Finn, what the cabbage?

Sunday, October 20

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Turtle!





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Tuesday, October 01

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Shantae

Yes, she fights monsters by flicking them with her pony tail.



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Wednesday, August 21

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Apropos Of About A Week Ago

This week on New Tricks (well, the episode is three weeks old, I'm catching up) the team is following a lead in Gibraltar and -

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Also, I aten't dead.  Only mostly dead.  Mostly dead is slightly alive.

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Wednesday, July 10

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Starband

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Wednesday, June 19

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Torched

Torchlight is free on GOG for the next 48 hours.

Not just DRM-free, but free free.

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Tuesday, June 18

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Key Breakthrough In Robotics Research

Remember this young lady?


When not dancing or competing in international athletics events, Michelle studies mechatronic engineering* at Sydney University.

Welcome to the future!

* Don't think much of the course name, but that's what they call it.

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Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Vatican City But Didn't Ask About Because You Didn't Want To Know About It Anyway

It's educational!

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Stratosphere Express 999

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Monday, June 17

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The Moment Sony Returned To Relevance

Sony Electronics has not been a happy bunny the last few years.  Though they've produced some fine products, they haven't been the trend-setter and status symbol they once were.

At E3 this year, in one shining moment, they turned around all those problems and made themselves relevant again.  Not just relevant, but hugely important:


Note that all he really said was: We are not going to screw you over any more than we already do.  And the response was just short of a standing ovation.

For those not following the story, Microsoft recently launched the third model of the Xbox, the Xbox One.*  It requires an internet connection, and phones home once a day, and deactivates itself if it can't connect.  All your games are attached to your account, so you can't simply lend the disk to a friend or sell it; you have to go to a registered second-hand game dealer and have the game de-registered from your account and registered to theirs - and that's if the developer has decided to allow that at all.  Oh, and Kinect, the motion-sensor-camera-recorder-thingy, is now a core part of the system and must be connected and on to use the system.  Though in theory you can deactivate some of its functions.

And to rub salt into the wound, the PS4 is 50% faster** and $100 cheaper.  The difference in price is largely made up by the Kinect hardware; the Sony equivalent adds $60 to the price of the PS4.  But the Sony one you can unplug.

I'll leave it to the gentle reader to discover the allegorical implications in this little tale.

Oh, and Sony?  If you ship the Xperia Z Ultra as something like the rumours (1080p 6.44" screen, Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM, 64GB flash, microSD, and a stylus), I'll likely buy two.  You just nailed my wishlist.

* Yeah.

** Mileage may vary, but the PS4 and Xbox One have the exact same AMD graphics engine, except that the PS4 has 50% more cores - 1152 vs. 768.

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Sunday, June 16

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One Day

There will be content.  Until then, the new song from Psy.

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