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A little humor from this weekend's video game related comics :-)


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Death of Halo


I came across this video on Reddit the other day. I thought it would actually be a much more in-depth analysis of the game series, but it just seems like a whole lot of kvetching about Halo 5.  Since I don't yet have an xbox one I can't really say much about Halo 5, but Halo 4 wasn't really all that bad - if I remember correctly.


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Review: The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building by David J. Peterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While I don't see myself conlanging any time soon, this was quite a fun read (and a pretty good book if you are interested in linguistics but don't know where to start!) There were quite a few examples from Game of Thrones (which I guess is the most well known example of conlanging on modern television) and quite a few from Defiance.  There were other examples from another CW show that I am not familiar with (Star-Crossed) which I guess I'll be on the lookout for to see if it's any good :-)

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Sev TNG: Captain Obvious?





This just reminds me of the "Captain Obvious" Hotels.com commercials :-)

(original archive here)


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Launch trailer - Wolfenstein New Colossus

The launch trailer for the next Wolfenstein game, a game that picks up where the previous game left off - with a Nazi occupied american continent, is now available.  So many games to play once I am done with my dissertation ;-).  Make American Nazi-Free Again!


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Misplaced nostalgia?

I came across this comic strip a week or so ago (but of course I forgot to post). It reminded me of my own (sometimes misplaced) nostalgia for older games.  They were marvelous for their time, but really hard to go back to these days (unless you are very persistent).


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The chemical brothers - Galvanize


I was reminded of this song this past week (usually comes to mind when technology misbehaves and you have to push a button :p )



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Sev TNG: Red Alert





I somehow think that this is not what Reed had in mind ;-)

(original archive here)


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Review: Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration

Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration by Sylvie Albert
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was an OK book. Definitely focuses more on the organizational and managerial aspects of networked communities (which aren't of much use to me at the moment).  There were some interesting nuggets of information buried throughout the book if you looked carefully enough.  I am kind of wondering if my lower-than-usual rating is a function of time (almost 10 years have passed since this was published and some things aren't resonating as much), and of discipline (I probably would have found this much more interesting as an MBA student rather than an EdD student, all things considered).

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Review: Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge

Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge by Gerry Stahl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Enlightening but I thought it was a bit imbalanced. The theoretical pieces of the book were very interesting (and dense). I tried getting through these chapters in a manner of days and I don't think I got everything (or at least things seem a little fuzzy at the moment).  That said, they were interesting.  On the other hand the case studies were a little on the 'dull' side. I hate using this word to characterize someone else's research, but the case studies really didn't connect with me.  I guess I felt like there was an aspect of 'you had to be there' in order for something things to really rise up for the level of importance where I would get an "AHA!" moment.  Some good things for my dissertation, and some irrelevant.  Time to move onto my last book (for now).

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