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(CW: Spoilers for Alien, the 1979 film.) 

Excellent movie review.

Solid advice from Compute Magazine issue #2, circa 1980.

I just recently saw an ad for a new "Remastered" release of the Ghostbusters video game, and I cannot express how disappointed I was that it wasn't an update on the 1984 version.

Well, I know where I'm getting all my D&D character names from now on.

One of the things I like about Nonogram puzzles (as opposed to, say, the otherwise-similar-feeling Sudoku style puzzles) is the sense of images emerging from noise. I can imagine this as some kind of horned figure striding out of a lake, through the mist. (It'll probably actually be, like, a turnip, or a person wearing a chef's hat or smething.)

A seemingly-growing point of familial friction: My mother always asks what I was doing when she phones me out of the blue, and for whatever reason, she seems increasingly annoyed that I was always doing *something*. In the past this has applied mostly to things like visits; She'll call up and ask if I want to come to their house *now* and stay for some long period of time (a weekend or whatever), and when I say no because I had plans already, she gets annoyed. Lately, though, she seems to resent the idea that an unscheduled telephone call always interrupted me doing something or other.

The thing that baffles me is the idea that it could be otherwise. Do people just sit around not doing anything? Like, staring at the wall hoping something will happen to them? If I'm ever just sitting there not doing anything at all, my first order of business is usually to do something. (Even if that something is 'relaxing' or 'listening to music', that's still doing something.) I'm baffled by this.

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A free font, HyperLegible from the Braille institue. brailleinstitute.org/freefont for those with poor vision and to be unambiguous

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It's amazing how long I wrestled with getting Lunar Lander to work properly under MAME64 (which I managed to do successfully) before realizing that I already owned a legit port as part of the Atari Collection.

Also, successfully landing the lander is nowhere near as hard as kid-me remembers it having been.

Yakuza 0 is on sale, so I picked it up. Pretty early on, it has me doing karaoke with a friend. The problem? I have no idea which button is which on my controller. I've had them mapped so many ways that I legitimately do not know without looking. So I'm hitting like 1/20 notes. At the end, there's this quiet scene of my friend and I drinking. Very proper and serene. Contemplative even. My friend turns to me slowly, and says in a serious voice, "Tell me, Kiryu... What's it like having no sense of rhythm?" I admit, I laughed. (My character did not.)

Today I learned that Bette Davis' name was not spelled Betty!

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