Friday Fidget: Games, Politics, Taxes

Since I don’t often have time to blog anymore (though you could argue that with all the time I spend on forums and writing content for WinCustomize that I post more now than I did when I was actively blogging) I wanted to find a way to do at least one regular bit every week.  So, instead of one blog on one topic, I’m going to do one post with a bunch of mini-blogs.  A hodge-podge of topics floating in my head.

The idea is to do this every Friday to wrap up the week…

What I’m Playing

It’s been a busy week, so I haven’t played many games overall, but I’ve managed to fit a few hours in.  Here’s what I’ve played:

  • World of Warcraft
    Yes, I resubscribed.  I would like to get my paladin to 70 before the Wrath of the Litch King expansion comes out later this year.
  • Burnout Paradise Demo
    This is a great demo for what looks to be an entertaining game.  It’s like a mix between GTA and demolition derby.  I might get the full game later when I have some extra time and money.
  • Sins of a Solar Empire
    With just two weeks to retail release, I’ve been testing Sins both in the office and at home.  LAN games of Sins are incredibly fun.  I can’t wait for more people to get their hands on the game.

The Fox/EA Fiasco Continues

Turns out that after that disaster of an interview, EA (parent company of Bioware) got a bit peeved.  They actually issued a statement against Fox for their horribly inaccurate story, asking for a correction on the show.  Fox has thus far blown them off (well, they invited EA on the show, but won’t apologize first). 

Gamers have even gotten in on the act and taken it upon themselves to go after Cooper Lawrence’s book on Amazon, giving it 1 star ratings and reviews like "I haven’t actually read the book, but books like this are filled with graphic sex that could ruin a child’s life"

Amazon can’t keep up with the bad reviews, and Fox doesn’t seem to be budging yet.  Next week should be interesting.

Bye Kucinich & Thompson… is Rudy out next?

The race for the White House narrows some more.  Both sides this week lost a candidate, though you could argue that neither had a snowball’s chance in hell anyway.   The top three remain the top three on both sides still. 

Though on the Republican side, things are shaky for Mayor Rudy.  He staked his entire race on kicking things off in the Florida primary.  For the most part, he’s ignored the rest of the states with the hope that a win in FL will start the stampede.  Well, in polling today he shows a very distant third.  If he loses Florida, will he have any hope period?

And once Rudy’s out, will Bloomberg jump into the fray as an independent?

The democratic race is still as boring as ever.

We’re From the Government & We’re Here to Help…

ZOMGWTFBBQ!!!!1`1!!1  Housing market continues to crumble, institutions who made bad loans are still suffering, and on the whole the US economy is suffering from a series of incredibly stupid decisions.  People had a little bit of money and they over-spent, and now we’re all in the shitter because of it.  And it looks like we may take a few other countries down with us.

What’s the solution to a problem created by terrible personal financial decisions?  Why, we’re going to drive the country further into debt with a tax rebate check.  Me, I’ll be getting a whopping $600.  What do they want us to do with this money?  Pay bills?  Put into savings?  Pay off debt?  NO!  If you are responsible with that money, then the terrorists win.  Take that check, go out and spend it!


Well, that’s it for this week.  Time for the weekend!  Maybe I’ll get to play a few games, read a book or two and relax for a bit…