What started out as some 'adults' looking for other 'adults' to play Fortnite with has turned into a fairly large and active community of age-appropriate Gen X video game enthusiasts.
Killer Queen Black, Pummel Party, World War Z, Fortnite and Overwatch are a few of the games I've enjoyed since the pandemic shut me in! Still largely focused on Fortnite, this group helped me build a gaming PC and pick a BBQ.
The people are nice. In almost 2 years of hanging out online with this ever-growing gang of senior players, I have never heard anyone be discouraging.
You can join the discord here. Chat at anyone with a FOF in their handle, they'll help you find the games you are looking for!
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A federal judge in New York on Tuesday denied a request that accused serial sexual abuser R. Kelly be released from jail, rejecting claims by his lawyers that he is at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Read the rest
This would be that thing.
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Here are two lists of e-books being made freely available on-line. Please add more in the comments!
PublicBooks.org's Public Books Database
This is a list of academic presses making their books and research freely available.
Jim C. Hines' list of Free and Legal Science Fiction and Fantasy
Hines has collected a list of authors providing their work online for free.
Naturally, your public library is a great resource and the Libby app is my best friend for e-books. We will also find that the public library gives incredible access to movies, music, and periodicals via the series of tubes we all know and love. Read the rest
This music video is delightful. Wait for the surprise ending. Read the rest
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As anyone that's been kicking around here for the past few years knows, I love the Nintendo Switch—not so much for its new games, although I do dig a number of those too. For me, the Switch is the ultimate port machine. As I do the majority of my work on a slowly dying early 2015 13" MacBook Pro Retina laptop, it's reasonable to say that I haven't been set up to play the majority of PC, PS4 and Xbox titles that have come down the pike, these past five years. Happily, My Switch is allowing me to catch up. I'm in the middle of The Witcher III right now. I've been playing a bit of the Metro series (which is great in handheld mode) on and off and, Good lord: Mario Kart. Yes, it's a Nintendo original, but I never had a pal who owned a Nintendo U to play it with. Now's my chance.
Over the past week, I've heard some fabulous news about a number of ports that I'll be thrilled to play when I'm not busy with work check this out:
The Outer Worlds, which is essentially Fallout: New Vegas in space, will be released for the Switch in June
XCOM 2, one of the best strategy games I've ever had the chance to play and not finish, will be released for the Switch on May 29th
The Borderlands Legendary Collection, which includes Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Seque, comes out on the same day
BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition are all dropping at the end of May as well
There's no good time to be quarantined or sheltering in place (although we're currently doing so for a very good reason). Read the rest
I have been enjoying Killer Queen Black.
I started playing KQB in beta, on the recommendation of some friends who played the arcade version regularly in a bar. This game is a hoot!
In addition to a 'Military' win where you beat up the other team with flying creatures that operate a heck of a lot like the awesome ostrich riders in Joust, you can also win by collecting berries ("Economic") or racing a snail across a finish line ("Badass".)
Three-player teams take on three-player teams, or you can just play vs the AI.
Available for Xbox One, Switch and PC via Steam. Read the rest
On Friday, Disney announced that Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice. Read the rest
Cirque du Soleil just launched 'CirqueConnect,' where you can view shows -- it's especially great for kids stuck indoors during the pandemic shutdown.
All of the company's live shows are canceled due to the coronavirus crisis, and they are exploring financial options that include bankruptcy, reports Reuters.
Las Vegas casinos and resorts, including the one that hosts Cirque's shows, are all shut down. Read the rest
Boris and the Bomb was a fantastic way to spend a night not thinking about the coronavirus.
Boris is my kind of hero. He mostly just wants to be left the fuck alone.
Boris and the Bomb is an absurd action-adventure, directed by David Kronmiller and focused on a reluctant former KGB agent who just happens to have been hiding the nuke he stole on his way out the service for 30 years.
J. Anthony McCarthy plays Boris, a lumbering Russian bear of a man who has evidently spent the last 30+ years hiding the fact that he has a nuke. For some reason, now is the time Boris needs to get rid of the bomb and so he hops in a rideshare and the adventure begins.
The film is part slapstick, part absurdist comedy. Boris and the Bomb's non-stop action reminded me of the recent DC Harley Quinn movie and the humor reminds me of the legendary Hudson Hawk. The action rolls, giant gaping plot holes, and unexplained god knows what occurs... but you do not care at all because the pace just keeps screaming along!
I understand that only about $3000 of the $10k raised to make this film was able to be used on actual production (permits and food are evidently a thing.) Color me impressed!
The film is available gratis if you are an Amazon Prime member.
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Four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, who was known for plays including "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died due to complications from coronavirus, his publicist said Tuesday. He was 81, and a lung cancer survivor who had chronic COPD. Read the rest
You have a week before the first season of Julia Child's fantastic cooking show is no longer available with Amazon Prime.
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The Winchester Mystery House is a fantastic California landmark, a monument to firearms heiress Sarah Winchester's near-unlimited funds and her manic desire to build a home to confuse the ghosts a haunting her.
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With many people playing their part to flatten the COVID-19 case curve by staying home, Korg and Moog are doing their part to keep them occupied by giving away free versions of their synthesizer apps.
For a limited time Moog’s Minimoog Model D iOS app and Korg’s iKaossilator app for iOS and Android are free to download. I got them both and they are a lot of fun.
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