January 2006 Archives

That's One Way to Do It





WARNING: This flash game is like crack. [via defective yeti]

I've Got Your Principles Right Here


Kelly Doran for Governor: More Principal, Less Politics. His running mate? Sheila Kiscaden, who just left the Independent party for the Democrats so she could become Lt. Governor. HA!

I Haven't Seen Many of These Lately

Sunrise Over a Frozen Lake

When You Can't Tell Where the Sky Begins


Fourteen days without sun.

Desaturated Blokus tile Hand in the hospital

For Shame


So, these (Sony QRIO) robots, do they dance? Better than me?

Hell Yes. [via Boing Boing]

Behold, the Power of Tags


Jack Thompson is a disbarred lawyer and anti-video game activist frequently pilloried over at Penny Arcade. He's also a writer providing a fantastic example of the power of Amazon.com's customer tagging system.

Where else could you learn that Jack's a "disbarred" "douchebag" "author who did not win peabody award" telling "blatant lies" and selling "FUD" that "burns well"? Page two informs us that he's a "senile" "neonazi" pushing one of the "rejected books of the bible". Beautiful.

Strategy Squared

Blockus tiles

Another game from Christmas, Blokus. It's kinda like 2-4 player Tetris, without the sweet soundtrack.


Carcassonne game box

On the basis of a recommendation from the defective yeti's Good Gift Game Guide, I put Carcassonne on my wish list for Christmas. I was lucky enough to receive it, so I thought I'd share my thoughts about it. You know, just in case you don't trust someone with "defective" in their name (I kid, I kid).

My thoughts: This game is sweet. More specifically, it's very easy to learn, easy to play, and a lot of fun. I must have played it a dozen times at our annual family get-together. Everyone that played, even the people that aren't generally into board games, had a great time, and a couple of them got quite hooked on it.

The game works well with only two players, and can accommodate five if you've got a crowd. The mechanics and concept are simple: Lay tiles, claim territory (roads, cities, cloisters, fields). After explaining it half a dozen times over the course of the weekend, I found that I could get new players up to speed in just a few minutes, and after playing once they were hooked.

Carcassonne in play

The game also has a ton of expansions and related games as well. I ordered the Inns & Cathedrals Expansion, which also increases the maximum number of players to six.

So, if you get a chance to play this unpronounceable game (we started calling it "The French Carcass", among other less polite names), go for it. You won't regret it.

Sweet Victory


After far too much hair pulling, I've successfully upgraded Pete's blog to Wordpress 2.0. It went something like the following.

  1. Visit upgrade page
  2. Utterly ignore HUGE BOLD HEADER that reads Detailed Upgrade Instructions for 1.5.x to 2.0
  3. Attempt to upgrade 1.2x to 2.0
  4. Cry

The huge bold header problem is a very common theme for me. I tend to ignore things like that. I believe it has something to do with assuming that it's just a summary of some sort and that all the really important information is in the text below it. Apparently I never learn.

Also, as a note to any Wordpress developers out there, if you require that 1.2 users upgrade to 1.5 before moving to 2.0, it would be very nice if 1.5 existed somewhere on your website.