Well, how would you spend your Wednesday evening?

Well, how would you spend your Wednesday evening?

Sometimes I reblog things.

Sometimes I reblog things.

(Source: screenshotsofdespair)

That man is very big.

The best nation is that which either wins a space race to Alpha Centauri, blesses the world with twenty Wonders and Great People, amasses a tremendous pile of cash or captures four rival capitals. While all victory conditions are possible, the game is most often nudging you toward the latter. From the earliest days of your civilization, you must always prepare for the ever-present threat of conflict. This is a world forever on the brink of war.

This is unfortunate on a number of levels. Particularly some of the barbarians.

A sunset in south London.

A sunset in south London.

This looks a bit like a scene from the Kubrick version of The Shining.

It’s a slow and methodical business of finding beetles under rocks. You peek around every corner, peer through every window and squint into each loft space you pass. It’s not uncommon for gunfire to come from nowhere or for aliens to announce themselves with sniping or grenades well before you spot them. An unscrupulous commander may not mind firing back into the unknown, lobbing grenades through dark windows or blasting down walls with missile launchers.

I forgot to mention that I reviewed this X-COM/UFO remake. But I did. So here it is.

Cromwell Tower. There’s no filter on this, because if anyone can, Barbican.

Cromwell Tower. There’s no filter on this, because if anyone can, Barbican.

Another night where I should be sleeping, but instead I’m composing. I found two things I forgot I’d even written.

Another night where I should be sleeping, but instead I’m composing. I found two things I forgot I’d even written.

FT.

Most families struggle on in Higher Blackley. Jobs here are now usually in services: at shops like Sainsbury’s, or as carers or cleaners. Most jobs pay the minimum wage: £6.31 an hour. Come October, this figure will rise by more than inflation for the first time since 2008. But real pay is often below that. One of David’s sons works casually as a steward at Manchester United Football Club. David says: ‘You’ve got to have a mobile, because they text you. You go there, the fourth-richest club in the world, and they say: “By the way, you need this baseball cap, that’s £5 out of your wages. You need this badge, that’s £3.”’

Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how Britain is today.

Controversial graffiti I found in a north London toilet. Likely a reference to a Demetri Martin stand-up joke, Kevin Saunders tells me. Thanks!

Controversial graffiti I found in a north London toilet. Likely a reference to a Demetri Martin stand-up joke, Kevin Saunders tells me. Thanks!

More tanks and more hexes.

Panzer Tactics HD has you following similar campaigns to many of Panzer General’s peers, Blitzkrieging your way across Europe with Nazi party-poopers determined to invade everything in sight, pushing your way into Berlin to paint the town red with the Soviets, or chasing the Axis forces out of their conquests with the rest of the Allied forces. The campaigns are mostly offensive efforts and you’re always facing a time limit as you move to capture or hold key objectives. Here, war is all about grasping at things.

Tanks again (urgh).