Non-technical stuff

Never get a web page. After you put up the stuff you wanted to, it will look empty. You'll think it will take just a little big of time to add some fluff to fill it out a bit. This is probably also a good reason not to buy a big house.

 

 

Book reviews:
Pop-corn fiction books have always been about authors looking at what's popular and giving people more of it. The good ones naturally grab a little bit of everything -- epic quest, hero with a troubled past, girl dressed as a boy, Aragorn analogue, orphans with unknown parentage, empire built on a dark secret, extreme Wesley-Crusher-itis. SteamPunk is sort of a genre, but it's really just a series of themes - the actual elements and plots vary wildly. It's pretty neat when someone sees a whole book they can repurpose and add to, then someone does the same, and pretty soon an organic sub-genre springs up.
Cell phone game misc:
If you've never played one, and don't want to, but are curious.
If you look at people's lists of related games, it's like they're picking things at random. Sure, designers will claim anything is a Rogue-like, but that's them trying to sell their game. And sure, most games are sort of like one thing and sort of like something else. But clash-like is a genre, darn it, and the definition isn't "has barbarians."
Not so much good games, but interesting ones