HFW: expectations

I've often said that Horizon: Zero Dawn is my favorite console video game. (My favorite video game is The Prisoner for the Apple II. It's no longer easily playable.) This Friday, the game's sequel Horizon: Forbidden West will be released. I'm excited! I've already purchased it, and it's already been downloaded to my Playstation. On Friday it…

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Isaac knew no boundaries

I recently received some photographs from 1997. They'd been sitting in my father's files for 24 years. This takes me back... Although I received my Ph.D. in particle physics in 1996, I didn't formally graduate from Columbia University until 1997. For the occasion, my mother Beatrice and her husband Bob flew from California to attend the ceremony.…

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The Wheel of Time

I started reading the Wheel of Time series about 30 years ago. I don't remember much about the plot. When I got to the third book, I felt that the author was spinning his wheels and didn't know how to finish a story. By the time I finished the fourth book, I thought, "Well, at least I'm…

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The Matrix Resurrections

A mini-review: The Matrix Resurrections assumes that you are familiar with all the previous Matrix movies. If you haven't seen them, this movie will be meaningless to you. The movie is filled with call-backs, flash-backs, and fan service. This is absolutely deliberate on the part of the director, Lana Wachowski, because... This is the most meta and…

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

The TL;DR version: After playing one of the best console video games I've ever played, unfortunately I followed it up with one of the worst. In writing about Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, I feel I must make comparisons to an earlier game based on the characters: Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Game. To spare you…

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Ghost of Tsushima

The TL;DR version of this review: Ghost of Tsushima is now my second-favorite video console game, after Horizon: Zero Dawn. The (fictional) island of Tsushima is part of the shogunate of Japan. The Mongols have invaded, led by Khotun Khan. At the start of the game, an army of samurai is defeated by Khotun. You are Jin…

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Lost in Space

This post consists of scattered thoughts by a fanboy on a media property from his youth. There are many who feel that any discussion of a non-Star-Trek SF TV series from the 1960s is a waste of time. Indeed, there are many who feel that any discussion of a Star-Trek SF TV series from the 1960s is…

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The transplendent adventures of Bill living an ordinary life

Yesterday, after sitting through 1.5 days of physics talks, a thought occurred to me: Why not take a walk outside? I had to go outside anyway. I had some garbage to throw away and some recyclables to put into the appropriate bins. I don't go outside much these pandemic-ridden days. Why not take a half-hour walk? The…

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