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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

Netheads for 10/6/07

by Ken Newquist / October 6, 2007

Babies Vs. Chimps: Who's Smarter?

Good news everyone -- your kid really is smarter than a chimp!

Reports: Disney to test toys

And this is how capitalism works. Companies have been doing testing prior to this, but it appears not to have been standardized. In addition to Disney, Hasbro and Mattel

American life expectancy longer than ever

Quick -- grab a cigar and celebrate! And remember this the next time you hear people stressing out over the "obesity epidemic" (you know, the one that isn't killing all those people).

Will Super Smart Artificial Intelligences Keep Humans Around As Pets?

I sure hope so. 'Cause my dog's got it pretty good...

The Atomic Age Resurgent

Linksys, Open NAT, and Halo 3

by Ken Newquist / October 3, 2007

I've had an Xbox for going on four years, and a 360 for one and a half. I've spent many a happy hour playing online, both over Verizon DSL and RCN Cable, on the 360 ... at least until Halo 3 arrived.

For some reason, Halo 3 refused to play nice like the rest of my game; it would let me get into two or three multiplayer games and then suddenly lose its mind and drop the network connection.

Essential Free Software for a new Mac

by Ken Newquist / October 1, 2007

My new MacBook Pro arrived Friday, and the first thing I did (after basking in the beauty that is a new Mac) was to start loading my “must have” applications on it it. Of these, the Quicksilver fast app launcher is probably the single most important tool I have -- using it has become as instinctive as breathing, and it’s disconcerting for me to work on a Mac that doesn’t have it installed.

Geek Tree Preview for 2007

by Ken Newquist / September 26, 2007

Hallmark's released their Winter 2007 ornaments, so it's time to warp ahead to the future of this year's Geek Tree. I have my eye on three new ornaments, two spawned by Star Trek and and Joss Whedon's Firefly.

First up is the three-warp nacelled Enterperise 1701-D from the episode of "All Good Things", the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation:

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2007

by Ken Newquist / September 24, 2007

The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2007 will be held October 5-7 at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. It will include eight feature films, 13 special guests, discussion panels, world and regional premieres, There will also be Lovecraftian vendors, multiple door prizes, and more than 20 short films.

Tickets are $12 per day per person on Friday, $15 per day per person on Saturday, $15 per day per person on Sunday. Advance tickets can be purchased at http://www.hplfilmfestival.com.

According to the organizers:

The 14th annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival shall prove to be our most exciting festival yet. This year we have some great films lined up along with thought provoking discussion panels and compelling live events."

New Cosmic Encounter Edition from Fantasy Flight in Summer '08

by Ken Newquist / September 23, 2007

There's a new print edition of Cosmic Encounter on the event horizon. According to Peter Olotka, Cosmic Encounter designer at Future Pastimes, a new edition of the game will be released by Fantasy Flight Games in Summer 2008.

"Fantasy Flight Games has a stellar reputation for quality production, exciting properties and a dedicated following of sophisticated gamers", said Olotka. "Their system of global mer! chandising and localization with multi-language editions is perfect for Cosmic Encounter's worldwide audience."

Game Day: Halo ActionClix, Ravenloft, Critical Hit Deck

by Ken Newquist / September 22, 2007

Prepping for Issue #1 of Infinity Storm didn’t leave me with enough time to write a Game Day column last week. This week though, I’m back in the player’s seat for our ongoing Ravenloft campaign.

The campaign’s got a few new tricks up its sleeve, mainly a whole slew of deadly effects from Paizo’s GameMastery Critical Hit Deck. Meanwhile, a box was waiting for me when I got home from work, and in it was the gaming goodness I’ve been looking for: my review copies of Halo ActionClix.

Space Westerns: For the Good of the Settlement, Looking for Web Comics

by Ken Newquist / September 20, 2007

In "For the Good of the Settlement" by Vonnie Winslow Crist, readers find that vigilantism and frontier justice is nothing new, but not every conflict is solved at the end of a gun.

In other SpaceWesterns.com news, the site is looking to publish web comics; check out the submissions page for details.

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