Tag Archives: L.A. Noire

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I take a little pride in my ability to squeeze the life out of my technology. While I don’t consider myself a Luddite, I do place later in a product’s life cycle. There’s no need for me to have the latest and greatest tech, and it has saved me a bundle. ¬†Money’s always a concern, and even though I’ve been called a tightwad by more than one person, I’ve still got to make ends meet somehow. The last thing I need is to be neck deep in debt.

However, there is a secondary reason which I don’t see discussed much by other people. It deals with seeing advancement broken out into little glimpses at an individual level. No matter if it’s the computer I’m typing on, or the phone which I waited three years to upgrade, the new abilities often are quite apparent. It’s a good feeling to know you’ve definitely found something superior. Otherwise, the minute changes all blend together and it doesn’t seem to hold as much value. This is by far the thinnest phone I’ve ever had, but replaces so many other consumer goods. I’ve not purchased a wristwatch, camera, flash light, land line, alarm clock, map, or compass in years.

As I mentioned, I waited three years to upgrade my phone. When my replacement battery decided to fail me, I thought I should head back to the Verizon store to see what was available. Maybe I’ve been playing too much L.A. Noire, but I seemed to have sharpened some interrogation skills. Maybe I’m an older hand at the mercantile game? With a little digging, I found out there was a better plan for me to use since I’ve been with them over 10 years. It’s all about asking the right questions.

Granted, Verizon took me to the cleaners for a new phone with its accessories and activation fee but that’s give and take. I knocked $20 a month off my bill, and the new phone, case, display protectors, and extra charger will be recuperated in seven months. By the time this one will need replaced, I expect the next generation of phones to make me dinner.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I’m enjoying writing the posts by date for now. It gives it more of a journal feel, not like my moleskin with its floppy cover and ridiculously long tether, but a tidy, perfectly-ruled pad of paper.

Because I’m a terrible person, I just got the drive to read Andra Watkin‘s “Bad Deal” from Echoes in Darkness,¬†even though it was in my queue for about… six weeks? Seven weeks? It’s hard saying. Granted most of that time was spent debating whether or not my existence was better than that of an orange, which is just outright silly to thing do. Oranges are much more enjoyable than I am.

Unsurprisingly, I’ve filled my time this week with buying L.A. Noire for peanuts because I get horribly addicted to games… and cigarettes… and food. Anyway, the only thing of note was seeing old friends, who have since relocated out of the area, over Thai last night. Enjoying their company was only overshadowed by the understanding that it was a seldom-seen event. That is true for most of my old contacts. The few that remain are either engaged or married with their own lives. It just gets harder the older you get.

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