Video 101

Apropos of nothing, a blog post from a well-thought out email for an aspiring videographer… It’s a very exciting, dynamic, ALWAYS evolving field. For me, in addition to voraciously consuming “For Dummies” books in my early days, the Internet was an empowering aid for me. I DID receive a 2-3 hour crash course in basic video production techniques at a … Read More

Super N00b Check-in, August 2010

Pwned since last update:* World in Conflict (PC) – Okay, okay. I DID use some cheats. A credit to the RTS genre for sure though! GTA IV The Lost & the Damned (Xbox) GTA IV The Ballad of Gay Tony (Xbox) Mirror’s Edge (Xbox) – Super cool. Can’t wait for the sequel. Mass Effect (Xbox) – Amazing. Ironic that after … Read More

Game-Changing Tech

OnLive Gaming Service

Spawn Labs HD-720 In a nutshell, it’s a Slingbox for gamers. It will allow you to remotely turn on your gaming console and play your games over the internet. I saw a demo on the Engadget show and it looked promising. The caveat is that you are limited to whatever game disc happens to be in the console tray, unless … Read More

Super N00b Check-in, December 2009

It’s been a great year for time sinking, er, gaming. I finished Gears of War 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 5, Arkham Asylum. I sold Mass Effect, Prototype, Borderlands, Unreal Tournament III, and Fallout 3 GOTY Edition without even getting ¼ through them. (That was my second go round with Fallout…) It’s final: RPGs are not for me. So, now spinning: … Read More

Summer of ’86

The Hand of God

I’m sure that like me, many football (soccer) fanatics can call up and/or cross reference life memories based on what major football event was taking place at the same time. For me, the Summer of 1986 comes rushing in like a flood. A random collection of memories in no particular order: – I lived in a college flop house near … Read More

The Soundtrack of My Life


In my blissful 70s youth, I have fuzzy recollections of falling asleep to Dr Demento and offbeat hits like “They’re Coming to take Me Away” by Napoleon XIV or “Hocus Pocus” by Focus. The outro/epilogue to the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” used to scare me with its dramatic orchestral flourishes followed by the mysterious, “Breathe deep the gathering … Read More

Video Game Myths Debunked

Gears of War

Not that I would advocate exposing my son to such graphic images of violence before the age of, say 12. But this article I came across on the PBS website of all places pretty much sums up how I’ve felt about (mature) video games for a long time. I have spent many post-baby bedtime hours playing violent video games (GTA … Read More