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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

To Sail the Methane Seas of Titan

by Ken Newquist / March 14, 2007

 The Seas of Titan

We'll never get to explore along side John Carter on Mars, but it's always nice to know that worlds as weird as anything Edgar Rice Burroughs might have imagined do exist ... minus the warlords and Martian princesses of course. NASA's Cassini space probe has found good evidence of large seas on Titan, Saturn's moon methane-shrouded moon. The photo above shows one such sea, which is about as large as Earth's own Lake Superior.

Rise of the Nintendad

by Ken Newquist / March 14, 2007

Hat-tip to Joystiq for this Reuters story which notices that hey, parents like to game ... and they're likely to get their kids to game as well. They dub these strange creatures "Nintendads" since many grew up on Nintendo systems and are now happily doling out $250 to buy Nintendo Wiis for their kids (and themselves)

Way to catch on to a trend that's been going on for at least a decade folks! Every gamer dad I know has been breaking out their old gaming systems (what, you think we traded those in?) to educate their children on the wonders of old-school gaming. The Nintendo Wii, which allows you to buy those old school games and comes with the convenient "physical exercise" rationalization provided by Wii Sports, just lets them do that with a spiffy new gadget.

Now Roll System Shock

by Ken Newquist / March 13, 2007

Now roll System Shock is the blog of S.L. Shirley, a friend who falls into that odd category of someone I've known for years but home I've never actually met. Like myself, Shirley spends a goodly chunk of time hanging out at discussing all manner of things game and geek related. At his own blog, he does much of the same, but focuses in on various applications of the free RPG Risus, including his own incarnation of the No Game Day concept started at Uncle Bear.

My Favorite Game I Never Play

by Ken Newquist / March 12, 2007

 Pirates of the Frozen North

I love WizKids' Pirates of the Spanish Main and its various expansions, even though I never actually get to play the game. Hell, I think I've officially played it twice, but that hasn't stopped me from picking up booster packs for every other expansion.

The most recent of these is Pirates of the Frozen North , which introduces a new Viking faction and corresponding Viking longships. It also has icebergs that move about the board on their own, smashing any ships they come in contact with, and the icebreaking ships needed to destroy them. I picked up a pack to honor my Swedish ancestors, but I'm more interested in snagging the recent Pirates of the Mysterious Island, which has submarines, and the upcoming Pirates at the World's Edge which ups the game's weirdness quotient even further with giant crabs and prehistoric sharks.

Revolution SF: Geek Movies Not On DVD

by Ken Newquist / March 12, 2007

Revolution SF has apparently run out of things to watch, because they're crawling back through the annals of time looking for classic geek movies that should be -- but aren't -- available on DVD.

The series is divided into two parts, A through K and L through Z and features cinematic suggestions from a variety of staff members, writers, critics and other geeks who love movies.

Here you fill find The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage, The Wizard of Speed and Time, Twilight Zone: The Movie and, umm, The Star Wars Holiday Special. Hey, they didn't say it was a list of great movies, just ones that geeks will enjoy (or enjoy hating).

Quantum Muse: Jan/Feb 2007

by Ken Newquist / March 11, 2007

The Quantum Muse is a venerable speculative fiction webzine with almost as much history as Nuketown. It's had something of a bumpy ride the last few months as one of its founding editors left, and those who remained prepared to move to a new house and welcome a new baby and figure out a way to keep publishing the zine.

They've worked through all that now, and the good news is that you can expect to see the ol'Muse publishing throughout 2007, though at a more relaxed quarterly schedule instead of its traditional frantic monthly one (the "frantic monthly" description is mine; I remember how hard it was to publish monthly fiction back when Nuketown did that).

Reuters: Repair Robot Heads for Space

by Ken Newquist / March 11, 2007

You know we're living in the future when you see things like Orbital Express being launched. It's a pair of robots designed to find, dock with and repair satellites in orbit, replacing faulty parts, refueling spent containers, and generally helping the sky birds to stay flying for a few more years. It's funded by the U.S. military and NASA, and its initial goal is to help extend the lives of expensive spy satellites. If it works though, I wouldn't be surprised to see these things tackling commercial jobs as well.

Game Day: GenCon 2007

by Ken Newquist / March 9, 2007

 GenCon logoThere's no game day for me today, as I'd had alternative plans that fell through when I came down with Pink Eye. Which isn't to say there's not some great gaming news to talk about -- after much debate, scrambling and a little bit of arm twisting (or perhaps just enthusiastic encouragement -- I wasn't there for all of it) my gaming group is sending what may be its largest-ever contingent to GenCon Indy in 2007.