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  1. Oh wow, Coco. I kind of remember that whole thing happening but completely blanked on who was involved.
  2. I'm imagining a return of "Become Another Boarder Week" (or whatever it was actually called) where Scot and solo switch accounts.
  3. About an hour of my Monday morning just disappeared reading Uni Watch and I had to force myself to stop before I spent the rest of the day reading it. Figured out why the writing had a familiar feel to it when I checked the About page and found it's the same guy who wrote the zine Beer Frame back in the 90s. I probably still have a couple issues of that sitting in a box around here.
  4. I had forgotten about the 7pm salute and fast-forwarded mentally to June (?) when there were fireworks all the time. We live right between two fairly large hospitals in Brooklyn. I don't know that I'd call the ambulances relentless, but they certainly stood out due to the lack of all the other noise we usually get.
  5. I got curious after reading your earlier post about last March, so I looked at photos on my phone. I took a selfie of myself wearing a mask on the way to the grocery store on March 31, which is most likely the first time I went out of the house wearing a mask. There's another photo from the next day of Xray trying on one of the cloth masks my mom made and sent us. And I think you mentioned this too, but one of the weirdest things about living here at that time was how quiet things got. There was a stretch where almost the only sound was ambulances. This checks out. It did come up in conversation at Casa X that we were going through a lot more TP than usual since we were pretty much homebound. If you're asking whether there's a mandate for vaccinated folks to wear masks outdoors, the answer is no. I often do out of convenience as much as anything, as I find it simpler to just wear the mask for the 5-10 minute walk to the store or the subway rather than waiting to put it on when I get there. Here's what the NYC Health page has to say about it:
  6. Oh wow, I hadn't watched that in years. Still hilarious. And it has Sunita Mani, who played Arthie on GLOW.
  7. I use these all the time in class, along with "chill the flock out." Students have told me my most commonly said word in class is "Okay."
  8. I'd say Will of the Wisps is pretty similar to Blind Forest in terms of difficulty, and it does have the same sort of difficulty spikes as Blind Forest with the escape sequences (which I'm guessing is where you're stuck). I found most of them to be tough but manageable, having previously finished Blind Forest, but I got pushed up to the border of rage quitting with the last one. Will of the Wisps also has boss fights. I do agree with Kal -- Will of the Wisps takes all the stuff that was great about Blind Forest and builds on it in a way that makes it even better.
  9. Thanks. I had some early troubles with BotW. It was my first 3D Zelda, as all the ones I played on the GameBoy Micro were 2D sidescrollers and, having never had any of Nintendo's home consoles, I've never played anything from Ocarina onwards. So that took some getting used to. I remember taking a break from it early on after getting frustrated by first accidentally throwing away an axe from the top of a tower (see earlier comments about adapting to so many buttons on the controller) and then trying to fight enemies with fallen branches and what not. After picking it back up, I managed to find my way to the Divine Beast in the desert, which I later learned was the toughest of them all. I think I did have to leave that unfinished and come back and kill whatever version of Ganon was in there until I had some more skills and gear and what not. Having played the early games, I knew the basics of the Zelda games, but the stamina wheel, camera control, and the cooking things all took some getting used to. Weirdly, the thing that won me over to the cooking was making Dubious Food for the first time, as I always welcome a good laugh. Mostly, I loved the freedom to go explore the world. I kept going after beating the final boss(es) just to get the rest of the shrines and uncover the full map. Considering I set out to run every block of my roughly 2 square mile neighborhood a few summers ago, I am not surprised I like to do the same thing in a game as I do in real life.
  10. I can relate a lot to some of his wife's issues in that video -- one of the things that kept me from trying games out for a long while was being intimidated by the complexity of the controls, though I definitely found that my imagined version of controller difficulty was way worse than the actual experience of using one. He uses Breath of the Wild as a good example of clearly explaining both what buttons do and where those buttons are, and I definitely benefitted from starting out with BotW as my first game on the Switch. Have not played Cave Story, but just added it to my wishlist.
