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My latest novella, To the Joys of Volunteering and the Beginning of the Future, is now available for download from Amazon!
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I didn't come right out and say it in my previous post, but I really, really, really liked The Force Awakens, and I like it despite its numerous failings (which I won't get into that much, as some are rather spoileriffic, and I'm trying to avoid that here). A perfect film, it is not. A great film...? Yeah, it's a great film.

A huge part of why I liked this movie was these two characters, Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega). They had excellent chemistry, and the way their characters played off of each other was great fun. The growth of their friendship felt real in a way that Padme and Anakin did not.

I am definitely eager to see where their story takes them from here. Is it May 2017 yet?
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Well, it seems the prediction I made, that the new Star Wars film would earn a quarter billion in its opening weekend, did not come true...but $238 million clears Jurassic World's record by a significant margin.

EDIT: It seems that the $238 million figure was not the final tally, as Box Office Mojo is now giving a figure of $248 million...

Hopefully I'll be able to go see it sometime this week.
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"Red in the morning, sailor take warning."

Fortunately, I am not a sailor, so I could just appreciate the colors of the sunrise sky without worrying about my ship sinking.
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I think I may have gone wrong at some point.

I mean, as a video gamer, I faced the Metal Gear Rex on Shadow Moses Island. I stood toe to toe with the One-Winged Angel at the core of the world as the Meteor came crashing down. I've been to the Nürburgring and Hyrule and Sovngard and the Mushroom Kingdom. I was the last Spartan standing at the Aszod shipyards as Reach fell. I! am the man! who arranges! the blocks!

Aaaaand now I'm picking flowers.

In Lili: Child of Geos, gameplay revolves around jumping on creatures and picking flowers off of them...why do I own this game again? I'm a few decades outside of this game's target demographic. I think I bought it for like $1 off of a sale on Steam. I really hope I bought it for only a dollar off of a sale on Steam...
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Steam's been running a week-long series of sales on games, and I managed to pick up about a half dozen different titles for about one-third the regular price.

Among them is Submerged, a game about a girl trying to take care of her injured brother in a partially submerged city. It is remarkable in that it does not have combat, enemies, or even the possibility of the player character dying, and it still manages to be interesting, in its own way
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Tom Scott gives an excellent not-too-technical rundown of the most likely scenario for what happened during the Great Steam Screw-Up of 2015. As a Steam gamer, this was concerning, but is unlikely to be devastating. I do not have any payment information saved to my Steam account. Entering it each time I need to make a purchase is a hassle, but clearly a worthwhile one.
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When the "upgrade to Windows 10" nagware begins to move beyond annoying into sketchy and infuriating, Josh Mayfield's GWX Control Panel steps in to save the day.

Of course, it's only a matter of time before Microsoft disables or changes the configuration switch in their "Get Windows X" program to resume popping up. I will most likely be forced to upgrade to Windows 10 in the end, but I am not going to reward Microsoft for using nagware to push it on me.

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GWX Control Panel. This is a free tool that can remove and disable the 'Get Windows 10' notification area icon on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Newer versions can also disable 'Upgrade to Windows 10' behavior in the Windows Update control panel. See the user guide at the Ultimate Outsider blog.
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I finally got around to seeing The Force Awakens. Don't worry -- I'm not going to spoil any plot details here. I will say that this movie hit a lot of the same notes as A New Hope did in establishing its characters and the various factions they belong to. I like Rey and Finn -- they play off each other very well.

And then, of course, there was the moment when...well, never mind. I did say I wasn't going to spoil anything, so I better stop here before I reveal what happens to...hehehe...
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I have already watched it, it was awesome... Maybe I should go and watch it again.
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A well-done medley of some Star Wars themes by Taylor Davis, this is. Strong in the Force, she is. Reading this in Yoda's voice, you are.
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Finally got the collected final issues of Ms. Marvel in yesterday, and the "end of the beginning" was great. Lots of warm fuzzies as Kamala faces the end of the world, with her family, friends, and community pulling together around her, and a no-so-surprising-but-still-awesome appearance by Kamala's idol, Captain Marvel, herself.

Ms. Marvel is the first comic book series I've read in a very long time, but I cannot recommend it enough.
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Return to the play area? Not a chance! "Hoverboard" is one of the best xkcd strips in a while.
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And that makes a second time I've swam through lava...
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Science fiction author and creator of the Mecha Monogatari series
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I am the author of the Mecha Monogatari series, which currently has two installments: Stone King and War and Snowflakes.  

Stone King is a science fiction story set in a world where giant extraterrestrial mecha known as the Eschatos are attacking the free nations of the world.  Saionji Kiyohiko is a young soldier of the Japanese Self-Defense Force, who operates a twenty-meter-tall bipedal war machine called a titan.  The story is told in an autobiographical style, with Saionji telling the story of how he became known as Ishio, the Stone King of Ibaraki.

Stone King is now available as an ebook on Amazon.  


War and Snowflakes follows a day in the life of Tsuruhara Iori, an ordinary high-school student, who has to seek refuge in a subterranean bunker during an Eschatos attack, and in the process, makes a friend of one of her schoolmates, Aragaki Koji, who has a history with the Self-Defense Force Titan Corps that he would rather keep secret.

War and Snowflakes is also available on Amazon. A sequel, titled War and Cherry Blossoms, which continues the story of Tsuruhara Iori, is due to be released on Amazon by spring 2014.

I have also written a standalone science-fiction story, called The Impossible Stairwell, which revolves around a high school student that discovers a hidden stairwell at his school that can transport him back and forth in time. The Impossible Stairwell can be found on Amazon.

More information on me and my books can be found at the TV Tropes Wiki.
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