Apr. 6th, 2017

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All my LJ post have migrated over. It's as if I've been here all along. 
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Portal (2007) catches lightning in a bottle. It's is a humorous first person puzzle video game developed and published by Valve. In this game, which is essentially a 3-D puzzle platformer, you use a portal gun to create teleportation points to solve physical puzzles. The gameplay develops wells, moves snappily along, and then throws you into the deep for an outrageous final level.

The humor and the storytelling in this game is top notch. There's just enough of this game to really make it work, giving you a good game play experience, while not so much of it that you're tired of the game by the end. Just like a good story, the game play adds hints of what's coming up, so when game play changes, you've been forewarned.

The game itself walks a nice line between challenging and frustrating, so even though you sometimes fail, you don't walk away in disgust or shout in anger.

What makes the game really work is the computer. Apparently, you are in an abandoned complex and the computer running you through scenarios isn't quite right, producing a very twisted comedy. They didn't need to make the computer that upbeat and that passive aggressive and that intolerably evil, but they made it all work out wonderfully.

Then there's the end song which is just the icing on the cake. My wife and daughter have been singing it for a week because it's so catchy and twisted.

The software itself was stable the whole time. I experienced no crashes.

I bought my copy for $5. If you can get this on sale, do so.

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 According to this story on Engadget, Zunum is working on hybrid aircraft.

Honestly, I don't think that their solution works very well. According to an article, one of these vehicles can do LA to Silicon Valley in 2.5 hours, instead of five driving. That sounds great! BUT ... wait a minute ... what about airport security? Add that in, and you're looking at 3.5 hours, maybe 4.0 hours. That's a time savings of only one hour. So if you choose to drive, for only one hour's cost, you can leave and return whenever you want, and the parking + gas will likely be cheaper.

That's not to say that these smaller planes won't work out. We always need puddle jumpers. However, in order to make them worthwhile, airports will need to become more accessible with less hassle. 

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