• Not two weeks after my wife cracked the front glass of her iPhone XR—and then replaced it with an 11—do I drop my XR and crack the back glass.

  • iA Writer has added Micropub support in today’s 5.5 update:

    This means you can publish to Micro.blog and other IndieWeb tools.

  • As a follow-up to my post the other day, I bought a Pebble Time on eBay. 😬

  • I’ve had some battery issues with my Apple Watch lately so, for fun, I pulled out my old Pebble and installed Rebble to regain some lost features. I’m thinking of taking some photos and putting together a 2020 review.

  • I was about to restart my playthrough of Persona 5 for the fourth time before remembering the Royal version of the game was released a month ago. After picking it up, it’s clear immediately that it’s a different (but equally amazing) game.

  • Having spent somewhere around six hours with Fallout 76’s Wastelanders DLC, I can say it’s a huge step forward for the troubled game. It’s clear immediately that it’s a different experience and makes me wonder what they have in store for the next update.

  • If you’ve ever enjoyed a comic book, a game based on one, or even a Marvel movie, think about making a donation to the Binc Foundation directly or getting involved in any #Creators4Comics auctions to keep the comic industry alive during and (more importantly) after the pandemic.

  • It’s nice to see—for the most part—all the positive comments about the Fallout 76 Wastelanders update. It sounds like it’s not quite what we saw with No Man’s Sky but it sets a new standard for future updates to the game. I’ll definitely give it another shot.

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Tifa

    While I was never the biggest Final Fantasy VII fan (FFIX all the way), it’s hard not to get a little emotional while playing the remake, in particular with the game’s soundtrack. Square’s done something pretty amazing here.

  • I finished off Resident Evil 3 last night, which was great, and have Final Fantasy VII Remake pre-loaded for Friday. I was worried that with all the games released lately there wouldn’t be enough time for them all but it’s been surprisingly manageable.

  • Resident Evil 3

    Three hours in and I’m loving the Resident Evil 3 remake. Visually, the game looks incredible, it plays almost exactly like last year’s RE2 remake, and there are genuine scares during Nemesis’ near-relentless pursuit of Jill.

  • April’s going to be a bit of a blast from the past in terms of video game releases. Back when I got my first PlayStation console in 1999, the two games I bought with it were Final Fantasy VII, and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.

  • My son has gotten so used to seeing my character in Animal Crossing get stung by wasps that he’s genuinely surprised when I don’t have—as he puts it—”cookie eye”.

  • It’s been two weeks since I used my laptop after basically going all-in on the iPad Pro. I’ve been really impressed with how much of my day-to-day, non-design work I’m able to get done, especially with the addition of mouse support.

  • For whatever reason, I assumed Apple’s implementation of the cursor in iPadOS 13.4 would be half-baked, and simplistic. This is not the case. It’s delightful, considered, and feels like it should have been there years ago. It’s a game-changer.

  • ‪It’s particularly confusing to me that Apple’s own Magic Mouse isn’t properly supported on iPadOS 13.4. Sure, the device connects and offers basic functionality but many of the gestures don’t work unfortunately.

  • As is the case with stuff like this, Apple announces a new iPad Pro just days after I buy one. All jokes aside, I’m really happy with the one I have. I may consider grabbing that new Magic Keyboard though, which conveniently supports the previous gen Pro.

  • I splurged a bit this weekend and grabbed a new iPad Pro to replace my aging Air 2. Switching over from my old one was crazy simple and I’ve already been able to set up the repo for my blog. If you’re reading this, It means I got posting to work too!

  • I’m really excited for this week’s comics. Specifically Strange Adventures #1 by King, Gerads, and Shaner, Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy #1, and Jorge Jimenez joining James Tynion on Batman with this week’s issue #90.

  • I’ve been using the beta for Nova for the past couple weeks and have really enjoyed it. While I didn’t use Coda very much, I always appreciated the simplicity of its design, which Nova shares. So simple, in fact, I just published this entry with it.

  • I was way too excited the other night after finding a way to migrate the Minecraft world my friends and I had made a ton of progress on over from Realms to my server at home. Minor setup changes aside, it was pretty painless.

  • For what seems like the millionth time, I’ve made a move from Spotify to Apple Music. I can’t explain it but the longer I use it, the worse Spotify’s recommendations seem to get. I’m going to try and use Apple’s like/dislike to see if I can fine-tune its suggestions. 🤞

  • I’ve been trying to get away from Adobe’s Creative Cloud — specifically Photoshop — and have ultimately settled on switching to Pixelmator Pro. I love the simplicity of it and how native it feels on macOS. I wish I’d started using it a long time ago.

  • Kentucky Route Zero

    Kentucky Route Zero is a game I’d been meaning to get through for years. While I played through the first act years ago, I never got around to finishing the rest.

    Hearing about the awards and recognition it was getting, I knew it was one I’d come back to. The act five arrives on January 28th, so I can’t think of a better time to do just that.

