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…)

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.


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.


An adorable, sweet, and wonderful story

24 February 2012

Sometimes, visiting the geeky corners of the internet can make me downright glad to be alive. This is one of those times. (more…)

Until Forgiveness Comes

15 September 2011

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, consideration of the event has basically fallen into two camps:

  1. 9/11 was an unimaginable tragedy and the changes to our nation a needed sacrifice.
  2. 9/11 was a horrible event made even more horrible because it’s become a political crowbar to separate us from what makes us american.
You can probably guess from my wording which side I’m on, but regardless of sides, Tempest uses SF to it’s best ability in Until Forgiveness Comes. She puts a human face on what (for most of us) has become an abstract event, and reminds us that regardless of politics, true tragedy is always human.

The taxman maketh weird lists

14 September 2011

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. Missile Manufacturing it is.

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