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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

Ken Newquist's blog

OOF 7/29: 30 minutes @ Pool

by Ken Newquist / July 29, 2008

There's a fitness tradition that's evolved on Twitter (at least among my friends) called
"On Our Feet", in which we post a single tweet declaring "OOF" and then whatever exercise we did. It's largely motivational in nature -- if I see Doug or Zack from the GutcheckCast posting about working out, then that tends to inspire me to make sure I get my 30 minutes in as well. It's also a chance for an instant reward as folks shout encouragement from the virtual stands.

213 lbs.: Back to Gutchecking

by Ken Newquist / July 29, 2008

After long months of intermittent exercise brought on by family craziness, business trips, bouts of novel writing and a dozen other excuses, I'm finally getting back to a consistent exercise regime. I had been getting to the gym and pool intermittently over the spring and summer, but for the most part, I've been slacking.

And it shows.

Comparing TinyMCE and CKEditor

by Ken Newquist / July 23, 2008

TinyMCE and CKEditor (formerly FCKeditor) are two of the most popular open source WYSIWYG editors for web applications. I'm researching which would be the best to implement at the day job on a campus-wide basis; ideally I'd like to pick one editor, and then use it with all of our web apps. Here's a run down of what editors are available for what apps:

Searching for Star Wars RPG web sites

by Ken Newquist / July 12, 2008

My gaming group is contemplating running a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic campaign, and that's led me to start searching for Star Wars RPG sites (which in turn will likely lead to a Knights of the Dinner Table column).

I'm primarily interested in sites that deal with Saga Edition (the latest version of the Star Wars rules) and Knights of the Old Republic but I'll check out sites for any edition of the game (including West End games, if its well maintained). Here are three sites that I already have book marked:

Advice on building a Second Life Island?

by Ken Newquist / July 7, 2008

So I find myself in the position of needing to buy and help build up a Second Life island for the day job. I'm excited in about it insomuch as it's a new project, and something I've never done before. Plus, hey, it's almost virtual reality. Granted, it would have been far, far cooler if the college had gone ga-ga for World of Warcraft instead, but hey, I'll take my virtual worlds where I can find them.

In the meantime though, I find myself having to work through questions I don't really know the answers to. Specifically:

  1. Preferred Grid Location: I know we want our island to be on the public grid, but where on the public grid? Is it better to be off by yourself? Should you be next to another college? Or the New Media Consortium? Or does it not really matter, because people will be 'porting in, not wandering the wilds of SL looking for college islands to explore?
  2. What island shape do we want? Is one type of island better to build on than another? For example, we're thinking of either the "donut" shape, which is an oval island with a lake in the middle, or a mountainous shape, which sticks an mountain on one side of the island. Which is easier to build on?

My 2008 Summer Reading List

by Ken Newquist / July 6, 2008

Here's my summer reading list, as discussed in Radio Active #69, broken out for easy reference (by me). Got a summer reading list? Don't have one? Wish you had the time for one? Nuketown wants to know: vote in our poll!

Print Novels

  • The Last Colony by John Scalzi - A novel of intergalactic intrigue featuring the main characters from Scalzi's Old Man's War and Ghost Brigades
  • Quicksilver by Neil Stephenson - adventures in science during the Age of Enlightenment
  • The Golden Globe by John Varley - Humans get kicked off Earth by aliens and are forced to live at the edge of the solar system.
  • The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin - A man's dreams can reshape reality.

500+ Comments

by Ken Newquist / June 22, 2008

Nuketown's passed 500 comments. At least a hundred of those came from this spring alone, which goes to show just how much better my new "open" approach to commenting is (in which anyone can comment without an account, but messages are screened by the Askimet anti-spam software before being posted).

The community's coming together nicely, and I have no doubt that the count would be even higher if I, ahem, got Radio Active out on the consistent, weekly schedule I always hope for.