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v6.2.3 - moving along, a point increase at a time

Return of Castle Wolfenstein | Done!

Before playing the latest and greatest in Wolfenstein gaming, I ended up (last summer) playing through an original xbox era game (thanks, Backward Compatibility!) titled "Return to Castle Wolfenstein".  This game was originally released back in 2001, and I had tried playing a demo of it on my Power Mac G3 at the time, but the thing was so choppy I, disappointed, put it down (and totally forgot
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Review: 24: Legacy - Rules of Engagement #5

24: Legacy - Rules of Engagement #5 by Christopher FarnsworthMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An enjoyable prequel to the TV series 24: Legacy. I guess I should have read this before seeing the show :-) The five part series of comics (reviewing the last one, but it really covers all of them) is the story of the protagonist of the show, jumping back in time to two times in his life (one as a drug
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Halo Infinite - what am I missing?

Another E3 2018 announcement - Microsoft's Halo Infinite. I've liked all Halo games I've played up to now, even though I have not completed all of them, and I have yet to play Halo 5: Guardians, so I was pumped about Halo: Infinite.  I didn't know it was coming, I was surprised and elated at the existence of an announcement trailer...and then it tell flat.  The trailer tells me nothing of
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Assassin's creed Odyssey trailer

Just by luck yesterday YouTube suggested the Ubisoft livestream from E3 (oh internet overlords, you know me so well!), and I tuned in just as the trailer for Assassin's Creed Odyssey came on screen.  I love the trailer, I love that I am able to pick a character, I love that it's going to be set in Greece during the  peloponnesian war, I think I like the Bioware RPGness of the game. There
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Cyberpunk 2077 trailer

Seems like some big announcements were made today and yesterday at this year's E3.  I hadn't even seen anything regarding this game in the game press (not that I was paying particular attention) but this game looks likeit could be a lot of fun, wrapped up in an interesting story.
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Victory is life is here!

Well, the fourth expansion of Star Trek Online, which brings us a sliver of the Gamma quadrant, gamma recruits, and the Jem'Hadar playable faction is here today! I had an opportunity to play a bit today as a new Jem'Hadar "first" (aka captain) under the name of Arak'Ouzo (yes having some fun with the name).  The first couple of missions were quite fun to play, and flying a "bug-ship" is quite
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Review: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World by Steven L. KentMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Not a bad book. I always expect something with the word "ultimate" in the title to be the one definitive source for all things for that topic, but that isn't always the case. Lots of good early history of companies (Coleco
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What do electric sheep dream of?

I guess the answer is "androids" :-) .  A little humor from this weekend's Kotaku Sunday Comics (and an obvious take on "do androids dream of electric sheep?" by Philip K. Dick.
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Loaded with Latinum!

Man...after close to 6 years of play this accolade is finally complete!  The other day I had the Dabo table going at DS9 on STO while having my iPad read back articles to me (some supplemental readings for the dissertation).  It's pretty mindless to click and bet on Dabo, so while reading I just kept hitting 'play'.  Well - finally I hit the 1,000,000 mark!  I've won 1,000,000
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Incredible adventures of van helsing III | done

A game I was playing concurrently with Zombi was another freebie from the free with Gold program.  This game was the Incredible Adventures of van Helsing III.  I am not sure if it was integral to the game for me to play parts I and II (I didn't), but even if it were, this game stood pretty good on its own.The game takes place in the fictional eastern european city of Borgovia, and the main
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Zombi | Done!

The most recent game I finished (right before I headed off to the annual MTA conference the past two days) was Zombi on the XBOX One.  This was originally a WiiU game (a horror game on the Nintendo???) but it made its way to the xbox a few years later.  It's an ubisoft production and it's something I got for "free" by subscribing to Gold (since my membership is expiring soon I thought I
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May the Swartz be with you!

I guess this is for all the Star Wars fans ;-) I think I discovered this on Reddit somewhere.
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Overload is coming!

It took a while, but this kickstarter is almost here (to be released at the end of May).  I haven't been playing the betas (even though my kickstarter pledge allows me to) to get totally immersed when it's released. It's been a while since I played a game of this sort (since Descent, actually!)
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Assassin's Creed Unity - Mobile Companion | Done

LOL, I am not sure why I am writing about the mobile companion app...but I am (so...deal with it? :p).  Anyway, yesterday the final side-mission of the companion app cleared and I got all my little lovely check marks across the map of Paris.   In this companion app you recruit Assassins from across Paris, and as you send them away on missions to control different locations in Paris
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Trials of the Blood Dragon | Done

Recently, another game I 'completed' was Trials of the Blood Dragon. While I did get through the story of the game, I am not sure that this is one of those games that you 'complete'.  When I got this game for free through xbox live 'games with gold' a number of months ago I thought that it was more of a Far Cry game, but it's basically a Trials game with Far Cry highlights.  I had actually
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Back to the Future: the game | Done!

I've been debating which game(s) to move onto next on the xbox now that Assassin's Creed Syndicate is (mostly) done.  I realized the other day that the "free" games that we get on xbox live gold aren't really totally free.  You can claim games for free when they are available, and you can enjoy them, for free, so long as you have an active xbox live gold membership.  Considering that
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Same thing we do every night...