  • I found my Disney Infinity stuff a couple nights ago and showed it to Hank. Watching his eyes grow wide when he saw the toys on the base come alive on the screen was amazing. The tech is awesome, shame Disney couldn’t make it work.

  • I’d been meaning to build a dedicated page for keeping track of my comic subscriptions and finally got around to doing it earlier this week. Updating it is a more manual process than I’d like but it’s manageable.

  • I finally watched Joker yesterday and really enjoyed it. I was a little worried as we learned more about Arthur’s backstory but blurring reality with his own distorted version of it made it hard to tell what his actual origin really was, as it should be.

  • Black Desert Online

    I’d had my eye on Black Desert Online for a while now as there isn’t a monthly subscription fee and it appeared to have a similar style to Final Fantasy’s latest online game.

    I’ve had a ton of fun with the surprisingly deep combat of the game, the environments are loaded with enemies to fight, and the graphics are really impressive for a game that’s already several years old.

  • My wife bought me a pair of AirPods for Christmas this year and It didn’t take long for me to see what all the fuss is about. Sound quality is stellar for the size, the pairing process is about as simple as it gets, and they fit great in my ears.

  • I’m only about an hour or two into Disco Elysium but it’s pretty easy to see why it won big at the Game Awards this year. The art direction and sound design are on point and the story is one of the wackiest, weirdest, most original I’ve played in a while. Highly recommended.

  • The new design of Anchor’s podcast pages is really nice. It might even be enough to push me into recording new episodes of Shortbox in the new year.

  • I really don’t like the name of the new Xbox Series X but it’s tough not to get behind the hardware. I love the minimalist design and appreciate that they aren’t compromising or doing weird stuff with the guts to make it fit a smaller case.

  • I got my Mirka Andolfo variant for Money Shot #1 in the mail from Things From Another World yesterday. Needless to say, it’s definitely deserving of the black bag treatment.

  • I just cracked 24 hours played in Pokémon Shield, which I haven’t come anywhere close to in a Pokémon game since the Blue version on the original Game Boy. Suffice to say, I’m enjoying Shield a lot.

  • Black Friday buys from ComiXology

    While I didn’t buy much for myself during this year’s Black Friday, I did check out ComiXology’s Image graphic novel sale and snagged a couple books I’d had on my wish list. I’m particularly excited to read Gillen and Hans’ Die, which I’ve heard a ton of great things about.

  • Batman art by Mikel Janín

    Wow, this week’s Batman #83 hit like a sledgehammer. With only two issues left in King’s run, I’m interested to see how they wrap up the City of Bane arc and spin that ending into Batman & Catwoman.

  • I took the time yesterday to add a dark mode to my blog controlled by the system setting on the reader’s device with only a couple lines of CSS. Big thanks to Miraz Jordan and Yorrike for the assist.

  • While it’s nice to see all of the positive reviews for Jedi: Fallen Order, I think saying EA has “wasted” the Star Wars license until now is a disservice to the people who worked on Battlefront 1 & 2. Sure, they weren’t without their controversies but they’re both great games in their own right.

  • Hank and I had a blast watching Marvel Superhero Adventures and Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales on Disney+ tonight. His exposure to all things Marvel and Star Wars will be swift and relentless.

  • I’m going to try converting my custom Ghost theme Outpost into one that would be usable on a Micro.blog site. I feel like it’s one of the main reasons I haven’t made a full switch yet and it would be nice to keep everything in one place again.

  • It’s almost unfair how far ahead Apple is in comparison to other smartwatches. I never thought we’d reach a point where someone like Google or Fitbit literally can’t catch up but… here we are.

  • Extra Life North

    Extra Life North raised $55k~ (on a goal of $50k) for the Children’s Miracle Network and the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. I’m so thankful for everyone who contributed and proud of our whole team for getting through the 24 hour stream.

  • After only one day with iOS 13 installed, I reverted back to 12. I think I’ve realized that I really just need a dependable, functional device to keep notes, take photos of my kid, listen to music, etc. Or maybe I’m just old?

  • For all the negativity online, I enjoyed Tom King’s Knightmares arc on Batman. Aside from the couple Flash crossover issues, the main story was pretty great and the payoff in issue #70 was worth it in my opinion.

  • I quickly jumped over to the Google Store and pre-ordered the Stadia Founder’s Edition before remembering that the games available at launch are not exclusives, and use a controller instead of a keyboard/mouse.

    Sooo I’m cancelling… I think?

  • Taking a look back through the Nintendo eShop on the Switch, there’s some really great stuff on there, some of which I’ve already played and some that are entirely new to me.

    I’ve enjoyed revisiting Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel or add much—if anything—to the original game but it’s surprising how little of it feels dated. It also feels and plays pretty well on the Switch.

    Another one I’ve had a blast so far lately is Shakedown: Hawaii. I’m in love with art and animation style. It’s amazing how much life pops out of each pixel. There’s a million things to do so it definitely scratches that completionist itch.

