It’s time for another speedlink here on Beyond the Rhetoric and we’re getting started with fellow gaming dad Zach Rosenberg. Like me, he’s starting to feel a little old now that we’ve celebrated the 20th anniversary of PlayStation. I didn’t get into the Sony ecosystem until the PS3 (and even then, not really), since I grew up as a Nintendo fanboy. For me, I couldn’t wait to play Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 the following year in 1995. Of course, being reminded that Street Fighter II is 23, the original Game Boy is 25 and Tetris is 30 doesn’t make me feel much younger either.

The Internet is not like a video game, despite the gamification we see in Foursquare (now Swarm) and HabitRPG. As such, Joshua Wilner discusses the dangers of being honest on social media. No matter what side you take on sensitive issues–like Ferguson or Eric Garner–you “risk being flamed for saying something offensive.” And so, many people try to walk the politically-correct, non-committal line. The problem is that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Be true to yourself and speak your mind.

In my earlier days of blogging, blogrolls and speedlinks were quite common. Both have faded significantly in recent years, but then you have old stalwarts like me and Damien Riley keeping the traditions going. While I have “What’s Up Wednesdays” on this site, he has his Blog Safari on his site. In fact, he even set up a dedicated private blog for reading RSS feeds so he can find posts to share. Myself, I use a combination of Feedly and Pocket.

‘Tis the season for gift giving. You may have seen my budget-oriented list of ideas for less than $40. If you’re looking for something a little bigger and even more unique, resident expert John Biehler has put together his holiday guide to 3D printers. While these niche products used to cost thousands of dollars, you now have several worthwhile options in the three-figure range. The market and the hobbyist community are definitely growing.

And finally, Lesley Chang challenges the notion that you can’t win friends with salad. She recently paid a visit to Saladworks in Yaletown and was impressed with what they had to offer. In addition to a number of fresh greens and other salad options, Saladworks also has substantial soups and sandwiches on its menu, though the garlic roasted porchetta sandwich “wasn’t as good” as the one from Meat & Bread.