Quick Shots for 12/15/2017

Quick Shots for 12/15/2017

First of all, I have a quick follow up to Wednesday’s gameplay video. Anyone who saw me fail to receive a gold star on the final level of Farm Frenzy by 38 seconds will be happy to know that I gave it another shot and easily beat the time by about three minutes. Losing that sheep definitely cost me during my first attempt.

No joke, last night I woke up snoring, even though I was wearing my sleep apnea mask. What’s up with that!?!?

And The Winner Is . . . 

Ranch Dressing!

Ranch Dressing

With Italian coming in at a close second.

Hands down, Wal-Mart has the best Christmas commercial this season . . . and I’m basing that mainly on the music.

And before anyone says anything, no, Walmart is not providing any compensation to Half Air (apart from any Christmas gifts I might receive from my son, who happens to work for the discount store).

Free Game Alert:  These past several months have offered several great games that were being given away for free: Watchdogs, Brutal Legend, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Homefront, Grim Fandango Remastered. However, the best so far, in my opinion, is going on right now. Ubisoft is currently giving away Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. You need to hurry, however, as this offer ends sometime on Monday, December 18th.

No Article Monday

No Article Monday

This week I am introducing a new feature called “No Article Monday,” where I do not post an article on Monday. Okay, it’s not really a new feature. It’s just a fancy way of saying that I am taking the week off, or at least Monday. But please make a mental note to check in over the next couple of weeks as I post several Christmas tales that focus on the reason why the entire world sets aside this time of the year to be extra giving and caring to family, friends, and sometimes strangers: the birth of Christ. Also, if you are a fan of gaming videos, this Wednesday I will be wrapping up Farm Frenzy with one final level that challenges all my farming skills. Please use the links to the right to sign up for alerts on Twitter, Youtube or Half Air’s RSS feed. I’m looking forward to seeing you over the next several weeks and into the new year.

Quick Shots For 12/08/2017

Quick Shots For 12/08/2017

Last weekend U2 was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. After watching their two performances I had only one thought: I really miss the U2 of the 1980’s and early 90’s.

I’m sure you’ve seen several ads on television for various prescription drugs. You know, the ones that tell you to “ask your doctor about . . .” You’re probably also familiar with the long lists of warnings, precautions, and disclaimers associated with these drugs. The one that always gets me is, “Don’t take this medication if you are allergic to this medication.” This raises two questions.

  1. How do you know you are allergic to the drug if you’ve never taken it before?
  2. If you know you are allergic to the drug, is this warning even necessary? I mean, why would you anyone want to induce an allergic reaction?

Over the past several weeks I have seen Redbox machines around town advertising the new Assassin’s Creed: Origins video game for rent. What is the point? This is an open world game that howlongtobeat.com says takes over 40 hours to complete, significantly longer than the one-night rental. If you keep it long enough to finish it, the rental fee will probably be more than what it would have cost to buy the game outright.

“Terrence,” you say, “Someone might want to rent the game for a night to see if they like it before buying it.” To that, I say there is a cheaper way to accomplish the same thing: watch a Let’s Play video or Twitch stream. It makes a lot more sense, to me at least.