Just picked up the new, er, download of The Raconteurs “Consolers of the Lonely.” So far so good, after one pass through.

They recorded it two weeks ago, and here it is. Pretty cool.

First video:

Free Porn

Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz… My new employer is in the news today, so I figure I might as well spill the beans. I’m working as an entry-level associate junior producer-like guy at Redmond’s own Gas Powered Games, makers of fine family entertainment like Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander, and the just-announced today Space Siege.

I am not, however, working on any of those games or franchises or series’ or sequels. Or anything else rumored or announced. In fact, nothing I’m working on actually exists. And if it/they did, I couldn’t tell anyone. Yet. Assuming there was even something I could tell anyone. Which there isn’t.

So what am I doing? Chris Taylor basically throws things at me all day, and I say, “Yes sir, thank you sir.” And then I feed him dried fruit from Whole Foods.

(Actually, we had a meeting in his office one day, and he had ungodly amounts of dried fruit and nuts… it was quite the spread. By the end, we did reach one consensus: The non-organic mango was better than the organic variety. And people wonder why games are always delayed….)

Today was kind of an important day, I suppose. I got my first paycheck at my new job. Oddly enough, they use the same payroll company, so it looks the same as my previous one. (My last check arrived in March.)

I guess I can say what I’m doing, since I moved to Seattle and all. I’m the new editor of Nintendo Power.

While digging through some old CDs, I found this image that we created for the 10 year anniversary of Strategy Plus/CGS+/Computer Games. It was used on a poster that is collecting dust in our old office.

Lots of Covers

My “Please Hire Me, Please” 2007 World Tour has finally kicked off. No more fun. It’s all serious work from here on out. (more…)

I did an e-mail interview with GameDaily’s Media Coverage, which can be found here. Some of my original responses were a lot longer. (more…)

So, I’m unemployed. I haven’t not had some sort of job—part-time or otherwise—since I was 15.

I’m also on the dole, collecting all sorts of mad unemployment cash. The Socialist State of Vermont lets you do everything via the phone and the Intarweb, which is pretty convenient. Of course I’m only getting about 30% of my salary, which means it’ll pay for rent… well, most of my rent, at least.

Here’s the great myth: The cost of living in Vermont is low. That may be true if you want to own a house in the boonies, but for us city folk, we make less money and pay rents that are about the equal of a place like Seattle. Single apartments go for about $900/month in lovely Burlington; I’ll probably have to move if I don’t find some work soon.

Of course I’ll probably have to move, regardless. I was kind of ready for this a year or so ago; today, not so much. Back then, I was being proactive about moving. I didn’t want to be forced into doing it.