Itty Bitty Rants

Infrequent posts about stuff.

  • Thoughts on Driver: San Francisco

    I used a cache of rewards points this week to pick up a copy of Driver: San Francisco. I haven’t quite finished absolutely everything in the game, but since I’ve finished the story and have played a bit of multiplayer I figured I’d put down some thoughts while they were still fresh. For all that the game narrative is absolutely ridiculous on it’s face, it was a lot of fun to play through it.

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  • Recent reading

    Between Alastair Reynolds and Charles Stross I have recently found two authors to look into, one pretty successfully and the other who had a free ebook of his first novel. First is Linda Nagata who Alastair Reynolds lauded/blamed for several of the ideas in his early work on his blog nearly two months ago. So far I’ve gotten through her first two novels and am enjoying them quite a bit. “Tech-Heaven” was enjoyable even with the somewhat dated technology prognostication.

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  • The Robot Adventure

    Last week I attended BrickWorld Chicago 2011and had a great time. Unlike last year however, J and the kids (M and K) were not able to join me for various reasons. Disappointed that he was not able to go, M (age 7) insisted that one of his LEGO MOCs (based heavily on something from a Space Police III set) go with me on the trip to hang out in the Micropolis layout.

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  • Pie Test

    Just a post to test a new plug-in. This should include a tweet from my account: There was a problem connecting to Twitter.

  • Playing with settings

    Part of the fun of helping friends host their own blogs is that I get to try out all the new stuff on my blog first. :-) So pretty much nothing to see here really, just mostly functional testing for some Twitter integration and checking some other settings. Update! Oh, right forgot to test these too: @cavorter @sigridellis

  • A Snowy Morning Antidote

    I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in having occasionally experienced a time when hitting shuffle on one’s music collection, or some subset that fits onto your portable device of choice, just seems to work really well for the mood or circumstances you are currently in. This morning I have had one of those experiences and I thought I’d put it down for posterity. Right at this moment it feels like exactly the right antidote to having sat in traffic for an hour to get to work.

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  • My Gaming in 2010 (Part 2): Xbox

    (Read Part 1 here) My Xbox 360(s) are where I spent a large portion of my gaming time this year, and the platform continues to provide me with a lot of entertainment for the money I invest in it. According to my count I played 57 different games on the Xbox this year. Granted, I didn’t spent a lot of time on all of them but I do remember the experience with most of them distinctly and fondly.

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  • My Gaming in 2010 (Part 1)

    I had a good year in 2010 on a number of fronts, and gaming in particular. I’ve been reading all of the retrospectives in the video gaming press and the idea certainly seems to have caught in my head, so I figured I’d try and put it to words rather then let it fester. I got about half way into writing this and decided to split it up over a few posts.

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  • I retired two devices this week

    For about the past year I have been using two particular devices for my communications and personal entertainment desires. This week I am retiring both of them. One of them was sleek and sexy and knew all the right buzzwords to whisper at just the right times. It was slick and looked really nice when it was all decked out but had a nasty tendency to be temperamental when I most needed it.

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  • It never ends up like the magazine photo

    I think that there is a truism in cooking that US media producers should keep in mind: It never ends up like the magazine photo. If you have ever done any amount of cooking you’ll know this fact, if not in those words. Even if the sum total of culinary creation you have indulged in extends as far as pressing buttons on a microwave you can not have failed to notice that the contents of the tray you pull out of the microwave has barely a passing resemblance to the “Serving Suggestion” pictured on the box.

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