Loyd Case

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Shared Universes And Fan Creativity

Star Wars. Star Trek. Mass Effect. The Elder Scrolls. Firefly. Lord of the Rings. What do these have in common? These are creative endeavors whose fans extend and enhance the original creations. Independent films, online video, game mods, cosplay are all creations of fans, and serve to extend and enhance the enjoyment of these shared …

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To Extreme Or Not To Extreme?

I voluntarily cut the memory bandwidth in my production PC in half. My recently replaced production system consisted of a Core-i7-5930K Haswell Extreme processor and 32GB of DDR4 DRAM running at 2133MHz effective, installed onto a Gigabyte X99-UD5-WiFi motherboard. That translates to a peak memory bandwidth of 68GB per second. The processor clocked at a …

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The Mirrorless Versus DSLR Conundrum

I converted from using Nikon DSLRs to Olympus mirrorless digital cameras in 2013. The photo above pretty much illustrates why. My full-frame, Nikon D600 body weighed 359 grams more than the OM-D EM-1 body I use now. That’s a pretty substantial difference. Differences in lens weights matter, too. The 24-70 f/2.8 Nikkor lens weighed 900 …

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Science Versus Engineering

I can be pedantic on occasion. When I watched the movie┬áThe Martian, something the Mark Watney character said stood out to me: “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.” That bit of dialog bugged me at the time, but I wasn’t sure why. I realize now, however, that Watney wasn’t talking …

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Pandemic Legacy: Boardgame as RPG

If you play board games at all, you may have heard of Pandemic Legacy. Based on the co-op game engine from the original Pandemic, Pandemic Legacy offers a new take on board games: the board game as story. (Note: you may find very light spoilers about the game, but nothing substantial is revealed). The game …

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What It Means To Be An Early Adopter

Nathan Edwards, once an editor at Maximum PC, put up a tweet recently that almost read like a Zen koan: “*buys a thing* this is great, now i’ll be happy [six months later] all my things are making me sad *gets rid of things* i need new things” It’s possible Nathan was talking about consumerism …

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Give Me My 21:9 Games!

You’re looking at my primary monitor. It’s a Dell Ultrasharp U3415W. I use this for most of my daily work. Off to the side is an LG 4K display I use for occasional video or photography work, but the U3415W is my workhorse. I’ve been skeptical about these super wide-screen displays because they bring together …

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Welcome To Uncertainty

Welcome to the new home of the Improbable Insights podcast: Uncertainty Uncertainty also happens to be my new home on the web. I expect to post regular content updates. Those of you who’ve read my stuff in the past know I tend to focus on tech, photography, and bicycling. You should expect something different this …

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