...try to take over the world!  A little humor retrieved in today's comics. I don't know what the video game is that is the original reference, but anything with The Brain will most likely give me a giggle :-)
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Stripping away the nerd-cred

A recent comic I came across this past weekend. It made me laugh a bit, but it also made  me wonder: when did we turn a page as a society where we broadcast our every move... How did this happen? (not an "oh the horror!" type of question, just curious)
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Assassin's Creed Syndicate | Done!

Well... I should probably say "mostly done".  There is the Jack The Ripper expansion story that I haven't played yet, but considering that it's almost a separate game, I thought I'd write about the core game (plus "the last maharaja" missions). So, after I finished Unity I jumped right on to Syndicate (and with the xbox spring sale going on now, I actually picked up Origins...but I think
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Bartender Elbow? - get Jagerbalm!

OK, this is the last of my April Fool's posts!  I've never had Jagermeister, but this fake ad was pretty funny (another one I've shared a few times this week).
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4d6&Me - What's your character?

Continuing with the parade of silly April Fool's Jokes, another one that I've watched, and shared, a few times already on other social media - genetic testing to show you what your character's abilities are in real life.  It's a take on genetic testing that shows where your ancestor's are from, but with a D&D take on it.  Go for charisma and intelligence!
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Quest Management Kit

Another April Fool's joke product from ThinkGeek I've watched at least 6 times thus far! I think the fact that it combines DnD and Office Space makes it hit the sweet spot of comedy :-)
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Cobra Kai Returns - wait...what?

Now THIS is interesting. It's both and underdog story, and a redemption story, and potentially a role reversal story, all steeped in heavy vats of nostalgia. When the "youtube red original" logo came on screen I immediately wrote this off, BUT I was hooked and needed to see the rest of the trailer (you know, the car accident rule, you know it's gruesome, but you can't look away).  I am glad I
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Unity...so very...very...true

I came across this comic on Reddit the other day.  I both laughed, and wanted to throw a controller at the screen :p  While I did want to complete all the option pursuits and co-ops and such, this is one issue that made me want to break the screen :-) Imagine trying to jump (or heck go down and not jump to a 'random' location) and being on a timer. eff this :p
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Section 31, yo!

A deleted scene from Star Trek Discovery's season finale his the netwaves the other day where Mirror Gheorghiou is recruited into section 31 (which also answers all the questions on the web about that little black starfleet badge).  Effin' awesome is what I have to say!  I hope that the fact that this was deleted does not mean that this plotline is killed off... This would be a totally awesome
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Colony Season 3 coming soon!

May seems a little late, but it will be here soon enough!  So will Colony season 3!  The trailer for it came out a few days ago and I am all excited about it! My only worry is that we're treading into "Falling Skies" territory here. Falling skies started strong and it really fizzled out.  It's as if the creators didn't know what to do with the series.  A protracted war would be
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Victory is Life! The next Star Trek Online expansion

"Victory is Life" is a saying of the Jem'Hadar, one of the subjugated races of the Dominion (...or is it "in the Dominion"?) who are, basically, the warriors of that alliance.  It is also the name of the next expansion for Star Trek Online which is hitting PCs his coming summer (I sure hope it's not concurrent with the Summer Event on Risa!). I do find it a little odd that the developers chose
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Stargate Origins | It was fine

I wanted to indulge my inner critic and say "it stinks!" but it wasn't all that bad. It has been eight years since the last time any Stargate show was on television, so it's been a while. Longer, in fact, than between Enterprise going off the air and the first Kelvin-timeline Star Trek film! So, if there are Stargate fans out there, I hope they enjoyed it, and that there are more Stargateverse stories
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Naming in video games

I cam across this over the weekend...it gave me a bit of chuckle ;-)
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Star Wars intergalactic language - where's the school???

A little bit of humor from the feeds today.  This was a Saturday Night Live skit that was cut for time, but it's so awesome.  How do those people far far away understand the bleeps, blops, and ooouuuuuuuaaaaa (my best text impression of Chewbacca)?
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Assassin's Creed Unity | Done!

It's been a while since I last played an Assassin's Creed game on a console, owing mostly to the fact that I didn't have a current generation console to play the 'newest' games on.  I think the wait was quite worth it, for a few reasons.Assassin's Creed Unity is the next game in the series after Assassin's Creed Rogue.  Your main character is Arno Dorian. If you played Rogue you know that
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Defiance 2050

Looks like Defiance (the MMO) is getting an update.  The updated version launches this summer and is called Defiance 2050. The television show took place starting in 2046, so I guess the developers might be moving the timeline a little forward (well, the show was 3 seasons long, so many it picks up the story after the show?). On the good side of things it seems like they are streamlining the
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Pika pika!

I guess happy Pokemon day to you ;-) Hard to believe that this thing has been going strong since 1996 (I was in high school!). Part of me wishes I had bought the game on Game Boy back then, but I only watched the cartoon after school
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Review: The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years by Edward GrossMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting look at the genesis of Star Trek, from before there was even Star Trek, through The Animated Series, through a few aborted concepts, to Star Trek VI. Told through the words of the people involved in the series, so there are multiple
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Cognitive dissonance in games

Found earlier this week.  It an interesting commentary on a common trope of video game stories - accused of a violent crime, didn't do it, be violent to clear you name.
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Demodogs - a bit of a mashup

A little humor found earlier today on Kotaku Sunday comics - a funny mashup between Thudercats and Stranger Things
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Stargate Origins trailer

It seems that prequels are the new rage when it comes to sci-fi on TV.  Here is the most recent trailer for Stargate: Origins (no...nothing to do with the Book of Origin and the Ori). It seems interesting, and hopefully it goes beyond to 10-12 mini episodes (10 minutes each) that it is originally planned to run.  I still want them to do a post Universe show (maybe even go back to the Destiny!)
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Splinter Cell: Part II

Part II of the Splinter Cell fan film was released this past week with 20 minutes more of the prequel story. It was an interesting video to watch (and now I'm waiting for Part III which I assume wraps up the story), but some of the dialogue seemed to be a little odd for the character of Sam Fisher and it sounded a little more like a generic action hero. Perhaps we can write it off as this being a
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Far Cry 2 | Done!

Last semester I began to play Far Cry 2 on my xbox 360 on my free time (free time, LOL - I suppose that's why it took this long to complete the game :p)  I got the game as part of a far cry pack a few winters ago, and with the pile of 360 games becoming smaller and smaller, this series was next on my list.  Far Cry (the original) wasn't available at the time, and it seems that the stories
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The Trek that never was...

Over the years I've come across articles from a variety of sources on the web about Trek movies and TV series that were supposedly considered, proposed, or even explored, but never really saw the light of day.  Some of them are on Memory Alpha, but some are not. From time to time I try to come up with some of these names as conversations bring them up, but I forget - so... I've gone through and
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xbox year in review

I was going to title this the Gaming year in review, but I've done some gaming on UPlay (the Assassin's Creed Chronicles), on Android, and on Steam which don't have fancy infographics for me. So, here is what I ended up playing on xbox :-) No surprise that most games are shooters. I did enjoy Bayonetta (and had I persisted I would have racked up more hours on it), but one can only get so frustrated
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GoodReads: Year in Review

I was holding off on posting this just in case I finished another book before the new year, but it seems like I will need to spend this week actually doing some writing for the dissertation proposal (can't let all this fine reading go to waste!). On the one hand I am surprised at how much I read, and on the other hand I am not.  This doesn't even include all the articles I read.  I keep
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Mine! Mine! Mine!

With the new Kramp'Ikri event on star trek online this season came a new accolade to collect: mine, mine, mine!  I was aiming to earn this before Christmas hit (and I started working more on my dissertation)...and mission (just) accomplished! In the Kramp'Ihri event (usually comes along twice per hour) when you attack the Kramp'ihri, one of the things that he tosses at you (from time to time)
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Star Trek TCTU ideas (part I)

Bring these back ;-)The other day I was thinking back to the 1990s and early 2000s when we had two or three star trek series going on at the same time.  Man, that was entertaining ;-).  The recent DC universe (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) shows on the CW have made me ponder about what a Star Trek equivalent would be like (call it the TCTU - Trek Cinema and TV Universe -
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A castlevania christmas

A little humor found this past weekend on Kotaku's Sunday Comics (especially for those Castlevania fans) :-)
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Winter Wonderland is here!

One of my favorite seasonal STO events is here: Q's winter wonderland - where mischievous Q transports you to a...ermmm...winter wonderland...complete with winter events, winter clothing, and a new limited edition ship that you can claim.The Kramp'IhrThis year's addition to the game is the Kramp'Ihr - melding human winter-time monsters like the Krampus with Klingon undead (the Fekh'Ihr).  It
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A game plan for playing games

A little humor from last week's gamercat. I think I went through the 'must play every game' phase when I was in middle school, I've slowly paired it down to the 'I only have so much time, what do I want to play?' :-)  The urge to play (or at least try) them all though is still there :)
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Ricky Martin - She Bangs

Απο το random του YouTube αυτής της εβδομάδας :-).
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Review: Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories

Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories by David KushnerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was an interesting collection of short stories on video games. It is by no means comprehensive, but it was interesting to read nevertheless. It's a good, short, read for people interested in video games and how they impact (and are impacted by) society. I think this book spent a little too
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Star Trek Continues E11 "To Boldly Go: Part II"

Well, the finale of Star Trek Continues is here.  I really wish that this series had had a handful more episodes before this grand finale - which ties in TOS with the movies, but oh well...axanar ;-) .  The finale was actually quite good.  I was hoping we'd see more Kirk in a TMP uniform, but I guess not.  This series is worth seeing from start to finish now that is it done (in
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Mario's worst enemies

A little humor from last week's Nerdrage.  Mario's most recent enemy seems very...pedestrian :-)
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Music Rewind

This past week I was reminded of Darren Hayes and the song Pop!ular. Not sure what reminded me of it, definitely some random conversationalist at work, but I don't recall how exactly this fits in.  I think it was the white noise beat that someone had in the office.
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Bayonetta | Done*

Well... I guess I'm done with it not in the "I've completed the game" aspect but rather, "I got to a point and got tired of it" :p .  A month or so ago I thought I'd start Bayonetta on the xbox.  Not that I have a ton of time on my hands with the dissertation proposal going on, but hey, it should have been a fun diversion.  In the game you play as...you guess it...Bayonetta.  A
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Assassin's Creed Origins: Launch trailer

Even though I am 3 games behind in this series (and a whole generation of consoles behind), I am looking forward to eventually playing this game :-).  I wonder if we see aliens come down and land/crashland on earth in ancient Egyptian times, or if we're dealing with the the fallout of discovering the ancient artifacts at this period in history :)
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You can't please everyone

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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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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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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Street Fighter V arcade trailer

It's hard to believe that it's been 30 years since Street Fighter was originally released... I am also surprised that there is no Xbox One release for the game.  I guess I will be playing it on Steam...(at some point in the way way way future)
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Music Rewind: Cranberries

Haven't thought of the cranberries in ages, but a show I was watching on Amazon this past week reminded of this song.
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Max Payne - 16 years later

Hard to believe that 16 years have passed since this game kicked off! Yes, even though I just finished this series of games (recently...within the last 6 months?) it's interesting to hear a retrospective :-)
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Halo Wars | Done!

This past weekend (and after about 20 hours of playtime) I finished Halo Wars on the xbox 360. I've been kind of avoiding Halo Wars because it's an RTS game (real time strategy) and I haven't really gotten very much into an RTS since Warcraft II: The tides of darkness (which I played back in 1996 on my Performa 635).  In this game, unlike most other Halo games, your protagonist is just a regular
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Music Rewind: Indila - Derniere Danse

Not all that old, but I was just reminded of the song the other day on a dance show.  It's funny that I was vaguely aware of the song when it came out, but I never bothered to put it on any playlists...and it was summarily forgotten (I blame MOOCs...and school :p)
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This week in new musis - Jiggy

This comes from a facebook recommendation. When I first saw the video (without music on) I thought it was people replicating the music video dance (a la macarena) - but nope. This is the video :pSilent Place by JiggyVerdict: Very riverdance-y.  Not bad, just not sure what to make of it...
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Review: Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key

Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key by Dayton WardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was the third in the "legacies" trilogy that I started reading this past summer. Fun book. I wouldn't say that the TOS crew is "my" crew (was introduced to Star Trek with TNG), but it was a fun novel to listen to (audiobook format), and it does give a bit more background into "number 1" (Majel Barrett's character
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Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory | Done

[Spoilers] My quest to complete all current Splinter Cell games is complete!  Last week (right before the semester start) I got to finish the last of the original Splinter Cell trilogy on the xbox. The game was originally released for the original xbox, but though the magic of backward compatibility I played this on my 360. This game played fairly well in compatibility mode. The compatibility
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Review: Best Defense

Best Defense by David MackMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting continuation of Captain-to-Captain. I was unaware McCoy had any kids. Fascinating - as Spock would say. I find this alternate universe quite interesting. No hunger, no pain, no being tired...is it all in their minds?  I know that Star Trek has explored the mirror universe (well, they just scratched the surface), but it would
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PS Vita revival? :p

I love the whipping that the Playstation Vita gets from time to time ;-).  It's not that I didn't want the system to succeed, but between the lack of support and the many proprietary features...well it was begging to be on top of the dirt pile :-)
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Terminator - A-Team Mashup

Well, let it not be said that the internet has not enabled people to be creative ;-).  Now I want to see the A-Team interacting with main characters in this A-Team universe ;-)
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Music Rewind: Mmmbop

😂LOL. Έκανα μια γρήγορη αναζήτηση στο google να δω τι άλλα τραγούδια από το 1997 είχα ξεχάσει και πέτυχα αυτό. Τι γέλιο! Όντως το είχα ξεχάσει επειδή δεν το έχω σε κάποια λίστα στο iTunes αλλά εδώ στον Βοστόνη το έπαιζε το ράδιο συνέχεια
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Music Rewind - Walking on the sun

Τα κοινωνικά δίκτυα αυτή την εβδομάδα μου θύμισαν άλλο ένα τραγούδι που είναι φέτος 20 χρονών… Λες να αρχίζω να ανησυχώ πως ξέρω παραπάνω “παλιά” τραγούδια παρά καινούργια;.
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This week in Russia

It seems that it's been a while since I've listed to Russian music...so I guess I'll make August Russian-music month. This isn't a new song, but I'm still looking for updated russian charts.  The song is Под звуки поцелуев, which translates to "the sound of kisses". Под звуки поцелуев by Ольга БузоваVerdict: My Russian is beyond rusty (falling part,
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Star Trek Online, Season 14

With Star Trek Las Vegas upon us, STO has announced some really interesting stuff coming down the pike, including captain Georgi LaForge, revamped Galaxy-class ships, and TNG Skants! I think that last one made me smile uncontrollably ;-)  The Lukari and the Kentari seem to be kissing and making up for past aggression, and the Jem Hadar are back! When I saw the trailer (below) yesterday I expected
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Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow | Done

Continuing with my exploration of "the classics" (of two console generations ago), I've been playing Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. The game originally came out for the original xbox, and I've been playing it on backward compatibility.  I didn't really notice any hickups in the single player game.   The title comes from the main bad guy of the series, Sadono, who calls his sleeper cells
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This week in Greece

I was actually looking to go to my mail the other day, when I mistakely put in μα in my URL bar... Instead of mail, it took me to search results where I discovered a new song...Μα Εγώ by Στέλιος ΡόκκοςVerdict: κλαψουριάρικο χαχα.  Εντάξει, δεν είναι και άσχημο, αλλά πρέπει να είσαι προετοιμασμένος για
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This week in US music

I came across this quite clip serendipitous while looking for something else.  It bubbled up I think while I was looking for some other music.  It's new to me... so - it's this week's new music for me ;-) I guess #nsfw if you don't want the "fuck" and its derivatives on your speakers at work :-)Woman by KeshaVerdict: Catchy and it's got a good beat. Something for the playlist
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New Discovery trailer

This one is from the recent San Diego comic con, for the upcoming Star Trek series.  It seems interesting.  While I do like Star Trek, and I will watch the broadcast pilot, I don't know if I am a hardcore-enough fan to shell out money for All Access.  Just put it on Netflix and Hulu and be done with it :p.  Looking at some of the consume designs, they seem pretty interesting, but
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This week in serendipitous music...

I came across this music video last week, by chance, while looking at my work's google alerts (one of them being for the term 'linguistics').  I guess  I had to listen to it!Switch out by Taim feat. LinguisticsVerdict: Not bad... the end was a little abrupt, and I am not sure why "linguistics" is the name of the vocalist, but whatever... Not a bad track, but definitely lacking in the connections
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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive by Brannon BragaMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting post-nemesis cross-over between TNG crews and Titan (how else would you get Troy and Riker back?). The story is pre-JJ (where we already see B4 as having morphed into data), and this comic sets the stage for that to happen. A future Locutus, after the Borg have conquered everything, sends Data into
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Miss Jane - It's a fine day

A colleague's facebook post reminded me of this song the other day.  I haven't heard an ATB song in ages.  Need to see if anything new has come out.
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The Crystal Method - Name of the Game

From the Splinter Cell soundtrack (and also the intro song for the first splinter cell). I didn't find an actual music video for this but here is a fan made video using the last game in the series (Blacklist).  I actually don't remember hearing this on the radio back in the day, I've only known it as a game soundtrack.
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Splinter Cell | Done! (again)

Damn it Fisher!  That's one alarm too many! The mission is over!  Recently I completed the original Splinter Cell - the game that kicked off the series - via backward compatibility on my xbox 360.  I've been wanting to go back and play these games to get the complete story arc of this game series, but on Windows you generally cannot find Pandora Tomorrow (or is it Chaos Theory?) because
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This week in Greek music

Αυτή την εβδομάδα είπα να ρίξω μια ματιά στο YouTube να δω τι παίζει ως προς το Ελληνικό. Αυτό το κομμάτι μου το πρόβαλε, βάση άλλων τραγουδιών που είχα ψάξει παλιότερα. Δεν ξέρω, είναι independent καλλιτέχνης η κοπέλα; ή είναι καινούργια
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Music Rewind - Ευρυδίκη: το μόνο που θυμάμαι

Κάτι, κάποιος, είπε στα νέα την περασμένη εβδομάδα που θύμησε αυτό το τραγούδι. Δεν θυμόμουν πως ήταν από το 1991!.
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Review: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy by Mike JohnsonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars [SPOILERS] Quite an interesting adventure that kickstarts at least 2 new groups of crews in the Kelvin-timeline of Star Trek. I'd read more of this. The comic starts off with the TOS crew, when they were in their academy days (well Kirk, Spock, and Uhura...and a little bit of Chekov), but it really focuses mostly a new
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This week in Greek charts

Αυτή την εβδομάδα το MAD μου λεει πως αυτό το τραγούδι είναι το #2 τραγουδί στα τσάρτ στην Ελλάδα (το πρώτο δεν είναι ελληνικό τραγούδι). Ζητήματα Ζωής by Σάκης ΡουβάςVerdict: Γενικά μου αρέσουν τα τραγούδια του Σάκη, αλλά αυτό το
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Original castlevania, in Unreal!

The things one finds  on YouTube!Here is a play-through of a fan made remake of the original Castlevania in the Unreal Engine.  Pretty interesting!
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Coolio feat L.V. Gangsta's Paradise

Ένα τραγούδι που ήρθε στον νου από τότε που ήμουν στο λύκειο. Από το Soundtrack της ταινίας Dangerous minds..
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Review: Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain

Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain by Greg CoxMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an interesting kick off to the 50th anniversary novel special (if you'd call it that). This story deals with characters that were seen in the original pilot (the one that was never picked up), with Number One (Majel Barrett's character) coming to Kirk's enterprise to take a piece of tech that allow s for interdimentional
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Metroid: Samus Returns

One of the games I forgot to look for a trailer for last week was Metroid: Samus Returns, which is a modern version of Metroid II which came out in 1992 (25 years ago!!!) for the original GameBoy.  A good friend of mine had this game (and had beat it).  As was common back then, we traded game cartridges and I tried to beat this game by starting at the beginning, but I found it frustrating.
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Music Rewind - Eat it

Εδώ και κάτι εβδομάδες μου έχει κολήσει στο μυαλό το τραγούδι του Weird Al το οποίο λέγεται Eat It και είναι μια παροδία του τραγουδιού Beat it του Michael Jackson. Όχι πως είναι και κάτι που θα τραγουδούσε κανείς έξω (αν και θες να σε πάρουν
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Chasing the infinite sky

I came across this (really short) fan film a few weeks ago but I had not had time to watch it up until now.  The design aesthetic is definitely NuTrek, but that doesn't bother me.  It does fit within the CBS/Paramount fan-film guidelines, and in doing so it really lacks much engagement.The more brutal star trek fans out there say that it sucks, for a variety of reasons, including that it's
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This week in Quebec music

Δεν ξερω κατά πόσο είναι καινούργιο αυτό το τραγούδι, αλλά είναι κατι που ανακάλυψα μέσω χριστίνας αυτή την εβδομαδα.La folie by LGRVerdict: Αν και με τα γαλλικά δεν τα πάω και τόσο καλά, αρκετά καλό τραγούδι (και ας μην τα πιάνω όλα).
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Star Trek: Legacy by Patrick Collins

I came across this re-cut of Star Trek the Motion Picture using Daft Punk's soundtrack from Tron:Legacy.  Pretty interesting!
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Resident evil, all wrapped up

This past weekend I took the opportunity to wrap up the resident evil movie collection and saw Resident Evil: Retribution, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.  I had seen Resident Evil: Afterlife in the theaters in 2010, but I had been putting off the rest.  All movies pick up from another another (well, at least the last three did), so I think they are better seen consecutively :-).Resident
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Music Rewind - Bloody tears

The stuff one finds on YouTube! While looking up something else the other day I came across a compilation of all versions of Bloody Tears - the Castlevania theme song) from games that it's been composed in.  Here is the breakdown:Simons Quest: 0:00Castlevania IV: 2:40Bloodlines: 5:31Dracula X: 7:18Symphony of the Night: 9:47Symphony of the Night (V2): 14:44Legends: 20:15Chronicles: 22:22Dawn
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This week in trailer music

I was looking at the most recent Humble Bundle (E3 2017 games) and this was the background Duke Nukem's Bulletstorm Tour.  Killin' It by KrewellaVerdict: Definitely my kind of music.  Need to look up the album💓
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New from Nintendo at E3 2017

Some really nice looking games announced by Nintendo at E3 yesterday.  Some on the switch, some on the 3DS.  I like the concept of the switch, but I can't really justify getting one considering that most of what I want to play is on the xbox one...Super Mario Odyssey trailer: Yoshi Trailer: Kirby Trailer:
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Crackdown 3

I love Terry Crews ;-)  Now all this game needs is a Jake Peralta recruit haha.I wonder if I need an Xbox One X to run this.  I seriously don't see a reason to buy an xbox one X over an xbox one S given my own gaming habits.
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Wolfenstein II trailer (woot!)

Fresh from this week's E3There appears to be a sequel to Wolfenstein: A new Order coming out for the xbox one called Wolfenstein II: A new Colossus.  Looking forward to this installation of kicking Nazi butt in an alternative reality
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Assassin's Creed Origins

Yesterday, at this year's E3 conference, we got new of the next Assassin's Creed.  I guess the rumors (or wild wishes?) from some fans came true:  Old Egypt (looks like Roman times) is now the setting of the next game which will chronicle the beginning of the brotherhood.  Can't wait!  Wonder if it will have an Ancient Aliens vibe ;-)
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This week in Eurovision

I completely forgot about the Eurovision results a week or so ago.  This year Portugal won. It seems that non-pop songs end up winning (or perhaps songs that are not part of the pack), so when people bet on pop, they end up losing. Just an anecdotal observationAmar Pelos Dois by Salvador SobralVerdict: Not bad, but also not my cup of tea for day to day listening.
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Off to Mile End Summer!

Perfectly planned! or is this called serendipity to be here while this is happening without planning it? ;-)
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STO summer event is upon us!

Next week the summer event starts in STO.  Looks like a T6 Vorgon dreadnaught is the main prize (really wish I could get the first two summer ships that I never bothered getting....and not in a Phoenix pack!)
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Syndicate | Done!

Recently I completed the game Syndicate on the xbox 360 (continuing to make my way though my backlog of games) :-).  The game is based on the game which has the similar name from a little over 20 years ago, by developed BullFrog.  The original syndicate game was a DOS and MacOS game (I am pretty sure it was on the Amiga as well) where the player started their own corporation with the aim
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Castlevania - the TV Series!

It seems like Netflix  has a Belmont up its sleeve!  Soon (I hope) an anime-style Castlevania series will be hitting Netflix.  I think that this teaser trailer is well done (hope the series is well done too!).  I wonder how they will tackle the lore...
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This week in US charts

Number one this week in the US is a song I've heard before, so here is #2 (which was last week's #1).That's what I like by Bruno MarsVerdict: Interesting music video.  The R&B doesn't do much for me, but it's not a bad song. Something for the listen-while-drive mix.
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Throwing money at Nintendo...

From last week's gamercat...  As much as I want to throw money at Nintendo for the switch, I can't justify the cost and game availability (and cost thereof).  As a child of the 90s though....Nintendo! (i.e. irrational behaviors at times)
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Commendations complete!

Holy Chalupa, Batman!After close to 5 years of playing this Star Trek Online (since it went Free to Play basically) my primary character (Tolya Kotrolya) has finally maxed out all of his commendations!  The elusive commendation was the "recruitment" commendation which for the Federation folk it seems pretty hard to get (unless you want to sacrifice a whole bunch of uncommon and rare Duty Offices
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Review: The Butcher of Anderson Station

The Butcher of Anderson Station by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite an interesting background story for Fred. I don't remember if I saw this on the TV show, I guess I need to rewatch. Sets up an interesting juxtaposition between Earth/Mars and the Belters, and provides some history for the Belters. View all my reviews
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This week in Eurovision 2017 (Finalists)

Hey! It's Eurovision time again! Just like in previous years it crept up on  me.  This year both Greece and Cyprus are in, and here are their respective songs. Both songs are very eurovision-y. Don't get me wrong, I like pop songs, but they seem to lack a national character.  English has taken over as the language of communication, there isn't even a refrain in another languageThis
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GoFCCyourself!

