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6/27/2016 Steam

The Steam summer sale is currently going on, which means it's a great time to get a whole lot of computer games for really cheap. The question of when I (or any of you) will find the time to play all those games is another matter entirely... Actually, I haven't bought much so far this year. I spent around $10 grabbing a few games that have been sitting on my wish list and that's about it.

Anyway, if you're looking for some games, Car Washer: Summer of the Ninja is 50% off through the end of the sale. It might not be for everyone but, if you don't mind a simple concept and old style sprite graphics, it's a fun little action casual game. Even with all the time I've spent on it, I still enjoy it and even find the later levels pretty challenging. If you do pick it up, here are a couple of tips.

1. If you're an experienced gamer, you'll want to choose the "Skip to the Action" option (in red) after completing the first level so you can skip the rest of the tutorial levels (since the game was designed to accommodate casual gamers, the tutorial levels are kind of slow for more experienced players). Don't worry, you won't miss any upgrades or story scenes and you can even go back and replay the skipped levels later on if you want.

2. I recommend moving around the cars pretty frequently (at least every few seconds, though faster is fine (better even, after you've gotten some upgrades)). Don't worry too much about how clean each side is. So long as you keep moving around at a good pace and frequently hitting each side with the appropriate tool, you'll clean the car quickly enough.

3. After the first few levels, the game starts to speed up quite a bit and gets a lot more frantic as stronger enemies are introduced.

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6/24/2016 Another show ending

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It's outside of the regular season, by another one of my regular TV shows has drawn to a close. This time, it's Person of Interest. CBS kinda screwed it over when it came to this final season. Despite its popularity, they only ordered a half length season and, after months and months of waiting, stuck it in this weird early summer slot. Still, the writers went into the season knowing it was the end, so they were able to prepare a fitting final act. Anyway, it's a great show and I believe the previous seasons are on Netflix so I recommend checking it out if you want something new to watch.

In other news, there is no news yet on my job situation. There's a good chance I'll be moving to take a new job, but it's not 100% yet, so I can't really do much to prepare. Moving out of Hawaii, if I do, will be a real pain, especially on a tight schedule. Moving here was complicated as well, but I had my parents' condo to use as a stop gap while I find a place to live and got settled. And that's something I wouldn't have this time around. Anyway, I'll write more about that whole process if and when it happens.

See you Monday!


6/22/2016 Lost

So, who remembers Lost? My family started watching it two or three seasons in. I picked up the first season DVD set out of curiosity and we quickly got hooked and binge watched it until we caught up. It was a great series and hugely influential. Without it, prime time TV here in the US would look a lot different. Anyway, Connie didn't see Lost back when it was on TV and it's been on my list of shows to introduce her to. We started a few days ago and are making steady progress through the first season. If you didn't know, Lost was filmed here on the island of Oahu. Coming back to Lost, after having spent two years here in Hawaii, I can pick out a lot of the places where they did the filming. Some are pretty well disguised. Others, such as the "Korean" building where Jin proposed to Sun, they were clearly banking on people not knowing any better (it's a replica of a Japanese temple, totally different architecture than real Korean buildings). But anyway, I've been enjoying rewatching Lost on its own merits and identifying the sets is proving to be a fun little addition.


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