The ravens are looking a bit sluggish. Tell Malcolm they need new batteries.

Tuesday, April 23


And While We're At It I Want Aliens

And werewolves too and I wanna be a beta tester!

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Conents May Settle During Shipping

Your mileage may vary.  Barooina brand Puppy Chow may not contain actual puppies.  Do not taunt happy fun Kerbal.

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Saturday, April 20


Shiny Things Weekly

  1. Toshiba's Kirabook: It's a 13.3" Windows 8 (but let's not hold that against it) ultrabook, with a Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, a 2560x1440 display, and weighs 2.6lbs (or 2.9lbs with the touch screen option). That makes it a Macbook Pro competitor that's lighter than the Macbook Air. It's not cheap - starting at $1599 for the i5 model without touchscreen - but if you're sick of bargain-bin 1366x768 displays, it may be quite literally a sight for sore eyes.

  2. Australia's NBN to roll out gigabit speeds. The NBN rollout has been pathetically, miserably slow; they don't even have a plan to deploy it where I live yet. But at least the speeds where it has been deployed are good. And if it actually rolls out at 1Gbps on schedule, I will move to it rather than waiting for it to come to me. (I work from home most of the time now, so fast and reliable internet access matters more than location.)

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Sunday, April 14


Good News, Side-Scrolling 2D Science Fiction Multiplayer Sandbox Platformer Fans Edition

  • Starbound has opened up pre-orders!  That's usually not that big a deal, but in this case (a) it's a successor to the much-loved Terraria, being put together on a tight budget by a tiny studio, and extra money now could really help make the game better, and (b) they're running with Kickstarter-style stretch goals - when they reach $500,000, for example, they'll add a new alien race.  At the time of writing, they've been going for a little over a day - on a weekend, too - and have reached $370,000, so it's looking good.  Update: $500,000 reached, new race - Novakids - are in, next goal is alien fossils at $750,000.

  • Darkout.  It's on Desura, GamersGate and Steam Greenlight.  It's not pixel-art (the style of Terraria and Starbound), but it's still a little cartoonish; I think the art style works well for a slightly more serious game.  Take a look at the trailer and see what you think.

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Monday, April 08


Kerbal Space Program

Sorry little green dude, I haven't worked out how to attach parachutes yet.  But your epic journey 440km above the surface of planet Kerbin will not be forgotten, even if we never find your scattered remains.

Update: My improved Up Goer 2B reached 680km and is equipped with a parachute.  I just need to remember to open it around 23km of altitude....

Update: Patience and practice and lots of solid-fuel boosters, and I can now make a stable orbit fairly reliably even if my primary stage goes flaky on me.  Right now I have a Munar flyby lined up - my orbit will take me close enough that I'll be pulled to within 500km of the Munar surface, before being slingshotted back into a Kerbin orbit.  From there I should even have enough fuel left to deorbit and land.  Here I go!

Update: A little careful nudging and I'll be coming to within 50km 5km of the Munar surface...  As long as nothing goes wrong.  If something does go wrong, Cmdr. Dudsen Kerman will be the first Kerbal on the Mun.  Or bits of him, anyway.

Update: Success!  Munar flyby and return landing accomplished!  I guess the next step will be to make Munar orbit, then break orbit and return.  I want to refine my vehicle first, though, so its a bit less fally-aparty.

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Sunday, April 07


Free To Good Home

Would anyone like a copy of Civilization V, Torchlight, or Trine on Steam? I just noticed that I acquired free bonus copies somehow.  Also Serious Sam HD, Frozen Synapse, Cthulhu Saves the World, and Breath of Death VII.

Update: Civ V goes to GreyDuck, Trine to Wonderduck.

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Tuesday, April 02


Night And Day And The Doctor

I just found nine separate Doctor Who "minisodes" that I hadn't seen before. There are five that make up a sequence called Night And The Doctor, plus two two-part specials, for Red Nose Day 2011 (with Amys and Rorys) and Children in Need 2012 (with Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax - a prequel to the Christmas Special).

You'll need to hunt around for Night and the Doctor - or just take the easy way and buy the DVD set, which includes it as a bonus - but the charity benefit specials are on the BBC's Youtube channel.  And so:


Which might be a spoiler if you haven't seen the 2012 Christmas special.

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