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Monday, Dec 25, 2017 Merry Christmas

Overwatch Burns the Troll Log

Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan spent hours yesterday sitting in front of a festive Yule log to ring in Christmas. Much of this was spent just staring at the camera, as this hour-long excerpt shows, though he did occasionally say and do things, as shown in this highlights clip. This prompted speculation that the Overwatch honcho would eventually pay this off with some sort of announcement for fans of the multiplayer shooter. Sure enough, he eventually geared up to announce a new hero, but the video intentionally glitches, leaving everyone high and dry. This left some amused and some disappointed, but we have to express surprise that anyone thought the guy who designed Genji and Mei isn't a troll at heart. Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Top 10

Valve reports the following as the bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. They Are Billions
  4. Divinity: Original Sin 2
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  7. Assassin's Creed Origins
  8. Cuphead
  9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition
  10. ARK: Survival Evolved

Christmas Previews

Hardware Reviews

  • Toshiba TransMemory U363 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Mad Shrimps.

Out of the Blue

Merry Christmas! We're having one of those white Christmases that Der Bingle used to croon about, as a tasteful blanket of snow fell on the area overnight, which is cool (if not downright frosty). Here's hoping it's equally scenic, if not seasonal, where you are. I followed though on my plan to make chili yesterday with a different recipe to celebrate, and I am pleased with the turnout. In spite of the recipe's notation that this is Texas-style, it calls for tomatoes, which are often considered not authentically Texas, and are not usually part of my chili. On the other hand, I was born and raised in Brooklyn, so in spite of my incredible taste in cowboy boots, I'm probably not one to judge such matters. Anyway, my normal recipe results in meat that's falling apart, and I wanted an outcome that was more like solid meat in a broth (like a competition chili), and this one delivered. I followed it to the letter as a first time, but in the future I will probably add more cumin and tweak a couple of other things.

Links: Thanks Ant.
Story: Woman receives $284 billion electric bill.
Science: The High School Student's Simple Explanation Of Relativity Will Boggle Your Mind.
Images: "I'm not so sure this furry snaek knows where he's going..." :3. Thanks Kxmode.
Media: Jeff Kaplan: One-Trick Parade.
Safari Guide Stares Down Charging Elephant, Stops It In Its Tracks.
The Fast and The Furious...Not.
Follow-up: Do You Have Video "Gaming Disorder," A Newly Recognized Mental Health Condition?
The Funnies: Savage Chickens.
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