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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

GoodReads Catches Fire

by Ken Newquist / January 24, 2008

GoodReads is a social networking site for readers, allowing users to add their book collections to online bookshelves and then share those collections with friends. Books can be stored on different book shelves, rated, and reviewed. You can compare your collection to that of a friends, with the site giving you a side-by-side comparison of ratings for the books you have in common as well as a percentage indicating how much alike you are.

Behold ... the Dice of the Elder Gods!

by Ken Newquist / January 23, 2008

My brand-new, yellow-painted, Chaosium-sanctioned Call of Cthulhu dice by Q Workshop arrived today from Poland:

 Call of Cthulhu dice by Q Workshop

I've got to say -- these things are easily the most beautiful, well-crafted dice in my collection, and I'd put them up against any of those meteorite dice in a geek cred show down. I mean, sure, dice made from space rocks are cool, but when are you going to use them?

Top of the Pile: Messiah Complex, Penance, End League, Gunslinger Born

by Ken Newquist / January 23, 2008

Last week was a light one for Marvel (or at least the Marvel titles I read) so I let Tony at Phantom of the Attic talk me into trying out a couple of other titles. In addition to my X-Universe standby – this week it was “New X-Men”, Part 12 of the Messiah Complex – I picked up Penance: Relentless #5 and Dark Horse Comics' The End League.

Finally there’s Marvel's The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, one of the four graphic novels I got for Christmas.

Operation Zzz

by Ken Newquist / January 21, 2008

Operation Zzz Day 0 I look like death warmed over. There are deep bags under my eyes, my neck muscles are vise-tight despite a massage on Saturday, and my face has that hang-dog, puffy look that comes from one too many nights spent sleeping far too little.

This is actually an improvement.

Things were worse in December and January, which were hell on sleep in the Newquist household as the kids forgot how to sleep through the night, family emergencies smashed our piece of mind, and a nasty stomach virus had my wife and the baby fighting to keep food down. And while it feels like we’ve been under siege for the last three days fighting this virus. Not all of my sleep deprivation is family induced though. There was a marathon session of Civilization IV of Saturday night, and more than a few late night DVD forays to watch the two Resident Evil sequels, the first two discs of Doctor Who, Season 3, and the Futurama movie Bender’s Big Heist.

Some days, I’m my own worst enemy.

Savage Worlds: Explorers Edition

by Ken Newquist / January 13, 2008

The Savage Worlds: Explorer Edition game book is a slim, seductive little tome that promises to deliver “fast, fun, and furious” action for any genre and in hundreds less pages than Dungeons & Dragons takes to recreate just the fantasy genre.  It’s a promise it makes good on … up to a point.

Off the Shelf: Hyperion, The Golden Compass, American Gods

by Ken Newquist / January 12, 2008
Book Cover: Fall of Hyperion

The end of the summer saw me pick up a bunch of new books, including Hyperion and its sequel, The Fall of Hyperion and autumn actually gave me enough time to read one of them!

As we moved into December, the movie release of Phillip Pullman's The Golden Compass – and the religious controversy that surrounded it – led me to pick up the book, and the subject of gods and religion inspired me to return to this summer's audio book listening project, Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

Game Day: The Book of Almost Everything

by Ken Newquist / January 12, 2008

With the Dark City campaign back in full swing, I’m finally able to use my Book of Almost Everything. I created the Book in the waning days of the original Dark City campaign as I realized that I had a treasure trove of instant non-player characters, random encounters, and flavor text lurking in my back issues of Dungeon Magazine.

I spent a weekend finding and copying useful articles from my back issues, accumulating about 40-odd articles to use at the gaming table. And then the campaign promptly ended as I ran out of free time to work on Dark City, and the group moved onto other adventures.

With the campaign’s resurrection, I’m dusting off the old book, and eyeing a few new charts for its pages.

Get A Head with Futurama Icons

by Ken Newquist / January 9, 2008

If you're like me, you saw the shelf-based Dock for Mac OS X Leopard and thought ... hey, I could put some heads in a jar on that! And now you can, thanks to the Futurama "Heads in Jarks" icons from Icon Factory. I give you my ... "Al Gore's Head in a Jar" Dock! (which will be even better once 10.5.2 is out, and you can assign icons to Stacks).

 Al Gore's Head in a Jar Dock

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