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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


Launching Picture of the Day

by Ken Newquist / December 27, 2010

 Picture of the Day Kickoff"Picture of the Day" has been one of the most popular memes among my photography geek friends for the last year or so. The idea is that you take a picture a day, and then post it for the world to see, usually on Flickr or Facebook. Different people approach the project in different ways -- some take a picture and post it on the same day, some take a series of shots, and then post one a day.

I'm shooting for the former approach. I think it's more creative and challenging, and more likely to get me back into that "camera's eye" mindset. That said, I'm not going to be a slave to the format; if I have a couple of good shots I may run them over successive days.

My goals for this project are twofold. I want to learn more about my camera, the Nikon D60. It's a digital SLR that we bought a few years back, and it can do far, far more than I've done with it. The same goes for my new iPhone 4, which has a decent camera built in, and the advantage of being with me where ever I go.

Tron: Cupcakes

by Ken Newquist / December 23, 2010

 Tron CupcakesLast week my wife surprised me with a Tron-inspired birthday party (my birthday's December 17, the same day that Tron: Legacy was released). As part of that, she asked the good folks at Cupcake Ladies to create Tron cup cakes.

Which they did. The photo at left was taken by my friend Jason Alley (view the full-size photo on Flickr) and yes, the cupcakes did taste as good as they look.

The cupcakes made my day, and were the perfect prelude to heading to King of Prussia to watch Tron: Legacy in IMAX 3D with my friends. It was a good movie -- I describe it as pure, distilled 1980s wrapped in glass. My 12-year-old self loved the film. My 39-year-old self was happily distracted by the beer sampler I drank at Rock Bottom Brewery before the movie.

Indiana and the Temple of Zzzzs

by Ken Newquist / November 29, 2010

 Indiana comes home.Indiana, our new puppy, came home the day before Thanksgiving. He's a yellow Labrador Retriever, and after a few days home I can safely say he tends toward the marshmallow end of the Labrador spectrum (the other end, of course, is hyper spaz).

Of course, it's not all thoughtful looks and puppy naps -- he can be a holy terror, particularly in the mornings when he's chasing kids, chewing on shoes and doing all the things puppies do. He's far more laid back in the afternoon, lounging around the house, napping frequently, and more or less doing the perfect impression of a yellow marshmallow.

We named the dog Indiana

by Ken Newquist / October 31, 2010

 Indiana as a puppyThe day before Thanksgiving a new four-legged friend will be joining our family. He's a yellow Labrador puppy named … Indiana.

Indy succeeds (never replaces) Madison aka Mad Dog, our yellow Lab who was an enthusiastic member of the Newquist household for 13 years. She passed away in June and left a massive hole in our day-to-day lives. Yes, it can be a lot of work to keep up with a dog, especially at the end of her life, when we were cleaning up messes every morning, but she was a constant presence and the one member of the pack who would always be happy to see you.

Not having her here was like losing my shadow.

Enter Indiana.

Pumpkin Slinging in New Jersey, Halloween 2010

by Ken Newquist / October 13, 2010

I've heard about pumpkin chucking events, and seen a few on TV thanks to MythBusters, but I've never experienced one in real life. That may change later this month: the Last Fling Pumpkin Fling is being held in Belvidere, New Jersey on October 30th and 31st, 2010 at Hensler Farms.

Looking for Science Fiction RPG Web Sites

by Ken Newquist / October 5, 2010

I'm looking at doing a Knights of the Dinner Table column on blogs, wikis and other sites dedicated to science fiction role-playing games. Of course this is a bit self serving, as I'm currently running two science fiction games (Star Wars: Saga Edition and The Day After Ragnarok) but it's a niche that could use some attention. The sites don't need to be exclusively science fiction, but some significant portion of their content should deal with the genre.

Keep in mind that I've done columns on Rogue Trader, Star Wars: Saga Edition, Gamma World, and Star Frontiers in the last year so I'm less likely to write about sites that deal with those games.

Here's what I have so far.