Monday, January 30, 2017

Rando Education: Social Media and it's Effect on Journalism versus Entertainment


There's law, and there's ethics. Who's responsible for what, on TV and across social media?




Monday, January 23, 2017

Chapter 16: Wear your Shame

The boys alternated between staring at Timmy and watching the tv. He wasn't limping but it was pretty obvious that she'd gotten the drop on him. Marky and Danny exchanged glances, he'd won the bet, that was pretty obvious. They were out a good amount of combat pay, but it was worth it to them for whatever the shit he'd gotten. I stared out the window. It was creeping up on sunset.

"So we have a location." I finally said after one too many minutes of the boys being twitchy and Timmy leaning back on the couch. Timmy nodded.

"Gear up then," I didn't think that anybody felt comfortable with the bird in the bedroom anymore, but I couldn't quite say why. The boys looked at Timmy oddly, and he paused on the way to his rucksack. Danny cleared his throat.

"We're heading out now, Sarge?" He asked, nodding at the window. It was a little past four and their marks probably wouldn't show up until dark.

"Look smart," I replied sharply, "we're going to take up positions around it. It'll take us a good long time to find ones where we won't be seen. We've been made and that means, pale, good looking guys like us will be noticed if we're sitting out at cafes keeping watch. So grab your bags and spread out. It'll take us a full hour to circle, another to find a place to park it and the rest of the third for Timmy, Marky and me to take up positions up close against the warehouse." Timmy's face blanked out, but he didn't say a thing. If I caught him playing with his breaching shotgun, instead of his H7 I'd saw his damn hands off. I was starting to think the two of them had a fucking history.

There wasn't a whole lot of talk, but the assassin in the next room would hear us moving out unless she was knocked out cold. I shot a glance at Timmy and his mouth flattened into a rude slash of a smile. If she didn't notice it was her problem. I let my mind wander to wondering what in the lowest level of hell she must have done to put him into that kind of mood. Timmy wasn't a soft bloke by any means, but he rarely pulled out a stock of nasty.

Inside of ten minutes we were on the streets and moving. No one would be able to tell we'd been at the bunker at all, unless they'd been there prior and noticed that there was less dust.





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Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Serpent and the Pearl: Kate Quinn

The year was 1492 and she fled the slithering canals of her beloved Venice for a crime so terrible she wouldn't speak of it. She who had stolen a relic to escape the city. Who had dressed as a boy for the masquerade. Her sins were so numerous she wouldn't even attend Mass.

And she landed with the Borgias, the one family in Rome that knew a secret that no one else did. That rules existed to create scandal, that nothing forgivable was pursued and that when you were powerful, penance was light. They called her mistress, La Bella, and her virtue was dear to her- she'd been raised properly on a more rural estate. The dangerous streets of Rome shunned her as harshly as she locked them out. Did Carmelina, the criminal, tell her mistress the one thing that every common woman knew?

Of course, that one common secret was death for some. Those without stronger brothers to protect them, and even for people who had men to look out for them in the rougher times. Leonello loved a serving woman who knew that secret a little too well, loved her like a sister, and the day that he found her, crucified on a serving table was the same day that he met the Borgias as well.

If all roads led to Romes, somehow all sins seemed to find their way back to the Borgias... and La Bella, in her innocence.



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Perils of Rosella: Adventure Point and Click

Your father is ready to retire and, in a fit of not so nineties feminism, decides to throw his adventuring cap to you and your brother to see who takes up the family trade. In a Very nineties style feminism twist, fate takes a hand and, rather than winning fair and square, daddy dearest has a heart attack and you have no choice but to take up questing in order to save him.

What's this, a game with a plotline? Don't worry, there are still puzzles and characters and pretty much everything that you're used to except for seek and find (you do that every time you walk onto a new section of the world and you get to use words like "look" to flesh out the story and help you find clues). Welcome back to the best of the old school.

It's hard to find, you don't see a whole lot of people out there singing paeans of glory for the older games- but that's mostly because we're settled down with kids now. If you want something entertaining for your tablet (just download DOSBox first) or your computer, there are a whole treasure trove of adventure games available at GOG.com.

The King's Quests set the bar for adventuring, but there are countless spinoffs, parodies and copycats, and the occasional improvement floating around out there for your amusement. The games can be played through in the perfect amount of time and there are tons of walkthroughs online if you get stuck. In fact I'll throw out a hint that it took me all of seven websites to find- in KQIV GO TO GENESTA'S ISLAND FIRST. I had to restart, but no big, it's not time consuming once you know where to go and what to do, exploring takes up the most time.

As a result these games can go as quickly or slowly as you'd like since you can just look up answers and play the plotline. Cute, fun and family friendly you can even involve the kids once you teach them to type the commands. They're great for building patience.


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