keyboard and you can’t think of a damned thing you want to write about. Of course … Continue reading

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The Future Shocked Grandpa Syndrome

Is there some neurological process related to aging that makes people future shocked and fearful of technology at some point in their lives? Is this going happen to me too? I am seriously concerned at this point – I’m going … Continue reading

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Batman: Arkham Asylum

There are two kinds of superhero games out there: ones which are based on recent Hollywood movies and ones that are not. The games in the first category all suck, with no exceptions. The ones in the second category can … Continue reading

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House of Suns by Alastair Raynolds

I picked up House of Suns by Alastair Raynolds for two reasons. One of these reasons was that his name reminded me of this guy: The other reason, was equally or slightly more important but I managed to forget what … Continue reading

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More on UI design: I got my dad a Kindle

I got my dad a Kindle for his birthday. It is a great little device, and he loves it so far. He even remarked that it is actually more comfortable to use than a traditional dead tree book. The current … Continue reading

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Amnesia: Dark Descent

Do you remember any of my armchair game design posts? More specifically my Stealth Survival Horror game idea? Guess what? Someone made that game, and it is called Amnesia: Dark Descent. This happened to me before once. In January I … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on UI design

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve been messing with OS X lately and I must say one thing: this is a pretty well designed UI right there. You can say a lot of bad things about Apple and their … Continue reading

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So I inherited a Mac

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you have probably noticed that I frequently take in very old computers and do stuff with them. I got a lot of use from the ancient Compaq Presario 1240 which … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead (TV Series)

I often complain about Network Decay (warning, tv tropes). It seems to be a natural process in which niche TV networks abandon their roots, and change their programming in order to pander to the lowest common denominator. This is the … Continue reading

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Illium and Olympos by Dan Simmons

The Illium series is Dan Simmons’ other, much under-appreciated book cycle. Everyone seems to know and love his Hyperion novel which is just exceptional. It is imaginative, interesting, combines several different narrative styles, and has inexplicable central mystery. Simmons wrote … Continue reading

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Game Queue and New Year Blog Topics

Happy January everyone. It’s time for me to make vague promises and/or threats about the direction of this blog. I vaguely remember doing this soft of thing last year. In lieu of new years resolutions I will tell you what … Continue reading

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