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A descent into the pits of heck.

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Youch, it's been a while.

I was beginning to think I didn't care about me. So much has happened these past months, yet somehow, none of it seemed worth documenting at the time. A couple of hospitalizations, extensive blood work done, the whole nine yards. There. I just summed up a lifetime's medical drama in a short sentence.

Dannik

Dannik

Wiifit To Be Tied.

Incredible luck abounds: I managed to get a WiiFit for an actual reasonable price. Popped into the nearby Zellers store to nose around the electronics section. Not finding anything of particular interest, I started heading for the exit. I was stopped by the clerk, who said, "I thought it was you. We have them." She didn't have to say what "they" were. I knew. She had a few cases, not even opened. Talk about timing.

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Why PC gamers can't matter.

With the exception of the Xbox360, which uses Apple Macintosh hardware to both play and develop. Sure, a Mac is still a personal computer, but it's not a PC in the common definition.The thing is, a PC/workstation will always be the source of platform development, not the platform for actual entertainment. We're of the PC generation, but it's just a passing phase in the electronic entertainment world. My first console was the Atari 2600, while my first "PC" was a Commodore 64 (although I had b

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Why does it come with a remote?

So, after four years or so, I got a new hearing aid today. For those who may not know, I've had nerve "deafness" in my right ear for eight or nine years.    Anyway, after a hearing test and a forming session last month, my insurance said "go for it" and I picked up a new hearing aid today. Besides being intensely blue, which the med. tech was very excited about, my aid came with a set of tools, and of all things, a remote to set volume. I'm still trying to figure out why. Sounds g

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Dannik

UbiSoft's white knights?

It looks like Infogrames and Vivendi Universal Games will be trying to help UbiSoft stay European-operated, in light of the recent stock purchase by EA, called 'hostile' by the Guillemots.Infogrames, owned by Atari, earned fame for the Unreal series of games, while VU Games is the retail distributor for Valve's titles.

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Ubisoft Toronto is where?

So I've lived at this address for six or so years, and always knew I was close to home by that disused water tower next to the railroad tracks a few blocks over. What I didn't know is that water tower is part of the building that houses Ubisoft Toronto.

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Two frustrating things.

My investments are showing a 13% growth. This would not be frustrating if they weren't locked in until I become very, very old. Oh, and I got my Game Developers Conference invite today. Just like my E3 invite, I can't afford to go. Yay on both fronts. Boo on the fact that it's effectively meaningless.

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Too young

My wife told me about a celebrity chef dying. She didn't recall the name, initially. Then, she said Carl Ruiz. It took me a moment to figure out why that name was so familiar, then it hit me. That was Carl "The Cuban" Ruiz, of Food Network fame. It took me a moment to find out his cause of death, and I was put off by what I discovered. He had died of a heart attack while away from home. This wasn't a shock, as he was a bit of a hard hitter. What was the shock was that he was younger than me. Not

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Dannik

Too Close

First, the good news: they are non-life threatening injuries. Second, the Bad News: two people shot, Monday around 4:30PM, about a kilometre west of my home. To add insult to injury (hah!) this was the third shooting in the city today. The first two were late Sunday night/early Monday. Boo.

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Dannik

There have been a few changes.

It's been over a year - a very long and interesting year, since I added to this. Short version: I got very sick, and might never be 100% again. Longer version: It started with a case of meningitis, during which I had a stroke-like event. I'm in a wheelchair, my right side moves with very little control, my left side doesn't feel pain (which is not as great as it sounds), my throat doesn't work (talking is awkward at best and if it doesn't go through my gastric tube I don't eat or drink) my

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The Story So Far Sidenote

Anyone who asked me for my presence before this began and was met with me not feeling well, that was true, mostly unrelated, and stupid on my part. I was drinking very heavily for years prior to this all, and managed to do some damage to my pancreas and liver. Luckily, though the damage was effectively permanent, I stopped drinking completely before it was too late. I approached CAMH for support, which they were glad to provide, though the waiting list is long for the serious stuff. I was

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The Story So Far Part 3 - The End

So Humber River shipped me back to West Park. It took a lot longer than expected, and I don't know if it was HR or WP slowing the process, but I waited. Eventually, they tossed me in a Ambucab and moved me to a private room, still under sterile observation, and nobody knew why. The folks at Humber, when questioned, would clam up, so West Part had to assume an unknown pathogen, and held me in relative seclusion. Luckily, since I had been there recently, I had months of rehab under my belt, so

