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  • Adventures with Python

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    As I have stated in previous blogs, I study English. I am good at writing things and using words (generally). I can write papers, stories, poetry (I actually published a book of it), office documents, etc. However, this skill at writing does not translate... More
  • Temporary Hiatus/Time with Demos! EVE Online

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    I have some sad news (possibly) for those of you that read my blog. I will be working for the next two months in northern Minnesota with little internet access. The natural result of this is that I won't be able to post here for a while. I might be able to squeeze out a blog or two on the one day a week I will be having off if (fingers crossed) I can find a good internet connection. However, I will try to keep writing whether or not I can post on here and then I'll have a whole slew of posts for you all when I return in all of my (note the sarcasm) glory. 

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    I have some sad news (possibly) for those of you that read my blog. I will be working for the next two months in northern Minnesota with little internet access. The natural result of this is that I won't be able to post here for a while. I might be... More
  • Jonathan Coulton: The Musician You All Know (But Might Not Realize It Yet)

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    Jonathan Coulton began his music career while he attended Yale while he pursued his BA in music. While there he joined two a capella groups, the Spizzwinks(?) and the Wiffenpoofs. After college, he worked for a time at a telent scouting agency and a coffee house named Cooper’s Coffee where he would sometimes perform live music. Cooper’s closed and he was forced to find a new job. He eventually found a software company that hired him to help write their code. He did this for eight years while doing music a little on the side. After seeing a performance of his song “The Future Soon,” Coulton was approached by a representative of the Pop!Tech conference to perform the same song. It was at this conference that Jonathan was introduced to Creative Commons, the record label under which he continues to release his music to this day. In 2005 he decided to leave his software company and dedicate himself to music full time. This resulted in the Thing a Week Project, the basic premise of which is self explanatory. He would release a new song every week without fail for an entire year. The project was hugely successful, garnering him many new fans and creating many high quality songs. To date JoCo has released ten albums with five unofficially released albums available on his site.

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    Talented. Funny. Educated. Nerdy. Jonathan Coulton is all of these things and more. He is one of us, a geek, gamer, and nerd culture magnate. You may have heard his name before, but then again you may not. Often when I bring him up in conversation I receive... More
  • Starcraft: Trials and Tribulations

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    Starcraft II is a marvelous game. Growing up I fell in love with the Real-Time Strategy (RTS) genre when I purchased Age of Empires II and began fighting as the Britons, Celts, Chinese, Japanese, and Byzantines. Then came the purchase of Command &... More
  • Shadow of Awesome

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    I am now going to share with you all one of my favorite games, if not my most favorite game: Shadow of the Colossus. If you have not played SotC yourself, you may have heard it in the whole ‘games as art’ debate. There is a reason for that... More
  • Gaming and Escape from New York

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    Those of you who are unfamiliar with the 1981 film Escape from New York, directed by experienced B-movie director John Carpenter, should probably go out and see it right now. To give a brief summary of the film: the year is 1997 and in 1988 crime in the... More
  • My Life Going Pro

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    My Life Going Pro

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    My Life Going Pro (Edit: Sorry that this post is a bit late. Life has been a bit hectic and I meant to have this posted last week. Forgive me) Confession: the title of this piece is not entirely accurate. I didn’t go pro and chances are I will never... More
  • *UPDATE* Casting the Games: An Interview with Chris Puckett

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    This is the third article in the Casting the Games series and it will spotlight none other than Chris Puckett (seen left casting at the recent MLG Dallas 2011 Pro Circuit event). If you are unversed in the world of competitive gaming, also known as e... More
  • Why Zombies Are Everywhere

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    A few days ago I had my first encounter with Call of Duty: Black Ops. I had a few friends over to my place and we had some dinner and then killed zombies until the wee hours of the morning. It was fantastic and a ridiculous amount of fun. Zombie bits flying everywhere; howling screams ringing through the battlefield; I couldn’t help but remember the line from Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, “So much death. What can man do against such reckless hate?” In turn this made me think of the orcs from said book/film, the creatures that compose the armies (for the most part) of Sauron, who is basically evil incarnate.

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    A few days ago I had my first encounter with Call of Duty: Black Ops. I had a few friends over to my place and we had some dinner and then killed zombies until the wee hours of the morning. It was fantastic and a ridiculous amount of fun. Zombie bits... More
  • RPGs: From East and From West

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    Chances are if you have been playing games for a while, you have come across a game that falls into the Role-Playing Game (RPG) genre. These types of games have been around for a long time since the pen and paper days of Dungeons and Dragons. The popularity... More
  • Darkspore Beta Impressions

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    Steam is awesome. They have great prices and sales on awesome games and titles you have never even heard of. A few days ago, I got onto my Steam account and I saw a notification pop up informing me that the game Darkspore was in beta and free to play for a limited time. I had heard of Darkspore vaguely from the pages of GI and elsewhere, so I decided to give it a shot. This is my impression after spending two hours with the game.

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    Steam is awesome. They have great prices and sales on awesome games and titles you have never even heard of. A few days ago, I got onto my Steam account and I saw a notification pop up informing me that the game Darkspore was in beta and free to play... More
  • Casting the Games: Simon & Lewis

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    This is the second posting for my Casting the Games series and this time we will be focusing on the power duo of The Yogscast.

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    This is the second posting for my Casting the Games series and this time we will be focusing on the power duo of The Yogscast. Simon and Lewis are a pair of British men who work together to produce a popular podcast called The Yogpod which made its debut... More