Tabletop Gaming at Kublacon: An Essay in Pictures

Emily and I swing into the parking lot, naturally finding a spot on the top floor of the Hyatt Airport parking garage. We’d already unloaded luggage, boxes of games for the flea market, and a...

The Body Electric Chapter Excerpt

This is something of an experiment. I sometimes dabble in a little fiction. But my fiction tends to be scenes rather than complete stories. Scenes pop into my head, often connected inside a common fictional...

Prepping for Kublacon

I’ll be up to my armpits in board games this weekend, attending one of the Bay Area’s best tabletop gaming conventions, Kublacon, held at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt. I’ve been attending this particular con...

Loyd’s Somewhat Dubious iPhone Adventure

I am now the proud somewhat sheepish owner of an iPhone 6s+. It all began when my wife, Jan, broke her iPhone 5. The aging iPhone 5 had already been acting finicky, including shortened battery life....

Can the GTX 1080 Compute?

Sure it does. But how well? Out of idle curiosity, I ran a couple of OpenCL compute-oriented benchmarks on the GTX 1080 and three other GPUs. Bear in mind that this is more quick-and-dirty benchmarking,...

A Celebration of Pure Folly

By my admittedly rough count, I’ve hosted over 700 PC gaming sessions in my basement lab since I moved into this particular house in February, 1997. I began calling the game sessions “Friday Night Follies”...

Ride a Bike, Wear a Helmet

It’s near the end of May, 2016, as I write this. Emily Case, my younger daughter, graduates from U.C. Santa Cruz on June 12th. She’s prepping for graduate school, entering a Ph.D. program in archaeology...