Dark Souls 3DS

Nintendo announced a new version of the 3DS with more buttons about a week after I wrote the bulk of this. Ah, well. It's still an interesting exercise. What would Dark Souls look like if it was on the first generation Nintendo 3DS? Attack and defense controls The 3DS has…

A DRM of One's Own

I have all these DRM-free ebooks, and I like to loan them out. This is an action I often do with physical books. But my mechanism for doing so with ebooks is pretty crude. It's basically sending someone a copy of the book and saying "Here's a thing, delete it…

How to Con: Optimizing Happiness at Your First Convention.

Form a party Cons are more enjoyable when you have people to enjoy them with. Unfortunately, navigating crowded areas gets difficult in a large party, and people start going every which way in groups of five or more. But large parties are fun! I recommend an optimum party size of…

My Top Games of 2014

It's almost April! The perfect time to talk about what games I'm excited about this year. I have limited time to play PC games now, and I'm spending more and more of my leisure time either in front of a mobile device or in the company of friends. Hence, this…

Time Team Paradox X: Double Hitler (excerpt)

Alas, the plot of my future classic "Time Team Paradox X: Double Hitler" will have to wait for a future #NaNoWriMo.— James (@JamesGecko) November 12, 2013 Hitler Prime stroked his mustache, discretely removing evidence of a recent Egg McMuffin. "You see," he explained to the temporal assassins…

The 2013 US Government Shutdown Conspiracy

A meme currently making the rounds is that the Republican party was been conspiring to completely shut down the government for months. It was never the backup plan, it was the only plan. The primary problem with this theory is that is is boring. BORING. You want a conspiracy theory…