January, 2011 Monthly archive

Hey Juicers,

Should you have missed it on Facebook, we announced that this weekend Blocks: The Devilish Delivery Game was officially approved and released on the Xbox Live Indie store. Its on sale for $3.00 and you can guy it for the Xbox directly through the Xbox dashboard or through this link.

We would love everyone to give it a try if they can. Also, if you do play it, don’t forget to rate it. That will really help promote the game and keep it on the top list. We will be hitting up some review websites today to see if we can snag some attention for the game.

Thanks to everyone for play-testing it with us and giving us feedback on it throughout this past year. This is our first published game and we are all very excited to have gone through the process of making a game, bug testing it and getting it out there. It has been a learning experience for all.


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For Steve Davis, where ever that sonofabitch is at:

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AKA, I don’t know why I care anymore:

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Fil: Eric and I have just finished a 48-hour-sprint-animation-collaboration project and would like to share it with ya’ll. We’ve been talking about doing a project together for years now and finally put some time aside to make something together. Here it is. Conceptualized, Illustrated, & Animated over the course of this past weekend. We hope you enjoy it.


Eric: It’s true. It was really fun. Fil’s really cool and good at animating and it was a pleasure and an honor to work with him. These last hours have been a real joy. Alright, later.

Things and The Things They’re Made Of. from teamasparag.us on Vimeo.

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Greg Mankiw thinks he’s really clever:

I have a plan to reduce the budget deficit.  The essence of the plan is the federal government writing me a check for $1 billion.  The plan will be financed by $3 billion of tax increases.  According to my back-of-the envelope calculations, giving me that $1 billion will reduce the budget deficit by $2 billion.

Now, you may be tempted to say that giving me that $1 billion will not really reduce the budget deficit.  Rather, you might say, it is the tax increases, which have nothing to do with my handout, that are reducing the budget deficit.  But if you are tempted by that kind of sloppy thinking, you have not been following the debate over healthcare reform.

I’m not going to attack this particular point about PPACA, because others have done it already.

I do think, however, it needs to be pointed out that this is indicative of the alternate universe in which most of the mainstream GOP resides.  In this alternate universe, tax increases are not a means to reduce the deficit.  They point this out as if it’s some sort of joke that you don’t get.  From Michele Bachmann’s “tax cuts shouldn’t be considered a deficit,” to CUTGO, to the new slash-and-burn budget plan straight out of Paul Ryan’s wet dream, it is clear that, in the mind of the modern GOP, the only path to a balanced budget is with spending cuts.

This is horribly unrealistic.

Any serious plan to take control of our budget situation must include an increase in our average tax rates.  And that’s no joke.

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In case you didn’t know it, I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and unless you’ve been inside a bubble for the last day, you know why I’m bringing this up.

I’ve driven by that Safeway countless times.  I got married right down the street from it.  And now it’s on CNN.

It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster of emotion for the last day or two.  I just moved to Portland, OR on Friday for a temporary (~4 month) work assignment, without my wife, which is emotional enough.

Now this.

I can’t really isolate the exact reason I’ve gotten so worked up about this.  I think it’s a lot of things, really.

I remember when Gabrielle Giffords was first elected in what was then my own Congressional District, and is still the district of my parents, my brother, my grandmother, and probably several of my cousins, aunts, and uncles.  The 8th district in Arizona is a very heterogenous district.  It is mainly composed of the north and east sides of Tucson, as well as a significant portion of the rural southeastern portion of the state.  It’s slightly Republican leaning.  As you can imagine, Giffords is a centrist Democrat, and as I payed more attention to her, I became more and more proud to have her as my congresswoman.  She was the definition of sanity.  When she won reelection this year, it was a testament to her political skill.

So there’s that: a sadness for Gabby herself.

Then there was the little girl, which is too sad for me to even write about, so you’ll have to read it here.

Then there was this story of a man laying on top of his wife to protect her from bullets.  He was successful, but was fatally wounded in the process.

There’s the great work of an intern, which may have helped save Giffords from dying on the spot.

There’s the great work of the team of doctors at UMC, where I’m pretty sure I was born.

But I think the thing that’s been really amplifying this is that this is my hometown.  My brother is a deputy in Pima County.  This is his sheriff at this press conference. What if this happened when he was on duty?  Would he have run into this guy?  My dad is a manager for Safeway.  What if this was his store?  What could have happened to him?  My friends and family could have been shopping at this store.

I think when things like this happen, we all try to create a disconnect in our head.  It’s too tragic and senseless to want to really think about, and seeing it on TV somehow makes it less real.  That’s just the nature of our brains, I think.

But when that connection gets hooked up, like for me it has just by sheer familiarity with the location, it’s all that much more real.  It hits close to home, as they say.

I wanted to say something more about hyperbole and rhetoric, but then I read this Matt Bai piece, and it pretty much sums up what I was going to say, which is good, because I think I’ll try to escape a little tonight.

It’s just too sad.

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