Archives: October 2012

Spin cycle

The presidential election has entered its final weeks of spin. Each side is convinced of the inevitability of victory and is busy pumping out propaganda to that effect. All I’m convinced of, though, is my need to take more naps and remain well rested. Normally a minor political junkie, I have actually grown a bit

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Dishonored

Well, was Dishonored up to snuff as the Thief-like game I was expected? I would say yes, with some qualifications. The designers built stealth into the game as more than an afterthought, though they did not use lighting to its fullest extent as it is done in the Thief games. I would say the experience

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM is an old and storied franchise in PC gaming that I had never experienced until the recent XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which is a very good game that might, with a little elbowing and shoving, rank as one of the best ever for the PC. I finished it recently on Normal difficulty – yes, I

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Debate #2

The President came out swinging so fast last night that he forgot to open with the customary thank you. As it turns out, it was an effective strategy. Body language goes a long way to communicating a sense of energy, and the town hall format allowed him to move and gesture to great effect. He

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Jumping the shark

PA doesn’t like Dishonored. Have they jumped the shark? I think that actually happened years and years ago when the strip became more than a strip – a business, cultural phenomenon, gaming expo, etc. They are artists but they are not arbiters of style. I’m glad they have retained the strip all this time, though,

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White lies

A colleague of mine recently introduced me as a “rhetorican,” which I was pleased by. The word fits. At one time in graduate school I thought of myself as a compositionist, but I’ve grown away from that. Rhetcomp, too, seems too vague. Principally I think in rhetorical terms, so why not think of myself as

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Debates

What struck me most about the debate last night was how it managed to be simultaneously filled with content and empty. Policy numbers were flying left and right, and yet very little was being said. I didn’t really get a sense of either candidate other than Romney’s new smiling hyper-aggressiveness and Obama’s caution. It reminded

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