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Please enjoy the Fourth book of Maze Craze, mazes Dana drew as a kid (early to mid eighties). Book four returns to the format of one-off mazes, after book Three was more of a theme book overall.

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Maze Craze Vol. II - Number 4 - January 17, 2020

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Not saying TRoS is like JL, and I'm not saying TLJ is like BvS. I'm saying the relationship between TRoS and TLJ is like the relationship between JL and BvS.

Binary Movie Course Corrections

The Rise of Skywalker is to The Last Jedi as Justice League is to Batman V Superman - Dec. 28, 2019

To use the analogy notation you might remember from the standardized testing of your youth... The Rise of Skywalker : The Last Jedi :: Justice League : Batman V Superman. Both follow-ups have a similar relationship to their predecessors, and a similar nature as a response to them. To be blunt, for both, the second movie is a dumb mess; a corporate course correction in response to a lot of outrage from a group of internet detractors with loud voices. It dropped all of the plot threads from its predecessor, completely changed in tone, and wrecked some of the more interesting and universe-challenging questions asked by the movie before it. Now, The Last Jedi was not a perfect movie and neither was Batman V Superman a perfect movie...

Force Time with Rey and Kylo

...J.J. Abrams spent The Force Awakens setting up so many threads and elements with abandon that it was practically a blueprinted assignment for the next director. A J.J. Abrams second movie probably would have been all about Snoke, the Knights of Ren, and Rey's secret parents. Johnson responded to this assignment by turning it around from these expectations and doing something else, with Luke, with Snoke, with Rey's parents. It was unexpectedly dark, and more real. I loved it.

Similarly, after all the outrage and blowback from the destruction at the end of Man of Steel, expectations were for a nice and inspiring Superman story justifying his heroism and establishing the comic book character everyone wanted restored after the Zod death. Instead, Snyder made Bruce Wayne the advocate character for the portion of the audience that blamed and hated this adaptation of the character for those consequences. It was unexpectedly dark, and more real. I loved it...

...and so both Justice League and Rise of Skywalker are dumb movies with fetch quest plotting and nothing at all to say about anything. Their themes are as shallow as those of an episode of Super-Friends or Star Wars: Resistance... whatever the most kid-friendly version of the IP is out there becomes the blueprint.

Article by Sabrina:

A former humane dairy farm-turned sanctuary, houses 23 different animal species. There, they can live out the rest of their lives.

Broken Shovels

A farm just north of Denver connects people with animals typically destined for slaughter - Dec. 11, 2019

A former humane dairy farm-turned sanctuary, houses 23 different animal species. There, they can live out the rest of their lives.

By Sabrina, for 9news.com was part of a school project at Metro State University of Denver. Sabrina is a 9NEWS intern. Kenneth Bisio, professor; and students Sheridan Keith and Nathaniel Ortega also contributed to this story - Published Dec 11, 2019

HENDERSON, Colo. —

On a cool overcast Friday morning in September, Andrea Davis, director of Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary, stood behind a white picnic table with her handy tablet to check in visitors for the sanctuary’s monthly First Friday Morning Tour. Davis stood out with her auburn hair and electric blue polka dot tank top and smiled as each guest approached her to enter the sanctuary. A young child’s curious face lit up when a group of clucking chickens confidently strode by with complete freedom to strut wherever they wanted to go. Piggin Out

Davis said she is doing exactly what she is meant to do.

“My heart is in rescue,” Davis said.

She said she wants to share her passion for rescue with the world and show people that these once slaughter-bound and neglected animals want nothing but love.

Davis said she knows that the animals, when together with people are “their own most powerful advocates.”...

Dad's Basement - Newest Video:

Dad's Basement is a video series from me, Dana, the Dad of the Happy Game Family, wherein I play, show off, and try to convey what was cool about some of my favorite games from yesteryear. I hope you younguns appreciate that I'm spending some extra time cutting together all the cool parts!

