December One-liners.

Here are a few new one-liners I’ve added to the collection:

  • I’m sorry for all of the awful things I said to you when you were wrong and needed to hear them.
  • “I finally found my dream woman. She’s very hot, and nobody else can see her.” — Ray Bryant
  • “I am now on three dating sites because you can never get enough rejection.” — Mark Campbell
  • “I’ve never once been able to explain my car trouble to a mechanic without resorting to sound effects.” — Donna McCoy
  • Marriage should come with a stenographer.
  • Facebook memories are a great way to see how fat you’ve gotten.
  • When you’re dead, you don’t know that you’re dead. All of the pain is felt by others. The same thing happens when you’re stupid.
  • If the bathroom isn’t flooded did the kids even brush their teeth?
  • The reward for a job well done is more work.
  • If i had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive.
  • I can totally keep secrets. It’s the people I tell them to that can’t.
  • My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.
  • Apparently I snore so loudly that it scares everyone in the car I’m driving.
  • What’s worse than waking up at a party, and finding a penis drawn on your face? Finding out it was traced.
  • If you’re not supposed to eat at night, why is there a light bulb in the refrigerator?

The Book Report.

It’s been almost a year now since I started my A Book A Month project, where I aimed to read at least one book every month. How did that turn out? It’s time for the book report.

I used to read quite a lot back in the days, but not so much lately. “Lately”, as in “over the last five years or so”. It’s not terribly hard to pick up a book and read a bit, though. Books are, for instance, great for killing time when moving around using public transportation. Most pocket books are conveniently small, and not much hassle to carry around. A digital option, like a Kindle, is even better – given that you’ve remembered to charge it. And if yet another device to drag along doesn’t suit you, the Kindle app runs on pretty much every smartphone. So if you want to read a book, there’s very little stopping you from doing it. You just have to make time for it, or take some time that would have been wasted and make good use of it.

But the A Book A Month-project was still ambitious, at least by my standards. For some reason, I rarely manage to follow through on my personal projects. So to make it even more ambitious, I decided to write a review of every book I read, too. Everything started out quite well. When January was over, I’d plowed my way through “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick, “Abusing the Internet of Things” by Nitesh Dhanjani, and “The Running Man” by Stephen King. I’d also managed to review the two first books, and I’ve got the notes for The Running Man laying around here somewhere.

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Homeworld Remastered.

In 1999, Vancouver-based developer Relic Entertainment released their first game. The game was Homeworld, a real time strategy game set in space. For its time, Homeworld was a visual feast. Beautiful, 3D modeled space ships in combat against glorious backdrops of star fields and nebulas. In 2015, 16 years after the release of the original game, Gearbox Software released Homeworld Remastered, with both upgrades visuals and a refined user interface. But does Homeworld stand the test of time?

Both critics and players rejoiced when the original Homeworld was released. Even I wrote a preview of sorts. But the visuals wasn’t the only aspect that made the game stand out. Homeworld came with an intricate, original backstory, a feature that wasn’t exactly in abundance among the strategy games released at the time.

An ancient space ship is discovered buried in the sand at the dessert planet Kharak. It contains a stone map showing Kharak and another planet across the galaxy labelled “Higara” – home. The clans of Kharak unite to build a giant mothership that will carry 600,000 people on the long journey to Higara to reclaim their home planet. But during a final calibration test of the mothership’s hyperdrive things go bad. It turns out that strong forces in the universe are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep the Higarans from leaving Kharak, and start the journey back home.

Homeworld Remastered and its beautiful space combat.

Homeworld Remastered and its beautiful space combat.

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AI War 2 Kickstarter Campaign, Take Two.

You might remember Arcen Games‘ first AI War 2 Kickstarter campaign. I wrote about it when the campaign launched, and while I threw quite a lot of money Arcen’s way, I didn’t really think they would reach their very ambitious $299,400 funding goal in time.

When people say “I hate to say I told you so”, they rarely really do. But when Arcen Games founder Chris Park cancelled the campaign on November 10, I felt really bad for him. I don’t know Chris personally, and I’ve never talked to the guy. Still, by following what he’s been doing to promote both his company and the AI War 2 Kickstarter campaign, it’s obvious that this is a man who lives and breathes for making games he really believes in. Park is not a guy who gives up, and lays down in the fetal position under a desk when the world kicks him in the nuts.

Instead, he goes back to the drawing board, takes good advice from the people around him, and returns with a new, better, and refined AI War 2 Kickstarter campaign.

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