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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Expanding the Geek Tree, 2014 Edition

Another Christmas, another couple of ornaments for the Geek Tree. This year sees three new ornaments join the fleet: the U.S.S. Vengeance from Star Trek Into Darkness, the xenomorph from Alien, and the flying DeLorean from Back to the Future, Part II.

 

Debugging the Xbox One Spontaneous Shutoff

by Ken Newquist / January 3, 2015

My family's big Christmas present this year was an Xbox One. The kids and I are loving it -- I'm battling my way through the Halo: Master Chief edition, and the kids are questing for the Lonely Mountain in LEGO: The Hobbit.

Unfortunately while Halo looks great and the voice controls are very 21st century, the damn thing unexpectedly turns itself off for no apparent reason. No overheating warnings, no next generation Red Ring of Death, no debug on restart telling me something bad happened.

Evaluating Post a Day, December 2014

by Ken Newquist / January 2, 2015

In December 2014 I decided to post every day for a month. I had two goals: get back into the habit of daily writing and establish a baseline "active month" for Nuketown in Google Analytics. My secondary goal was to increase traffic to the website (both year over year and month over month) but I wasn't sure what percentage was reasonable, but I wanted to see increases in unique sessions, unique users, and unique page views.

Top of the Pile: Axis, Saga, Captain Marvel

by Ken Newquist / December 26, 2014

The comic book pile has grown large over the last few weeks, partly because I was busy with family and work, partly because I knew I'd have time to catch up during Christmas week. Topping it is Marvel's crossover event Axis, in which the Red Skull (augmented by Charles Xavier's brain ... I kid you not) tries to take over the world.

Geeky Christmas Vacation 2014

by Ken Newquist / December 24, 2014

Christmas Vacation is finally here. After long days and longer nights of working to make sure everything got done before I left the office, it's Christmas Eve, the college is closed, and I think I can relax. I'm off from December 24 through January 4, and we've got all manner of family fun planned, including watching Guardians of the Galaxy with my parents (something the kids are eager to do) and some family skiing (which I'm eager to do).