• A Gift of Steam

    As much as I love Steam, there’s one big problem with it: no “invisible” mode. Steam is always up and running when my computer is, so I never have it […]

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  • carpetbagger.

    I thought I heard a bird just now. Like the warble of one of their songs – the bird version of a rolling “R.” But maybe it was just my […]

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  • THE LAST STARFIGHTER Review

    The Last Starfighter 1984 / 101 min Directed by: Nick Castle Written by: Jonathan R. Betuel The concept of “The Last Starfighter” is better than the movie. An alien named […]

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PC Pickle: Help! My Memory is Leaking Everywhere!

PC Pickle is a randomly updated computer technical support column, where any and all questions, both hard(ware) and soft(ware) are answered.

Dear PC Pickle,
Every time I run my computer, I hear “dripping” coming from inside, like a faucet that ain’t been turned completely off. It’s a store-bought jobber with no after-market blitz and blatz on it, so there ain’t none liquid cooling tubes stuffed in. I heard some nerdy fellers in the break room of the chop shop saying that they was having a problem with “memory leaks.” Is my computer sick? Read more

A Frozen March Up Cold Mountain

Jolchek, the Sunflower Warrior, was surreptitiously trying but failing to hide a dangerous spate of frostcrotch, which was quickly turning his loins into as barren a wasteland as the one he had found himself surrounded by. The persistent, nagging numb caused by the pale, white fingers of cold guaranteed he would feel no pain there. He was grabbing his unmentionables often and obscenely, needing to be confident they hadn’t fallen off, lost in the countless feet of fallen snow. It was a ritual, and the fact of their remaining existence was a totem he returned to keep himself sane.

“Jolchek,” Lyllia said, stopping and turning her head to face the warrior.
Jolchek did not have the energy to speak. Seeing his face, Lyllia let the conversation drop where it never began and continued on.

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PC Pickle: Help! There Are Lumps In My Ethernet Cables

PC Pickle is a randomly updated computer technical support column, where any and all questions, both hard(ware) and soft(ware) are answered.

Dear PC Pickle,
Every since my filth-ridden neighbors moved in, along with their metric shit-tons of trash, my Internet connection has been suffering severely. It was only after my Internet was completely shut off that I decided to go rooting around my own ethernet cables. I found most of the cables had large lumps throughout the length of the cord – like a snake who had eaten a bunch of soccer balls. Read more

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