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— September 2007 Archive —

Snack time! How about a Tornado Potato and a nice glass of Stress Milk?

And in being had, I’ve lied to you, my faithful reader (if in fact you are still out there). When I posted about the Smiley’s 25th birthday I did so in good faith. But apparently the Smiley has lied about its age and is in fact much older. At least, […]

I finished Trudi Canavan’s Priestess of the White last night. This is Book One of her “Age of the Five” trilogy. I need to say right up front that I enjoyed it, because some of my comments might sound negative. People in this world are essentially divided into 3 factions. […]

Raph Koster gives a brief demo of MetaPlace:

Twenty-five years ago, Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman says, he was the first to use three keystrokes — a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis — as a horizontal “smiley face” in a computer message. Read the rest at CNN: turns 25 Sept. 19th is quite […]

Areae’s MetaPlace has been revealed. Check out the site (linked below) or this article: Areae Debuts Metaplace, Virtual Worlds for Everyone Their CrunchBase entry: Areae’s Metaplace platform wants to revolutionize the virtual worlds space. Their platform will provide an open, easy-to-use interface which will allow users to create virtual worlds […]

Tabula Rasa is an upcoming sci-fi MMO from NCSoft. With a launch date of Oct. 19th, the NDA for beta testers has been lifted. I had the opportunity to beta test the game a bit, so when a friend on a forum expressed his dismay that he wouldn’t be able […]

NaNoWriMo is right around the corner and I’ve been wrestling with the question of whether or not I should participate this year. Finishing up Ralph Keyes’ The Courage to Write seemed like a good way to help me to decide. The Courage to Write isn’t a “how-to” book. It’s more […]

I know that every blog and site on the web is going to have some kind of commemorative 9/11 post today. I wasn’t going to. My memories of that day aren’t much different than that of most readers of this blog. You all remember the dawning horror just as well […]

Wow, I finished it. I feel like a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I don’t normally do this, but before writing this review I checked the rating for George B Dyson’s Darwin among the Machines at Amazon. I’d heard great things about the book and wanted to […]