iPad Review: Rebuild

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 […]

iPad Review: Infinity Blade

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 […]

Dear Esther…

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 […]

Until Forgiveness Comes

Just taking a moment to share a beautiful and brilliant bit of fiction from K Tempest Bradford. Until Forgiveness Comes is up on Strange Horizons, and it’s a very good short story about the anniversary of 9/11. A lot of 9/11 fiction (both pro and con) tends to descend into bombast and political screeds. In the years following 9/11, […]

The taxman maketh weird lists

My favorite things from the Comptroller of Maryland’s taxable businesses “Miscellaneous” section: Morticians, Monuments, Markers Itinerant Vendors, Peddlers Horse, Cattle, Pets, and Taxidermy Aircraft, Space Vehicle, Missile Mfg. I want  a peddler’s licence. I want one. But it’s not the most accurate listing for me, and I don’t want to screw with the comptroller. Sigh. […]