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The Story So Far Part 2

When we last left it, our gallant hero blah blah. So, late summer/early autumn of 2009, when I was long medically stable, and had demonstrated that my throat could deal with working the normal way, at least for breathing, the trach was removed and I was moved to West Park, which has multiple medical departments, but their therapy for physical recovery is the best around. I was there for a few months, in a program that was closer to a boarding school than a hospital, but full of really grea

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The Story So Far Part 1

I've decided to finally write down (well, type in) my entire health story, as I keep retelling bits, and frankly, I have no clue who knows what bits. So, this is a semi-complete look at what went wrong, how my recovery was, and where I am at. In the late summer of 2009, and I do not recall the dates well, but it was after the start of June, I lost consciousness, but not awakeness. My missus decided it was prudent to rush me to emergency medical care. I think she threw me in a cab, but I don't

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The next place the US should invade.

My cat's litter box. Talk about chemical warfare. Good grief, if the haven't mastered foul smells by now. I hate cats. Too bad I love them so. But the smell! It's like they are death incarnate.

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The new media

We're the new media. Yep, fansite operators are the new, true games journalists. We're the ones who hunt, pry, beg and borrow any leads we can, in our own spare time, out of a desire to learn and share.The big companies always have the upper hand though. Why? They don't earn information, they don't seek it, they merely pay the right people in the right way, sit back, and watch the "news" roll in. Sanitized, sanctioned, and utterly unearned.Of course, this just mirrors the regular news media

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The Eyes Have It

I'm not saying I have this, but I do watch House. Surgery (again) soon, and that should be it. I do have palsy in the 7th (lid closure) a 5th (pain, heat, cold) cranial nerves, which on their own are bad but easily treated. Combined, it gets a bit trickier.

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The best roast chicken evar.

The best roast chicken ever:I recommend using bone in, skin on chicken parts, although a whole chicken will certainly work. For this recipe, I used bone in, skin on chicken breasts.First, the brine:In a medium, non-reactive saucepan, combine 1 litre (4 cups) of water with a half cup of salt (sea or rock, preferably), a half cup of sugar (brown or demerrera is best, for flavour), and herbs of your choice. I find a teaspoon of whole peppercorns, and some fresh basil, oregano, thyme or sage work

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Tesla coil Super Mario theme!

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Technobabble

Apparently, the Pentagon is building it's own Internet, at an estimated cost of $200 billion. Talk about war driving. Sheesh.For the German readers, here's an article showing that Windows Media Player 10 was made using warez, at least in part. Microsoft, the bastions of IP rights and proper licensing are a little bruised at the moment. I'm waiting for the BSA to invade MS's offices. Of course, since Microsoft founded the BSA...In a sharp slap to the faces of all those who claim video game v

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Sun Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Spread

Mmmm. Goat cheese.Ingredients:Sun Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Spread * 1 lb. goat cheese, softened (454 g) * 1/2 lb. of cream cheese, softened (225 g) * 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (125 ml) * 1/2 cup green olives, pitted and chopped (125 ml) * 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and chopped (125 ml) * 1 tsp anchovy paste (5 ml) * 4 tbsp basil, finely minced (60 ml) * 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (45 ml) * 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (30 ml)Directions:Sun Dried Tomato

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Stroke! Stroke! Er...

So my mother had a stroke, on February 8, 2017. She's okay, mostly, just a bit weak on one side and with some memory issues. Strange, the same thing happened to me seven years ago. Of course, living 200km away from home, and being in a wheelchair, I can't exactly pop by and see her. Funny.

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Dannik

Steam Sale 2012

If your wallet isn't smoking after visiting the Steam Store before this coming Christmas Day, your games list must be impressive. Featuring such deals as Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Complete Pack, currently at 75% off (OGR trilogy, GRAW 1&2) you can't go very wrong. The deals will probably get even better closer to the sale's end, if history repeats.

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Speed much?

So a young man, nineteen, and his pal in the passenger seat.also nineteen, decide to take dad's Mercedes out "racing.". Figuring the highways are quiet, it'll be fun. They were pulled over doing 308km/h. That's about 191mp/h.

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