Skyrim is a great game, but I shouldn’t need to tell you that. But for all the cool stuff you find, there really isn’t a convenient way to display all of it. The game offers you five houses, plus the quarters of the leader of the guilds you can master, and the official expansions add four more player houses, but you never really get a good display area to show off all your hard-won stuff.
The mod community addresses this in two similar but distinct ways. One is player homes; the other is player castles. A player home is usually a one or two room cottage by the side of the road, similar to what the game offers, but with more resources. Castles have many more areas. But, they still don’t do everything I want. Continue reading
A lot of people today, perhaps inspired by the zombie trend, from Night of the Living Dead to 28 Days Later to The Walking Dead, have ideas on how they will survive the impending zombie apocalypse. Most of them know it will never happen, but this doesn’t stop them from devising elaborate schemes to protect themselves, the ones they love, and the supplies they need to survive, from zombies.
Nuclear war has been a real threat since the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, and though it hasn’t happened since, because population numbers have grown, as well as the explosive and killing capacity of nuclear weapons, if it happens now, we will see much more devastation, especially if the country fired upon, fires back. And these days, countries do not send and rely upon one ICBM (InterContinental Ballistic Missile); one can be shot down. They rely upon dozens. If each one carries a tactical nuke, the targeted country is pretty much done. Continue reading
I used to be a Dexter fan. The show has gotten a lot of hate online; largely, I feel, because plot details major and minor have leaked and spread across the Internet, get passed off as rumors, then when the thing happens, “we all saw it coming.” (No you didn’t, it was leaked, the episodes were already filmed, they weren’t going to re-shoot the whole thing because some asshat leaked a plot point—but whatever.)
If you’re not familiar with the show, here’s a quick introduction. Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) is a blood-spatter analyst with the Miami Metro police. He has a girlfriend, who has two children from a previous marriage, and he’s close with his sister. But he has a dark side. His father taught him how to commit murder and get away with it, but his father, a cop at the same precinct, also gave him a “Code.” He can only kill people who have killed, who will very likely kill again, and who have escaped justice. That’s pretty much what the show is about. There’s a lot more, but if you want to get into Dexter, I think it’s on Netflix (or was—you can also get it on DVD, Blu-ray, or whatever digital download service. I hesitate to recommend iTunes, but they’re the big one) and all that will get you started.
After the jump (or, in the next paragraph, if you got here directly), we get heavy into spoilers. So if you don’t want spoilers, stop reading right now.
Ever heard the Biblical passage, “Spare the rod, spoil the child”? No, you haven’t. Here’s the actual verse, in many translations (none of which say “spoil”), with some great cross referencing. I think if you are a Christian you will enjoy this site. If I were, I would.
Now, that being said, you should know that the “Church of Satan” in San Francisco founded by Anton LaVey in the 1960s (which is not actually a devil worshiping group, but rather a group of Libertarian atheists), has “Eleven Rules of the Earth” as opposed to Christianity’s Ten Commandments. They’re very interesting, and while some are downright comical, they have one that says, “Do not harm little children.” (Note that the content of this site is safe for work, as it’s just text, but maybe you don’t want it showing up in your history there, even though the site is innocent enough). Continue reading
I saw an article on the recent Star Trek: Into Darkness being rated “worst Trek film” at a convention. I can’t take any of these lists seriously, because I have some fundamental differences of opinion with most Trek fans. So, here are mine. Continue reading
Two years ago, Google bought Motorola Mobility (the cell- and smartphone arm of the much larger Motorola). Since then, Motorola, which launched the DROID series on Verizon, has gone downhill. Last year, a phone was rumored called the “X Phone,” but Google said it wasn’t happening — Motorola still has a big mess of products in the “pipeline” they need to clear out. However, the “Moto X” was just announced today. Does it stack up? The short answer is no.
You may have heard about Bing. Bing is Microsoft’s answer to Google, the largest search provider in the world. Microsoft wants Bing to matter, and to make that happen, they need hard numbers. Microsoft will almost literally pay you to pad Bing’s numbers any way you see fit. This probably sounds like a scam, but it’s not. Microsoft has a program called Bing Rewards, and you can sign up if you have a Microsoft account. If you have an Xbox account, you have a Microsoft account. If you have a Hotmail account, whether you had it from the HoTMaiL days, or a Live/Outlook account as they’re called now — you have a Microsoft account. You might even have a couple. The more the merrier. If you have a Facebook account, that is not a Microsoft account, but you can use it as well. Let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading