Nathan Alter lives in Albuquerque with his wife and kids. He currently develops in C#/.NET, but is learning all the time and has enjoyed computers since programming in Basic on an Atari 400 as a teenager. He started blogging in 1999.
Why do games that seem to be kid-friendly suddenly ramp up the difficulty to an insane level? Super Mario Galaxy, Rayman Origins, and Ori all have this friendly cartoony look to start…by the end of the game, you’re lucky if you’re getting through the game just by luck, trying the same level over and over again.
Well, anyway, as we just finished Rayman Origins, here’s the best song in the game. Catchy
A guy set up a service called spamnesty where you can forward a scam email and a bot will attempt to waste as much of the scammer’s time as possible, expressing interest in their scheme and asking for more info. Here’s one that I forwarded to it.
We went to Karibu Cafe this weekend. East African food. Vanessa and I liked it. The kids…not so much. (What else would you expect?) Anyway, we had tasty jerk chicken, a kind of clove flavored hummus, several kinds of stews, lentils, samosas, etc. I’d probably go back.
Me: “Palladium is a rare metal used mostly in catalytic converters.”
Vanessa: “What’s a catalytic converter for anyway?”
Me: “I’m not exactly sure.”
Vanessa: “Great…so when I go to the mechanic and they say they need to replace the catalytic converter, I can say, ‘I don’t know what that is, but did you know that catalytic converters use a rare metal called palladium?'”
I went to Nationwide Candy here in Albuquerque a little while back hoping to find a big ole box o’ chocolate covered coffee beans. It’s a warehouse-style candy store. Didn’t find any but they had choco rocks, candy legos, huge bags of Toxic Waste (whatever that is). In general, you need to call ahead to see if they have something.