Friday, June 29, 2012

Future Game and a Game for this Weekend

A Free Experience for the Weekend
Right now, you can visit to experience what Hollywood has to offer online when hyping what Sony hopes will be a summer blockbuster.  As a small time web content producer myself, I would like to see more Hollywood money flowing to web developers and I am pleased to report that they seem to be spending some money on the marketing of Total Recall.  Plus, the link is worth visiting because the actress they hired for the site is hot.

A Free Demo Game for this Weekend
From the drugged out minds at Amanita Games in the Czech Republic who brought Samorost, Samorost 2 and, my personal favorite, Machinarium into the world, comes Botanicula, their latest game.  

I Can't be the Only One Thinking of Uvula

I played the demo of this point-and-click game for a little while on Wednesday.  The only problem I have found with it is that there seems to be too many areas to explore and no real direction for the user to take but since I know the producers have made engaging games in the past, I'm willing to keep at it.  I will be exploring the free demo further this weekend.  You should think about doing the same.  Here is the link.  I was a little disappointed by this experience.

Future Games
In 2014, we finally get a college football playoff!  It's only four teams, so there will be plenty of people bitching about the teams that don't make the cut but at least it's a step in the right direction.
Kickoff, Soon

Quote of the Week (Perhaps the Only Time this Feature Runs)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Free eBooks and Stuff

Summer almost officially upon us!  Technically June 20 is the Summer Solstice but, of course, a number of us have time off during the summer, which is a great time to do some reading.

Try the following websites for access to free ebooks:

Monday, June 11, 2012

Let Us Never Speak of this Again

A Place to Go Everyday

I found a job recently!  On that happy note, I present some office related notes I've taken during my working life.

During my first meeting with the head of the office in which I now work I was told that the two most important qualities I should display are discretion and loyalty.  The loyalty part is easy enough because I care about what the new organization I work for does.  The discretion part dictates that I do not go into any detail about what I or anyone else at my new job does with their time.  Unfortunately, I won't be publishing any of the notes I take as part of the things I will be doing at my new job.


I like to think I can manage to be more discrete than this American General who reportedly told a Japanese publication that American forces are parachuting into North Korea to keep and eye on the network of tunnels in North Korea, which are invisible to American satellites.  I certainly won't be publishing anything about the network of secret tunnels are my new job.

You can become a more effective office drone by using the following phrases or having others use them for you either over the phone or via email:

• He just stepped out.
• He is in a meeting right now.
• Because of the timing, we’re unable to _____
• He is out of town right now (amazingly few people have countered that in the age of cellphones being out of town is not a valid excuse for being out of reach)
• You just missed him.
• He is on a plane right now.
• He is (insert anything that took place anywhere up to two weeks ago or will take place up to two weeks from now, i.e. Having lunch with xxx, meeting with xxx, is currently xxx etc.)
• I’m sick and have no voice (can be sent to someone via email)

Usually, a cheery "I can take a message" following any of the above is good enough to get the person on the other end of the phone to leave you alone.

Keep it Exciting
Sadly, I don't think my new job will ever prove to be exciting enough for me to discover a foot or a hand in the mail like the two top political parties in Canada or two schools in Vancouver had happen to them recently, as you can read about here.  Yes, this most likely has something to do with what has been labeled as the most disgusting video in the history of the internet in which a guy stabs, has sex with, eats and lets his dog eat another guy.  I'll let you try to find the link yourself.

Anyway, I'm excited about the new job.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Future is Nigh!


Clearly this is just a prototype and it's going to have to get a lot better before it becomes ready for consumers but the screen of this "paper" phone is impressive

Environmentally Friendlier Office Supplies:

Rebinder is a company that began by selling three ring binders without the plastic vinyl covers, which aren't the best thing in the world for the environment, when here