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An icon has passed. Along the way, Stan Lee helped transform Marvel Comics from a struggling publisher to a multimedia conglomerate, became a symbol for the industry. But Lee also helped imbue comic book heroes with a much-needed dose of humanity.


I was chatting with a friend the other day about some of the wonderful cartoons the ABC used to air when I was growing up. It was at that point that someone reminded me just how grim The Animals of Farthing Wood actually was.


A rare occurrence happened this week: someone stood in line for a coffee, genuinely confused. What form of caffeine? Eventually they made up their mind, but it reminded me that it's been a while since I've asked you about your caffeine preferences.


I was sitting with Amanda and Tegan on the weekend, and we were watching old Masterchef episodes. It's funny how weird that show used to be, especially the intro sequence for each of the contestants.

Not long after, I found myself in the finals of a tournament with Nintendo's favourite anti-hero, Waluigi. And it got me thinking something really dumb for this week's Off Topic.


Tuesday's Off Topic discussions are typically unrelated to video games, but for this week I'd like to tackle a semi-related topic: the people, and friendships, we've met and made through our shared passion.


There's been a rush of new TVs announced over the last few weeks. And while new hardware is great, it's especially handy because it means the prices on last year's models get a healthy discount.


So I've had the misery of working from home today - not because working from home blows, but because we had another of those dreaded rituals: house inspections.

At best, house inspections are painless. Most of the time, they're pretty awful. So for this week's Off Topic, let's talk about the nightmares of renting.


The AFL season starts on Thursday evening, we're a few rounds into the 2018 NRL season and the A-League is drawing to a close. If I had to guess, I'd say right now is peak sportsball season in Australia.

So which game is best?


Keyboards don't seem like the sort of thing you'd pay too much attention to. You pick one that looks nice or fits your budget and plonk it on your desk. Done. Right? Not always.

There are enough different models out there with different bells and whistles that you can pay a lot of attention to keyboards and get quite snobby about it. Especially when you consider the amount of hours you can spend using it.