Windows 10 Steam games not running (October 2015)

When I encounter a problem that doesn’t really have a concrete solution when searching online, it gets frustrating. I still haven’t found a perfect fix for this issue, but I am able to get by for now.

I upgraded to Windows 10 a few months ago and didn’t have many issues. The games I wanted to play worked just fine, as did everything else. Then recently I tried to play Far Cry 3, and it simply wouldn’t run when I double-clicked it from Steam. (More specifically, my Steam avatar would become green-bordered for a few seconds, indicating I was playing a game, then return to blue.)

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September’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes (2015)

And so begins year two of collecting my favorite podcasts together! I listen to a lot of audio in my life: during my commute, while shopping, while eating, while traveling… I felt that I frequently shared with individuals what was so great about this or that episode I just heard, but that the conversation would be lost but a week from then, and the creations unrecallable, unrecognized.

This posts are a mixture of chronicling what occurs in my life, recording big events in the podcast world, and sharing what audio I enjoy in my subset of ever-evolving taste. I’d love for these to spark conversations or get people to listen to things outside their normal sphere of influence, just like I enjoy when someone else tells me to try out something new.

If you’ve never listened to a podcast, I’d encourage you to give it a try. Find half an hour, or if that seems a lot, just take a 10-minute walk and try one of these out if any catch your interest. Just grab an app like Stitcher for your phone, or go directly to the page I’ve linked on your browser and hit play! I also enjoy putting something on while doing chores, cooking, or completing some other monotonous task. It can be just like talk radio.

I’ve got comedy, human interest, science, film, design, interviews, and more this month. Here’s September’s list:

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What Would Be Your First Sentence?

I came across this image on Facebook this evening. The framing of this scenario tees it up for a understatement joke, like a wholly pitiful expletive, but I ended up taking the question very seriously, pondering the speech that a person might give at this sight, at this realization. Here’s what I came up with:

We may very well be the last humans alive. Our species may be finished like so many others on that precious blue marble. But how fitting that the last of us spend our final moments on the frontier of progress in science. That humanity’s purpose, if we had one, of the pursuit of knowledge allowed for this both literal and figurative perspective. We send this message over radio waves into the blackness of space, our voices slowly fading into the aether of cacophonous silence. We were here.

What would you say?

Thrilling Adventure Hour - The Bell House - September 30, 2012

August’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes

This month’s top 10 list marks a full twelve months of creating them! Hurray! It’s sometimes a lot of work in the last few days as I try to remember what was so great about a particular episode, but overall I’m happy to be making these lists. They’ve always been a blend of my personal life and preferences with what are objectively big events or great episodes in the podcast world, but I’m pretty comfortable with that.

As always, I’m interested in hearing what other people listen to. What suits your fancy? I had a conversation with a new friend the other day where we shared what podcasts we loved. We only overlapped on one, even though we both loved storytelling and comedy. There’s so much out there worth hearing that I know my lists can’t fully capture.

Regardless, here’s what I enjoyed for this month of August, 2015:

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“Gated Communities”

This morning (afternoon over there!) I watched Kate Donovan’s presentation “Recruitment and Retention on Hard Mode” at Effective Altruism Global in Oxford. Her thesis was that diverse movements work better, and she shared many practical techniques to attract and keep people while avoiding common pitfalls that could do the opposite. It was great!

One anecdote she shared that really grabbed me was her reference to “Elevatorgate”. She doesn’t go into needless detail, and I won’t either, but this was an incident within the atheism, skepticism, and secular movements that became an ongoing albatross around their necks.

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