“The Gamesters of Triskelion” is an old “Star Trek” episode that features three brains that chatter quite a bit considering they don’t have bodies.
I enjoy reading technical journals and blogs online, and sometimes the comment section is quite entertaining or even informative. Since the comments sometimes seem to come from thin air — e.g. no body — and can be argumentative in nature, there are times when I can’t help thinking that “The Gamesters of Triskelion” are adding to the comments.
Okay, if you’re wondering what makes a game designer’s mind whirl, here’s one example. I saw this article at theatlantic.com on “Why is Pennsylvania So Haunted?“, and I couldn’t help thinking that somewhere in this visual is a game. Granted, many of these kinds of ideas are fleeting and don’t amount to anything, but these are the creative inspirations that sometimes lead to a new game design.
According to a non-scientific, but fun, quiz on BBC America’s website, I’m more like Roger Moore’s version of James Bond than any other actor’s. So I decided to include this video of Roger Moore as James Bond in my blog today.
Having worked in the Silicon Valley twice in my life, I do think it’s different there. It’s a special place that most engineers might enjoy trying at least once. For high tech types, think of it as a kind of Disneyworld for computer scientists. The perks may have changed since I lived in the Silicon Valley, but not so much the attempts to keep you working long hours and the high pay that seems less so after you pay the rent or mortgage. Computerworld recently published this slideshow on “10 Silicon Valley tech job trends.”
I always enjoy reading about, and sometimes trying, math or programming contests. Kaggle specializes in big data contests where researchers and enthusiasts develop algorithms to improve predictions. Kaggle even had a contest to Predict the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament winners.
I had my best e-book sales year ever in 2013. I would like to start 2014 by thanking everyone who tried out my science fiction e-books. THANK YOU!
I am offering my science fiction short story “Face Facts” for free for one week on Smashwords.com. The coupon code, usable at Smashwords.com, is HR79L. The coupon expires January 23, 2014.
Many people who enjoy genealogy research have reached a brick wall when attempting to learn about ancestors who changed the spelling of their last name at some point in time. The “Ask Ancestry Anne” blog has a nice list of suggestions for what you can do to try and break through this wall.
I recently visited the Kennedy Space Center an saw the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. It was fantastic to see!
Recently an Orbital Sciences cargo ship, launched from Virginia’s NASA Wallops Flight Facility, arrived at the space station. I look forward to visiting the Wallops Visitor Center sometime.
This creative use of EEG technology by Lisa Park inspires science fiction story ideas.
Computerworld started off the new year with a nice list of “10 great MOOCs for techies“. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course.
This University of Fukui [Japan] research called “Tethered Flying Robot for Information Gathering System” refers to a kite flying robot. This is the kind of stuff that makes science fiction — or in this case real science — fun. Below is a video of another robot controlled kite, not to be confused with the Japanese research one or the name of the music group (“Kite Flying Robot”).
“Intellivision Rocks” for Windows PC — including my games “Microsurgeon” and “Truckin'” and several other Imagic Intellivision games — has been discontinued, but Intellivision Productions reports that a box of CDs has been discovered with 150 left. Visit Intellivision Productions’ store if you are interested in this product. Note that the website says that it does not run on Windows Vista.
Automobile insurance companies have offered discounts to customers who allow them to collect data on speed and braking. Until now, the thinking has been that customers are protected from anyone knowing where they’ve been, since speed data alone does not indicate direction. Now, MIT Technology Review blog reports that researchers at Rutgers University have developed an algorithm — elastic pathing — which can determine where the car has gone based on a number of speed data collections over a period of days or weeks.
An idea for a game design or a good science fiction story?
Govtech.com asks “6 Questions States Need to Ask About Self-Driving Cars“. Any of these issues would probably make for an interesting science fiction story. Below, CNet discusses self-driving cars.
CNet’s “The 15 Best Video Games of 2013“. Below IGN presents their picks for the 10 best video games of 2013.
I enjoyed this CIO Magazine slideshow of “25 (Mostly) Tech Company Logos with Hidden Meanings“. I find that like good art, interesting visuals with hidden meanings often inspire ideas for creative writing and game designs. At the least, they usually make one think.