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Year: 2018 (page 1 of 15)

ArchiveTeam Warrior

You’d think that everything on the internet lasts forever. But it doesn’t.

Through Jason Scott’s escapades on Twitter, and his podcast, I have in many ways re-discovered the Internet Archive. It’s the modern day reincarnation of the Great Library of Alexandria, and contains a significant part of the internet as it was. The Archive is also crammed with all kinds of files, from books to recordings of live music performances.

But is the internet, and everything on it, really something that has to be preserved? Yes, it is. Even though it’s mostly cat pictures, porn, and incoherent ramblings, it’s is an important part of our cultural heritage. The internet is a unique gateway into life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and will be important when future generations try to figure out what went wrong.

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A Bed Time Story

Once upon a time, there were a king and a princess, who lived in a castle. And one day, a dragon, who liked princesses, came to visit. And that was the end.

The 4-year-old

I predict great things for this one.

A Book A Month 2018

This year I’ve made my way through seventeen-ish books, ranging from “meh” to “totally awesome!” Here’s my reading year in review.

As we’re getting closer to the end of 2018, I’m also getting closer to the last page of my A Book A Month project’s December book. Columbus Day by Craig Alanson has been a somewhat rocky ride. But as it looks right now, it’s a book I’d be happy to recommend to any fan of the saving-Earth-from-technologically-superior-aliens-genre.

 Science fiction and various related sub-genres have, not surprisingly, been the prominent topic of most of the books I’ve read this year. I’ve also spiced everything up a little with books that cover both science fiction and gaming, which is another favorite past time of mine: Phoenix Point: The Briefing is a collection of stories which help establish the setting and narrative themes of Phoenix Point. Available around summer next year, Phoenix Point is a strategy game with turn-based tactics combat. The game is designed by Julian Gollop, who designed the original X-COM series back in the days. That’s a recipe for success, if I every saw one.

But I digress. This post isn’t about potentially genius computer games, it’s about books.

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December One-liners

It’s the last month of the year. But no need to sulk! Here are the funny one-liners (and some clever ones) for December. Remember that the entire collection always is at your fingertips.

  • Alcohol: The fuel used in the engine of bad decisions.
  • “It is easier to stay out than get out.” — Mark Twain
  • It’s hard to escape from your inner critic, especially when it never shuts up.
  • “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” — Mark Twain
  • Dracula is a myth created by Big Garlic.
  • It turns out my high school chemistry teacher was right. Alcohol IS a solution.
  • There is a certain freedom in having nothing left to lose.
  • Friendship should not be sought, but is usually found both by chance and good luck.
  • Don’t make someone a priority, who only makes you an option.
  • Sometimes we all have days where we are 386’s in a P4 world.
  • It is okay to visit your past just don’t bring any luggage with you.
  • A politician is the one who shakes your hand before elections and your confidence after.
  • They told me I was gullible, and I believed them.
  • Life is too complicated in the morning.
  • “The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” — Bill Watterson
  • “I have such a high regard for the truth that I use it sparingly.” — Timothy Connor
  • !false (It’s funny because it’s true.)
  • “A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men’s singles event.” — Angela Barnes
  • “I wonder how many chameleons snuck on to the Ark.” — Adam Hess

Time

I’m getting myself into a time problem, and I’m not sure how to solve it.

So, yeah, as you know I’ve got a wife. And we have kids. I’ve also got a job. I need to sleep. And I’ve got hobbies: Running, gaming, writing posts for this site, and reading books.

I’m terrible at multitasking, but I’ve managed to combine some of these hobbies to a certain degree. I placed an old television set in front of the treadmill, and hooked it up with a Chromecast dongle. So now I cover some of my gaming needs by watching other people play games on YouTube or Twitch while I’m running.

I’ve also tried to combine gaming and writing by putting together quite a lot of computer game reviews over the years. This isn’t ideal, though, because the reviews often feels a bit forced, probably because I played the game just to write a review. What’s the fun in that? Playing the game should lead to writing the review, not the other way around.

The third multitasking-esque thing I do is reading books while I’m commuting. This actually works out very well. I’ve had the A Book A Month project going for about three years now, and it’s been a raging success. I don’t think I’ve ever read as many books as I do these days.

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