At the Mountains of Bad Press

Dad's Basement #3c3 - The Shadow Over Denis Dyack: At The Mountains of Bad Press - Mar. 12, 2016

In mid 2012, a number of people were laid off from Silicon Knights after the company's long-running lawsuit with Epic Games took a bad turn. They started a new company, Precursor Games, purchased some assets and equipment from Silicon Knights, and set about to nearly a year's work building a demo to bring to the public in order to crowd-fund the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. In mid 2013, immediately upon launch, they would find themselves in the unenviable position of being the first crowdfunding effort roundly shouted down by various influential voices in the games press.

Long overdue, part Three of our three-part (plus) series covering Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem and its attempted spiritual successor now is a posthumous survey of the failure of the Kickstarter for Shadow of the Eternals, split into multiple chapters.

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Happy Game Family Go! Newest Podcast:

The Happy Game Family Go! Podcast is a show about video games, that happens to come from a family. We will represent our perception of the games we play, our experiences with them, and our opinions of them. Without the pressure of demystifying ESRB ratings or making content recommendations for all families, we hope to simply represent the various viewpoints our family members have on all the games they play. You'll find game reviews, gaming memories (especially from Dad), and unique viewpoints from the parents and the kids on electronic entertainment.

Podcast Episode #007

EPISODE #007 - The Resurrection - Jan 29, 2013

Two and a half years in the making, this podcast becomes a travelogue of our gaming, and our lives. Dad played the entire Mass Effect trilogy, Dead Space 1 and 2, lots of different Calls of Duty, and paid for a number of MMOs without playing them. Noah built his own gaming PC, and became a part of the PC master race. We cover E3 2011, and really do a poor job of remembering what happened in E3 2012. As a family we get to attend the WiiU Experience, and then find ourselves not experiencing an actual WiiU. Oh and Vita came out. And Mom played WOW--as did Noah--and Sabrina and Dad enjoyed Resident Evil 6, so forget the haters. Sporadic Game Family! (Noah made two songs for this episode using Garageband.)

Game Music Samples:

  1. "My Song 2", (Noah, Son of the HappyGameFamily);
  2. "My Song 5", (Noah, Son of the HappyGameFamily);
  3. "Longing for Home 2", Tomb Raider, Core/Eidos (Nathan McCree);
  4. "Main Theme", Pokemon Red/Blue, Game Freak/Nintendo (Junichi Masuda);
  5. "Smuggler Theme", Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bioware/EA (Mark Griskey, Gordy Haab, Lennie Moore and Wilbert Roget);
  6. "Invincible", World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, Blizzard (Russell Brower, Jason Hayes, Neal Acree, Derek Duke);
  7. "Daytime Theme", Terraria, Re-Logic (Scott Lloyd Shelly);
  8. "Snow Overworld (Baby Yoshi Melody) ", New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo (Shiho Fujii, Mahito Yokota);
  9. "Main Theme", Black Ops 2, Treyarch/Activision (Trent Reznor);
  10. "Main Title Theme", World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Blizzard (Russell Brower, Neal Acree, S.Cardon, E.Guidotti, J.Soule);
  11. "Pharmacy Theme", Walking Dead, Telltale Games (Jared Emerson-Johnson);
  12. "BGM A", Shanghai, Activision/Atari (Alex Rudis, Bruce Coleman);

Classic Gaming Article:

Dad has had the pleasure of writing articles for and contributing to a number of communities of gamers on the internet, all for free, and therefore sporadically and for the sheer pleasure of it.

The PSP Too

Alternate-Sony, PSVita, and the PSP Too – The Road Not Taken - Jan 30, 2012

In the remote location known as Katorga-12, scientists have discovered the January 2012 issue of Gamepro magazine, a publication that, as we know it, ceased all operations with the November 2011 issue. Though badly singed, and missing many of its pages, a few interesting tidbits were recoverable and at least three full articles are completely intact.

Despite threats from unnamed government agencies, and risk of space-time continuum disruption, this author has decided to release one such article to the public. It is an interview with a man named Jerry Lambert, who, in our reality, portrays Kevin Butler–a fictional executive in a series of Sony advertising campaigns. After a glimpse at this "Alternate-Sony," this author believes real-world Sony might benefit from a few tenets Mr. Lambert preaches.

Sony 2012 – Looking Back while Moving Forward

a Candid Interview with Jerry Lambert, President and CEO of SCEA

By Dan "Sock" Hsak

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