Random Nonsense Archive

  • Anyone who got into console gaming during the NES era is keenly aware of a few old annoyances. Thanks to the limited memory on the cartridges, sneaky ways had to […]

    Enough Already: Bats, Birds, and Spiders

    Anyone who got into console gaming during the NES era is keenly aware of a few old annoyances. Thanks to the limited memory on the cartridges, sneaky ways had to […]

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  • Hey, remember a while ago when I took a brief moment from all of our groundbreaking, hard-hitting, and other-adjective-having game and entertainment coverage to plug a book written by one […]

    Storybundle!

    Hey, remember a while ago when I took a brief moment from all of our groundbreaking, hard-hitting, and other-adjective-having game and entertainment coverage to plug a book written by one […]

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  • If you are like me, your life isn’t exactly a cornucopia of wonder and merriment. In my average work day, the part I look forward to most is 5:00 PM […]

    Achievement Unlocked: Vending Machine Win

    If you are like me, your life isn’t exactly a cornucopia of wonder and merriment. In my average work day, the part I look forward to most is 5:00 PM […]

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  • When I’m not working my way through a game, ranting incoherently, or doing any of my several other jobs, I tend to write. In the past it has been mostly […]

    And now a word from our Sponsor: Bypass Gemini

    When I’m not working my way through a game, ranting incoherently, or doing any of my several other jobs, I tend to write. In the past it has been mostly […]

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  • BrainLazy has done its fair share of reviews over the years, but from the start we had a hard time adjusting to the standard rating system. In some of our […]

    Sliding Scale: The Problem With Review Scores

    BrainLazy has done its fair share of reviews over the years, but from the start we had a hard time adjusting to the standard rating system. In some of our […]

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  • A while back I discussed the rule of four, introducing the idea that there is a long list of things that, if you have four or more of them, indicate […]

    Rule of Four Part 2

    A while back I discussed the rule of four, introducing the idea that there is a long list of things that, if you have four or more of them, indicate […]

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  • Smoking is a filthy habit. It is smelly, unhealthy, expensive, and highly addictive. I have known this ever since I was a little kid, because roughly since birth I have […]

    Non-Smoker Opt-Out

    Smoking is a filthy habit. It is smelly, unhealthy, expensive, and highly addictive. I have known this ever since I was a little kid, because roughly since birth I have […]

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  • The other day I was engaged in one of the most important activities a man can pursue, digesting a Red Robin Bleu Ribbon burger, when the conversation mysteriously turned to […]

    The Rule of Four Part 1: Cats, Bumper Stickers, and Tattoos

    The other day I was engaged in one of the most important activities a man can pursue, digesting a Red Robin Bleu Ribbon burger, when the conversation mysteriously turned to […]

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  • Gaming.  Gaming is the single most important force behind current consumer technology.  It is and has been the driving force behind pushing the IC envelope all these years.  Super Computers […]

    Apple could dominate the gaming market. Could.

    Gaming.  Gaming is the single most important force behind current consumer technology.  It is and has been the driving force behind pushing the IC envelope all these years.  Super Computers […]

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  • Bear with me folks, I’m going to take one of my rare dips into semi-topical stuff, so if you are reading this in a few days (the Internet equivalent of […]

    AOL is the anti-Fox; News is the new fast food

    Bear with me folks, I’m going to take one of my rare dips into semi-topical stuff, so if you are reading this in a few days (the Internet equivalent of […]

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  • Recently, a fellow brainlazer and I were discussing a current scandal. I won’t say what the scandal is, for reasons that will soon be made clear, but suffice to say […]

    The Koala Technique

    Recently, a fellow brainlazer and I were discussing a current scandal. I won’t say what the scandal is, for reasons that will soon be made clear, but suffice to say […]

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  • These days, everyone multitasks. There is just too much to do to just be doing one thing, so you have to double and triple up. Eat breakfast while driving to […]

    Multitasking

    These days, everyone multitasks. There is just too much to do to just be doing one thing, so you have to double and triple up. Eat breakfast while driving to […]

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  • The concept of “Us vs Them” is one that I’ve discussed here many times before. Something about the human brain makes it impossible to avoid dividing up the population into […]

    Console vs PC

    The concept of “Us vs Them” is one that I’ve discussed here many times before. Something about the human brain makes it impossible to avoid dividing up the population into […]

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  • There are really a tremendous number of stupid things that human beings choose to do. Seriously, take a look at the group as a whole. Some of us hurl ourselves […]

    Living On The Edge

    There are really a tremendous number of stupid things that human beings choose to do. Seriously, take a look at the group as a whole. Some of us hurl ourselves […]

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  • The Internet has changed the world in a lot of ways. There was a time when, if you wanted to sell something, and you didn’t have a store, your options […]

    Marketing

    The Internet has changed the world in a lot of ways. There was a time when, if you wanted to sell something, and you didn’t have a store, your options […]

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  • Well, a new year is upon us. Gone is the glorious year MMX, replaced instead by the yet to be proven year MMXI. I guess even the calendar has gotten […]

    New Year’s Resolutions

    Well, a new year is upon us. Gone is the glorious year MMX, replaced instead by the yet to be proven year MMXI. I guess even the calendar has gotten […]

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  • If you are anywhere in the east coast, chances are good that you are aware of a minor snow condition we’re having. Evidently all of those people dreaming of a […]

    OMFG SNOW!!!1!1!!

