10 Things You Need to Stop Typing

Stop trying to be lazy. Stop trying to be cute. Stop trying to mutilate the English language. Just type out the damn words, people. The letters are all there on your keyboard – you just need to press the buttons with those curvy things on them. You seem like less of a moron when you do. Just trying to help.

[10 Item List title1=”Pl0x” reason1=”Not cute.” title2=”I Can Has?” reason2=”Moronic and ruined.” title3=”Wat/Wut” reason3=”Try sounding it out. Sounds stupid.” title4=”Y” reason4=”Why is a fucking three letter word.” title5=”Lol” reason5=”Overused and means nothing now.” title6=”any1″ reason6=”It takes one second to type one.” title7=”kk” reason7=”The extra k is SUPERFLUOUS.” title8=”n00b” reason8=”It’s a sad insult.” title9=”pwn” reason9=”No.” title10=”u” reason10=”You is another three letter word.”]

UPDATED: Always have a Contract – My Story of Getting Screwed by MyRuneLog

8/27/11 Update: Harley has posted a rebuttal. I reciprocated. Read here.

Harley “Ability44” Dishon seemed like a decent fellow human. He was introduced to me via a mutual friend quite a while ago and was in the market for some web development work. While he didn’t quite have a clear cut goal yet, he was willing to pay, and truthfully that was all that mattered since we could hammer out the details as we went on. Web development is my gig after all. It’s what pays the bills.

I tend to run an informal operation. Minimal contracts, work by the hour, and just that sort of jive. In addition I try to be as fair and personable as possible. Hosting client sites for free, offering access to select source files, etc. The nice guy.

Well, shame on me for assuming people wouldn’t take advantage of that. Let me explain. Continue reading “UPDATED: Always have a Contract – My Story of Getting Screwed by MyRuneLog”

Games I played in 2010

It seems like the cool people have made posts like this, so here goes. Nothing in-depth, just my quick opinions and recollections.

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Lost interest in the campaign but have had a blast in multiplayer. — 4/5
  • Minecraft: Insanely fun. Anyone who has yet to buy it is seriously missing out. I play other games and always end up on Minecraft by the end of the evening. — 6/5
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Fun campaign, but the multiplayer (the main reason for buying) is more or less broken on the PC. — 1/5
  • Dawn of Discovery: Very entertaining game and more complex than it lets on at first, leaving you constantly revising your strategies. — 5/5
  • Fallout: New Vegas: Somewhat lost interest halfway through. Very fun action, but long travel times and a harsh landscape make me loathe progressing into the game any further. Did not experience any serious bugs. — 3/5
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops: Really came through in places that MW2 lacked, namely PC support. Fun campaign but lost interest in multiplayer quickly. — 3/5
  • Just Cause 2: Stupid fun gameplay, but the missions are repetitive, so I mainly spent time exploring the incredible island. — 4/5
  • Killing Floor: Really fun with a group of dependable friends, otherwise it’s a frustrating blood bath. — 4/5
  • Left 4 Dead 2: I was expecting so much more, but even with the weekly mutations, the re-playability just isn’t there for me. — 2/5
  • Poker Night at the Inventory: Enjoyable dialog while playing classic Texas Hold Em. Only $5. — 4/5
  • Borderlands: The art style never really did it for me, and the gameplay felt more like a grind than an adventure. — 2/5
  • Civilization V: Was really hyped up for this to come out, and became bored with it within a month. Really should have some other people to play with otherwise this game isn’t as enjoyable. — 3/5
  • Tropico 3: More fun than you’d expect. Being an island dictator has never been so fun! — 4/5
  • Team Fortress 2: It’s TF2, stupid. — 5/5
  • Supreme Commander 2: Only got it because it was on sale. Never made it past the tutorial. — n/a

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Minecraft: Pixel Crack

Like most of the internet, I have been obsessed with a quirky little game called Minecraft. I have lost countless hours to this game building shelters, exploring cave systems, and fighting against the monsters that come out at night. It’s truly a remarkable game that deserves a lot more praise.

Here are the Cliffnotes. Minecraft is…

  • A sandbox game which allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world
  • Set in an infinitely large world
  • A world that allows you to build the most intricate structures you can imagine out of simple blocks
  • Updated almost every week by its creator Notch (Markus Persson)
  • Both singleplayer and multiplayer
  • Profoundly addictive

That’s all nice and dandy, but I think the best way to let you get a taste of a game is through a short gameplay video… Continue reading “Minecraft: Pixel Crack”

10 Unique Album Covers

iTunes Album ArtThe art on the cover of an album reflects the style of the artist and what their music sounds like. I don’t know if it’s coincidence, but I find that a lot of really great songs are accompanied by some equally great album art. Perhaps that’s because I’m totally anal about my album art (I can’t stand having placeholder covers in my library). Anyway, I just thought I’d share a few that always seem to pop out whenever I’m scrubbing through my library. Who knows, some of these might give you some ideas for a creative project.

Continue reading “10 Unique Album Covers”