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The Secret Lives of Convenience Store Clerks

In Improbable Mutterings on January 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

"Want to live the high life, baby?"

My favourite neighbourhood convenience store in Toronto is clean, well-stocked, and diverse in its offerings. In atmosphere, if not in appearance, it reminds me of a 21st-century “general store,” the kind you only find in small towns or in the sepia photographs of colonial periods. It’s a retailer, laundromat and internet cafe all at once, and so attracts a fascinating range of people. It’s always busy, and the staff is friendly and helpful.

And one of its clerks is apparently in love with my girlfriend. Read the rest of this entry »


The “Legality” of Mods

In Video Games on January 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

Mark Methenitis over at Joystiq has written up a really good piece on the legal issues surrounding mods and mod culture. Given that I had just written about mods in my previous post, I found this particularly interesting. It’s doubly interesting given that it’s about what is probably the most “modded” game in history, and one close to my heart: Bethesda’s Morrowind. Read the rest of this entry »

Late to the Party

In Improbable Mutterings, Video Games on January 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Or, on the Virtues of Technological Semi-obsolescence


Can you believe we used to have to program these bastards in order to run games? We are talking serious dedication here.


Because I work as a writer, I often don’t have a lot of money. (Still…what I lack in resources, I gain in cultural gravity, right?) This means I have to be very particular about my entertainments. While books and film are the mainstay of my leisure time, I’m also an avid video game player. And within the spectrum of video games, I am a PC gamer. Read the rest of this entry »