I do a lot of our household laundry, perhaps even the lion's share of the laundry. But my approach to doing laundry hasn't always been the most … enlightened. All of the tips on this list are fairly obvious, and yes, I've made each and every one of these mistakes.
I'm not sure how healthy it is, but Slashfood has a post up about a new energy drink called "Nerd". Could be just the thing for those geek dads trying to stay awake after a long night with a crying baby. Me? I think I'll just stick with my caffeinated duo of Cosmic Cup coffee and Mountain Dew.
The June issue of the Australian flash fiction webzine AntipodeanSF is online with ten new short stories including "Barrett And Quinlan In The Woods" by Melanie Atkinson, "The Elder" by Simon Petrie, "Equal Opportunity" by Shaun A. Saunders, and "The Rape Of Io" by Susan Partridge.
Shocking news everyone: Dads like to play video games with their kids!
This AP story quotes a survey from last year showing that 35% of parents play video games, and that 80% of those game with their kids. Even more shockingly, both dads and moms are gaming. Moms? Gaming? Are you crazy?
I know, I shouldn't be so hard on them -- the mainstream takes a while to catch on to these simple facts. I expect that the percentage of parents (and grandparents) playing games with their kids will only rise with the release of family-friendly gaming systems like the Wii.
This is very cool. Google has awarded a million dollars in grants, and is offering $10 million more, to those supporting and developing plug-in hybrid cars that are not only more fuel efficient, but can plug into the grid and sell power back to it during peak hours. Granted, it's only a few million dollars, but it seems like Google's just getting its feet wet here -- hopefully we'll see more initiatives, and more private funds, from them in the future.
Crafty Games, the folks who publish Spycraft and its kin, have unveiled a brand new web site, and wouldn't you know it's powered by Drupal? For those of you who are keeping score at home, Drupal is also the CMS that drives this ol'thermonuclear burg.
The new Crafty Games site includes a wiki, three blogs, a discussion forum, and extensive downloads for both the 1st and 2nd editions of Spycraft.
Baby Luke's trying hard to become Toddler Luke as he learns to walk and starts baby talking. In more geeky news, I've got a review of the Shadowrun first-person shooter for Xbox 360/Vista, an announcement about my Libris Mortis review on The Tome podcast and geek out over Apple's new edition of Mac OS X.
I also take a look at Google's new themes for its personalized iGoogle home page service, and do an in-depth review of the Star Wars: Saga Edition RPG from Wizards of the Coast.
Maybe it's having just listened to hours upon hours of the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, but I truly enjoyed the 300 soundtrack's martial mix of choral singing, Mediterrean/Middle Eastern-inspired music and a touch of hard rock explosiveness.
This week's game day sees us returning to the Khelez-Mar dwarven campaign to launch an investigation/raid into the UnderOerth of the Pomarj.
It's not just Dungeons & Dragons though; I've also received my review copy of the new Star Wars PocketModelconstructible ship game by WizKids Games and I've been working on superhero histories for my upcoming Mutants & Masterminds campaign