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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

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Geeky Lorem Ipsum Text

by Ken Newquist / December 12, 2014

After 11 days of writing, and a ridiculously long and difficulty week, I was sorely tempted to make a blog post that was nothing but lorem ipsum text.

And then I thought ... hey, I could do a blog post about lorem ipsum text. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, lorem ipsum is Latin text used by designers, web developers, and others when they want people to focus on the layout of a page rather than on the contents of the page.

The return of the RADIATIONS newsletter

by Ken Newquist / December 11, 2014

The RADIATIONS email newsletter is back. In olden times (circa 1999) Nuketown had a lovingly hand-edited newsletter called RADIATIONS. It had a pithy intro, thoughtful commentary, and a summary of whatever was posted to Nuketown that week. A few years -- ok, a lot of years -- later, RADIATIONS is back ... and it's made by monkeys.

Geek Tree 2014

by Ken Newquist / December 6, 2014

The 2014 edition of the Geek Tree is up. As has been our tradition for years (exactly how many years I can't recall) I setup a dedicated Christmas tree for all of my geeky ornaments. It typically goes up the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and is packed with all manner of genre ornaments representing Star Wars, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Loony Tunes, The Hobbit, the Marvel universe, and many more.

Learning to Run

by Ken Newquist / August 22, 2014

I've started running. Not well. Not quickly. Not for long. But I am running ... and slowly making progress (where "progress" is defined as no longer feeling like I'm going to collapse after running for three blocks).

Running was never my thing. My sister's thing, yes, but never mine. I was more about cycling -- I was happy to go on on a meandering 20-mile ride and have fun trying to find my way back home.

My GenCon 2014 Shopping List

by Ken Newquist / August 14, 2014

One of the big reasons I come to GenCon is to play games, but it's not the only reason: shopping is another. In 2000 I bought my first Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Player's Handbook there, in 2014 I'll by my first 5th Edition PHB. This is where I got my Battlestar Galactica and Serenity RPG books, as well as more d20 sourcebooks than I care to mention.

The Road to GenCon 2014

by Ken Newquist / August 13, 2014

I'm on the road to GenCon 2014. In seven hours I'll be in Indianapolis, rendezvousing with friends, checking into the hotel, picking up my registration pack ... and getting reading to roll some dice. As I wrote a few months ago, this is my first trip to GenCon since 2007. A lot has changed since then -- from what I've heard, the convention has gotten even bigger than it was then (and it was hella big then, having outgrown Milwaukee a few years earlier).

iPhone 5S: Smarter, Faster, Slightly Taller

by Ken Newquist / April 10, 2014

It's finally time to upgrade. After about 3 years with my iPhone 4, I've finally upgraded to the iPhone 5S.

Obviously I wasn't in a hurry to upgrade. My iPhone 4 served me well, and the recent iOS 7.1 upgrade breathed some new life into the old hardware by speeding up most interactions. I couldn't say how much faster it is, but it was a noticeable improvement

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