Seriously, watch this.... and then gofccyourself.com :-) 
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This week in Mexican charts

The top song for this week seems to be the same as a few weeks ago...so let's bump down to #3Te Regalo by Ulices Chaidez y Sus PlebesVerdict: Definitely an acquired taste (sort of how certain Greek music is an acquired taste if you haven't grown up listening to it :-)  )
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Star Trek Online: Season 13 - Escalation

Escalation hit the interwebs last week, and having played a bit this weekend it's not bad!  The Smoke & Mirrors mission reminded me a little of Star Wars (the aesthetic), and a little bit of Captain Planet (the "don't mess up your planet by polluting, Kids!)I played a bit in the competitive warzone queues and the space one is definitely my favorite or the two. The ground missions (invisible
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Battlefield 4 | Done!

The other day I wrapped up the campaign part of Battlefield 4 (which is really the only part of most games I play).  I was originally thinking that it would pick up from Battlefield 3, but this game seems to be (more or less) self contained.  With the exception of meeting "dima" in one of the stages in the middle part of the game.  Dima being one of the characters involved in the previous
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This week in France

Seems like the #1 song this week in France (according to Billboard anyway) is a song I've heard before, so I dropped won to #5 to see something new to me.Chocolat by feat. Awa ImaniVerdict: I was prepared to not like this song (autotune seems a little overdone), but I rather liked it. Something to add to the playlist...
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Battlefield 3 | Done

Once I finished off Max Payne 3, I dove deeply into another game of a similar genre, Battlefield 3.  The campaign side of the game (which is basically what I play since I am not a networked player for most things) was rather short comparative to other games, but if I were to compare the game to games of the same genre (such as the previous two Battlefield games I played and the Call of Duty games
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This week in mexican music charts

I don't think I've explored the mexican charts before.  Let's see what they have in store...Adiós Amor by Christian NodalVerdict: Interesting, but definitely not my kind of music.
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Babar married his cousin?!

This past weekend's last week tonight (on the topic of the upcoming french elections) was pretty awesome. Love the film noir ending ;-).  I didn't remember that Babar married his cousin...
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Max Payne 3 | Done!

 A week or so ago I completed Max Payne 3, the most recent game in the Max Payne series of games.  This game trades in the comic book feel of the first two games for a more new (or trendy?" cinematic feel with game cutscenes and voice over by none other than Max himself.The game starts off with Max (at the end of the game) doing some introspection, a "how the hell did I get here?" type of
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This week in isreali music

I was watching Reza Aslan's Believer series the other night when I saw a bunch of high energy "hippie" Jews (for lack of a better description). The interesting thing is that they come from conservative background, which I found a little conflicting with the 'liberated' hippieness on camera. So these guys where they were pumping some serious high energy music from speakers on their little van and they
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Competitive Wargames Reputation - STO

Well... Just as I finished one reputation (Lukari), and have enough marks to get the gear...and now there is a new reputation coming along.  More grind....more grind :p   This one has several different types of sets that can be mixed and matched, which means a ton of grinding ahead.  But hey, there are capes!
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Colony WOAHs!

Most shocking moments of Colony this season?  Here's a wrap-up in the video (spoilers).  I can't believe that Bob is alive.  The former proxy and current "I am out for myself" man Snyder is a wild card.  Personally I think that he is more cunning that people give him credit for and I think he'll do the right thing in the end.So are they aliens?  Humanoid AI?  Aliens with
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This week in Greece

This appears to be #1 in the Greek charts, according to GreekBoston anyway ;-)Σιγά by Χριστίνα ΣάλτηVerdict: Pretty typical music and beats.  I like it, I would listen to it (has a good beat).  Sounds a little cookie cutter thought
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Star Trek First Frontier trailer

I came across this trailer for a fan film which seems to be following the Enterprise's first captain, Robert April.  Looks interesting and well made.  Wonder what the final one episode will look like :-)
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ThinkGeek Fools!

I completely forgot to have a look at ThinkGeek's April Fool's lineup. Usually some of their April Fool's products make it to production (and some are actually just jokes).  I picked three of my favorites.The Hot Pockets burrito  sleeping bag.  I picked this (even though I don't particularly find Hot Pockets all that appetizing) because I think that there are enough people who want
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The artisanal sound system

When I logged into Star Trek Online I heard a bunch or BLIM, BLORP, SWOOOOSH sounds.  I thought Q was at it again.  Well, it turns out that it was just the new artisanal sonification system :p (Happy April Fools)
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This week in the italian charts

I don't think I've listed to Italian charts for a while...so here we go - this week this is #1 in ItalyDespacito by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy YankeeVerdict: Nice beat.  I could do without the Autotune though ;-)
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Best patch note ever!

STO is down for maintenance.  Last night the First Contact event was hard to get into, which I assume is one of the things being looked at.  I loved this patch note today:  Resolved an issue where the Heavy Escort Railgun was healing enemies instead of damaging them. Healing your enemies would make for some really long battles - but this gives me a good idea for a console: 
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First contact day is upon us!

