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John Hattan
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Texas weather is gonna be gorjess all week. I got nothing to complain about.

Except for ending my sentences with preposition, which is a grammatical construct up with which I will not put.
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Yeah, I think we're synced around the Equinox.
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FYI, Amazon's already stupidly-cheap tablet is even cheaper this weekend. And you can sideload the Google Play store on it, which is even better because you can run the Nook and Google Books apps on it, thus making it pretty-much a "reads everything" gizmo.

I still use my original Kindle Fire every day as an e-reader for Google Books. It's great.
Powerful, full-featured Fire tablet--with beautiful 7" IPS display, fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, rear and front facing cameras, and up to 128 GB of expandable storage.
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+Joanne Edison-Brown the Q&A portion of the web page mentions Google Drive without resorting to ROOT.
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Envisioning a horror novel where Zombie Steve Jobs crawls out of his grave, eats the brains of the Apple Watch team and the Rose Gold division of the design team, and then crawls back into the grave.

Too soon?
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Not enough nutrient value to sustain reanimation?
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Gotta plug my old college pal +Patrick Down, as he's gotten himself one of those VR dev kits, and he's making cool stuff.
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Went to a nephew's hillbilly wedding last weekend. Got to stop at the comic store on the way. According to my kid, this is the latest "Cat Emoji Meme", whatever that means.

If you need a combination cat and beanbag chair, lemme know.
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I am so out of touch... I am yet to hear of such an emoji. Do kids still say "cowabunga dude"?
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Got another really nice email from a recent college grad who enjoyed my games back in the 1990's and just discovered the Amazon Retro-Pack.

Always brightens up my day when that happens.
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Makes it all worth it ^_^
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The critter wanted to watch a Michael Moore movie. So I googled to see who streams 'em to Roku. The best selection is on Vudu. . .which is owned by Wal Mart. #Irony
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A further irony is if she chose Capitalism: A Love Story, which includes dissing Walmart.
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Watched "Keanu" with the wife and kiddo yesterday. Funny movie. I kinda agree with the reviewer who says that it's everything that "The Big Bang Theory" should be. Rather than laughing at the nerds who are completely out of their depth, you're cheering for the nerds to succeed.
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Yeah, he's just one line during a dream-sequence.
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Fact : That bigass Velociraptor slice-your-belly-open-claw was hollow and had large blood vessels in it. If the claw broke, the raptor would likely bleed to death.
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Google Inbox is definitely trying to become your front-end for everything. It had email. Then it added to-do lists. And now it's got a "Read it Later" style  bookmarking extension.

Handy if you find something interesting that you wanna deal with later.
Save links to web pages for later or share via email with one click.
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It's useful because you can remind yourself to look at a website later. Better than a regular bookmark.
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Okay, regarding Apple. Apple did not lose money last quarter. In fact, they made a ton of money.

Suppose you do your job and pick up your paychecks and pay all your bills. And at the end of the year, you still have $10,000 in the bank. And you spend the money on a bitchin' vacation in Europe.

The next year, you do the same thing but you only end up with $8,000 at the end of the year. You spend the money on a slightly-less-bitchin' vacation in Florida.

Now then, did you lose money the second year? No you did not! You still made a nice profit. It wasn't $10,000 nice, but still nice.
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If you squint, the white die looks like BB-8. And now I'm thinking that white+gray+orange D&D dice should be a thing, especially if you're playing a Star Wars themed RPG.
Over one hundred and fifty years ago, a French-Belgian mathematician named Eugène Catalan worked out the design for the disdyakis triacontahedron – a 120-sided die. Theoretically it was the most ma…
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(my byline from the Gamedev Collection series, which I co-edited) John Hattan has been working steadily in the casual game-space since the TRS-80 days and professionally since 1990. After seeing his small-format games turned down for what turned out to be Tandy's last PC release, he took them independent, eventually releasing them as several discount game-packs through a couple of publishers. The packs are actually still available on store-shelves, although you'll need a keen eye to find them nowadays. He continues to work in the casual game-space as an independent developer, largely working on games in Flash for his website, The Code Zone (www.thecodezone.com). His current scheme is to distribute his games virally on various web-portals and widget platforms. In addition, John writes weekly product reviews and blogs (over ten years old) for www.gamedev.net from his home office where he lives with his wife and daughter in their home in the woods near Lake Grapevine in Texas.
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I've written the following commercial games for various discount game packs or the web. Adjacent See, Arcade Poker, Backgammon, , BaffleBees, Bulldozer, Bulldozer II, Bulldozer III, Um El Bagara, Black Box Chess, Brain Bones, Cheesy Pursuit, ChessCards, Checker Connector, ConFusebox, ConFusebox II, Core Meltdown, Countdown Dice, Cryptograms, Deductive Logic, Dice-A-Rama, Double Twelve, Duck Tiles, Elementris, Engulf, Head-on Collision!, Hex, Hexapawn, Hexapies, Invaders From Neptune!, Kizbot, Laser Clash, Make4 3D, Meltdown, CardMatch, MazeRace, Moku, Neutron Trails, Nim, Olive Wars!, Pangki, Pegopolis, Poker Patience, Poker Machine, Pop Pies, Pop Pies 2, Pop Pies 3, Push-Pull, Quinto, Reversi Plus, Robottack, Sechseck, Shi Sen, Siege, StackBlitz, Suzy Sushi, Think Tank, Tic Tac Toe 3D, Ultimine, Vanishing Cross, Voracity, Wari, Winding Standoff, WordGrid, Worm Sojourn, Zap Pod!, Zombie Kitten Attack.
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I write games
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  • The Code Zone
    His Ownself, 1996 - present
  • About a dozen companies, none of which still exist
    Programmer, 1989 - 1996
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  • Tappy Chicken
  • Skiing Yeti Mountain
  • Swipey Rogue
  • Adventure Xpress
  • Deep Dungeons of Doom
  • Disney Crossy Road
  • Pogz2
Discount Tuesday is the best thing ever. The old dollar-theaters showing second-run movies aren't dead! Certainly not the newest place in town, but when there's a movie playing that just doesn't quite seem like it's worth full price, this is the place to go. I'll never forget paying a buck to see "Battlefield Earth" and laughing along with everyone else in the theater.
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Very clean. My dog's been happy there every time I've brought him in. Not as happy as home, mind you, but it's a nice facility.
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Very nice beer selection, but pretty pricey compared to the chains.
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Really enjoy their pizzas. I usually get the take-out, but I've eaten in a few times. Good atmosphere and beer. No complaints.
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Good parking, good selection. Checkout line is a nightmare, but I don't think other Costcos are any better.
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Good food and I really like the in-house beer. It's not heavy and syrupy like most brew-pubs. Their house beers are tasty and enjoyable.
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Nice inside, but the drive-thru is usually really busy.
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