A digital cultural artifact of our networking history will be lost when AOL Instant Messenger shuts down on December 15. Museum curators at places like the Internet Archives and OoCities act as conservationists for the future. Unfortunately, technology is moving too fast now for most to consider the importance of capturing our digital remains before they disappear. Let’s use this service’s discontinuation as a reminder that we should consider how our pasts can shape our futures.
The BodyCraft VR500 rowing machine is acceptable. Pushing it to its limit constantly – rowing at its maximum “32” resistance for 5 minute sets, over 50 times or for roughly 4 hours, for months, and always with good form to not cause erroneous wear – I’ve found demotivating shortcuts: avoidably bent handlebar and broken plastic bits. There’s no way I’d pay $1600 for this! Maybe $50, tops, and it certainly wouldn’t be my first choice if I needed to replace my Concept2. Why?
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
As much as I’d like seeing “The Story” become an idyllic fairytale hosting an idealized couple, I know there will be conflicts between Trishna (left, bottom) and John, if only because both are fiercely independent. Their conflicts, expressed more fluidly with G.I. Joe’s Scarlett and Dr. Mindbender below, might only be minor. They are such close friends, after all, and as a result have enormous respect for each other. Or maybe they’ll encounter larger conflicts?
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character development)
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You have more time than you think to work toward the life you want. Even without sacrificing sleep like I regularly do. When I tell people my first alarm goes off at 3:40AM, they cringe in agony. I cringe in defeat when I don’t get that solid 2 hours in the morning for my work. I’m not a morning person. I just know if not now, then when? Here’s how I’ve maintained this schedule since April:
The first of a proposed 12 short stories, fleshing out the world of Keyboard Kommander, is complete! The next few Saturdays will reveal a story arc that will be unlocked in-game. We’ve been brainstorming realistic short term and the fantastic long term story mode ideas. Don’t worry! There won’t be any spoilers below. I’ve grafted the spoiler tags from my own project, “The Story,” to be sure. Here’s the spoiler-free update for our short term plans:
Spoiler Warning Scale: None (just general planning!)
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#rowingmachine 50 rows. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve actually been doing 51 rows lately! Not 50! This innocent deception is just to confirm I hit 50 rows. Especially when I occasionally exert myself well past my physical and mental limits, where each of the last 10 rows feels like I’m climbing up and down Mount Everest, I’m spent by the time I reach 50. Also, I go with 50, not yet 200, because it’s a reasonable amount any day.
That was a surprise! Maybe Castlevania web series writer Warren Ellis found himself a ghost writer for this second episode? More likely, everyone working on the abysmal failure that was the first episode collectively told him to get his head together to write something that wasn’t terrible. Flaws in execution and writing do prevent this from truly recovering. Still, it’s a better story this time, if only because it is coherently told. Now, if only…
Agent Bon’s Rating: 3.5/5.0
Zombiepaper’s Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
There will be spoilers uncensored below.
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