The Bad Review Revue

Fred Claus: "There is more plot in the average Geico commercial." Kyle Smith, New York Post August Rush: "Plays more to the gag reflex than to the heart." -- Desson Thomson, WASHINGTON POST Hitman: "One of the best movies ever made from a video game ... which doesn't provide you with very much information. That's like declaring the best meal

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Large-Group Games

Mail call!Hey Matthew, I'm a looong time reader of your blog, since before anyone but web nerds even knew what a "blog" was. I've never been much of a gamer, but I just started a programming job back in the summer, working with a group of guys that likes to play games at lunch. We're getting burned out on our

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Presidents, Politics, and Predictions

It's not often that our President makes me rotfl these days, but occasionally he gets off a good one. Monday, as you may have heard, a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran was released (PDF), that stated with "high confidence" that Iran halted its quest for nuclear weapons in 2003. You'd think that would leave those who were warning us

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Catch-22: Analysis

Warning: spoilers and politics. When describing the prose and plot of Catch-22, it's nearly impossible to avoid the word "circular." Circular writing, circular reasoning, circular logic. Things are because they are because they are. At first I though Heller was just using this style for humorous effect, much as my grandfather's letter did. But, reading on, it became clear that

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