Waiting for Diablo 3? Play Torchlight

screen-shot-2009-11-19-at-32702-pmNo, PC gaming is not dead. Far from it. I’ve been playing a lot of Torchlight during my spare time lately. It’s a dungeon crawling loot-stravaganza for the uninitiated. The UI is great. The art design is whimsical. Your character model changes depending on what you have equipped. Oh, and every class gets a helpful pet!

Pets are one of the best parts of the game. They attack enemies, can be equipped with rings and trinkets, and can learn helpful skills like “Heal All” or summoning minions. They can also be sent back to town with a full pack of loot to sell if you don’t want to be bothered with teleporting into town and just want to stay in the dungeon. Pretty damn awesome.

The sweetest part of the deal is that this whole game is $20! I bought it on Steam so that I could have it to play on my PC and my mac (through Crossover Games).


I’m lazy. I want the quickest and easiest way to get pictures off my digital camera and onto Flickr with the option of doing some really basic editting in-between. For a couple of months now, I’ve been using FlickrExport for iPhoto and it’s fantastic. I first tried out their demo version just to make sure I liked it enough, but after using it for a month, I bought the retail version (about $15) and it was a worthy investment.

FlickrExport adds an “Export to Flickr” option in the export menu in iPhoto. It lets you select the photos you want in iPhoto and when you export them, it opens up a window that lets you change things like set the max picture size, tags, titles, descriptions, sets, and all sorts of things that I would have needed to go to the Flickr website to do manually. After all that is set, I click “export” and all the work is done for me.

My favorite part is that you can choose to edit the parameters of all the pictures you want to export at once (like if I wanted everything to be a max of 450px in width), or I could edit them separately (like if I wanted some pictures to be 850px and others to be 450px).

Considering iPhoto is what opens up by default when I plug in my camera in and I use it to tweak basic white balancing and color adjustments, it’s the perfect solution for me to use FlickrExport to upload it into Flickr.