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A discussion of how "enthusiasm" spreads rapidly online, and how corporations struggle to understand it and turn it into profit. The iconic Jayne hat is one of the article's central examples.post a comment
on MTV's Undressed. With added bonus J. August Richards.
"At one point, I realized, "I have to get off the show. I can't do this anymore." I was writing a scene, and our mandate was always to get people without their clothes on at some point. And I'm writing this scene between these two high school girls, and I have to get one of them in their underwear, so during their conversation, she starts fidgeting and says "This tag in my shirt is driving me crazy!" and whips off her shirt. I said, "That's it! I'm out! I can't do it anymore!" I left to join Buffy the Vampire Slayer."post a comment
411mania said 'The Bridge' was "a great episode that finished with a satisfying cliffhanger". IGN gave the episode 7.8 and TheHDRoom 7.5. SFX gave 3 1/2 stars and Den of Geek did the same saying "the guy talk between Ward and Coulson while cruising in Lola was one of the best moments of the season". TVOverMind said the show needs "to start getting a bit clearer on what the overall arc for the season is". The Guardian recapper marked up the show's report card. The Escapist had some interesting parting observations on the episode and the Paste reviewer concluded with "it's hard to do anything but grin at Marvel's nail-biter of an end-of-year send-off".post a comment
James Lowder of The Lake Effect, WUWM's radio magazine, has put together his annual holiday game gift list. We mention this for two reasons. First, there are a lot of games on that list that are well worth buying, and he speaks about them in a way that tells you why you want them. Second, one of those games is our very own Castellan! Give the article a read, listen to the show, and buy some games off the list for that special gamer in your list!
– Brian Engard
Warehouse 23 News: Where Can You See Lions?
Only in Nymabe: African Adventures, the African fantasy setting from Atlas Games that spins familiar genre staples in new and unusual directions!
All right, maybe you can see lions and tigers elsewhere, but perhaps nowhere as fun as in Nymabe . . . and your players will never see it coming.
The Power of PDF: Nyambe: African Adventures is also available as a digital download on our sister-site, e23!
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The latter definitely increased my bottom line spending, and some of the purchases are going down in the books as disappointments. Then again, sometimes a comparatively small purchase made life significantly more fun. As I have less and less time to spend on games, I'm guessing this trend will continue.
I had a subscription to a traditional MMO for most of the year. These games were typically, though not always, the go-to place I would go when I had time for an extended play session.
World of Warcraft - $65 (Pandaria, 60 days timecard, 2x 30 days)
I did very well snagging discounts from retail stores. This "should" have cost me $100.
FFXIV - $70 (PC + PS3 boxes)
The PC box cost $30 for the license plus a month of game time. The PS3 box cost $40 for a second month of game time (the two stack) plus the license for the Playstation Network (reportedly to include the PS4 version, when it arrives next year). I guess I should have taken the time to try the PS3 version in beta - playing on the PS3 was a cool novelty, but I had problems with targeting and would need to purchase a keyboard and mouse to make this work.
SWTOR - $51 (two 60 day timecards at various discounts from retailers, $10 expansion)
Again, discounted time cards for the win here, "should" have paid $70.
In general, these are titles I play as a go-to for shorter play sessions.
Marvel Heroes - $70 (starter pack, Cyclops, X-Force Bundle Black Friday Sale)
I hesitated until the very last minute on whether to pre-purchase a founder's pack, and I'm glad I pulled the trigger. I like this game way more than Diablo III because it features characters from Marvel's comics. It was worth the money to play the game with the character I most wanted to play rather than one of the less interesting starter characters. I decided to throw them another $50 on Black Friday for an additional bundle of characters and some convenience perks.
Note that I'm counting the $130 Advance pack purchase against next year's budget, as is my longstanding practice for long-term subscriptions and content unlocks that won't be used (or in this case won't be available) until the year after I decided to shell out for them. We'll see whether they've delivered all of the heroes by the time I publish next year's ledger, and how I feel about that purchase.
Hex - $20 (kickstarter)
Technically, this game isn't out yet, but I'm in the alpha as a backer, so I'm prepared to put this one on 2013's balance sheet. I have concerns about the business model and was not impressed by a very brief visit to the very early alpha. Even so, my assessment was that the time it's going to take to see whether or not I am going to like this game will be more fun starting with a minimal base of cards versus nothing.
Guild Wars 2 - $30
I picked this up when the price finally dipped down to my new $30 impulse buy threshold. I've logged in twice, so it could be argued this was a fail, but at least now I can play GW2 if I want to.
