Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Saturday, March 30

Cool

Where Is The Update?

Gotcher update right here.

more...

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Thursday, March 28

Cool

Spoilers!

No, seriously, if you haven't watched through at least the end of Series 6 of Doctor Who (2011), this will spoiler everything.

If you have watched through the end of Series 6, well, allons-y!

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Wednesday, March 27

Geek

Slow Release

The current XKCD amounts to the world's slowest animated GIF.*  It's a seaside scene that's been playing out for more than a day.  

Now the sandcastle has a little bridge.

Update: There's a new XKCD up now, but the previous one is still going at the link above.

Update: Still going!  That is one fancy sand castle!
 

* It's actually handled server-side, and with a 256-bit hash for the filename so you can't look ahead, but...

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Tuesday, March 26

Cool

Still Life With Soup

Because soup is awesome.™

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Thursday, March 21

Cool

Squee!

My Kickstartled copy of Erfworld and accompanying red dwagon plushie arrived today. And I just discovered - before it was too late, for a change - this:



We need to get this to $1 million and hold him to that Jurassic Park pledge.

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Wednesday, March 20

Geek

Nexi

I have my Nexus 4 and 10 now, which gives me the full suite of current Nexi.

Quick impressions (and in the case of the Nexus 7, slow impressions):

Nexus 4: Fine size for a phone, but too small to do anything interesting with Android.  Good clear screen.  Haven't tried the camera yet.

Nexus 7: Possibly the perfect size for a tablet for reading, games, and many utilities, though too small for comics, text books, or comfortable web browsing.  Needs a faster CPU and a higher resolution screen, and a lot more storage.  I'd like to try an 8" tablet if one can be made with the extra size but no extra weight.

Nexus 10: Superb screen.  Just wonderful.  And the speed improvement over the Nexus 7 is very noticeable - everything is faster and more fluid.  Unfortunately, its size makes it heavy enough that it's annoying to hold one-handed for prolonged use.  You either need to use both hands (which makes it awkward to navigate the touch screen), or rest it on something.  Android's scaling works very well for the most part, though the vertical layout of the icon grid in the launcher is a bit off.

The Nexus 4 has a 4.7" screen; I think I want a 5.5"-6" device for my phone, and 8" for my main tablet; I'll know better after using these widgies for a few months, by which time the thing I want might actually exist.

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Sunday, March 17

Rant

SinCity Part III

In which Maxis/EA attempt to cover up their earlier lies with more lies.

At this point I'm getting a distinct whiff of class-action lawsuit drifting in from the ether.

Update: The reason I think this is important is not that SimCity is a bad game - that happens - or that the launch was a train wreck - that happens too.  It's that everyone knew it would turn out like this, and it would have been just as easy to do it right as to screw it up beyond redemption.  It's not the failure itself, it's the wasted potential that galls me.

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Friday, March 15

Rant

SinCity Part II

Given Maxis/EA's repeated assertions that the reason SimCity 5 is restricted to online play only is that significant parts of the simulation are handled on the servers because the requirements are too steep for desktop PCs and it can't actually run standalone, coupled with the ongoing costs of providing such infrastructure, there were really only two views one could take: Either their engineers and project managers are deeply, deeply incompetent, or they're lying through their teeth.

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Tuesday, March 12

Rant

SinCity

Filed this under "Rant", but it's not my rant, it's by John Walker over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun:
[T]here was only one valid response from EA after the clusterfuck of SimCity’s launch: capitulation. A full admission that the DRM that infests their game was needless, a bad mistake, and that they’re working to strip it out for single-player games as quickly as possible.

Claiming SimCity fixed, by removing the server queues, random crashes, lost cities, server drops, and the artificial restrictions placed on the game just to make it run, is like claiming a broken leg fixed because you’ve mended the crutches.

That's just getting warmed up.  And some of the comments are downright harsh.

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Saturday, March 09

Cool

These Shadows Don't Run

Speaking of Kickstarter, the Torment not-exactly-a-sequel is all well and good, but what of the games we all backed last year?  Wasteland 2?  Shadowrun?

Wasteland 2:


(Actual gameplay footage starts a couple of minutes in.)

Shadowrun:


Looking good!  The 90s are back, but in HD this time!

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