Jan and I headed down to Wondercon in Anaheim for a lovely weekend of panels, cosplay-watching, geek shopping, and more. I took along my Nikon D500, along with several lenses, and had a field day shooting cosplayers. I certainly loved the energy and enthusiasm that went into these designs. And the ages ranged from small children to people clearly older than me. I mostly shot with the 16-80mm f/2.8-f/4, but also used the 70-200mm f/4 to good effect. I pulled…Continue reading Shooting Wondercon 2017 with the D500
Mass Effect Andromeda Updates the Formula Eric and I bring on a guest host, Ron Talbot, to discuss Mass Effect Andromeda. We all took an afternoon on release day to play single player and multiplayer in the same room. We all came away impressed at the overall mechanics but less impressed with the user interface and numerous bugs. And while the character generation system seemed to need more cooking, we still managed to create some interesting characters. We also have…Continue reading We Go to Andromeda!
Since this year marks the 20th year since the release of Joss Whedon’s seminal series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I thought it time to rewatch the series. This time, though, I’m watching it with my wife Jan. I should explain that I watched the series twice, each time with one of my daughters. We overlapped a bit, but effectively, think of it as two viewings. I have very fond memories of watching with Elizabeth and Emily. Buffy showed how girls and women could…Continue reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer Still Relevant
Welcome to the revised Improbable Insights podcast. I’ve streamlined it a bit, taking it from three sections to two. David, Eric, and I will try to keep the meaning section a little more tightly focused than in the past, drawing on our personal experiences to give insight and advice on tech and geek related matters. Also, if you’ve been wondering how to subscribe to the podcast, here’s the RSS. Now let’s check out episode 101, where we talk about making…Continue reading Making the Most of Our Gaming Time
Where is the web going? What technical features coming down the pipe will enhance the experience? What changes in the way we interact with the web (eg, social media), will shape future experiences? Will 3D & VR make significant impacts (it’s been the year of “3D on the web” forever in my memory)? What lies beyond HTML5? This week we have special guest Martin Best from Mozilla’s platform group, in addition to David Bryant (also with Mozilla), and Eric Klein.…Continue reading The Future of the Web
I’ve been watching The Expanse. Beyond its kinetic story lies an assumption that mankind will someday build colonies on Mars, the asteroids, and the outer planet moons. Will we really? What trends do we see today that suggests we’ll be successful? And what headwinds are we encountering? Eric, David, and I discuss current advances towards moving people to space, problems humans will encounter living and working in space, and whether or not the future lies with AIs rather than meatbags…Continue reading Humanity’s Future in Space
The personal computer evolution seems to be slowing. Apple seems to be ignoring high-end customers, 2-in-1 designs are proliferating, and the desktop PC stagnates. On the OS side, MacOS seems to be stagnating and Windows continues to be overly intrusive. What’s going to happen to the PC going forward? Eric, David, and I discuss happenings in the Mac arena, what’s going on with Windows, the slowdown in CPU progress, how displays have been evolving, and how storage has become the…Continue reading The State of the PC: 2017
This weeks podcast delves into a variety of interesting and curious recent tech news, including Ultra Blu-ray drives for the PC, the Windows game bar, Windows game mode, AMD Vega, Qualcomm’s lawsuit woes, Google cutting off ads to fake news sites and more. It turned out to be a pretty lively discussion; I hope you have as much fun listening as we had recording it. Tools I trade in my basic black, sound-dampened case, for something a bit more colorful,…Continue reading Tech Grab Bag Podcast