Up in the ‘Heir’

Everybody hates March. Shakespeare himself warned us of the Ides – those dastardly days. It’s a dreadful month; chock full of too many hours that straddle that finicky temperate line that mars the month – mild then frigid then mild then frigid again – melting and freezing massive banks of snow into sickly pools of…

Everything Will Be Fine… Double Fine

Tim Schafer is a gaming God. Bow down to him. And while you’re at it, make sure you say 12 Hail Miyamotos too. We’re living in a pivotal time in our hobby’s existence. Video games have never been more popular. Much as the hardcore would hate to admit it, you have your Wiis and Kinect…

Netflix Notes – “We’re Getting the Band Back Together” Edition

This year couldn’t have come any sooner. In reviewing my current Netflix queue, I discovered that I am getting shockingly close to the bottom of the barrel. After all, this is a repository that used to number in the hundreds and now I’m down to about 20 flicks – some of which I keep shuffling…

Netflix Notes – ‘Scarlet Letter’ Edition

From 2003 through 2008, I saw maybe 5 movies… and one of those was Starsky & Hutch. Dark days, my friends. But that’s what I get for doing my part to insure the survival of the human race. Of course, with every year that passes following the birth of children – you realize that some…

Sticker Shock

Editor’s Note: As some of you, I have a fairly professional gig writing video game reviews for the site, Avault.com. From time to time, my work there helps color the content here. This is one of those times. I never buy protection. Now, before you go fleeing for the exits thinking you’ve wandered into a…

Happy ‘Something Something’ Birthday Andi

What – you thought I was going to reveal my wife’s age in print?!?!? Sorry pal, but I value my life. Plus, somebody has to do their part to insure chivalry reigns in this text-crazed society. So, all you need to know is that today is my wife’s ‘Something Something’ Birthday. But if it’s absolutely…

Lab Report

A couple of weeks ago, I revealed the sad news that during a fairly routine visit to the vet for our beloved eight-year old black lab, Chatham, we identified a very large mass that was most likely cancerous. Positioned just behind her left hind leg, the vet encouraged us to have a biopsy done to…

Snow Patrol

About a week or two before Christmas, I finally came up with the perfect reply to my wife’s pleas to please tell her what I wanted for Christmas. “Just once – I want to be walloped by winter. I want a big-ass snowstorm. The kind that justifies all those idiots who troop out to Home…

The Dark Tower Rises

A few years ago, I wrote a fairly scathing indictment of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. This was coming from a jilted lover – as I sought a break from a series that burrowed its way into my heart when I was a mid-teen – that time when your lifelong passions really start to…