Monthly Archives: September 2011

Magica: Game about Spell Casting

Like most of you, I have watched enough Magica game play videos to make me want to check it out. I picked it up on the cheap during one of Valve’s countless steams sales because that’s what you do these … Continue reading

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Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge

Guess what time it is kids? It’s time for a book review! We haven’t had one of these in a while. Stop whining! I’m giving you good SF titles to read here. I’m enriching your lives. So you are gonna … Continue reading

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Bad Habits

I don’t usually steal posts, but when I do I steal them from foreign language blogs. It’s almost like original content, right? Most of you can’t really read it, so I could probably easily get away with plagiarism this way. … Continue reading

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Friday post was eaten by a grue

Apparently there is a grue living in my closet, and it ate my Friday blog post. Yes, I know, it’s 2011 and a self respecting grue should not be in the closet, and no one will judge it if it … Continue reading

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Worst Video Game Tropes: Stripped and Weaponless

What is your least favorite video game trope? I have a whole list, top of which are the damn invisible walls around the game world. I understand why these walls are there – after all, you can’t just have endless … Continue reading

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The Firewall Saga: Part 7

It has been almost a week since Steve’s visit. My daily interactions with Verizon have settled into a very predictable pattern. Every afternoon I get an “unexpected” visit from an on-site tech. I explain the problem is not local, and … Continue reading

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How do you edit documents?

This whole week has been a bit of kilter. I am sleep deprived, already falling behind schedule with my lesson plan and generally distracted. Also, I think I will have some new stories for the mostly true category – but … Continue reading

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The Firewall Saga: Part 6

On the last episode of The Firewall Saga we met Steve – a peculiar Verizon technician who turned out not to be the “Network Specialist” we were promised. I managed to co-opt him into a crazy plan of getting the … Continue reading

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The Firewall Saga: Part 5

Welcome to the penultimate yet another installment of the Firewall Saga (it was supposed to be penultimate but it did not work out that way). If you haven’t been following it, please try to catch up. It will make more … Continue reading

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Deux Ex – Early Impression

I’m going to keep this relatively short because I have only spent around 15 hours playing the game, and I’m really not that far into it. So far, however I can tell you that the game is great. The setting … Continue reading

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Useful Malware Removal and Diagnostics Tools

Since I blew my entire weekend exuding hate towards car salesmen (weekends are when I queue my posts), here is another quick and easy post. This time it is a list. Lists are cool, right? If you recall, not so … Continue reading

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Best Online Project Sites / Source Code Repositories

This was officially one of the worst weekends of my life. I have spent the 3 day holiday shopping for a new automobile, and enduring one high pressure sales pitch after another. But you probably don’t want to listen to … Continue reading

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Crysis 2: The Game that Bored me to Tears

Against my better judgment I tried playing Crysis 2. I mean, it’s a popular game, right? Millions of people bought it, played it and raved about it online. Millions of people can’t be wrong, right? Oh wait… Never mind. Millions … Continue reading

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