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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

Signs & Portents #51: Cthulhutech, Spycraft Gadgets, Narn vs. Centuri Scenario

by Ken Newquist / December 17, 2007

Issue #51 of Mongoose's Signs and Portents magazine is available for download. It's available in Role-player and Wargamer editions; the role-playing one includes a history of the mecha-meets-mythos Cthulhutech role-playing game, an article on designing widgets in Spycraft and legendary swords from RuneQuest.

DVD Rack: Buffy Season 4, Live Free or Diehard, Battlestar Galactica: Razor

by Ken Newquist / December 16, 2007

With November’s Herculean feat of creativity behind me, I’ve turned my tired eyes back to the DVD player and the stack of Netflix envelopes that piled up during my self-imposed exile to my third-floor office.

Included in this horde of discs was the first disc of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 4 (in which Buffy and the Scooby Gang go to college), the Bruce Willis action flick Live Free or Diehard (in which technophobe John MacClane must save the world from hackers) and the one shot episode Battlestar Galactica: Razor (which tells the story of the Battlestar Pegasus's escape form the Cylon's burtal assault on the 12 Colonies).

Ansible 245: Rant on the Edge of Forever

by Ken Newquist / December 14, 2007

Ansible 245 (December 2007) has Harlan Ellison's rants about re-purposing of his Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever"; don't go there if you don't want any Trek-related spoilers and here's to hoping he doesn't try and come and smash my Geek Tree's Guardian ornament. The issue also briefly recounts the SFWA e-piracy controversy, the 2007 Bad Sex Awards, and much more.

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.