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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
A young yellow Labrador/golden retriever mix puppy stairs skeptically at the camera.

Meet Hank

Meet Hank.

He's a Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mix that my family and I are raising as part of the Seeing Eye's Puppy Raising program. The Seeing Eye is a non-profit organization that breeds, raises, and trains puppies to serve as guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired.

 

The Nuketown Migration, Part II

by Ken Newquist / February 12, 2017

The Nuketown Migration continues. All of the posts have been imported and I've completed my first pass through the content, visiting each and every post from the last 16 years to do some light editing, add or update images, and purge radically outdated content (like two-sentence posts promoting a site that doesn't exist any more).

It was a slow go, made slower by a span of time in 2003-2004 where a large chunk of posts didn't get imported, and another span from 2001-2003 where I had to repair stories damaged in an earlier migration.

The Nuketown Migration

by Ken Newquist / January 2, 2017

It's been four years since the last Nuketown redesign, and I don't know how many years since I first started powering the site with Drupal. It's time for some changes.

First up, I'm moving the site from Drupal to WordPress. I've been on Drupal since the 4.x days, faithfully upgrading with each major release until arriving at Drupal 7.x. It made sense at the time; Drupal is one of the open source content management systems we use at work, and it was helpful to be able to dabble with it in my free time.

Game Day: Of Death and Polearms

by Ken Newquist / September 25, 2016

After a few months of talking about the game, my monthly Saturday gaming group decided to give D&D 5th Edition a try. Rather than run a playtest campaign like the Blackrazors, our dungeon master is running us through a series of combat encounters at different levels. This lets everyone get a feel for the combat-centric rules and helps the DM get experience with encounter design.

Fitness Update, Fall 2016

by Ken Newquist / September 24, 2016

I'm now paying to get my ass kicked.

After nine months of working out on my own, I reached the plateau that I knew I'd reach. I was walking a few miles a day, running 3-5 miles a couple days a week, and doing the occasional stretching exercises in the morning. I've been slowly improving my run times -- my best mile is 8'42" on the indoor track, my best 3 miles is 30 minutes with an average 9'57 pace.