The Humble Bundle is Back!

Gamer friends: support these four awesome indie games by purchasing the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle.

You can pay what you want and also decide how your payment is dispersed between the developers of the games, charity foundations and even organizers of the Humble Bundle. I’ve only tried Trine & Shadowgrounds but both are very well produced and the graphics are entirely slick.

The fantastical side of me LOVES Trine:

You play as three characters, the first being an elfish looking thief, a sneaky looking wizard and a rather large warrior. She’s agile, gorgeous and relatively easy to control. The game in general is physics based and as far as I’ve gotten entirely enjoyable. The world within the game is amazingly beautiful. It kind of reminds me of how I felt the first time I saw Avatar. People may have their qualms with the plot line of the film, but you can’t deny the absolute detail that went into the creation of Pandora. Obviously Trine is not the same as the million dollar virtual world created in Avatar, but it’s spectacular in it’s own right.

Shadowgrounds on the other hand is one of those hearts stopping games (at least for me) in which I’m afraid to turn the corner lest some alien jumps and bites my head off. The game isn’t as terrifying as the usual shooter games since the angle of the camera is overhead as opposed to first person. If you’ve ever played Solomon’s Keep on the iPhone or Zenonia on the android, the movement is similar though much more polished. The graphics even more so.

Like I said you can pay what you want, so support this multi-platform, DRM-free collection of great games. If you only have a Mac like me, be aware that one of the games—Jack Claw—is only available on PC. Splot is still in development and will be available for download as soon as it’s finished.

If you’re a cheap-o and don’t want to pay for them, just send me a message and I’ll give you a download link to my dropbox because even if your stingy, I still want you to try out these games. They’s the bomb, yo.

For more information about the Humble Bundle, you can read more about them on their wiki page.

Robin Hood!

I bought a new bike and I absolutely adore it.

I rode it for the first time today from the bike shop in the East Village [Landmark Bicycles] to my office in Times Square. I must admit that biking in NYC seems at first daunting, but it’s rather easy once you get the hang of it. It was definitely much easier than biking for the first time in years when I was in Paris. The bike store, by the way, is amazing. If you’re in New York and in need of a bike… and specifically want a vintage bike, Landmark is the place to shop. I know nothing about bikes and they were totally helpful, weren’t at all pretentious [as per the usual reputation of bike shops in New York] and didn’t try to sell me anything I didn’t need. They also did a complete overhaul of the bike [essential for a vintage bike], re-wrapped the handle bars and installed a back rack with basket for free. The puppy called Breeze that hangs out in the shop window only made the place that much more adorable. Oh and they give you a slushy with purchase of anything from the store. How awesome is that.

For anyone who’s curious, I purchased a Gold, 3-speed, Ladies, Robin Hood 1968 Road Cruiser. It’s not as light as regular road bike but it’s not heavy like a cruiser. Have I said yet that I love it?

Also in response to a comment left by my lovely friend, Ms. Makitoes, a great comparison of the iPhone and G1 can be found here. It’s an article by Gizmodo and also includes the Palm-Pre, but it’s a great comparison nonetheless.

My own opinion? The G1 battery life sucks, but I love the hard keyboard. Soft-touch keyboards are nice, but I like hearing the click of the buttons. Maybe I’m just old school. The iPhone has better apps by far, but then again Apple restricts a lot of it. The G1 has great apps too, but it’s still in development and it seems to me that development is slow. One other thing that can get really annoying are the push updates. A lot of people are still waiting for the Cupcake update which is supposed to include a video recorder as well as a soft-keyboard.

Admittedly, once my T-Mobile account is done in a year and a half, I’m thinking of switching to the iPhone. Until then, I think the G1 serves me just fine.

equaling out.

More IT work last night. I was finally able to get the laptop running on Vista to map the network drive of the desktop running on XP as well as link it to the networked printer. I still couldn’t figure out how to connect the XP directly to the shared folder of the Vista but I’ll let that slide.

Scoreboard: Vista-2, Ena-2. And I’m totally okay with that.

I didn’t get home until around 9:30pm so I was thoroughly exhausted and hungry but a glass of wine, leftovers, a hot shower and guitar practice were able to calm my nerves. I should however seriously take a step away from smoking. I was able to lessen my habit by a lot in the month of December but I’ve again grown accustomed to smoking every time I step outside. Not good at all.

I’m also a bit bummed because my laptop is busted (why Mac, why?!) so the only access I have to my email and the web when I’m at home is on my G1. Seriously, thank gulay for that thing… I’ve become so reliant on always being connected that it’s really bothersome to not be able to turn on my computer. I’m so glad I got AppleCare.

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo for years and my lovely sister, Lorelei, sent me the image below last night as a potential tat. I’m thinking of getting it on my right hip but I’ve always been hesitant to get myself inked because I think I might regret it when I’m older. What do you think?

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And lastly, congratulations again to my Ading on finding a new job! Woohoo employment!!!

No love for Vista.

Seriously, I hate the dang OS. I don’t understand why it was even created.

Don’t get me wrong, I still like Windows… I grew up using a PC and only recently converted to Apple for my personal use, but I avoid Vista at all costs. Tonight I had a simple IT job for a friend of an acquaintance. It should have been an easy half hour gig: set up a new laptop to connect to a printer wirelessly through a pre-existing network & workgroup. The only problem is all the computers run on XP while the new laptop runs on Vista. No matter what patches I installed on the XP, changes I made to the firewalls on BOTH computers, network settings I looked at… the stupid computer that ran on Vista refused to detect the shared wireless printer. After two hours, I gave up. And now I have to go back on a later date to try again. Stupid, stupid Vista.

On a happier note I had an unexpected visit from Red today. I’ve never been so grateful.

Now for a glass of wine to calm my nerves, a hot shower to ease my achy joints and my comfy bed for some much needed rest.