Author Archive

  • The A.I. Scare

    The scare over A.I. isn’t the idea of our “smart” toasters coming alive and having the desire to burn our toast out of pure revenge for being enslaved. There won’t be giant Megatron monsters crushing our buildings, and there probably won’t be droves of human-like robots marching us all off to enslavement camps. The real […]

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  • Nomad’s Sky

    To me, No Man’s Sky started out as a very limited combination of Mass Effect – with only a tiny fraction of the story, Minecraft – resource gathering minus the building, and The Long Dark – but much easier to survive. Within my first few hours of playing, I longed for just a touch more of any […]

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  • Explorers and Innovators

    There are explorers and there are innovators. There are people who investigate the world and there are those who push the limits and create. What I do is explore. I’m not pretending to do anything new. I’m not trying to create the next big thing. I simply want to search and examine and appreciate what […]

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  • The Great American Eclipse

    When I was a kid, Star Trek was my window to Space; my imagination was bounded only by the distance the warp drive could take me. Later, my love of space swelled along with the Space Shuttle Program in the Eighties and Nineties. My palate grew even more when I discovered the Apollo missions and […]

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  • Puppet Monster

    Ah, to be a kid again… It’s mid-July in the heart of summer vacation. The air is thick and heavy, heated to uncomfortable levels. The kids are left to fend for themselves and try to find modes of entertainment which they’d prefer doesn’t involve going outside in the heat. So they’re stuck inside with seemingly […]

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  • Fallout 4 Was Made for Me

    -I remember standing up in front of my classroom twenty five years ago and giving a presentation about a book I had recently read. I was in sixth grade and the book was about a nuclear holocaust. That’s right, eleven year old me was infatuated with – what I now realize was – global events […]

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  • Junkbot Alpha

    After playing a lot of video games and watching a lot of TV shows and movies about robots and A.I., I was inspired to make my own robot. But I wanted to give it a little style, so I decided to use modern technology for the guts but use authentic vintage components for the outside […]

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  • Puzzle Box

    For the 2016 holidays, my family decided to put a spin on the classic white elephant gift exchange by adding a ‘bidding’ element where folks would bid a dollar amount on each gift in hopes of winning it. The gift itself would go to the highest bidder but all the proceeds would be combined at […]

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  • Turtle Feeder

    During the summertime I took daily walks around a pond at work. Technically, it’s a glorified drainage ditch built because of the giant parking lot nearby – but hey, I’ll take what I can get! In my experience, whenever a body of water is created, Nature doesn’t care who or what put it there, she […]

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  • Unintentional Hiatus

    My last post was May 9th, seven months ago. It wasn’t on purpose, but it seems I ended up taking a long break. I guess I needed it… Looking back over those seven months, I realize now that we’ve been very busy; we’ve been busy taking care of the kids, soccer, school, birthdays, family get-togethers, […]

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