Moving Forward in 2018

Some people have noted a dearth of posts and podcasts recently. As we move into 2018, I have to confess that 2017 was something of a dumpster fire for me personally (even ignoring world events) given that I had two major surgeries, one in May and one at the end of October. I also lost my job due to company downsizing so have returned to freelancing, which has been surprisingly successful so far. I had spinal surgery on October 31 […]

Loyd Case

In Which Loyd Meets a Surgical Robot But Forgets About It

Sometimes you get all ambitious about writing and blogging. Then life happens and you encounter a surgical robot instead. I was diagnosed with relatively early stage prostate cancer in March. This would normally be a nuisance more than an issue of concern. In most cases, men die of old age long before prostate cancer could kill them. The biopsy analysis included a worrying bit about a relatively small amount of grade 4 cancer, which can become more aggressive over time. […]

Climate Change Starter Books

Climate change can be a daunting topic, particularly if you have a limited science background. Several introductory books on the topic help fill the void. I’d like to review two I’ve read recently. The first is Orrin and Keith Pilkey’s Global Climate Change: A Primer. Pilkey, an accomplished earth scientist, writes in a relatively straightforward style tuned for readers with minimal science backgrounds. The “primer” in the title means just that: the book covers the topic completely in layman’s terms, using little […]

The American Distance Running Resurgence

I’m going to digress in this post and talk about something that was near and dear to me for over a decade: distance running. I ran competitively from 1973 to roughly 1988. I use the word “competitively” somewhat ironically, since I was pretty mediocre. I ran my best 1500 meter time at age 24, barely breaking four minutes (remember, this is the 1500; the equivalent mile time is about 4:19). I also ran 31:45 for 10,000 meters on the track […]

Derelict: the Conclusion

I don’t know how many of you have stuck this out, but if so, this wraps up my little story. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.   I’ve done fewer weirder things than wear a virtual reality headset in a virtual fighter fighting virtual monsters in a virtual world. Yet it all felt in the moment, real as it gets. As we approached the bridge, we saw the energy beam from the white-robed AI flicker out and […]

Derelict, Part VIII

We last left our protagonist alone, apparently transported by some weird AI religious ritual. But maybe the secrets of the Builders will be uncovered, finally. The wafer that the Coordinator had given me turned out to be a data object which auto-downloaded into the cyberdeck when I cut power. But I had a fundamental problem. The Coordinator had told me I would need one biomass to revive a Builder. I had no idea why, and I couldn’t think of… Then […]

PC Building Tips & Tricks

This week’s podcast focuses on the little things. David Bryant and I talk about tips and tricks for building a new PC, or rebuilding new PC tech into an old chassis. We discuss tools, lighting, and little hints we’ve learned along the way, over many PC builds. We also talk about topics such as build order, dealing with pesky non-standard cables, and how to conduct first POST. Tools Technology trickles down in areas outside of automobiles and mobile phones. Take […]

Derelict, Part VII

Our unnamed protagonist prepares for a journey unlike any other, one of mind rather than body. What will he find inside an alien cybeconstruct? It took quite some time to prepare. The Envoy linked up with the engineering AI built into the giant robot that had fired up the power plant. Together, the assembled shells – sort of a computer version of an EVA suit – for Galen and me. The Engineer prepared a special fiberoptic cable that would link […]