League of Legends - $15 (gift cards)
I had some Best Buy reward certificates to burn, so I turned them into the $5 starter Champion pack and a $10 RP code to finally try League. The purchases probably weren't necessary with my current playstyle - I'm currently enjoying trying whatever new champions are available each week. Then again, the cost was comparatively low, since it's often hard to find things at Best Buy that aren't $15 overpriced to begin with.
Played, not paid
TSW - I picked this up for $15 very late in 2012 and was still coasting on the month of included subscription time for most of January.
LOTRO and DDO - played a small amount of each using previously paid content, did not purchase either game's expansion (a first for LOTRO, despite a just-unveiled 50% off sale on their month-old expansion).
Hearthstone - Have not spent any money on the closed beta.
Rift - Has an expansion that I got without paying courtesy of a promo and can now access freely due to the game's business model relaunch. I logged in once or twice to preserve my character names, but I never really played.
EQ2 - SOE went the entire year without discounting the expansion from the fall of 2012, and now there's another full priced expansion box on the digital shelf. The good news is that the new expansion purchase includes the one I skipped, and there aren't really any charges anymore for playing the content if/when I pay to unlock it, so maybe I will get around to this in 2014.
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Rittenhouse announced a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer trading card set today AND that SMG has agreed to sign autograph cards!post a comment
Latino Review has a pretty big spoiler scoop if true. Update - HitFix has more information.post a comment
Buffy/Sarah Michelle Gellar is featured on this list of tv action stars.post a comment
There are a lot of things people writing software do in the world of bits that don’t have easy analogs in the world of atoms. Sometimes it can be tremendously clarifying when one of those things gets a name, as for example when Martin Fowler invented the term “refactoring” to describe modifying a codebase with the intent to improve its structure or aesthetics without changing its behavior.
There’s a related thing we do a lot when trying to wrap our heads around large, complicated codebases. Often the most fruitful way to explore code to modify it. Because you don’t really know you have understood a piece of code until you can modify it successfully.
Sometimes – often – this can feel like launching an expedition into the untamed jungle of code, from some base camp on the periphery deeper and deeper into trackless wilderness. It is certainly possible to lose your bearings. And large, old codebases can be very jungly, overgrown and organic – full of half-planned and semi-random modifications, dotted with occasional clearings where the light gets in and things locally make sense.
A refactoring expedition can serve very well for this kind of exploration, but it’s not the only kind. As a trivial-sounding example, when trying to grok a large mass of older C code one of the first things I tend to do is identify where ints and chars are actually logic flags and re-type them as C99 bools.
This isn’t refactoring in the strict sense – no code organization or data structures change. It can be very effective, though, because identifying all the flags tends to force your mental model closer to the logic structure of the code.
Another thing I often do for the same reason is identify related global variables and corral them into context structures. (Note to self: must find and release the YACC mods I wrote years ago to support multiple parsers in the same runtime.)
For a clearer example of how this concept is different from refactoring, consider another common subtype of it: adding a small feature, not so much because the feature is needed but to improve and verify your knowledge of the code. The inverse happens – I’ve occasionally gone on exploratory hunts for dead or obsolete code – but it’s much less common.
I think we need a word for this. I spent a significant amount of mental search time riffling through my vocabulary looking for an existing word to repurpose, but didn’t find one. My wife, who’s as lexophilic as I am, didn’t turn up anything either.
Therefore I propose “explorify”, a portmanteau of “explore” and “modify”. But I’m much less attached to that particular word than I anm to having one for the concept. Perhaps one of my commenters will come up with something better.
“I was explorifying and found a bug. Patch enclosed.”
“Yes, I can probably do that feature. But I’ll need some time to explorify first.”
“No, we probably didn’t need strictly hex literal recognition there. I was explorifying.”post a comment
This will air on January 14th.post a comment
Tyranny of Style talks to the show's costume designer Ann Foley. Find out who inspired Coulson's look and check out the research board.post a comment
– Steve Jackson
Warehouse 23 News: The Sights You Will See...
From Badgers with Bagpipes to Snake Wizards with magic wands.
But that's not all, Katana Kats in Samurai armor are here!
And Something Fishy with Archerfish!
We've got more of the Off the Wall Armies miniatures sculpted by Richard Kerr post a comment
Who will win?post a comment
Short article by Variety.com.
You may remember BriTANick from their "Much Ado" cast interviews, or for the Joss's breakout role in The Coach.post a comment