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Tony Zale
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Looking for somewhere different to have dinner this weekend?  My mom is showing artwork at Jane's Restaurant in Bucktown.  Go check it out!

Jane's Restaurant
1653-1655 W. Cortland St.
Chicago, IL 60622
http://janesrestaurant.com/
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The best tool I've found for downloading full size albums from flickr.
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Spotify needs a better "albums" view. It takes too long to scroll through artists that have a huge back catalog.
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My train pulled into Ogilvie station this morning mid-downpour. I couldn't find an umbrella at home, so I ran into the CVS and bought a cheap one. By the time I got back outside the sky had cleared. At least I was left with a nice rainbow.
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A correct application of Murphy's law. (If you had bought the umbrella with the purpose of making the rain stop, the recursive nature of the law would have prevented the rain from stopping. :) )
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My mom is showcasing 22 works of art at Cafe Selmarie in Lincoln Square -- go check it out!
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A professional photographer was snapping candid shots of myself and several other bikers as we rode the Kinzie bike lane today. I didn't stop to ask him who he worked for, but did see his badge that read "Chicago Media". I'll need to keep my eyes on the biking stories over the next week or two.
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The "Instant Uploads" feature of the G+ android app is very cool. This is going to make it alot easier to get my mobile photos into Picasa albums.
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Remember that amazing video of the defrosting of the Fulton Market Cold Storage building in Chicago? (If not, it's here: Time Lapse from Interior Camera (Fulton Cold Storage, Chicago)).

Well, I can finally say that we're moving there!

Well, moving in 2016 :-)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-google-west-loop-20130620,0,6140941.story
Google plans move its Chicago office to the Fulton Market-area of the West Loop starting in 2016, Jim Lecinski, the head of the company's Chicago office and its vice president for U.S. sales and service, announced Thursday.
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What a step backwards for Kindle. Content that works on all your compatible devices helps make Android, iOS, Spotify, and previously the Kindle great.
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I bought it on Google Books. Can't stop reading...
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I don't buy much German beer, but this Schneider Aventinus is so good that I'll need to reconsider that.
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Recently I’ve been hooked on a game called Frozen Synapse, a turn-based strategy game you can run on Windows/Mac/Linux under wine. The focus is squad-level combat missions that take place on procedurally generated maps. The graphics are simple but attractive, something like a schematic from the Tron universe. There’s a single player campaign, but the real meat of the game is in the online multiplayer mode. There are two reasons why I love this game:

Asynchronous Play
It’s really difficult for me to carve out time for lengthy gaming sessions. Even harder is trying to match my gaming availability up with a friend’s. In Frozen Synapse I can take a turn at my leisure, see the results, and get back to life while waiting for my opponent to make his move. But the beauty of the async play goes beyond convenience. Since each player’s moves are executed simultaneously, there’s an element of suspense built into every turn. You start every session by watching the resolution of your last set of orders. Your opponent has already seen this action sequence and plotted his following move. As soon as you prime your new commands, the action is immediately resolved and the outcome is displayed. Finally, you plot your next set of maneuvers, leaving you with a cliffhanger that isn’t resolved until your opponent returns to the game. Watching two action sequences and making two moves makes the game much more engaging than a “Words With Friends”-type experience where you make a quick play and forget about the game. You spend long enough thinking about the match to develop continuity and an anxiousness to see the outcome of your choices.

Strategy Over Interface Mastery
Since this is a turn-based game, players can spend as much time as necessary plotting out possible strategies. The game facilitates this by allowing simulation of the next turn, encouraging you to consider different approaches. You can even give the opposing troops hypothetical orders to evaluate how your team will respond, and then refine your actions accordingly. You only have a handful of troops to command so it’s very feasible to try a few what-ifs.

I’ve spent some time watching a Starcraft 2 tournament in the office, and I’ve been tempted to give it a shot. Holding me back is the knowledge that I’ll need to spend hours mastering the UI, learning hotkeys, and devote time to developing basic tactics into muscle memory. Chances are I will abandon the game due to frustration or boredom before developing the skills to compete. With Frozen Synapse I can focus on developing my strategy rather than the mechanics of executing it.

Frozen Synapse is available on Steam or from the developer’s website. For $25 you get two licenses to the game, a viral strategy to get you to pass a copy on to a friend (thanks +Steve Latta!) If you’re playing you can find me on the ‘Texas’ server, my screen name is the imaginative ‘tonyzale’.
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Three years later... I'm reminded that I meant to check this game out. And hey, I see it's available for Android now...
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  • Google
    2008 - present
  • Electronic Arts
  • NuFX, Inc.
  • Jellyvision, Inc.
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