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Jon Porobil (Jon Eric)
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Computer nerd by day, music nerd by night
Computer nerd by day, music nerd by night

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Hey Austin - good to visit again! First meal back in town was Torchy's, obviously.
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We took the Switch with us on an airplane yesterday. My stepdaughter and I played Snipperclips for a bit while her mom watched the baby, then we traded kids. Here's my wife and stepdaughter playing co-op Super Bomberman R. On an airplane!

The battery lasted the whole flight and still had about 20% left when we landed. Then we hooked the dock up to the hotel TV. I'm extremely impressed with how well this console travels and how well it works as a portable.
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Day three of bringing my Nintendo Switch into the office to play during breaks and lunch.

I played the last two stages of Shovel Knight on the bus on the way here, and watched the ending at my desk before clocking in. I also started Specter Knight's campaign, but didn't get very far.

During my lunch break, I set up in the break room and played Zelda for a while. I'm still pretty early in the game, but I decided on a whim to sneak into Hyrule Castle and see if I can get to Ganon (the devs said this was possible). Got my butt kicked a few times by the Guardians.

A coworker sat down at the table and watched me play for a bit, asking questions about the Switch and the games. Then, this happened:

"Did you get any other games?"

"Oh, yeah, check it out." I press the home button and show off my list.

He sees Fast RMX on the list. "How's that one? I heard it's fun."

"Oh yeah, you want to play?" I hand him half the joy-con I'm using.

What a delight to see that look on his face as the idea catches up with him that I could just do that, on a whim. It only took a few seconds to shut down Zelda, switch controller modes, and start up Fast RMX, and then we were in split-screen local mode.

This is the promise of the Switch, from the moment it was first announced in that trailer back in November, now fulfilled. It put a huge grin on my face to be able to share it with a friend, at a moment's notice. Not that I wasn't looking forward to Zelda, but it was the possibility of moments like that which truly sold me on this system and got me excited about it. Pure joy.

Those Guardians are jerks, though. Oof.

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Happy Monday! The Nintendo Switch parental controls app has a nice little summary of my video game hangover.
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Sometimes I feel like Information Security is just trying to put out a forest fire by spitting on it.

PSA: Update your passwords. For basically everything.

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Urban planning, or college art project? 
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Last Friday's New York Times crossword featured an interesting clue at 5-Down: "Oscar-nominated actor who has written several humor pieces for The New Yorker" (14 letters). I didn't know it offhand, but a few cross letters helped me infer the correct answer was JESSEEISENBERG.

Today, five days later, the Times is kicking off a semi-regular feature of crosswords with celebrity constructors (or co-constructors), in honor of the 75th anniversary of their first crossword, and the first such constructor is Oscar-nominated actor and frequent New Yorker contributor Jesse Eisenberg!

Has the New York Times ever published a puzzle by a constructor who was himself a clue answer so recently?
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“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
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Getting hyped!
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Super pretty view from the window overlooking the back yard tonight. 
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