Monthly Archives: December 2013

10 Best Computer Games, Ever

I just ran across an “abandonware” website and started thinking about my ten favourite computer games of all time. This list was extremely difficult to create because A) I haven’t been much of a gamer over the past decade or so and B) there are too many different criteria to chose from. The criteria I finally settled on was how much fun I had at the time I was playing the game. If you feel differently about the list, feel free to share your favourites in the comments. And now, my 10 favourite PC games, in no particular order:

Colossal Cave (aka Adventure)

Commander Keen

Wing Commander

Civilization

Star Control

Space Quest

Wolfenstein 3D

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Warcraft

Ultima

For you, Brandon!

I remember once, at a concert of a buddy’s band, you being that guy who yells “Play me some Skynyrd!” regardless of the band’s style. So, this if for you, my friend. Rest in peace.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope that whatever holiday you might celebrate this season, it’s a joyous one 🙂

Top 10 Geek Books of All Time

Some geeks, myself included, love to read. While reading non-fiction is pretty much a requirement to keep on top of the things I love, this list will be restricted to fiction. Also, my favorite genre is cyberpunk. This is definitely reflected in the list below, even though it also includes other sci-fi and fantasy. So, without further ado, here are 10 of my favorite books, in no particular order:

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  2. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  3. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
  4. The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner
  5. Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling
  6. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  7. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  8. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  9. Hammered by Elizabeth Bear
  10. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

I know there are many more great fiction books out there, and these are just some of my favorites. Also, because I went with fiction only, I had to leave out some of my other favorites, such as Wil Wheaton’s Just a Geek.

I also know I’ve done this post before, but it went away when I purged the site of old content. Also, my tastes may have changed slightly since last time, so the list might be slightly different.

Finally, for full disclosure, the links above are affiliate links.

Feedly

Ever since Google decided to shutter Reader (which upset me greatly), I have been looking for a good RSS reader. I’ve used Bloglines in the past, and really loved them, but they are not the same as before they were bought out. That’s when I switched to Reader, and when they decided to shutter, I switched to The Old Reader, which very reminds me of an older version of Google Reader (hence the name). But I’ve never been quite happy with it, and then I discovered Feedly. It took a little getting used to, but I absolutely love it. It’s cross-platform, and includes a web interface as well, so even if you use multiple devices, you can keep your feeds synced up. That is probably my favorite feature.

So, what’s your favorite RSS reader?