Archive for May, 2012

Diablo III: Report card for the first ten days

With most (but not all) of the big connection issues worked out, the first and second set of hotfixes released into the wild, the inevitable hacking of accounts, and ten days passing since release, it’s high time we offered up our report card on the current state of Diablo III.

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Diablo III: The first 15 hours

In the three days since Diablo III was unleashed upon the world, I’ve put just over 15 hours into it. Here are some initial impressions that build on what I saw in the open beta.

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Diablo III: and so it begins


After having downloaded the game client last week and installing it last night, my journey into the world of Diablo III began this morning before I left for work. I was able to log in and create my character with no problems, although I ran into a slight issue with v-sync. For some reason, it was capping my FPS at 30. The solution was to turn off v-sync, and just use the foreground limiter…it’s been running at a solid 60 FPS ever since.

In a game as big as this one, rather than doing a full-blown review, I’ll be periodically posting my thoughts and experiences. So far, my impressions with the open beta still apply to the full release.

My first toon is a female monk. Her name? DirtyMonkey. Natch.

Dark Shadows movie review


Tim Burton serves up a humorous love letter to gothic horror with a 1970′s sheen.

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The Journal of Avery Moore

I love long and intricate stories as much as the next guy, but sometimes you just want a quick yet effective read. The Journal of Avery Moore is exactly that.

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More beef stew adventures!


I got a surprise four-day weekend, so I decided to use the time wisely and make some hearty stew!

You’re looking at 2.5 lbs of chuck dredged in seasoned flour, paprika, a dash of chili powder, kosher salt, and pepper, then seared in a little bit of olive oil, butter, Worcestershire sauce, and some crushed rosemary. As for the rest of the ingredients: 16 oz of beef stock, three russet potatoes, three cloves of garlic, half an onion, half a ginormous green pepper, a ginormous portabella mushroom cap, and one jalapeno sliced into quarters for easy removal/avoidance by Brittnie.

As for spices in the stew itself: kosher salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, three bay leaves, tarragon, paprika, thyme, cumin, and a ton of crushed rosemary. It all spent about 6.5 hours in the crock pot on low. I just gave it a taste test, and it’s freakin’ INCREDIBLE.

Kung Fu Mahjong

What do you get when you combine martial arts, comedy, and an ancient Chinese game? You get Kung Fu Mahjong, that’s what.

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