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October 16, 2012

MRP 15 – New phone! and other stories

Filed under: Games,news of the day,the month of relentless positivity — lexifab @ 2:36 pm

I missed yesterday’s entry because of Reasons Unrelated to Positivity [1], and the window for catching up is short, so while I do intend to make up for lost time, today’s [2] relentless positivity will be in cursory list form:

New phone – I am about to join the 21st century and become the possessor of my first smart phone, albeit a nigh-obsolete one that the more zeitgeisty elements of society abandoned probably 2 or 3 years ago – the Samsung Galaxy S II. Probably somewhere near the bottom of the range of smart mobiles on the market, but I am not a power user of mobile telephony by any stretch. It will make calls, send texts, take photos (all of which my previous crappy phone, a bottom-of-the-range Nokia, also did), play music & podcasts and connect to the internet. [3] The only differences anyone else is likely to notice are that I will be able to actually view photos sent to me by SMS and I will be able to use Twitter more easily. I don’t intend to go overboard in using it to play games or access the net, but if anyone has any essential Android apps they recommend, let me know.

Games – Fans of old-school computer RPGs like Baldur’s Gate [4], Fallout and Planescape: Torment may be interested in this Kickstarter for a game called Project Eternity. The production team includes alumni of all of the aforementioned games who, assembled as a veritable Voltron of CRPG design, aim to make a crazily ambitious new world with all the requisite mega-dungeons, sassy companions and morally complex stories [5]. The Kickstarter campaign is in its last 24 hours and they are on the verge of adding an extra major city to the setting. That would be rad!

And hey, I really, really need another thing to distract me from writing, because yesterday I came this close to editing one of my short stories. Luckily I had to do tax accounting for a few hours and then pass out from a heavy dose of painkillers to stem the stabbing pains in my knee, because otherwise I would have committed the Sin of Creativity!


[1] Being that the baby wombat is now two days into a bout of unpleasant gastro, and she needs my time more than this blog does. Although her much-needed nap does afford me a quick moment to make up some lost ground. But not much.

[2] Technically, it’s yesterday’s, and today’s will come either today or tomorrow – but now I’m confusing myself.

[3] Tellingly, my wife is still using a Motorola with a monochrome screen, which still does everything she needs it to (send calls and send incredibly rare text messages). She is clearly the more sensible of the two of us.

[4] Holy crap, Baldur’s Gate is coming out for iPad and Android soon? That is also rad!

[5] Well, more complex than “stab/shoot all the green/black people”, at any rate.


  1. Don’t drop your phone. I keep peering over colleagues’ shoulders thinking ‘Wow, what a funkily surreal background image!’ but it is always just a crazy pattern of cracks from a smashed screen. So far the miraculous coefficient of friction of my shirt pockets has saved me from a similar fate.

    Re distractions from writing, Guild Wars 2 is free-to-play. And it has crazy fountainy goodness.

    Comment by Dr Clam — October 16, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

  2. I will be getting it a slip-proof and shock resistant case to preserve it from its natural predator, the Butter-Fingered Git.

    That fountain is ridiculous. And great. For scheduling reasons I am staying the hell away from all MMOs forever, otherwise Eve Online would probably have claimed my soul by now. Or the pandas.

    Comment by lexifab — October 16, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  3. Apps that I put on all smart phones i have access to:

    Advanced task killer – allows you to TURN THINGS OFF in one easy button press, you can also set it to turn things off on a regular basis. Apps notoriously decide they need to be on, and using your battery, in the background, unnoticed, even if you’ve never, ever used them.

    Lookout: free virus checker – get it before you download your first ‘other’ app – also has some functions I haven’t set up for storing data in the cloud & finding your phone if someone takes it for a walk.

    I also like Tag, for scanning/storing barcodes. I downloaded angry birds and only play it if I’m stuck somewhere with nothing else to do. I guess playing TSW, SWTOR and any number of other acronyms has spoiled me for platformy games.

    Comment by Jenny — October 17, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  4. I want to get a sandalwood box with a picture of Hermes the Winged Messenger carved on it to keep my phone in, but I haven’t found one on e-bay yet.

    Comment by Dr Clam — October 18, 2012 @ 10:18 am

  5. It seems like the kind of request where you could track down someone on Etsy and commission something specially. would cost you all the money in the world, of course, but it would be totally worth it.

    Comment by lexifab — October 18, 2012 @ 11:28 am

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