Years ago I spent a lot of time with friends playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons™. You know, the game where you rolled dice and looked up a table in a hardback book to find out what happened. After a hard day’s adventuring, slaying orcs, trolls, goblins and so forth the characters would retire for a … More Drinking in the REAL Green Dragon inn, and how it led to the Gods in Twilight
For your amusement, here’s a post I wrote in 2012 (enter TARDIS sound…) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I don’t know why the seventh planet out from the Sun is the butt of so many jokes. Well, I do. and it’s lame, lame, lame. So today I’m going to get to the bottom of it, as it were. More … More Why the name of the seventh planet is funny – redux
I’ve decided the other day that computer operating system names and numbers have lost something since the early eighties. Back then, Microsoft were producing a thing called ‘DOS’, which stood for ‘Disk Operating System’ and was sensibly issued in successive versions – 1, 2, 3 and so on. I think the last one I saw … More I prefer operating systems that aren’t named after beaches. Or ice cream.
The other week the streets around Wellington began filling up with people wandering about staring at their phones. It turned out they were playing PokemonGo, which hadn’t existed the week before but by about Wednesday was being played by at least 29.6 billion people worldwide (I know what I said). I haven’t leaped on the band-wagon … More What I’ve learned about human imagination from PokemonGo
Places I haven’t found Pokemon 1. The middle of the road. 2. Behind locked gates 3. The toilet. 4. Anywhere at all because I have to get the app first. Places where people have found Pokemon 1. The middle of the road. 2. Wind turbines. 3. Under a fountain in the middle of the harbour. … More The ultimate Pokémon Go list of facts
As a teenager I remember being wowed by Larry Niven’s ‘known space’ stories, including his Ringworld novels. Looking back, though, I’m not so sure about his aliens. He had two main ones – the Puppeteers and the Kzin. At the time they were pretty cool. Up until the mid-1960s, most (good) aliens basically looked human, … More I figure that Larry Niven’s aliens weren’t alien enough
Anybody who’s watched Blackadder Goes Forth (‘Private Plane’) knows that German operas last three days and that they have no word for ‘fluffy’. The thing is, it’s not quite true. I must admit that an ordinary sentence such as ‘It’s a lovely day, don’t you think?’ does sound more like a barked order than anything … More What is the German word for ‘fluffy’?