  11. Same. I stumbled into Deepnest accidentally one night while playing with headphones on and had some trouble sleeping later on. Will likely drop everything to play Silksong when it finally arrives. I never really got into gaming at any point in my life until last fall. For context, I'm old enough that our first home computer was a IBM PC clone and the original NES came out when I was in grade school. The original Legend of Zelda was a big deal back then. I remember friends bringing magazines to school to study the overworld maps together. I might have played five or ten minutes of it at a friends house and died many, many times in that brief time span. My parents never let us buy any of the consoles, and, aside from the occasional casual multiplayer games at friends' houses, a brief obsession with whatever version of Civilization my college housemate had on his computer, and playing through whatever Zelda games were available on the GameBoy Micro during grad school, I played little in the way of computer games beyond Tetris and Minesweeper until last year. It started with Night in the Woods shortly after Covid shut everything down. Then, in September, Xray texted me to say that a local store had Switches in stock for the first time in months. They placed the order, I picked it up on the way home from work, and bought Breath of the Wild that night. (Well, not that night--somehow, our Switch arrived with no joycons, so I had to hit BestBuy on the way home from work the next day.) Spent the next month or so playing through that, started looking around at other games, and bought Hollow Knight almost entirely on a whim. (And by "on a whim," I mean it was on sale and the art looked awesome.) Got hooked after a few hours of Hollow Knight. Got frustrated more and more as I got further into it and kept hitting the wall of my profound lack of skill (and/or experience) with games. Put it down for a week at least once or twice, but eventually ground my way through to completing the "bad" ending. Loved the world, loved the art, and loved the music. Learned the term "metroidvania" because of that game and went on to check out some other things in that genre, including both Ori games, which are also wonderful. In the midst of a bunch of workplace drama and stress, some of which was Covid-related and some of which would be terrible in a non-pandemic year, I found myself needing an escape, so started Hollow Knight again from scratch. Sure, I absolutely benefited from having completed it once, but a lot of things went more easily more me, especially things like boss fights, where I realized I'd learned to be more patient and not just spam the attack buttons in a blind panic. At least one boss who took me a week to beat the first time around fell on the third try. And eventually, after way, way, WAY more than 40 attempts, I even beat the true final boss. I spent a lot of this year dealing with the combined stresses of teaching in hybrid and remote settings, commuting on the subway regularly in a city where the positivity rate was often in the 7% to 10% (or higher) range, and being gaslit and sidelined regularly by our school administration. It was exactly the sort of year where playing a void creature killing the shit out of a bunch of reanimated bugs counted as a positive mental health exercise and beating the true final boss, even if it meant spending an entire week fighting her over and over again, felt like a genuine accomplishment. I still kind of suck at video games, but I suck a lot less, largely thanks to Hollow Knight. And this school year sucked, but it definitely sucked less thanks to video games in general, and to Hollow Knight in particular. So yes, I fucking love Hollow Knight.
  12. I am so glad this ridiculous and massively entertaining board tradition has continued.
  13. May I suggest you try a Valentino, which is the same ingredients as a Negroni in a 4:2:1 ratio of gin to vermouth to Campari? It's an absolutely delightful cocktail, especially if you're looking for a more gin-forward Negroni vibe. Not sure if you can find it around you, but Carpano Antica is an outstanding sweet vermouth. Broker's and Plymouth are our go-to's for cocktail gins (mostly Broker's since that's what our two local shops stock more regularly), but we try to keep Botanivore gin on hand for martinis. ETA: Rittenhouse Rye absolutely rules for cocktails. That plus the Carpano Antica and the Fee Brothers whiskey-barrel-aged bitters is what makes our ritual of Friday Manhattans so very tasty.
  14. The full dataset of final voting and initial nominations is published after the awards each year. For example, here is the 2020 data (PDF link).
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