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Nebula Core is a privately owned an operated "cloud services" provider built and maintained by Victor Rossi, a hobbyist designer, photographer, and tech enthusiast. Nebula Core is the central component in a growing network of machines and services, and aims to reduce Nebula users' reliance on major cloud platform providers like Google or Amazon.
If you've got a Nebula account (formerly Catserver account), log in with your credentials in the upper right. Having an account allows you to access the full array of features and services offered by Nebula Core, and allows you to provide some feedback, if you see fit. It's pretty neato.
If you need an account, send me an email and I'll set you up. Due to limited resources, accounts are only provided to friends and family at this time.
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As to be expected, Pax begins with waiting, for hours, in a line. This isn't a problem of course; the excitement filling the air keeps even the weariest travelers on their tip toes. When the gates finally do open and all chaos ensues, I and about five thousand other people storm the exhibition hall with cameras, smartphones, and swag bags at the ready.
I'll admit, this year I hadn't done my homework. Aside from a few big name titles (Borderlands 2, Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3) I had little idea what offerings would exist at this year's expo. I was pleasantly surprised.
One of the first unexpected titles I ran into was Far Cry 3. I've always been a huge fan of the original (FC2 didn't leave up to my expectations), so anything along the same vein is immediately interesting. The game appears very similar to the 2003 original, right down to the graphic style and setting.
Gears of War: Judgement was another surprise. I'
Last year was my first at Penny Arcade's Seattle gaming convention. As such, I felt that though I thoroughly enjoyed wandering the massive halls of the exhibition hall, there were some deeper elements of PAX I'd missed out on. These elements were, it turns out, the parties.
Our first 7:00 PM stop was an event co-hosted by Gearbox Software, 2K Games, Amazon, and Joystiq touting playable Borderlands 2 and an open bar. While the modestly sized Pink Ultralounge was a nice venue, the crowd in excess of 500 people made mingling virtually impossible. We made our leave by eight, and headed to our next event: Microsoft's invite-only "Atari Arcade" party.
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This event was located at Still Liquor, a tiny bar buried on a Seattle side street. Immediately my cohorts and I identified this as a more suitable venue, and before long we had engaged in an interesting conversation with a Microsoft employee. This guy knew his stu