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Brothers, a Tale of Two Sons

We played Brothers as a family over the past few evenings. I don’t think I’ve ever been moved by a video game like this.

It’s quite brilliant. You play two characters simultaneously during the game. Two brothers on a journey to find a way to heal their sick father.

The controls take a little getting used to. The left stick and shoulder button control the older brother and the right stick and button control the younger. You have to control both brothers at the same time to navigate puzzles.

The older brother can use his strength and height to perform tasks the younger cannot. The younger brother cannot swim and you have to hold on to the older with the right button as you swim with the left stick.

There’s a tragic point in the game where everything changes.

My muscle memory with the controls took over and the result was nothing short of heartbreaking.

Hours later and I can’t stop thinking about how the game designers were nothing short of brilliant.

I spent the night talking to my young boys about how the game made them feel.

There were tears.

But more importantly, I know they have a deeper appreciation for how much I love them and how much they can love each other.

Video games, man.

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Salamander Hunter

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This is how the morning is going. I feel the same way, computer.

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Nausicaä is the greatest hero of all time. Better than any Jedi or Marvel mensch.

Don’t @ me.

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French

I have been learning French via Duolingo and Pimsleur audio lessons.

I am halfway through the fourth Pimsleur course and have been doing just about one lesson a day like they prescribe. That puts me at about 145 lessons.


I started to watch a movie in French. It opened with some women talking to each other which was easy enough to track.


Then this dude shows up. I couldn't understand a single thing this jerk said. Has he ever pronounced a consonant in his entire life?

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Dangling from a Chair

A family first! We all made it up and down Hogsback in one piece.

Harry thinks turning is boring so he just crashes when he reaches peak speed.

#family, #skiing, #stevens-pass

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Under the Tifo

Go Sounders!

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Send Pho

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Dvorak

After my third annual attempt to switch to Dvorak it has finally “stuck”.

By “stuck” I mean I’m stuck in Dvorak because I’ve screwed up my Qwerty so bad that I can’t switch back and be productive.

At this point I think it’s mostly a geek status thing since there’s no hard evidence there’s any ergonomic or speed improvements.

This post took fourty-seven minutes to write (I kid).

At least it would appear my words-per-minute is improving:

Dvorak WPM

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On Apple’s Removal of the Headphone Hole

I don’t care.