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John Bear gets cold, complains about it

Call me Sniffling Bear
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Call me Sniffling Bear

Being sick in the summer sucks.

I prefer to be a vector for infectious disease in the winter. It makes more sense to be wrapped in a blanket, slurping down chicken soup and not going outside in the colder months.

Alas, I was stricken with some sort of evil microbial funk this week. It started in my head and moved to my lungs. I prayed for death, but death was on vacation (I'm a dramatic sick person.)

I drank Robitussin until the floor became liquid and the cat spoke in tongues, laid prone for extended periods, took showers in a futile effort to clear my blocked head openings and cursed the almighty (Okay, really dramatic.)

The worst part about this affliction was the timing. I started my brand new staff job at the Weekly Alibi. There was no way I was calling in. I couldn't be that guy, the guy who calls in his first week.

But a dilemma emerged: I also don't want to be the guy who comes to work when he is sick, spewing germs all over his coworkers. That's a good way to make friends, infecting others with pestilence.

In the end I came to work, germs and all.

It didn't turn out that bad. I had the best interview in months. I asked a bunch of hard hitting questions and got the “This interview is over” handshake from the interviewee.

The joke's on him. He's probably lying prone somewhere, slurping soup and wondering, “How the hell did I get sick? It's summer.”

Video Games

This Week In Games 7.23.10

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Sometimes being a kid is hard: Limbo

Microsoft Kinect finally gets a price. Is $150 too much to have your television watch you?

Julian Murdoch's MAME cabinet, Part 3.

Weird, nobody wanted this non-functioning, hand carved NES. Ebay.

Xbox Live Arcade's Summer of Arcade (try to ignore the "safe" rock) has kicked off with one of the most interesting small games in a while, Limbo.

American McGee still has it, whatever it is. Alice: Madness Returns teaser.

EA has announced Darkspore, a more focused looking spin-off of 2008's sprawling and less than stellar Spore.

The previously Britain-only Doctor Who adventure games are now available (exclusively) from Direct-2-Drive.

Here's a whole slew of Comic-con 2010 games coverage.

Also at Comic-con, a Dead Space 2 animated feature and graphic novel reveal.

Ron Gilbert's new weird game, Deathspank, is out this week on Xbox Live Arcade and PS3.

For all you stealth assassination fans out there, there's going to be a Hitman 5.

Eurogamer has put together an extended time lapse of Red Dead Redemption's stunning environments.

Goodbye, asshole.

StarCraft 2 is out this coming Tuesday, and Blizzard dropped this sweet trailer to celebrate.

Also, StarCraft 2 did not cost $100 million to make, Wall Street Journal. That was WoW (but holy shit!).

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The North Div Channel trail just south of I-40
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Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: North Diversion Channel

If m’lady is hankering to pedal her penny-farthing down a bucolic country lane, I'd advise her to stay away from the North Diversion Channel. This trail runs alongside the enormous eponymous arroyo, and the views are all concrete and desert sky. The trail starts at Balloon Fiesta Park, but you can pick it up at Paseo del Norte and head south, looking out over that mysterious industrial area around Jefferson where you've never had any reason to go in your car. (Has anyone?) After you cross Menaul, the urban terrain gets really interesting when the North Diversion Channel converges with another massive arroyo. You'll negotiate a swoop, twirl and dive through an underpass on your bike. I like to pretend that cars were never invented and all roads look like this miniature version of a mountain highway. You'll start to gain altitude and crest near the Big I. Gaze down upon all the pollutey motorists and enjoy a surge of smug cyclist's superiority. The trail ends at UNM's North Campus, but you'll be so close to the Frontier, it'd be foolish not to go get some huevos. You have to fortify yourself for the ride home, don't you?

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Feature: Film Guide

This Summer Is Comin’ at Ya in 3D!

Summer Film Guide 2010

Hollywood has gotten to the point where it’s making more 3D films than there are 3D screens available. (Witness the recent multiplex traffic jam that was How to Train Your Dragon, Clash of the Titans and the last lingering shreds of Avatar). As a result, theater chains are rushing to install more digital projectors and more special 3D screens in order to show as many of these cash cows as possible.

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