Oct 3

The End

Category: Uncategorized

Bye Bye

My stint with blogging here is over. It was fun. It was a good stint. Circumstances though, have forced me to end activity here. I don’t think too many will be disapointed, (as I’m fairly certain I have a limited audience- expecially given my recent scarecety in posts), so I don’t do this with a heavy heart.

I may begin a new blog somewhere, someday. If you’re interested, let me know.

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Sep 2

What Happened to August?

Category: Miscellaneous

Jul 24

Time in a Bobble

Category: Books

I just finished reading two books by an author fairly new to me, Vernor Vinge.

I flew through these books. In the first one, “The Peace War”, Vinge introduces this idea of “bobbles”. A very simple idea with huge consequences. In the second book, he takes the idea and runs with it. Very creative stuff.

My first intro to Vinge was about a year ago when I read “Rainbow’s End“:

One of the best modern day sci-fi novels of the decade. The technology expressed was very realistic and… attainable.The ethnographic content alone is well worth the time spent eating up the story.

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Jul 18

Vini Vidi Vici

Category: Games

I really haven’t had any time at all to play games lately, but I can’t really go without mentioning two of the most addictive games in recent history- at least for me…

Inselkampf, (German for “Island War), is a mostly text based, on-line, browser-based strategy game. A player starts the game with a single island and several options to build that island up, (through resource growth, technology research, etc.). Once this is done to a sufficient degree, (after armies and fleets of ships are built), the player sends their fleets of ships to raid and pillage other islands or even conquer other islands occupied by other players of the game. The game is simple and requires VAST amounts of patience. I’ve been playing for over a year and I’ve just conquered my 4th island. The nice thing about a game like this, for someone like me, is it only takes a few moments a day to play.

Now, any discussion of strategy video games can’t be made without mention of Sid Meyer’s Civilization series. Due to it’s overpoweringly addictive nature I have had to avoid the game like an AA member avoids a good drink. It’s the most dangerous time killer I’ve ever encountered. So utterly fun though. Just thinking about it is dangerous.

Hands down the best turn based strategy game ever.
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Jul 10

One Step Closer

Category: News

Neigh on 7 months later, there’s a crack in the curtain…

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Jul 6

The Culture & First Contact

Category: Books

I’ve made two recent and decent discoveries during my pursuit of good sci-fi. The first was Iain Banks. His “Culture” novels, so far, have been unique and entertaining. Banks has a brilliant capacity for making the hard to imagine very tangible. Where there may be any science lacking in the fiction, you’ll find amazing character development taking place in many well depicted, sociopolitical environments. A great read- especially if you like protagonists that are aware of their own mortal coil.

The first “Culture” novel was so good and the the second so readily available, I had little choice but to read it too. The Player of Games is not a sequel in any way, but another story entirely. This one much more Culture-based. Different actors, same stage, many thousands of years later…

Regardless, an awesome book for anyone who enjoys playing strategy games. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the next book in the line.

Following these two books I was in a mad rush for something else. Disappointed that the book store carried no more Banks that I hadn’t already read, I sort of pulled my next read off the shelf without thinking. Luckily I was very surprisingly pleased.

I know I must have seen the name or even read some short stories by him, but this would be the first time I’ve read anything by Alastair Reynolds. I’m impressed. The story was a mix of hard science and a blend of distinct imagination. A space opera of grand width and sufficient length. The imagery and feel was close to a combination of The Abyss, Contact and 2010. Beyond the science and the characters were plot twists abound. This book will keep you guessing until the very end.

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Jul 2

Taste Compatibility Test

Category: Food

ā€œFood combines with each other when they have major flavour components in common.ā€

I was surfing recipe blogs a while back and ran across foodpairing. This is an excellent site for those who endeavor to be creative with their cooking. Not only can you determine possible mixes and matches of food pairs in a visual way, you can also create combinations of food to supplement a missing ingredient:

A food product has a specific flavour because of a combination of different flavours. Like basil taste like basil because of the combination of linalool, estragol, ā€¦. So if I want to reconstruct the basil flavour without using any basil, you have to search for a combination of other food products where one contains linalool (like coriander), one contains estragol (like tarragon),… So I can reconstruct basil by combining coriander, tarragon, cloves, laurel. The way to use it is to take from each branch of the plot one product and make a combination of those food products.

Pretty neat stuff… After playing around with some ideas from this site, I can’t wait to try something like Almond Roast Beef with Brie. Oh yum. Or maybe Mango Salmon. Or Crab Stuffed Parmesan Chicken- The possibilities are limitless!

Check out their blog too, for some rather interesting recipes.

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Jul 1

Getting Closer

Category: Gadgetry,Games,News
“The 41-year-old patient used his imagination to make his character take a walk and chat to another virtual person on the popular Second Life website.”

I love how the will of technology drives the will to interface with it. This is only the beginning.

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Jun 21

Come! Sit next to me…

Category: Music

I’ve been listening to Pela for a while now and felt it necessary to point out that they’re… awesome.

A brilliant mix of retro style with a comfortable modern rockiness. Check ’em out.

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Jun 20

All work and no play- just isn’t right!

Category: Photos

In regards to my last post

I ducked out of work for a few moments to remind myself why I’m doing it in the first place.

It was well worth it.

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