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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

211 lbs: Back in the land of 200

by Ken Newquist / December 12, 2007

It’s been a while since I posted a fitness update, so I thought I better fess up: I’ve been terrible about going to the gym. My summer routine of three-to-four days a week at the gym has slid to a dismal one-to-two days at the gym (and its usually 1 day rather than 2). This has had a predictable effect on my waistline: I’ve gone up from 196 pounds at my best to 211 now. It would likely be worse, but I’ve been walking to work most days, and that’s help me from skyrocketing back to the land of the 220s.

Top of the Pile: Messiah Complex, Ultimates 3, Uncanny X-Men, 52

by Ken Newquist / December 11, 2007
Book Cover: 52

After spending the month of November writing fiction, I’m finally getting back into reading it. While the Fall of Hyperion waits on my bookshelf, I’ve decided to ease back into things with my comic books … and the truly mammoth stack of graphic novels lent to me by long-time friend and Nuketown commenter Evil Genius.

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the fact that my local comic book shop, The Phantom of the Attic, has moved to Third Street in downtown Easton, which is far more convenient then tracking over the old location at the 25th Street shopping center.

Thermonuclear Status Report for 12/10

by Ken Newquist / December 10, 2007

It’s been a quiet fall around Nuketown. I didn’t realize just how quiet until this morning, when I was surfing around the archives and saw just how many days I didn’t post in September, October, and November.  Granted, November was lost to writing the novel, but the earlier months weren’t all that much better.

Phantom of the Attic Moves to Downtown Easton

by Ken Newquist / November 21, 2007

Phantom of the Attic, my friendly neighborhood gaming/comic book store moved to downtown Easton, Pa. this week. The store's located at 125-129 Third Street, one block east from the Route 22 4th Street exit. The new location is great -- it's got beautiful hard wood floors, expansive amounts of space, and the Silver Surfer flying in one of the two display windows.

Geeks Can Run for Office ... and Win!

by Ken Newquist / November 18, 2007

Atlas Games President John Nephew's been elected to city council in Maplewood, Minnesota. According to Gaming Report, his opposition tried to play the "games are evil" card, but clearly it didn't work. I'm not saying I want to run for city council in Easton, I'm just saying I find it interesting that a gamer was able to do it ... and win.

Nephew talks about his win and the mainstreaming of games at ICv2.

Radio Active 59: Novel Update, Seeds of Destruction, NanoMonkeys, Invincible Super Blog

by Ken Newquist / November 13, 2007
Book Cover: Hellboy: Seeds of Destruction

On this edition of Nuketown Radio Active, I update folks on my quest to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, check out a new LEGO Chess set, debate what to call a hybrid unicorn/pegasus.

In Netheads I talk about Chris's Invincible Super Blog, a blog featuring capsule reviews of current and classic comic books and the NanoMonkeys Podcast, which returns for its second year of offering advice and encouragement to those participating in National Novel Writing Month. Rounding out the podcast is a review the Hellboy graphic novel Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola.

Snoopy's RSS Hell

by Ken Newquist / November 1, 2007

I've been fighting the good fight against RSS bugs in Moodle 1.8.2. The problem isn't actually with Moodle, but with Snoopy, the PHP class that emulates as a web browser and which Magpie RSS library uses to fetch the feeds.

It seems that the current version of Snoopy has some issues with redirected URLs. It has trouble following 302 Page Moved messages and has an annoying habit of putting the port number into redirected URLs. While it's not technically wrong to do this, not every web server thinks that the urls foo.com and foo.com:80 are the same (strange but true).

Case in point: The Wall Street Journal. The following feeds involve redirects (apparently served through FeedBurner, so I'm betting any feed using FeedBurner would have the same issue):

http://online.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7011.xml
http://online.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

Radio Active #58: Chess for Kids, Geek Dads, D&D 4E

by Ken Newquist / October 31, 2007

On this episode of Radio Active, I discuss my daughter Jordan's sudden desire to learn chess and my approach to teaching her, contemplate the impending arrival of National Novel Writing Month, check out the Geek Dad Podcast and Simian Farmer blog and offer some thoughts on the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

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