Dead Phone

My phone died the other day.I was mindlessly tapping and swiping through something - (instagrammed photos of distant mountaintops?  some mindless action rpg?  snarky comment threads on hacker news?) - when the screen went black.  The home button was lifeless.  A few seconds later, it started up, a glowing…

Migration

I decided to migrate my blog from wordpress to ghost.Its been a few years since I've actually written in my blog, but I've seen various mentions of the ghost platform.  I wanted to try it out, but the shelf life of open source software is about 6 months these…

PiBot

I’ve had a raspberry pi gathering dust for a few years, but I had an inkling to do something cool with it. Over the holidays, I was gifted a PiStorms kit. PiStorms is a “shield” for the raspberry pi that fits directly onto a set of pins and interfaces…

Pixel Harvest

I usually grab a selection of the best indie games each year, during the Steam Winter sale. Last year, the certified standout was Stardew Valley, an 8bit farming throwback to Super Nintendo RPGs of yore. The amazing and endearing thing about the game, beside the fact that all the programming,…

Goldfinch

If you’ve been to New York, there’s a resonating sound that perpetuates across the island. All the cars and movement reverberate against the orthogonal architecture, a low echo, like the inside of a sea shell. And when you’re there, despite all the movement, energy and money, the…

California Dreaming

This past December was the sophomore year of the Disney Star Wars resurgence, and fans and critics were generally pleased. Rogue One was an entertaining return to the time of the original trilogy, complete with Stormtroopers, Star Destroyers and Vader’s signature black helm. The key differentiator was the tone…

Soulsborne

I first discovered Dark Souls huddled down in a dingy basement, like one of the lost and despaired corridors so common in the game’s setting.  Since then the series has been one of my favorites.  The second installment made some dramatic shifts to core gameplay elements (backstabs, poise) and…

A Rose by any other name

On a dusty bookshelf tucked away in the corner of a nondescript brick building, it sat, yellowed paper and bent spine. Printed in the early 80s, jacket art and overblown font signifiers of the time, newly translated from the Italian. Before the Sean Connery Hollywood adaptation. The Name of the…

Music 2016

I used to religiously await the end of year lists from stereogum and pitchfork, eager to learn if my own musical preferences and best picks aligned with the lords of taste. This year I completely forgot about those sites (until it was time to research this writeup). Maybe I’m…

Reboot

You have an inkling to be better, to get up earlier, so you set an alarm. When it blares in the early dark, still stuck in a dream your wife elbows you in the spine, and you lumber out of bed to brush the grimy sour from your lips. The…