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Category Archives: Entertainment

Cymon Wants You To Program!

Remember the good old days when you’d spend an hour after school typing in a game on your Sharp MZ-80A or Commodore 64, because you didn’t have any blank tapes left? I do.
If you long for those days, or if you never experienced them, then Cymon’s Games is for you. Filled with tiny games for [...]

Is The XO-2 The Ideal Electronic Book?

Ever since reading Ben Bova’s Cyberbooks, I’ve been waiting for electronic books to take over the world. The Amazon Kindle didn’t much impress impress me, but I just love the design for the new OLPC XO-2. If the design stays the same, then I’m definitely getting one for reading ebooks.
On a related note, what are [...]

Watch Out For Little Brother (In Stores Near You)

Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother is supposed to be a novel for young adults (a code phrase for late teens), but I said to myself: “Myself, you’re an adult, you’re young, you should read this”. I was right.
Little Brother is awesome. It’s 1984 combined with Steal This Book combined with Hackers - upgraded and updated for [...]

Magnatune is not Evil

Hey. I know where you can get some music online. Shhh!
Why am I whispering? It’s all legal. You get to listen to streaming audio online for free. If you hear something you like (or love), you can shell out to download high quality tracks, or even have a CD printed and shipped to you. [...]

Iron Man (Fiction) and the Raytheon Sarcos XOS (Reality)

Tony Stark Hates Cockroaches
You need to see Iron Man. Why? Because it is awesome. Robert Downey Jr. is completely believable as Tony Stark. It’s also a much more believable back story than the Orson Scott Card comic book prequel (Brain Disease Monkeys Bit My Mom So My Body Is My Brain And It Hurts So [...]

Go - An Ancient and Venerable Game

Many people think of chess as the ultimate strategy game. I have to disagree.
I believe that Go is the ultimate strategy game. It has simpler rules, more elegant strategy, and is more than a thousand years older than chess. It is also played by more people worldwide than Western chess.
The rules are simple. Go is [...]