• 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 on the hunt for a new MMO to play recently and have had a hard time finding one that stuck. After having it in my Steam library for years, I’ve finally given Elder Scrolls Online a spin. With the rich story, open-world gameplay, and lack of monthly fee (if you choose), it’s a wonder I waited so long to finally give it a go.

  • 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.

  • Another cryptic update on the work I’ve been doing lately: I’m still not able to talk about what it is but it’s been incredibly rewarding to see the team materialize and things start coming together behind the scenes.

  • There’s lots of really amazing stuff on the horizon. It’s nothing I can get into at the moment, but trust me… it’s probably going to be good.

  • 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.

  • 2020 has been pretty rough so far. There are a lot of big changes going on at work and I’ve been in a bit of a weird headspace since the beginning of the week. On the plus side, I’ve updated my portfolio and I’m inching closer to freelancing.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • While it’s mostly self-inflicted, it’s been such a busy couple of days. I’ve been giving my personal design portfolio a much overdue update, getting my favorite games and comics ready for my usual year-end posts, and grabbing some last minute gifts for friends and family.

  • I got my Mirka Andolfo variant for Money Shot #1 in the mail from TFAW 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 original Blue and Red versions on the original Game Boy back in the day. 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.

  • My kid’s gotten in the habit of leaving his action figures — usually superheroes — around the house in funny situations. I love imagining the stories going through his head while he figures out where to put them.

  • 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’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about accepting freelance design work. I’ve had a number of discussions with content creators and streamers who’re looking to get work done and I feel like I could provide that. Now I just have to drum up the confidence to get moving.

  • 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.

  • While watching a movie, my son finds a dude getting shot in the ass with a dart particularly funny. It’s clear I’ve passed on all the wisdom I can to him.

  • 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?

  • Photo by Vanity Fair

    Photo by Vanity Fair

  • 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. 🐕

  • The campaign in Far Cry: New Dawn has some of the worst pacing I’ve ever seen in a game. An otherwise entertaining, action-packed Far Cry title blows it in the 11th hour by dropping you into sluggish, uninteresting missions. Very disappointing.

  • I enjoyed The Last Jedi, I’m excited for The Rise of Skywalker. That is all.

  • 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 kicked ass. 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.

  • Dialogers, we’ve got unisex t-shirts for sale if you’re looking to update your wardrobe and help support the app. This initial design features the logotype on the front and our multicoloured logomark on the sleeve.

  • Dialogers, we’ve got a cool announcement and an update headed your way soon. We can’t wait for you to get your hands on it and see where we’re headed.

  • 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?

    Decisions, decisions.

  • 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.

  • It’s as though Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio has failed to understand his own platform, how unique these communities are to Tumblr, and how unlikely it is for them to survive beyond the shutdown.

    Truer words have never been spoken.

  • My longtime Tumblr blog isn’t affected by the update to their content guidelines. That said, I find it infuriating that neo-nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are allowed to remain on their platform as photos of “female-presenting nipples” are being flagged and removed left and right.

    I’ll likely be migrating the content of my page over to this site in the next little while and decommissioning that page as soon as possible. This is ridiculous.

  • 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?