Cosmos

I recently finished watching the documentary Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  I really enjoyed the series, and found myself coming back to watch it more often than I expected at first.  My opinion is more complex than that though, so, of course, my more long winded thoughts are after the jump. Continue reading

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Trine

In 2017, I picked up Trine, as it was pitched as, “The Lost Vikings, modernized.”  When I was growing up, The Lost Vikings was the quintessential cooperative game for the Sega Genesis, and I played the heck out of it with my siblings.  So, something claiming to have that in its lineage is definitely going to get my attention.

I got both Trine 3 and Trine 2 reasonably inexpensively, and played through both with my friend John.  We played Trine 3 first, so I’ll cover that first below. Continue reading

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The Cost of Bussing to Work

I currently bus to work daily, but I wanted to figure out exactly how much that costs me (in both time and money) as compared to driving.  Luckily, I have driven to work a few times recently, so I pulled the metrics on my car to figure out just how much that costs, giving me a nice basis of comparison. Continue reading

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Gods of Riverworld

At the tail end of 2017, I finished Gods of Riverworld, by Philip Jose Farmer, the last book in the Riverworld series.  This book was quite the departure from the other books of the series both in the setting and the thought experiment that it poses.  As such, this book felt far different from the others in the series, even if it shared many of the same characters. Continue reading

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Mean Girls

I recognized quite some time ago that my movie knowledge is exceptionally spiked – I saw a lot of movies in the early to mid-nineties, but almost nothing post 2000 when I went away to college, and then I had a stretch of not owning a TV nor having any money/desire to see movies in theatres when I went to grad school.  So, when the memes started zinging around the office about a movie that came out over a decade ago, I got odd looks – it’s old so I must have seen it…  …right?

Well, that’s how I ended up watching Mean Girls over my Christmas holiday. Continue reading

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Looking Forward into 2018

It’s been another year, so now it’s time to set my resolutions for 2018.  As I think about this a bit, I’ve always been a bit ambitious in my resolutions, and my success rate isn’t great…  …But, I’m going to continue that trend anyway.  Here’s what I’m going to try to accomplish in 2018. Continue reading

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Looking Back at 2017 – Resolutions

As usual, I’m taking the last post of the year to review my resolutions and see how I did.  Here’s the page pulled out of the sidebar: Link Continue reading

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Looking Back at 2017 – In General

Well, here it is, the last week of 2017, so it’s time to kick off my retrospective of the year.  All things considered, this year was pretty decent to me if a bit on the rough side.  I made some pretty significant life changes, and managed to come out the other side in good spirits.

Here are a couple of sweeping generalizations around how 2017 worked out: Continue reading

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Ye Olde Pick of the Day: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Said the night wind to the little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star,
Dancing in the night,
With a tail as big as a kite,
With a tail as big as a kite.

Said the little lamb to the Shepard boy,
Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky Shepard boy,
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song,
High above the trees,
With a voice as big as the sea,
With a voice as big as the sea.

Said the Shepard boy to the mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
In your palace wall mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
A child, a child,
Shivers in the cold,
Let us bring him silver and gold,
Let us bring him silver and gold.

Said the king to the people everywhere,
Listen to what I say.
Pray for peace people everywhere,
Listen to what I say.
The child, the child,
Sleeping in the night,
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light.

He will bring us goodness and light!

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D&D Dicemasters

I recently found myself playing Dicemasters again, with the release of the latest Dungeons and Dragons set, Tomb of Annihilation.  My interest in Dicemasters has really only been for the D&D sets – I like the distance from the superheroes and the familiar fantasy setting, even if it isn’t the D&D I grew up with.  For this entry, I wanted to look at each of the three D&D sets and talk about the various pros and cons – what worked and what didn’t. Continue reading

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