The Geek Spot
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
  Watch this space
I'll be posting some new things soon, I have just been overwhelmed with life. Subscribe to my RSS feed. I am in the midst of writing some new stories, and i'll be posting those as soon as I am able.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
  New and cool stuff
Thanks for the book suggestions, so as soon as I get to the library I'll be getting some books to read.

I also just got the July 2006 issue of Asimov's and it is very good, so check it out.

Also, I was surfing woot and I found, among other things, this really cool site. The current madness is the ole mentos and diet coke experiment. Very cool. Go and check it out.

But, what is WOOT? you ask. A kinda cool site where they sell one techo-gadget per day. They begin the sale at midnight, CST and run it for 24 hours. Just one thing. So, for example, they will buy 4000 wireless mice and just sell them for a 24 hour period, or until all the mice are sold out. Sometimes they have cool stuff, and sometimes it is garbage. I should say that I have yet to buy anything, as m natural frugality has taken over.

They also have the much coveted BOC, or bag of crap. Last time, it sold out in three minutes. Just go there and check it out.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
  Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd
This is a great podcast. Check them out

They have some really great voice talent and sound effects. The episodes are short (which I like), and funny, HILARIOUS!

Also, check out Podiobooks, I added my own subscriptions to the side bar, so check those out as well. When I get a minute, I'll update my podcsts on the side bar to include Dr. Floyd and a few other podcasts I found.

Keep sending me those book recommendations. Remember, my address is pavlina point two at gmail dot com.
Friday, April 21, 2006
  In a galaxy far, far away
I still haven't seen Episode III yet. I don't know what I am waiting for. Maybe it will get better with age? I'm thinking I'll just read the novelization, and call it done until the big, six movie DVD set comes out.

In events closer to home, I will NOT be at BaltiCon this year. I repeat, I WILL NOT be at BaltiCon this year. Only half of the reason is because family will be in town. The really reason is that I don't want to bring my will-be-six month old daughter with me, and I don't want to leave her at home either. There is always next year.

I never did get Windows 98. To tell the truth, I have just been playing AOEII so much, I can't see playing XCOM, no matter how good it was. I was lying in bed this morning thinking of it, and I remember the graphics aren't all that, but it is a really fun strategy game, so is AOEII. The only thing is, I really suck at the battles, I just win by "superior" numbers. Oh well.

I tried a demo of AOEIII. I hated it. I found the interface clumsy and annoying. I found the villagers idiots. I only played it for about ten minutes though. I am thinking of just getting Warcraft anyway, though. As soon as I master the battles of AOEII.

I'm also working on my summer reading list. I finally finished Judas Unchained, and I was only slightly disappointed in the outcome. I was thinking of reading Green Mars and Blue Mars. Maybe another Ringworld book, Ringworld engineers. Some Neil Gaiman, since I haven't read any of his stuff yet. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
  I got your pathetic right here
I'm actually thinking of re-loading Widows 98 on my old, dead laptop. This is the same laptop that I screwed up my Windows 2K install on (don't ask) then couldn't repair because I forgot my admin password (no comments on that either), then couldn't just re-install because I don't have a bootable CD, and there you have it. I tried putting MEPIS on it, but it was too slow.

I am willing to admit defeat on it, really. My thought was, though, I have all these cool old games. Well, two anyway. XCOM:UFO Defense and XCOM:Apocalypse. Love them, and they run perfect under Windows 98. Not so much under Windows 2K and def. not under Windows XP. So my thinking was, I would just make this old laptop my XCOM gaming system, since it is nothing but a very large, very old paperweight. Cool eh? The only fly in the ointment is that I don't have a copy of win 98. It is selling on ebay from 30-80 USD right now. Yeah, right. I am just too cheap to pay that. I also saw some bootable win 2k cDs, but XCOM doesn't run on win 2k, so.

What I need is a cheap or free copy, full version, of win 98. Right.

I also got Age of Empires II Gold version, and I have been playing that when I get a free minute. I was going to get WoW, but defaulted to AOEII instead.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
  BaltiCon 40
To go or not to go, that is the question.

In a perfect world, there would be no dilemma. I would go. I have other things to worry about, mainly family time and house and garden time. I have a three day weekend that weekend, so it would be incredibly selfish of me to spend it up in North Baltimore by myself at the con. On the other hand I really, really, really want to go.

What to do, what to do.

Oh yeah, here's the link.
Monday, March 13, 2006
  More books
I finished Red Mars. I also just bought Judas Unchained.

Red Mars was good, good enough that I will try and read Green Mars. I was a bit distracted during the reading, and I think a lot of the finer plot points were lost on me. I would get to a certain part of the book, and I wouldn't have "seen it coming". I have yet to determine if the blame is truly my own, or a shortcoming of the author's. It was a good book, however. It was a very plot driven story, with interesting characters (who all seemed to end up dead, no matter).

I just bought Judas Unchained, by Peter Hamilton.

Note to authors. Please, please please. Include a synopsis at the beginning of your sequel novel. J.R. Tolkien did this in his Lord of the Rings saga, it made reading it much nicer. You didn't have to depend on your own crappy memory to remember what happened. I tend to have a life (not much, but one nonetheless), and it is very hard for me to remember the finer plot plots when it can be up to a year between books for me. I am having a hard time starting Judas Unchained because I can't remember what exactly all the characters were doing at the end of Pandora's Star. Judas Unchained starts up right st the end, as far as I can tell, and it is rough going.

Podcasting for slackers?

I am very behind on my podcast listening. I still have 'casts from January that I have to listen to. Yikes.
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