Author Archives: Dave

Christ, What a Space Cabby

Pal John M. gave me a heads up on the latest artwork for the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest: Since Otto Binder is dead, I think I have a good shot at this. Problem is, the New Yorker only wants … Continue reading

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I Played That! #4: Dark Forces (PC)

As far as most videogame developers are concerned, Star Wars fans want to be one of two characters: Luke Skywalker or Luke Skywalker. That is, they want to either fly a space fighter or wield a lightsaber. I guess when … Continue reading

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The Movies-to-Watch List: Night of the Hunter (1955)

I don’t know what I was expecting from Night of the Hunter, but it wasn’t what I got. What’s there is a fascinatingly bizarre movie with weird tonal changes, a single riveting performance, and absolutely surreal scenes. Robert Mitchum is … Continue reading

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Shriekback: Without Real String or Fish

I’ve been listening to Shriekback for about thirty years now. It’s the only band, of all my favorites, that I still keep up with. If it exists as an mp3, I have it as an mp3. And yet, I have … Continue reading

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I Played That! #3: Ultima III, II, and I (C64, PC)

If there is a single game that formed the basis of my videogame interests, it’s Ultima III. I can’t overstate how influential it was to me. Once I played it, there was no turning back, and that’s kind of an … Continue reading

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Aiding and Abetting

There’s a thing going on in the comics Internet that doesn’t really need another voice throwing in on, but since this is my little corner, let me address the part that directly pertains to me. The very least a person … Continue reading

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I Played That! #2: Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II (PC)

Baldur’s Gate came out in 1998 after something of a dry spell for me, game-wise. The types of role-playing games I enjoyed, which I’ll talk about later, had been coming out less and less frequently, pushed off the shelves by … Continue reading

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RIP Terry Pratchett

Author Terry Pratchett died yesterday. I never really read any of his books, but most of my friends have, and are devastated. It wasn’t unexpected. Pratchett was a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s. The same disease that killed my mother, at … Continue reading

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