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Antares scrub implies something about NASA culture

Updated October 28th 2014 1857 By now, everyone’s probably heard what happened off NASA’s Wallops Island Virginia facility yesterday evening, but for those who haven’t caught the news yet a quick rundown. NASA was due to launch the latest Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station on board the Antares 130… Continue Reading Antares scrub implies something about NASA culture


Hi everyone,

After repeated “technical difficulties”, I decided to move all my sites from our hosts of 15 years, Verio, to GoDaddy.  At this stage it was becoming impossible to justify staying with Verio after server downtimes, lost domain registrations, lacklustre technical support, and getting the impression that if we weren’t the size of Twitter, they (Verio) weren’t interested.

My hat’s off to GoDaddy so far, they’ve come through with the customer support needed to smooth this migration out as far as their side is concerned.  We’ll have to see what the future will bring.

As you can see from the site, there’s a huge chunk of posts and images from 2012 to 2014 missing. Unfortunately, that data was lost in the downtimes.  I’m trying to recreate it as best I can, but some of it is likely gone for good.

Thankfully, I still have all the artwork and story snippets from that period archived locally, so in the coming weeks I’ll be restoring much of what I can.

Until then however, almost all images from before today are unlinked until I finish uploading what I can to this new server.

So I’ve taken this opportunity to gut and redesign my site, which hopefully you’ll all enjoy!  My apologies for the unavoidable pause in our regularly scheduled insanity 🙂


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The Newest Car Wars™ covert weapons emplacement

I love Car Wars™.  As far as I’m concerned, forget all the adventure books, Car Wars was the pinnacle of Steve Jackson Games‘ portfolio.  Uncle Albert was my hero, and I would have gone bankrupt outfitting at his stores. So it’s particularly heart-warming to discover that someone, somewhere, at the… Continue Reading The Newest Car Wars™ covert weapons emplacement


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XP SP3 Released To Manufacturing

Microsoft has announced the release to manufacturing of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). According to their press release: We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the web (i.e. you!) on April 29th, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. Online documentation for Windows… Continue Reading XP SP3 Released To Manufacturing


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When Good(?) PR Goes Bad

Either something is in the tap-water-from-a-spring PR drones in the UK are drinking, or an intrinsically abject failure of intelligence is coming to the fore, but they seem to be losing their “magic” touch of late. “We were adware, not spyware, honest” Phorm was caught with its hand in the… Continue Reading When Good(?) PR Goes Bad


Bad Phorm

In recent months, there has been growing discussion online regarding the proposed deal between major ISPs in the UK, such as BT, Virgin Media, and Carphone Warehouse, and a company called Phorm. The basic premise goes something like this ((Source: The Register – How Phorm plans to tap your internet… Continue Reading Bad Phorm


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Best Job In Town

I love space. No, really, I do. That’s one of the reasons I write science fiction. Between “Inner Space”, the world’s oceans, and outer space, what lies outside our atmospheric cocoon, it’s hard to tell which one is the most “alien”, and the most fascinating for me. But space …… Continue Reading Best Job In Town