    If you are anywhere in the east coast, chances are good that you are aware of a minor snow condition we’re having. Evidently all of those people dreaming of a […]

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  • I know I rant a lot about… Well, basically everything. It is enormously therapeutic, but I don’t want you folks out there to think that I think EVERYTHING sucks. There […]

    Cell Phones, Eclipses, and other Awesome Things

    I know I rant a lot about… Well, basically everything. It is enormously therapeutic, but I don’t want you folks out there to think that I think EVERYTHING sucks. There […]

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  • Several of the people I know have a certain trait in common. When someone proposes a suitably intriguing question, no matter how rhetorical or frivolous, we will investigate it vigorously. […]

    The Big Questions

    Several of the people I know have a certain trait in common. When someone proposes a suitably intriguing question, no matter how rhetorical or frivolous, we will investigate it vigorously. […]

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  • Wikileaks is one of those topics that I really should stay the hell away from. This isn't like a movie critic making ignorant judgments outside of his area of expertise or a game coming under fire for sexism because people don't get its jokes. I'd love to ignore it and hope it goes away, but it is something of an elephant in the room. As a resident of both real life and the Internet, I feel compelled to at least distill the issue down for you to the state that exists in my head. You see, Wikileaks is a kick in the balls.

    Wikileaks

    Wikileaks is one of those topics that I really should stay the hell away from. This isn't like a movie critic making ignorant judgments outside of his area of expertise or a game coming under fire for sexism because people don't get its jokes. I'd love to ignore it and hope it goes away, but it is something of an elephant in the room. As a resident of both real life and the Internet, I feel compelled to at least distill the issue down for you to the state that exists in my head. You see, Wikileaks is a kick in the balls.

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  • The other day I overheard a health food devotee reprimanding someone for enjoying a beverage. That alone was sufficient to irritate the hell out of me, but our conscientious volunteer food mentor managed to strike an additional chord in my legion of pet peeves by whipping out one of the most arbitrary health food buzz phrases in the book: All Natural. Now, if you want to help me to eat better, I appreciate that, but I am a practical guy, so I'm going to require something a bit more concrete than meaningless blurbs on food labels to convince me to ditch the aspartame.

    All Natural

    The other day I overheard a health food devotee reprimanding someone for enjoying a beverage. That alone was sufficient to irritate the hell out of me, but our conscientious volunteer food mentor managed to strike an additional chord in my legion of pet peeves by whipping out one of the most arbitrary health food buzz phrases in the book: All Natural. Now, if you want to help me to eat better, I appreciate that, but I am a practical guy, so I'm going to require something a bit more concrete than meaningless blurbs on food labels to convince me to ditch the aspartame.

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  • For most of my childhood I spent about one month out of every year in Vermont. Now, Vermont is a great place, but not exactly an entertainment hot spot. Sure, there is skiing, but I was up there in August, so that’s out. There are also cities there like anywhere else, but we went to family property in Starksboro. I think that we doubled the population when we visited. Seriously, our annual visit was a red letter day. They would come and visit “The Family From Jersey.” One time they brought us a pie! So for them, it was a big deal. For us, it was five people sleeping in a barn for a month. Our entertainment was lighting a pile of tree pieces on fire, staring at it, and exploring a particular set of topics.

    Campfire Topics

    For most of my childhood I spent about one month out of every year in Vermont. Now, Vermont is a great place, but not exactly an entertainment hot spot. Sure, there is skiing, but I was up there in August, so that’s out. There are also cities there like anywhere else, but we went to family property in Starksboro. I think that we doubled the population when we visited. Seriously, our annual visit was a red letter day. They would come and visit “The Family From Jersey.” One time they brought us a pie! So for them, it was a big deal. For us, it was five people sleeping in a barn for a month. Our entertainment was lighting a pile of tree pieces on fire, staring at it, and exploring a particular set of topics.

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  • People like to be flowery in their language. I myself am known to pursue a policy of sesquipedalian loquaciousness on occasion. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it is important […]

    To A Fault

    People like to be flowery in their language. I myself am known to pursue a policy of sesquipedalian loquaciousness on occasion. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it is important […]

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