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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

Installing Ubuntu Linux on a G3 iMac

by Ken Newquist / May 23, 2007

I love it when a geeky plan comes together. A few weeks ago I heard a story on the Geek Acres podcast about a grade school teacher who installed Ubuntu Linux on a bunch of iMacs that had been donated to his school. I have a lime-green G3 iMac at home that's been running Mac OS X 10.3 … but is just crying out for experimentation.

Life with Luke: 11 Months

by Ken Newquist / May 20, 2007

It's been months since I last wrote about my son Luke, and what an eventful couple of months it's been! Luke learned to crawl at around 6 months and started pulling himself up shortly there after. Now, at 11 months, he's starting to "bridge", moving from one item to another in a precursor to walking. Along with this new-found mobility has come a desire to explore everything … which means we've had to start baby proofing in earnest.

Game Day: Savage Worlds, Spectres over Ravenloft, Dragon Countdown

by Ken Newquist / May 19, 2007
Book Cover: Savage Worlds

You can always tell how frantic my Fridays are (and thus, how much I really, really need a Game Day) by how long it takes this column to get online. Yesterday I had a working lunch out of the office, and didn't even sit down at my desk until 3 p.m.

Fortunately though, there was Game Day. Kicking off this week's gaming goodness was the arrival of my Savage Worlds core rulebook, which I've been eagerly anticipating ever since I registered for the Savage World of Solomon Kane and Sundered Skies GenCon events two weeks ago.

"Be Patient: I'm Still Working My Way Up to First Level"

by Ken Newquist / May 17, 2007

 Geek OnsieIt's hard to find good geeky clothes for babies -- oh, I was able to get a "newbie" onsie for Luke just before he was born, and they do have a few other shirts of note, but it's telling that they lump their dog clothing in with their kid stuff.

Aside from that, it's mostly an vast, unending forest of pastel dinosaurs, teddy bears, butterflies and assorted too-cute animals. If you're lucky you might find a good astronaut or rocket outfit, but those are the exceptions.

Podcast Roundup for May 2007: Vintage Gamer, Fear the Boot, AGC, The Tome, Pulp Gamer, Yog Radio

by Ken Newquist / May 17, 2007

This weekend saw my home improvement efforts redoubled as I patched and primed the walls of our third-floor bathroom, dug up a third of our admittedly-small backyard in order to sow grass and clover seed, and pulled staples from our hardwood floors in anticipation of getting them re-finished. And naturally, all of this gave me plenty of time to listen to podcasts.

Radio Active #49: Monster Week, Catan, Dire Cafe, Geek Dad Blog

by Ken Newquist / May 16, 2007
Cover Art: SimCity DS

Thoughts about Nuketown's upcoming Monster Week extravaganza leads off Episode #49 of Nuketown Radio Active as I discuss about the movies I want to review and ask listeners for suggestions. With the monsters out of the way, I talk about my progress on the geek fitness front and my experiences registering for GenCon 2007. In Netheads, I take a look at the upcoming SimCity game for Nintendo DS, suggest folks check out the Dire Cafe social networking site, ramble on about Pirate solitare, and discover a Geek Dad Blog at Finally, this week's review is the board game Catan for Xbox 360, a computerized version of the classic German board game Settlers of Catan.

My GenCon 2007 Schedule

by Ken Newquist / May 16, 2007

The first day of GenCon registration was a frustrating, aggravating experience that took an hour and a half to complete, with most of that time spent trying (and failing) to "check out" and purchase my events. I'd be astounded by just how badly registration behaved … if I hadn't heard how it took hours to complete registration last year. Instead, I'm just disappointed by a process that clearly needs some quality time with some load-testing specialists.