May 7, 2012
News Roundup •••• CNN published an extensive and interesting piece about the genre of game commentary videos and its most popular producer, “SeaNanners.” I suppose it depends on the game, but it seems this whole “video games as a spectator sport” thing is gaining some traction. We did it, America. [ CNN ] •••• Domain registration clues have lead folks to discern that box office smash “The Avengers” will get a console tie-in game called “Battle for Earth.” With summer blockbuster tie-ins having a dodgy track record, let's hope this is more than just a platform-style runthrough of the film.
April 23, 2012
News Roundup •••• A trio of geniuses made an art installation that uses real-time traffic data to populate a “Frogger” arcade game. While obviously smacking of a classic “Seinfeld” episode , “5th Ave. Frogger” is a great exercise in “reverse gamification” (a term we possibly just invented). [ The Verge ] •••• ”Marvel's The Avengers” kicks off summer movie season next weekend, and predictably there are going to be multiple video game tie-in titles.
January 4, 2012
After two letters in attempt to justify himself and the invasion of Iraq ("Iraq's chemical weapons stocks were well documented," Dec. 28, and "Did Saddam have WMDs before the U.S. invasion in 2003?" Jan. 2) I still can't figure out what Michael DeCicco is trying to say in regard to the astonishingly stupid decision to go to invade Iraq in 2003. Clearly American citizens were in no danger from Saddam's stockpiles of chemical weapons even if they had ever been found or used on U.S. soldiers (which they weren't)
November 22, 2011
A home intruder died Tuesday afternoon in Edgewood after a struggle with a resident, police said. Joseph Augustine Breckenridge, 53, entered a home in the 2000 block of Rockwell St. — his own block — around 4:40 p.m., according to a statement by the Harford County Sheriff's Office. A woman in the residence ran to get her husband, who was visiting a neighbor, police said. The couple returned to the home with the neighbor and found Breckenridge still in the house. Breckenridge refused to leave and a struggle ensued, police said.
September 21, 2011
Ramblewood in Darlington has hosted a broad variety of events over the years, ranging from marching band camps to nudist conventions. The latest booking, however, may be the most unusual yet for the secluded 200-acre facility near the Conowingo Dam. This one, scheduled for Oct. 22, is a 5K race in which faux-zombies chase the participants over and around a dozen obstacles. And the inaugural event is being organized by a local company, Reed Street Productions LLC, started specifically to put on this race.
June 15, 2011
From The Aegis June 19, 1986: Harford residents who had never heard of thrip certainly did this week in Harford County 25 years ago. The small, tan insect was invading the county, from Aberdeen Proving Ground to Bel Air, by the tens of thousands. The bugs were being found on lawn furniture, clothes hung outside, swimming pools and even on people. The bugs, which were only 1/16 of an inch, would sting people when they landed on them, though the creatures preferred eating juices from leaves or grasses.