Mass Effect Legendary – some notes

I have a few games to review in my personal queue of "essays I plan to write long after a game has been released so that any review is meaningless": Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Control, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. I decided to bump Mass Effect Legendary Edition to the top of the queue because this isn't a review. The…

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Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story

If you go by the number of times her work has been reproduced, Pamela Colman Smith is probably the most popular artist in the world. She is the one who created the artwork for the so-called Rider-Waite Tarot Deck; the claim that she's the most popular artist comes from multiplying the number of Tarot decks with her…

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Hades

On the surface, Hades sounds exactly like the kind of game I wouldn't enjoy: you fight a lot; you die a lot; it looks like another pointless arcade game. It wasn't until I saw Felicia Day play the game on a YouTube video from her Twitch stream that I became interested: So what makes Hades different from…

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Sunless Skies

This game and the next game I plan to review (Hades) have been labeled "rogue-like" or "rogue-lite" games. For the folks who read this post who don't know that means, I'll describe what's generally meant by the term. Rogue was a video game from the early 1980s. The game was originally developed to use ASCII characters for…

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Staged

Staged is a clever TV series now available on Hulu. In it, Michael Sheen and David Tennant play fictionalized versions of themselves. In the first season, they're restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic but still try to rehearse for a play to open immediately after the pandemic ends. In the second season, things get meta as they deal…

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A Witch Remembers Passover – 2021

If you glance through the list of tags on my blog (the tag cloud is on the right if you're reading this on a desktop computer; it's after the post if you're reading this on a phone) you'll see I have a series of posts on Passover seders. Though my earliest post on the subject was written…

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Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 5

Let's try to wrap this up. The story so far I listed four reasons why I didn't want to upgrade to Mojave: A bit of convenient entertainment would go away. Solution: None. No choice but to suck it up if I ever upgraded. I could no longer reprogram my universal remote. Solution: Maybe Logitech will eventually release…

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Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 4

Audiobooks I listen to a lot of audiobooks. And by "a lot," I mean this: There's a lot to unpack from this picture, including why I don't want to upgrade from Mojave. I've circled on the part to focus on first: While the picture only shows the first 31 files in my audiobook collection, I have a…

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Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 3

Keyboard About 15 years ago, I started developing pains in my forearms. It wasn't quite carpal tunnel; if it had been then the pain would never have fully gone away. But the pain did go away when I switched to using ergonomic keyboards. My first such keyboard was made by Adesso. It was a fine keyboard. I…

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Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 2

In my previous post, I went into a hissy-fit over the tiny games I would no longer be able to play if I upgraded above Mac OS X Mojave. Get ready for more hissing as we delve into another #FirstWorldProblem. Remote Control If you have an entertainment system, the most valuable piece of technology becomes a universal…

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