I started playing Dota 2 when I was in college, something I wanted to do to distract me from what I thought I was supposed to do. (Everyone gets a Bachelor’s degree today, right?) In high school, I liked fooling around with free music composition software, building quartets and ensembles I’d print and pass out to others. I brought up the idea of being a composer to my parents. They weren’t so keen. So it was mass communications, because I was on the newspaper in high school, because a cute girl told me I wrote well. By sophomore year, having drifted far from most of my friends after leaving for college, I found refuge from my aimlessness in games—multiplayer games, specifically. First it was StarCraft II, then League of Legends, and finally, Dota 2. I came to Dota 2 through another game, League of Legends, thanks to a group of friends that jumped ship once the beta for the former started. A five-on-five game that’s one-part strategy, two-parts hero … [Read more...] about My Life In 3,000 Hours Of
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The Baja 1000: hardcore off-road vehicles racing each other, fighting a fiercely hostile landscape. Jumps, powerslides, awesomeness. Also hours of being jostled around a steel cage and pissing into a bag taped to your leg. Wish us luck! I accepted the invitation to co-drive part of this legendary race with a shrug and a hell yeah, because Baja. Good friends, scenery, of course I could convince the Jalopnik brass I needed some sick days. The prerun was pretty much what I expected; sand, beers, maybe a little shoveling. Now I’m realizing race day is not at all the same thing. As the sun dropped in Ensenada, you could feel a change in the air. More tension, testosterone. And not the kind that’s flowing when Paris Du Noche does happy hour. The Baja goofiness is gone. Replaced with, not aggression per se, but intensity. Shannon Welch, a manager of the Ultra 4 race series and part of our Baja support crew, articulated it nicely; “sometimes brains go out people’s butts … [Read more...] about I’m Racing The Baja 1000 Today And Finally Realized I’m Terrified
Kevin won a bet with his wife, and while the details of the wager are a mystery, the important part is that he is now going to spend some $200,000 to $300,000 on a seriously fast car. But he’s not sure which direction to go. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: I find myself in a wonderful conundrum. Having won a friendly wager with my wife, I am now allowed to buy, and I quote, “Any car I want.” The possibilities are endless. I’m stuck in a loop of analysis paralysis. I stay up some nights just watching car videos and driving myself crazy. My budget is $200,000-300,000 and I’m looking for something totally impractical and special. My current summer car is a Jaguar F-Type V8 convertible. It is a special car. I want more of that special feel from the next car. I’m keeping … [Read more...] about I Have a Small Fortune to Get Whatever I Want! What Car Should I Buy?
Like many Americans and fellow Sci-Fi fans, I gave into the collective pressure of seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening weekend. Not the day of release, but on a rainy Friday afternoon, while I was on vacation in Tampa. 2015 The Year's Best Tech for Work and Play ZDNet takes a look back at very best tech stories and features of 2015. From the year's tech turkeys to products and services that get business done, we round up top gadgets, cloud highs, security lows -- and much more. Read More Due to the tremendous amounts of promotion and hype leading up to the film's release, it was virtually impossible to get tickets on opening day. In fact, if you hadn't pre-ordered your tickets at least a month in advance, chances are you weren't going to get into one of the first showings because the lines at major theater venues across the country went around the block.My original intention was to see it on Christmas Day or December 30, at one of the early matinee showings. My … [Read more...] about Why Star Wars is the last movie I ever want to see in a theater
All fans of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" remember the first time they watched Joel or Mike and the bots ridicule a poorly made piece of cinema. The TV glued that moment onto their brains the way Guy Pierce covered his body with permanent Post-it notes in "Memento." My old man and I were spending a lazy Saturday night looking for something to watch when a strange movie on Comedy Central stopped his incessant channel surfing. It was some B-movie schlock about aliens with long snouts that hard-core film fans would easily recognize as the classic episode "The Pod People." The movie wasn't the most interesting part. Our attention was drawn to the strange silhouettes of a man and two weird-looking puppets sitting in the front row of a theater at the bottom of the screen. They were talking back to the movie, and unlike those annoying teenagers who seem to inhabit every movie theater in the country, they were actually funny. We watched every episode we could find. We scheduled meals, … [Read more...] about 7 movie turkeys the new MST3K needs to tackle