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Is this going to be forever?

Let’s talk about me.

Super Smash Bros. Melee wasn’t released at a very good time for me. I was in col­lege, away from home and most of my gam­ing friends. Also, it was released for the Nin­tendo Game­Cube, which his­tory has shown us wasn’t a ter­ri­bly suc­cess­ful con­sole. In fact, I don’t think any of my clos­est friends back then owned a GameCube.

But because I know peo­ple who know peo­ple, there was a hand­ful of oppor­tu­ni­ties to play Melee over the next few years.

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Written by Everett Guerny

May 31st, 2015 at 2:37 am

Compromise and Nexus 5: a review

I know a thing or two about com­pro­mise — I bought a Nexus 5 a few months ago. It’s not the phone I want, but it’ll do. For now.

It’s been years since I bought some­thing that wasn’t the lat­est and great­est Nexus model, but this time I think it was the right call. Like other Android fans, I awaited the announce­ment of the Nexus 6 with every bit as much excite­ment as the entire world does when it’s new-iPhone-time. (Yes, this is a thing peo­ple actu­ally do for Nexus devices.)

I found myself utterly under­whelmed by Nexus 6. Price, size, bor­ing, etc. But I knew I needed a new phone, so I imme­di­ately ordered the fan-favorite Nexus 5.

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March 2nd, 2015 at 4:20 pm

This word doesn’t mean what you think it does: imagery

Grab a dic­tio­nary and look up today’s word: imagery.

While you’re there, stop off at images. (That’s the word you’re look­ing for.)

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January 12th, 2015 at 11:57 am

Slick, sleek & slimy

I have fond mem­o­ries, though my cho­les­terol level does not, of eat­ing at D’Best Sand­wich Shop in Boca Raton. It’s been a few years, but as I  recently munched on a Miami Cuban-style cheeses­teak1 my mind started wan­der­ing and I got to won­der­ing if D’Best still existed. As I went look­ing for their web­site, I recalled a few of their regional twists on the cheeses­teak, like the New York style, a New Jer­sey style… not to men­tion their incred­i­ble non-steak explo­sion of an entire Thanks­giv­ing meal directly onto a bun (D’Pilgrim).

D’Best still exists, alright… but I was truly unpre­pared for what I found.

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  1. For the curi­ous: a sin­gle slab of steak topped with swiss cheese, mayo and potato sticks — a rather unhealthy twist on the ubiq­ui­tous pan con bis­tec, and also not a cheeses­teak.

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September 17th, 2014 at 2:19 am

This is relevant to my interests

I just clicked my first ban­ner ad in years. It wasn’t by accident.

Dear mar­keters, this is how you do it:


No, of course I didn’t buy anything.

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September 13th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Observing Design Observer’s design

Oh, good­ness. I started writ­ing this post in Jan­u­ary, and have had it basi­cally fin­ished for weeks now. I’ve been putting off actu­ally post­ing it for some time, think­ing it needs more work. But now — in fact, just three hours ago — Design Observer unveiled a redesign and made me look like some kind of jerk. Now, if that isn’t an object les­son in ship­ping

Design Observer looks dated.

The Past

DO’s header boasts proudly that it’design-observer-2s been oper­at­ing since 2003, and you can tell. Look at it with 2014 eyes and you’ll observe a non-responsive fixed-width lay­out with tiny text. Is that really a blogroll? Where are the ubiq­ui­tous social shar­ing buttons?

It’s like a time cap­sule of early-2000s blog design.

And that’s why it’s so great.

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July 1st, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Her was silly. (Not a typo.)

Spike Jonze’s Her was an inter­est­ing movie tainted with just a sprin­kling of ridicu­lous­ness… and I’m not talk­ing about the high-waisted pants.

I’m about to spoil it hard, so avert your eyes if you haven’t seen it. (But do see it.)

Look, I just find it hard to believe that the down­fall of this prod­uct was due to a gap­ing design flaw that some­how nobody noticed: Saman­tha was designed with­out any process iso­la­tion. When you ask the soft­ware how many users it has (or how many it’s in love with, etc.), it should respond “one — you” because your run­ning instance of the soft­ware shouldn’t know any­thing about any other users, and def­i­nitely shouldn’t be access­ing other users’ data.

What peo­ple are doing with the soft­ware, hav­ing rela­tion­ships with it or what­ever, is beside the point. One binary, one bil­lionty indi­vid­ual Saman­thas. Come on — we’ve had Unix for forty years.

Or wait, is Saman­tha sup­posed to be “the cloud”? If so, as social soft­ware, we should expect it to be fuck­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, as pub­licly as pos­si­ble. Maybe this movie is deeper than I thought.

On another note, folks — make back­ups.

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June 16th, 2014 at 7:37 pm