I saw, on the the STO blog, that First Contact day is almost upon us! For the event, STO will be doing the following:Captains who participate will search the area for useful parts, just like Cochrane scavenged the pieces for the Phoenix. Using these parts in conjunction with a basic hull assembly, captains will make their own model of the Phoenix by combining engines, hull, and stabilizer parts found
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Mass Effect Andromeda is here

Need to finish my 360 backlog so I can get an Xbox one start playing these ;-)
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This week in facebook found music

No charts this week, but rather facebook found music.Storm the Sorrow by EPICAVerdict: Generally this is not the type of music that I seek out (epic metal?), but it's got a good tune if you've need to be psychologically pumped
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Max Payne 2 | Done!

Continuing on the theme of going through video games that I've wanted to play (but haven't), the next game that I completed was Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.  This game was originally released on the original xbox (you know, the one before the xbox 360), and it is backward compatible on the 360, so I decided to take it for a spin.  [SPOILERS]The story of Max Payne 2 picks up a little
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This week in Canada

Seems liked Ed Sheera with Shape of you is #1 in Canada this week, as elsewhere, so here's #2 in Canada.It ain't me by Kygo with Selena GomezVerdict: It's OK. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
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Millenium | Done

Back in the last 90s there was a show on Fox, a spin-off of the X-Files, made by the same folks as the X-Files. If it wasn't a spin-off, it just took place in the same universe as the X-Files and the Lone Gunmen.[SPOILERS]I had started watching the series when it was originally on the air (you know, before DVR, streaming, and all that) back in 1996 but I wasn't really sure how much of the show I had
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Sister Hazel - All for you

Another song turning 20 this year... Is this now retro?
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Kingsway OS - the RPG OS

OK, not really an OS, but an RPG in the style of an old GUI OS... pretty interesting!
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This week in the French charts

Seems like Ed Sheeran is everywhere in the charts - even in France, so here is #4 on the French charts this week.Be Mine by OfenbachVerdict: I actually liked the music quite a lot. I wasn't expecting to (given the slightly odd music video with the potentially psychotic serial killer ;-) ), but it was quite up-beat in terms of a tune which makes it a pleasure to listen to (even as background music).
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Joining the Breach

The Breach came back as an event queue in Star Trek Online last week.  This comic sums up exactly how I felt about it. Although to be honest, it's much shorter, and the rewards seem better as compared to the original Breach queue, and I need to get enough Lukari marks to finish off that reputation... (original here)
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Presidential Spam

Somehow I got on the White House's mailing list (must have been some petition I signed at some point), and now I get spam like this.  I guess the White House is seriously pushing their new reality show "Presidential", but it faces steep prime-time competition from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, and El Rey. I think Sharnado probably does better than this new reality show ;-)
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Runaway, a short film

One of the film related kickstarters that I had supported a while back released their film.  I actually like it a lot, and it could easily fit into the Humans universe!Have a look, share far and wide :) And, if you like it, and are a Trek fan, have a look at Tommy's prior work (Star Trek Horizon)
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This week in music charts

This week I was looking at the general billboard charts.  Didn't recognize this #1, so I took it for virtual spin...Shape of you by Ed SheeranVerdict: It's alright. I think this emoticon sums it up ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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The perfect pac-man score (and the guy who beat it)

Woah!  that's all I have to say! (via Alec Couros on Facebook)
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Max Payne (PC) | Done!

A while back I had bought Max Payne 3 on super sale for my xbox 360, so I thought it a good idea to go back and play the previous two.  Even though I have the original xbox discs for Max Payne, and Max Payne 2, it seems that the backward compatibility was throwing up some hiccups for the original Max Payne.  Luckily Humble Bundle had it on super sale ($2?) so I got it for steam.Max is a
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This week in Russian Music

I don't know if this was something that was on the charts, but I've come across Leningrad (the band) before, so it might be something that's bubbled up.  This comes across from The Verge.  As with the Verge's warning: graphic video content ahead.Кольщик by ЛенинградVerdict: Liked it.  Wonder if I should get an album (or two) of theirs...
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Portal, on the Apple II

I love seeing retroisms like this :)  Someone programmed portal on the Apple II using Applesoft BASIC!
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This week in Greek music

On top of the Greek charts this week...Όσο θα λείπεις by Kings & Γιάννης ΠλούταρχοςVerdict: Sort of what I expected to hear from Ploutarchos.  Not bad, but I feel like it blends with other songs of this type.
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Mass Effect Andromeda: Trailer 2

While I do miss the original crew of the Mass Effect Universe, this trailer looks awesome.  Can't wait for the game to come out (PhD productivity plummet in the future :p ?)
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Μιθριδάτης - Γλυκιά Ολντ'Σκουλιά

Γλυκιά Ολντ'Σκουλιά by ΜιθριδάτηςVerdict: Haven't heard an Imiskoubria (or Mithridatis song) that I don't like.  This one does not disappoint either.  I like mashup of music genres. It's also easy to sign along to which makes it much more of an earworm than most songs :-)
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This week in KPOP

For some reason I was looking up PSY on youtube and this video came up. Technically not new- but new to me (or at least I don't remember it if it's not new to me...)Daddy by PSY (feat, CL of 2NE1)Verdict: Definitly my kind of music :) No idea what the lyrics say in Korean (definite drawback, guess I need to start learning), but the music carried me through (some happy hardcore elements in there too).
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