Life in the Zombie Apocalypse:

Day 1 with State of Decay

Just finished day one with State of Decay, and what a day it was! I have been looking forward to this game for such a long time, and it has not let me down. It may not be perfect, but it is fun, and that’s the important bit.

I started out by more or less “goofing around,” learning the controls and getting the lay of the land. After getting Marcus, Maya, Ed, and some other survivor (whose name I forgot) killed, I decided to start over, settle down, and start playing for keeps. This time around, I’ve only managed to get Maya killed (Mercy kill after a busted leg refused to get better). I still need to get a doctor for poor Ed, because he’s not getting better.

My takeaway after day 1?

  • Screamers don’t scare me. Ferals only scare me if I’m low on stamina. Big ‘uns, on the other hand? Yikes!
  • Favorite Car: The modern sedan. It has the right balance of strength, speed, and handling.
  • Favorite Combat Style: Melee. Haven’t decided between blunt or edged weapons yet, but I’m not a big fan of the heavy weapons.

Looking forward to day two! Plans include the possibility of packing up and moving to a new home, as well as fetching that doctor for Ed.


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I’m going to Hell.

State of Decay "Box Art"

State of Decay launches on Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday, June 5 for 1600 Microsoft Points

If I posted on this blog more often than once a year, you would know that I have been anxiously waiting for State of Decay, the open-world zombie survival game from new developers Undead Labs. It is finally coming out tomorrow, and I have been voraciously devouring everything I can find about it, and everything I see just makes me more excited for it.

My favorite thing I have seen so far comes from today’s IGN video. This is a conversation between Marcus (controlled by the player at the time, who had gone out to pick up supplies dropped when another player-controlled character died) and Lily, an NPC on the radio back at base.

Marcus: I’m almost home.
Lily: Got anything good?
Marcus: Yeah, I got you a pony. Then it tried to eat me, so I shot it in the head.
Lily: That’s just disturbing on so many levels.

I had to pause the video until I regained my composure.

I’m going to hell.

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NaNoWriMo Day 1: The Search For an Idea

NaNoWriMo LogoSo, today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), and I have decided to sign up… A decision reached two days ago, with no pre-planning or idea of what to write about. Yes, I know I’m crazy, but if I can pull it off, the feeling of satisfaction will be Amazing! I plan to do most of my writing on my Mac and my iPad, and I’m looking into the “Snowflake Method” to see if it will help me. I will be posting about my progress both here and on my Twitter feed, so if feel free to follow along if you are interested, or send any words of encouragement my way.

Today’s word count: 0.

For those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is all about, here’s what the Wikipedia page has to say:

National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo /ˌnænoʊˈraɪmoʊ/) is an annual internet-based creative writing project which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and November 30. Its sister event is a script-writing challenge taking place in April called Script Frenzy.

The project started in July 1999 with just 21 participants, but by the 2010 event over 200,000 people took part – writing a total of over 2.8 billion words.[1]

Writers wishing to participate first register on the project’s website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopsis and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting. Municipal leaders and regional forums help connect local writers with one another for holding writing events and to provide encouragement.

And no, I don’t currently plan to sign up for Script Frenzy, but then again, I didn’t plan to sign up for NaNoWriMo either.

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Quote of the Day – Douglas Adams

“Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.” – Douglas Adams

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Money-Saving Tip of the Day: McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets


If you’ve got a craving for McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, here’s a little tip that will help you get more for your money.

At most McDonald’s restaurants these days, the McNuggets you will see listed on the menu (and their prices here in Western Pennsylvania) are as follows:

6-piece McNuggets: $2.99
10-piece McNuggets: $3.99
20-piece McNuggets: $6.19

The trick is that there is another size available that generally isn’t listed on the menu: The 4-piece McNuggets, which here sell for $1. This means that instead of spending $3 for a 6-piece, you can spend $2 on two 4-pieces and get two extra nuggets, or instead of spending $6 on a 20-piece, you can get five 4-pieces and save a buck.

So, the next time you get a craving for processed chicken nuggets, remember this tip and save a buck.

As always, your mileage may vary, so be sure to check the prices before you purchase.

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RIP Typewriters: Last Manufacturer Closes Its Doors [REPORT]

RIP Typewriters: Last Manufacturer Closes Its Doors [REPORT]

Joining other discarded technologies of late, including the Flip video camera, Kodachrome, and the humble floppy disk is the typewriter, which will no longer be produced anywhere in the world. The last company on earth to produce the typewriter — Godrej and Boyce — has shut down its product…

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A Couple of Theories about Portal 2

Both of these theories seem sound to me, and the first option in the second theory could be the basis for Portal 3, maybe.

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