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Risen: Spiritual successor to Gothic 3

Title Risen Developer Piranha Bytes Type RPG Platform(s) XBox 360, PC (reviewed on PC) Kelly Score ™ 75 / 100

Risen is an old-school role playing game that does very little to make itself appealing to the more “casual” gamer. In terms of overall characteristics, Risen is similar to games like Oblivion- but whereas […]

I will be buying an iPad… but why?

Apple ended months (for some people years) of speculation today by finally announcing the upcoming release of a tablet computer, the iPad. Like pretty much everything Apple releases, there is an overwhelming amount of hype surrounding the device, and many “true believers” are disappointed by what the device offers.

Even so, I plan on […]

Exercise: some motivation required… lots of motivation, actually

I own the following T-shirt from Shirt.Woot!:

It accurately describes one major aspect of why I don’t regularly exercise. Lack of motivation… and there is an unfortunate dearth of gigantic prehistoric predators around to provide such motivation.

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Bayonetta: Everything that is wrong with this type of game

Title Bayonetta Developer Platinum Games Type Action/Fighting Platform(s) XBox360, PS3 Kelly Score ™ 40 / 100

Action games are a genre that I really didn’t understand until I played Bayonetta. I could therefore say that the $60 I spent on this game was educational: I have been taught that I should not buy this […]

My “new” old clock- circa 1850’s Chauncey Jerome 8 day ogee

My most recent clock family member arrived on Thursday. It is one that I plan on keeping: a mid-19th century (sometime before 1853) “ogee” style clock made by the Chauncey Jerome factory in New Haven, Connecticut:

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DARPA worried there aren’t enough young geeks…

The U.S. Defence advanced research guys are worried that not enough young Americans are pursuing the sciences or engineering. They are looking for ways to encourage more young people to pursue degrees in these areas.

There is a problem here, and I can tell you exactly what it is. For years, the largest […]

Tracking my calories…

I sort of stumbled into a diet and exercise website called LiveStrong the other day. I was looking for a way to test out the BlackBerry App World, which had been giving me trouble, and decided to download the LiveStrong BlackBerry app which works with the website itself. It all looked pretty good, and […]

Clock rebuild #2 complete and delivered, #3 started

The second “learner” clock I worked on was completed early in December and has been delivered to its new home. I am pretty happy with the results:

Case after restoration:

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