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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


Responding to The Karaoke Transcripts

by Ken Newquist / May 25, 2006

In early to mid-May, Berin Kinsman posted a series of thoughtful essays on the nature of geekdom to Uncle Bear. Called "The Karaoke Transcripts" (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Denouement) the essays inspired plenty of intelligent debate, and I contributed my fair share of comments. Since things have been slow at Nuketown (but insanely busy with family and work), I'm posting my response to The Karaoke Transcripts, Part 1 here.

Big Business vs. Big Government

by Ken Newquist / March 21, 2004

The other day I got into something of a debate with a liberal-minded individual and I got a healthy reminder of just how much folks on the left dislike and distrust business. No, those words are too weak -- "hate" is a much better descriptor.

The debate arose with in the context the X-Files -- the question was asked why the series focused on government collaboration with aliens, when government collaboration with Big Business was the real threat.

Kerry, Republican Crooks, and Political Tap-Dancing

by Ken Newquist / March 12, 2004

Earlier this week, John Kerry was caught on camera saying Republicans were "crooked" and "liars". Almost immediately Republicans fired back with indignation, demanding that Kerry apologize for the slight. Kerry didn't and instead tap-danced around his comments, saying that they were directed at the Republican "attack dogs" nipping at his heels.

The CDC Anti-Fat Spin

by Ken Newquist / March 10, 2004

A new government study declares that "poor diet and lack of exercises" are killing more and more Americans and the Centers for Disease Control is alarmed.

The Associated Press story "CDC: Obesity gains on tobacco as top death factor" (read it) talks about how in 1990, 14% of Americans died from poor diet and inactivity and 19% died from tobacco. As of 2000 though, 16% of Americans had croaked because of their slothful ways, while 18% had passed on because of death sticks.

The story quotes CDC officials who breathlessly gush about the coming apocalypse, but I find it hard to muster much surprise.

Dealing With Anti-D20 Snobbery

by Ken Newquist / November 17, 2003

I've been gaming for a hell of a long time. For the last few years ago, most of the stuff I've been doing is d20 based. There are a lot of reasons for it, the biggest being that we converted our Greyhawk campaign to D&D 3E in 2000.

It's worked well for us (none of those concerns about game mechanics overwhelming role-playing for us). And because it has, at lot of the other games we play are also now d20 based. Fading Suns? d20. Delta Green? d20. Stagate? d20.

A Boy Named Tac

by Ken Newquist / November 16, 2003

Just about everyone I know has one -- a computer game handle they've been using since the dawn of time. This isn't necessarily your online name -- rather, it's the name you use when you fire up a computer RPG for the first time, and need to name your character. Like in Zelda. Or TimeSplitters.

For me, it's "Tac". Why "Tac"? Because way back when my primary gaming machine was a Commodore 64, I discovered the game Ultima II. I spent an awful lot of time playing Ultima II, and creating all sorts of excellent character names. Really strong, magical sounding names, the sort of names you're 12 year old self looks at, sits back and says, "damn that's cool."