Life


Sweet Sounds of Barsoom

Jaxar the Barbarian, aka “that juice-fueled toddler” loves to go on long walks. “Outside!” he cries, pulling at my hand. Once on the sidewalk, he leads me down the street, around the corner, up the hill, and through a thousand miles of orc-infested wilderness en route to Mordor. Or maybe a playground. He likes swinging…


Poking at Patreon

First of all, I should establish that I’m not actually dead. But I have been spending the past few weeks with Dream Quest Academy, helping teach kids about video game development and basic computer programming principles. (Give a kid a block of TNT in Minecraft, he’ll blow it up. Teach a kid how to spawn…


Running with the Pokeball

As a gamer dad, it’s my sworn duty to encourage the next generation to pick up the dice and follow in my tabletop gaming footsteps. (I’d encourage them to play some video games too, but all the encouragement they need for that is a power switch in the “on” position, so I think we’ve got…


This Eight is Super, These Games are Hungry

As a rule, I don’t do reviews on this blog. I figure that since negative reviews are a lot more entertaining to read and write, I’d probably just end up churning out churlish snark, which (a) isn’t really fair to the media creators, and (b) gets a little old for the readers. So really, I’m…


Leaves and Grass and Chainsaw Gas

Saturday morning, a terrible storm swept through my front yard, ripping limbs from trees and leaving the ground carpeted with twigs and leaves. Meteorologists didn’t notice the storm, but I named it myself: Darrell with a Chainsaw. Like most of my home improvement projects, it started as something small and simple, but quickly snowballed into…


Time Enough for Fun

I made the comment on Facebook that, for a guy without a job, I sure haven’t been playing much World of Warcraft. That was three weeks ago. I still haven’t loaded the WoW client. I simply don’t have the time. I’m not complaining. Far from it. I consider myself blessed to have enough colleagues, contacts,…


At War with the Birds

I made an amazing discovery last week. When a bird wants to destroy a structure, it does not, in fact, launch itself with a giant slingshot. Instead, it attaches itself to the wall and unleashes a torrent of beak-based pounding (BAMBAMBAMBAM!) until it bores a hole clear through it. Then it laughs, a sadistic twinkle…


The Pregnant World of Rango

Saturday morning, my wife and I rounded up the young’uns and drove the herd over to the theater to see Rango, the new CG animated film that Nickelodeon’s been flogging between episodes of Spongebob and iCarly for the past six weeks. Perhaps you you’ve heard of it? Directed by Gore (Pirates of the Caribbean) Verbinski?…


Changes is Good…Right?

As you can see, I updated the ol’ website over the weekend. It’s always been a bit orange, but now I’m full vested in the Very Orange look, which is big in certain French circles this year. Does it work? I’m not sure. It’s a bit more muted than the Classic 1970s Furniture theme, closer…


Please Stand By – Again

Hmmm, there’s a new version of WordPress out, I thought. And my comments don’t seem to be working. I should upgrade, see what’s new, and see if that fixes the comments issue. Moron. The comments got fixed (Yes, you can now add comments! And yes, I’m now filtering more spam than a Hormel assembly line…