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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

I'm Still Surprised

by Ken Newquist / November 18, 2002

I spent Saturday working on three canvas posters for the baby's room with my wife Sue, my brother-in-law Dave, and his fiancee Wendy. We worked on them for hours, and actually got quite a lot done.

And not once did I have even the slightest clue of what awaited me Saturday night.

Dave and I went out to run some errands around 6 p.m. -- we had to take care of a friend's dogs, pick up a movie, and snag some more acrylic paint from the Michael's Arts and Crafts store in Phillipsburg (ok, technically I think it's in Pine Grove).

Then we came home, and I got knocked flat on my ass by a house full of people who most definitely were not supposed to be joining us for cold cuts and a movie, all of whom promptly shouted 'surprise!!!' followed by 'Happy Birthday!!!'

The Mighty Mac Mouse Myth

by Ken Newquist / November 1, 2002

As a Mac user, I get a fair amount of flack from PC folks. Some of it was about the toilet-seat design of the original colorful iBooks (hey, I agree – those things looked awful). Some of it was aimed at processor speed (I admit it – PCs have faster processors, although gap isn’t nearly as great as PC folks might like you to believe). But the single greatest source of scorn has been the Mac mouse.

The term “double click” is synonymous with the Mac – after all, Apple’s the one who took the mouse mainstream. Yet although Apple pioneered consumer use of the mouse, it’s been the PC side that’s seen a true explosion in mice utility. Three button and four button mice, scroll mice, inverted mice – you name it, you’ll find it … on the PC side.

Nuketown Endorses Libertarian Ken Krawchuk for Pennsylvania Governor

by Ken Newquist / October 31, 2002

It’s that time of year again – time to research the candidates, step into the voting booth, and cast a vote and hopefully change Pennsylvania for the better.

Pennsylvania’s biggest race is for governor. From the major parties we’ve got Democrat Ed Rendell, former mayor of Philadelphia, and Republican Mike Fisher the state’s attorney general. The Libertarian candidate is Ken Krawchuk. I don’t know – and don’t care – who the Green candidate is.

At the start of the campaign, I didn’t have any particular strong feelings against Ed Rendell, aside from my typically moderate, knee-jerk dislike of Democratic policies. Since then I’ve had the chance to read up on Rendell’s history in Philadelphia, which isn’t quite as momentous as the Democratic party would like to be believe. He did some good work down there, but his refusal to deal with the public education crisis in the city and his failure to significantly cut taxes will insure that no matter how much time he bought the city, eventually the flight of the middle class from Philly to the suburbs will continue.