Is GameTap Worth It?

gametapGameTap seems like a cool service that lets you play tons of console and PC games over the internet. It’s all about the selection though. I don’t know if I want it enough yet to pay for it just yet. One down side is that it does not seem they announce new games on the site. How will I know when that killer game I’m waiting for will finally show up? Here’s a list of the game I think I would actually play if I got a subscription.

2020 Super Baseball Baldur’s Gate Conquest: Frontier Wars Heroes of Might and Magic 1,2,3,4 Homeworld 2 Kid Chameleon Myst 1,3, Riven, Uru Populous: The Beginning Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Sim City 2000 Special Edition SimTower All The Sonic Titles The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions The Oregon Trail Tom Clancy Tomb Raider Tropico 1, 2 Wings of War Worms (several different ones)

My Kingdom for Some RSS Feed Stats

Well it took a while for me to really sit down and notice (Okay..Trey pointed it out) but I’m really pissed at Feedburner and wordpress. There just does not seem to be a good way to keep control of you’re readers and still offer all the wordpress feeds.

My ideal set up is that every one subscribes to the default wordpress rss feed and then I redirect them with some server magic. Then if feedburner sucks or something better come along I can just redirect them else where. In addition I still want the comment feeds to work as well.

Wordpress had support for feeds for each comment thread but since the same file serves both the comment feed and the main feed you can’t just send all the traffic to feedburner since they only server the main feed.

There seems no good way to track stats on the feed and keep the full functionality working.

Some one really needs to come up with a stat program for feeds. Either some code I can install or anything that will give me stats as well as the full functionality of wordpress rss.

Update: Matt Shobe from Feedburner kicked my ass in the comments below and showed me exactly what I wanted. It’s really hard to no like a company when they fix all your problems. Thanks Matt!

Bite Size Book Review

I'm so in loveI’m horrible at giving book reviews but I’m going to try and give a short recap every couple of books I read. Hope it helps.

Predator’s Gold (The Hungry City Chronicles) This book really made me fully fall in love with the Hungry City Chronicles. I can’t get enough. The characters have such strong motivation for whatever they do. So of the logic about how the cities roll around can be hard to buy but the ideas is just too much fun for me to get bogged down in the details.

The Amber Spyglass I was actually disappointed in how the trilogy ended. I was much happier in the first book.

Sabriel (The Abhorsen Trilogy) A solid unique book. some of the turns of phrases seemed a bit awkward and the characters just didn’t really grab me as much. I still enjoyed it and will definitely get around to reading the others in the future.

Infernal Devices (The Hungry City Chronicles) This series can’t really go wrong in my book. I love it so much. It continues to surprise and bring strong character driven plot. I’ve order the net book strait from the UK. I can’t wait.

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Not as good as Down and out in the Magic Kingdom but still a good book. I got a bit confused by how the time line jumped at a few placesbut it didn’t stop me from liking the book.

Odd Job Jack

Odd Job Jack, a Canadian cartoon, is releasing the master flash files with all art work for all 13 episodes. I can't stop thinking about what an amazing resource this will be for art students. A lot of time you get stuck at the beginning of a project because there so much work you need to do before you can start making a flash movie. This will be great for people who want to focus on content creation instead of endless illustration.