The Digital Future For Xbox One Lives

Xbox One Game Source

Xbox_family_sharing_Volt When Microsoft pulled the veil off of their then yet-to-be-released Xbox One console, there was a lot of ambition and aggressive strategies behind it.  One of them was the controversial “always on” aspect of the Xbox One.  Your console would require an internet connection at all times and would probably boot you from games if you were offline for more than 24 hours.  Plenty of rage ensued online – a policy of this type was very ambitious and perhaps a little too soon given the state of the world in terms of internet availability and consistency.  The idea was meant to make things easier for gamers.  Firmware updates, expansions, even social media apps could remain active at all times and your console would always be just a second or two away from being on and ready to use (instead of a 15 second bootup sequence).

As you may be well aware…

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Alien: Isolation gets Release Date

Matt's Game Corner

Alien:  Isolation, the upcoming survival horror game based in the Alien universe, has received a release date of October 7th.  The game is being developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega.  In past looks at the game, Creative Assembly has stressed the importance of this game being of the survival horror genre.  There will be no blasting through waves of aliens, but a lot of creeping through the corridors of the game’s setting, trying to avoid the alien that is hunting you.

It’s no secret that Alien has a bit of a rocky past in the video game field.  Last year’s Colonial Marines didn’t do much to help this image, but Isolation looks to be a vast improvement, from what we’ve seen of it.

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A Love Letter To Fred Phelps….

The Boeskool

Dear Mr. Phelps,

You don’t know me, but I’ve heard of you.  Last year when I went to the Final Four, I heard that some Westboro Baptist folks would be protesting there, and I thought about making a sign that said, “THESE PEOPLE DO NOT REPRESENT JESUS.” I’m so glad I didn’t waste my time on a sign. When I finally saw the protestors and heard their silly songs, it all just seemed comically sad. There is no way any thinking person could mistake that spectacle for anything that had to do with Jesus. I’m way more worried about the people calling themselves Christians who are trying to keep their hatred a secret….  At least your hatred was overt enough that everyone knew you were full of shit.

They say "Live your life in such a way that the Westboro Baptist Church will want to picket your funeral." Man.... How cool would that be? It’s hard to see them back there because you’re probably focusing on that amazing mustache, but those are some WBCers in the background…

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English Major RPG



Welcome to English Major RPG!

Press Enter to begin Level 1

>> [ENTER]

You are in a long corridor. All around you is blackness and a foul-smelling odor. You feel dankness and something sticky on the ground. Ahead is a single white dot of light.

What would you like to do?

>> Walk to LIGHT

The world comes into focus. You are passed out on the quad of STATE SCHOOL, soaked in your own urine. The urge to vomit is coming upon you. URGE TO VOMIT attacks!

>> Use HAND

VOMIT wins, and leaves your hand disabled with its toxin attack! A student passing by is slightly sprayed.

>> Run like a coward

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10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give my Children Handheld Devices

Chop Wood, Carry Water

Image My children, both on handheld devices, learning and laughing.

Last week the Huffington Post ran this article titled 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12.

As an educator who advocates for the intentional and appropriate use of technology, I could go on about this forever. But instead I’m writing here as a mother.

Here are my 10 reasons why I will continue giving my children handheld devices, and all other forms of technology as well.

1) Because banning things never, ever, ever works. 

Remember when your parents wouldn’t let you watch rated R movies so you just went to your friends’ houses to watch them? I think I’d rather have my kids using technology and handheld devices with me beside them. Where I can engage with them, answer questions, and limit content if I have concerns.

2) Problem solving.

When my kids…

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Exxon Spill – 25 Years of Tears

I remember watching this on the news when this happened. Even as a child I knew this was a horrible event on nature.


Prince William Sound, 2010 Prince William Sound, 2010

Time has a strange affect on events in our lives. I feel I’m looking through a glass of water when I look back 25 years to this day, March 24, 1989.

I’d left Seattle University and the Ballard Lochs on the M/V Westward heading north through the Inside Passage of British Columbia for the sac roe herring fishery in Sitka. No time in my life is etched as clearly as that spring. There is a certain magic about following Spring to Alaska. Per my not so scientific study, I’ve determined Spring moves at about 9 nautical miles an hour, about the same as the hundred foot boat I worked on. The inside passage is glorious. The bow of the boat pushes Technicolor into black and white. Winter gives up her fight to the brilliance of the whippersnapper called Spring. The smell is of thawing earth. Porpoises…

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Spots Mars-Bound Comet Sprout Multiple Jets

“NASA released Thursday an image of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars — less than half the distance between Earth and our moon.

The image on the left, captured  March 11 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, shows comet C/2013 A1, also called Siding Spring, at a distance of 353 million miles from Earth. Hubble can’t see Siding Spring’s icy nucleus because of its diminutive size. The nucleus is surrounded by a glowing dust cloud, or COMA, that measures roughly 12,000 miles across.”
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