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  • What I’m Watching: The Fall of the House of Usher

    What I’m Watching: The Fall of the House of Usher

    A fairly nice homage to Poe’s work, 8 episodes which for once seems somewhat justified. None of the episodes are strongly based on a specific story or poem, but they do work most of them in. Occasionally people burst out in poetry like Cop Rock. Carla Gugino is great as “Verna” the psychopomp, Raven, spectre … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: The Fall of the House of Usher"Read More »
  • ZX Spectrum Next

    ZX Spectrum Next

    Backed this in Sep 2020. After 3.5 years of of antici… … … … … … pation, I finally have my SpecNext release 2! I don’t have it set up in its final location in the living room yet, so it’s replaced my side terminal on my desk. Ideally I’d like to have … Continue reading "ZX Spectrum Next"Read More »
  • Indecent Proposal: Linux

    Indecent Proposal: Linux

    Craig suggested a snarky Modest Proposal, start targeting Linux instead of Mac, if you recoil at Apple taking 30%. It’s really 15% for most people in Small Business Program. In the Olden Times Before Ye Appe Store, distributors only would take 50% or more cut, publishers would take 70-90% cut; the App Store was a … Continue reading "Indecent Proposal: Linux"Read More »
  • New Machines Friday Morning Music

    New Machines Friday Morning Music

    Cycle of Life, by Aiboforcen This is My Battle Cry, by Ayria: About half of these are dumb synthpop, but title & several other tracks are real electronica. music video: You know I’m a junkie for anything with Soriyama robots, Flynn’s, and neon. BlutKind Clicked, by Wumpscut Mechanical Symphony, by In Strict Confidence Transcendent, by … Continue reading "New Machines Friday Morning Music"Read More »
  • What I’m Watching: Rings of Power part 2

    What I’m Watching: Rings of Power part 2

    (I had this series of toots in my notes, apparently didn’t publish. Whoops.) Previously on Rings of Power SPOILERS Galadriel continuing to be a badass, but shitty diplomat, is one of the best blundering D&D PC portrayals. Again has less than fuck-all to do with the book character, and I’m here for it. Dwarf: “I … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Rings of Power part 2"Read More »
  • Public Domain Monster: Mouseling

    Public Domain Monster: Mouseling

    Mouseling (Swords & Wizardry stats) HD: 2d6, AC: 6[13], Attacks: Nip (d4) or Weapon (d6), Save: 16, Morale: 8, Move: 12, Align: Chaos, CL/XP: 2/30. Demi-humanoids with mouse-like features, no more than 3′ tall. Surprisingly robust and rubbery, they can survive being stretched, dropped, bounced down stairs, hooked with cargo winches. As characters, they may … Continue reading "Public Domain Monster: Mouseling"Read More »
  • What I’m Reading: Inhibitor Phase by Alastair Reynolds

    What I’m Reading: Inhibitor Phase by Alastair Reynolds

    A couple years ago, when this came out, I read like a paragraph, and then realized I needed to reread the entire Revelation Space sequence (2000-2003), including the Prefect (2007) & Elysium Fire (2018). I haven’t at this time reread Chasm City (2001), even tho that’s the best book of the series, and the one … Continue reading "What I’m Reading: Inhibitor Phase by Alastair Reynolds"Read More »
  • Moo! LambdaMoo.

    Moo! LambdaMoo.

    Re the lispygopher chat, just a few thoughts longer than a toot. I played the hell out of MOO back in the ’90s, as well as ran my CircleMUD (D&D-like combat-oriented) for a while, and my own CloudMUD system which was a Java chatter with rooms you could put images in. I have my more … Continue reading "Moo! LambdaMoo."Read More »
  • What I’m Watching: Monarch Legacy of Monsters

    What I’m Watching: Monarch Legacy of Monsters

    Eagerly awaited, because we have a long tradition of great Godzilla TV shows It alternates between a 1950s origin story, and 2010s post-G-Day. Somewhere in between is Kong Skull Island. SPOILERS In 2010s: “San Francisco was a hoax. I have a podcast.” is the most realistic reaction here. Love the Godzilla evacuation plans & defenses, … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Monarch Legacy of Monsters"Read More »
  • Cyber Future Saturday Music

    Cyber Future Saturday Music

    Deltron 3030, by Del tha Funky Homosapien, etc. Cybrid, by Deathline International Software, by The Cassandra Complex Hardware, by The Cassandra Complex – Wetware, it’s Rudy Rucker’s Ware tetralogy! Mechanical Symphony, by In Strict Confidence The Plague, by The Cassandra Complex Voice of the Echo Chamber, by Flesh FieldRead More »


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