Check It: HijiNKS ENSUE

I haven’t posted a damn thing on this site in months. Why? We had a baby, I have a new job, and I’m lazy. If those reasons aren’t good enough, then you expect too much of me. :)


I’m really writing this post to direct your attention to one of the best comics on the web - Hijinks Ensue by Joel Watson. It’s a strip about many topics, most of which revolve around geek culture. Rather that go into too many details about what makes it so great, here are a few of my recent favorites:

This is just a short list of good’ns. If you like what you see, I strongly encourage you to leave some comments on the Hijinks Ensue website - Joel (the creator) loves feedback - and share Hijinks Ensue with your friends.

Chore Wars

chore-wars.pngChristina and I have discussed building some sort of reward system for Sierra when she does something good. Actually building such a system, though, would be quite the challenge. A few days ago, Dré sent me a link to a new game called Chore Wars. The concept? Do chores, earn XP, collect gold and treasure. Basically, it’s a live-action RPG in the truest sense of the term.

The beauty of Chore Wars is that there aren’t really any rules (aside from the setup of the game itself), which works perfectly for our needs. Basically, you create chores (referred to in the game as “adventures”) and assign values for gold and XP for each chore. As chores are completed, players can log in and claim them to increase their in-game levels and their gold.

Individual chores can be given a range for rewards; for example, doing the laundry might be worth 20-25 XP and 11-28 gold. You can also assign the percentage chance of random treasures and wandering monsters, further increasing the feel of a traditional RPG.

While we probably won’t pay too much attention to wandering monsters, the rest of the game should serve as a great visual aid in helping us, and Sierra, see what she’s doing and what can be done to earn gold for privileges, toys, etc. I’ll try to post an update in a few weeks, after we’ve used Chore Wars for a while.

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Toothpaste for Dinner is my favorite web comic. This is one of the many reasons why:

Does this look slightly familiar?

Kristian said that I sent this to him a long time ago, but I don’t remember - and even if I did, it’s still damn funny.

An Honest Mac Review

PC vs Hard Gay... I mean, Mac

Finally, a refreshingly honest article on what it’s like to switch from Windows to Mac. No hype, no hipsterness, none of that nonsense.

I haven’t used a Mac in years, for one simple reason: I don’t need to. We just bought a brand new dual-core HP a little over a month ago, and we love it. It’s incredibly fast, and we’re hoping it’ll last us through at least the next five years (save a new graphics card if we get more into PC gaming). As it seems that Macs are making more of a come-back, perhaps I’ll consider one when I purchase my next computer - but then again, I really don’t know why that would be necessary since I can do everything I want to do on Windows.

For the record, I hate Mac’s commercials.

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