  • Marvel adding Patrick Gleason to the rotation of Amazing Spider-Man artists is yet another slam dunk for the book. It’ll be tough to see Humberto Ramos go but I’m sure it’s not the last time we’ll see him drawing Spidey.

  • I was browsing Twitter tonight and noticed someone asking followers what the first RPG they remember playing was.

    While I’m not certain it was the first one I played, I distinctly remember playing through the entirely of Secret of Evermore on the SNES. I loved traveling through the different realms, seeing what changed… and the dog was super cool. 🐕

  • I enjoyed The Last Jedi and I’m excited for Rise of Skywalker.

  • I’m curious if the new Hellboy movie would be so poorly received if Guillermo del Toro’s (amazing) series didn’t exist. Is it genuinely a bad movie or is it “bad” because it’s not a third del Toro movie starring Ron Perlman?

  • If I had one piece of advice for the enemies of The Division 2, it would be to stop leaving so many full jerrycans laying around. If I had another piece of advice, it would be to stop standing so close to your full jerrycans during a firefight.

  • I enjoy true crime podcasts. So much so that I’ve already listened to all but one of the shows on Lifehacker’s “Best True Crime” list.

    One recommendation I have that does not appear on their list is Cold by KSL and Wondery that covers the 2009 disappearance of Susan Powell and the destructive effects it had on the people around her.

  • Dialog received its first review this week, which is an exciting milestone. If you’re using the app on your Android device, consider taking a second and reviewing it in the Play Store.

  • I’m really interested to see what Google has to announce tomorrow at GDC. If the rumours are true, it could be a pretty big deal not only for Google but for other companies in the gaming space as well.

  • The new custom theme options available on Micro.blog are great. After a couple days of work, I was able to completely transform the default theme. What a huge update from the original custom CSS options.

  • While I’m still not totally sold on Zachary Levi as Cap/Shazam, the new trailer was a blast. Between this, WW84, and the success of Aquaman, it looks like WB finally has a solid plan in place for the DCEU.

  • I put just over five hours into The Divison 2 beta this past weekend and it was awesome. Sure, it’s really similar to the first one but the shooting feels tighter, the game looks better, and there’s a ton more to do.

  • Seeing as it’s the best of the series, I’ll be buying Final Fantasy IX again, this time on the Switch. Reading that back, I’m just now considering how weird it’ll be to play one of the numerical entries on a Nintendo system again.

  • I’m actually really interested to check out the changes Bethesda has planned for Fallout 76. The game isn’t great but I don’t feel like it’s beyond redemption.

  • The Anthem update is really good. Noticeable improvements in load times, easier mission selection, better movement speed in Tarsis, and so much more. Nice to see so much getting addressed this quickly.

  • According to Vince Zampella, Apex Legends has already built up a player base of over one million users in less than eight hours.

    Not to discount the incredible numbers the game has pulled in but — considering the list of streamers Respawn partnered with and the fact that the game is made by a studio of people that have been releasing blockbuster AAA games for the better part of 15 years — the news isn’t super surprising.

    Having played (poorly) a couple hours of the game last night, I’m impressed with what I’ve seen. The game is a ton of fun and the launch has been very smooth. The game’s mostly bug free and has a fanbase that’s quickly forming already.

  • This whole Metro Exodus mess makes me wonder what the people at 4A — the studio that actually made the game — think about their work being tossed around and thrown through the mud like this.

  • We’ve got a big beta update available now for Dialog. The app has been completely rewritten from the ground up using Google’s updated Material Theming tools and features the ability to create new posts on Micro.blog.

  • I finally read the debut issues of TKO’s SARA and Goodnight Paradise, both of which I enjoyed. The big question is do I buy the individual issues, the trade paperback, or the digital versions of the single issues? Tough call.

  • We’ve got some really cool news coming in the new year for Dialog users regarding a big update and our push towards a full featured release. I’m excited to share more very soon.

  • TKO has been fascinating to watch come to life over the past little while. They’re bringing on great talent, the books they’ve shown off so far look beautiful, their pricing model is completely new, and they’re letting people read the first issues of their books for free on their site.

    It’s hard not to get a great first impression there. I’m going to have to break down and order some of the books soon as an early Christmas present to myself.

  • The fingerprint reader on my Pixel 2 XL was acting up so I sent it to Google for repairs — leaving me without a phone. I made it almost two days before caving and picking up a Pixel 3.

    First impressions? The camera is amazing and the build quality is stellar.

  • I felt inspired after watching the Noclip Half-Life doc and decided to toss $10 — an absurdly good deal — at EA for Titanfall 2 on PC. I’m looking forward to checking out the single player campaign after hearing so many good things about it.

  • Keeping up with DC’s Drowned Earth crossover event was so much harder than it should have been. There’s one supertitled Justice League / Aquaman and another Aquaman / Justice League. One is the first issue, the other is the final issue, and they’re both listed as issue one.

    Simple, right?