Our eldest daughter has been in the wars - and that's something of an understatement. For the last two weeks she has been fighting tonisllitis, and losing. She went through one course of antibiotics and appeared to be on the mend - but then the virus returned, and she hasn't eaten all this week.
Miss 17 and I took the twentieth bus out of town this morning - it would have been the first bus, but I couldn't find any dynamite to explode her out of bed. You're probably wondering why we were up so early (actually, probably not, but I'm going to tell you anyway).I was given tickets… Continue reading The one where I met Greedo
It's no secret that my favorite TV show of the last several years was "Community" - a comedy about a group of misfits that end up at community college together for various reasons. It was written by Dan Harmon after attending community college to be near a girl he was seeing at the time -… Continue reading Differences Attract
I finally got to the cinema yesterday to see Ready Player One, and came away not really disappointed, but not enthused either.I guess the biggest problem for the movie is that the book was so good, and in many ways impossible to turn into a movie at all. There was so much missing, and the… Continue reading Ready Player One
I finished writing technical documentation for the project I'm working on a little after 11am this morning, and have been scratching around for anything to do ever since. There seems little point in starting development work, given that I'm only here for a few hours - next week I'm off to Germany again.The hotel is… Continue reading Pretending to be Busy
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.So begins the text adventure game "Zork", written by Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling between 1977 and 1979. Although not the first computer game (Spacewar almost certainly claims that… Continue reading Interactive Fiction
After playing a spirited game of "Settlers of Catan" with the children last night, I sat down late in the evening with my other half and said "shall we watch a movie?". We rarely sit and watch movies together at home - either the children are wandering in and out of the room, we are… Continue reading The Invention of Lying