A little bit late on Darkened Heart

30 May 2012

The post for 25th wound up shoved back 4 days to the 29th. I missed my initial publication date, and intended to make it up on the weekend. Instead, the weekend turned into an exhausting and madcap trip through downtown DC.

On the bright side? Some nifty photos at the National Gallery. On the down side? Laaaaaate post.

I hope anyone still sticking with Darkened Heart will bear with me, as we’re still in a kind of “Jazz session” between real posts. There should be one or two more ruminations by the Intern before we go full-swing back into “real” posts. I have a box ready to go, I just need to get some photography done.

Diablo 3 has a problem

14 May 2012

I have some mixed feelings about Diablo 3, and as is the custom among my people, I will now share those feelings with you in annoyingly granular detail. (more…)

Happy birthday to me: Restarting Darkened Heart

4 May 2012

My birthday was this week, and as a present to myself I’ve decided to give me a ton of extra work! (more…)

Email forwards rot your brain: Obama uses a stolen SSN.

6 April 2012

I work for the government. If you’ve paid close attention to anything I’ve written (or if you do some creepy cyberstalking), you can get much more granular about my roll within the US democracy. For the purpose of these posts, we’ll just say one thing: I get a LOT of unsolicited emails from angry and… very uninformed individuals. I can’t reply to them, but I CAN give them some basic advice on fear-mongering. (This format is borrowed directly from the esteemed John Scalzi, who sometimes grades his hate mail).

Today’s edition of email forwards rot your brain: Obama is using a stolen SSN.

Email forward subject: FW: You won’t believe this…!!  though maybe you will…

The short version: Obama is using a stolen social security number to disguise that he’s not a US citizen. (more…)

I don’t even know what to do with these people sometimes.

5 April 2012

How did you even afford an iPad?

Email forwards rot your brain: Dhimmitude

30 March 2012

I work for the government. If you’ve paid close attention to anything I’ve written (or if you do some creepy cyberstalking), you can get much more granular about my roll within the US democracy. For the purpose of these posts, we’ll just say one thing: I get a LOT of unsolicited emails from angry and… very uninformed individuals. I can’t reply to them, but I CAN give them some basic advice on fear-mongering. (This format is borrowed directly from the esteemed John Scalzi, who sometimes grades his hate mail).

Today’s edition of Rumors from morons: Dhimmitude

Email forward subject: What Does This Word Mean?… “Dhimmitude”

The short version: Muslims don’t have to participate in Obamacare because Obama (being a muslim) snuck in an exception. (more…)

iPad Review: Rebuild

23 March 2012

You’ve managed to reach the city of Baltimore/Tucson/Yourtownville, where you’ve hooked up with a small team of survivors. They’ve fortified four blocks. A suburb, an apartment, a police station, and a farm. Some of your camp-mates are fighters, some are builders, some are scavengers, leaders, or scientists. The undead are everywhere. You can only survive if you can Rebuild.

I’ll save you a lot of time if you’re in a hurry. Rebuild is a fantastic game and you should play it. There are links to various versions at the bottom of this post, one is even free. (more…)

iPad Review: Infinity Blade

16 March 2012

Hope you like the view, you'll be seeing it a LOT.

I’m going to say something that’s likely to annoy hardcore iPad gamers (shut up, they exist). Infinity blade is a fantastic tech demo, but a horrid game. I suspect that makes me some kind of heretic, reviewers everywhere can’t seem to stop gushing about how beautiful Infinity Blade is, or how dynamic the combat can be. I feel like the sole peasant in the crowd, shouting “It’s quicktime events!”

Someone has to say it. Infinity Blade is an unfinished tech demo which replaces legitimate gameplay with an infinitely (haha, accurate advertising!) repeated single level. (more…)

Dear Esther…

9 March 2012

I have walked the path Dear Esther laid out for me twice. Once, back when it was a free fan-made modification for Half-Life 2, and again, when it returned renewed as a fully realized work of art, released on Steam. The world is bigger this time, and significantly more beautiful. But even if the game had been identical to the mod, I would still have payed for it. I owed the creator for the earlier experience.

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iPad reviews: EPOCH

2 March 2012

A post apocalyptic future, a malfunctioning amnesiac robot, a machine gun, and a LOT of running, jumping, and ducking behind cover. Welcome to the world of EPOCH.

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