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2016-01-17 01:31:43 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Woot! I'll try to put together a video review/overview tomorrow hopefully.

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2015-07-21 14:06:15 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-17 01:31:43 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Woot! I'll try to put together a video review/overview tomorrow hopefully.

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2016-01-25 19:09:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-21 19:36:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

IT'S SO FLUFFY I'M GONNA DIE. ‪#‎analytics‬ ‪#‎tagmanager‬

IT'S SO FLUFFY I'M GONNA DIE. ‪#‎analytics‬ ‪#‎tagmanager‬___

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2016-01-18 02:08:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-18 02:07:44 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-17 01:41:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Get the latest issue of CypherCaster Magazine right here!

Get the latest issue of CypherCaster Magazine right here!___

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2016-01-17 01:31:43 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Woot! I'll try to put together a video review/overview tomorrow hopefully.

Woot! I'll try to put together a video review/overview tomorrow hopefully.___

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2015-11-13 15:21:57 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

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2015-11-02 15:19:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

When I first started doing web development for a "living," I used a static site generator called Coronto (based on NewsPro, a Perl CGI system that actually still exists). Wordpress was still "newish" (I think I started using it around V1.4). I'm pretty indifferent overall to the idea, because I'm all about picking the right tool for the right job, so it's silly to assume something like Wordpress or Drupal is right for everything all the time.

But it is interesting to see static being pushed as "the next big thing" (though in fairness, I read that much more as title clickbait than qualitative evaluation). I know Jekyll is getting a lot of traction these days, and it creates some pretty interesting options for site design that are very different from "the norm."

What do you think? Are we going to see a substantial uptick in static... more »

When I first started doing web development for a "living," I used a static site generator called Coronto (based on NewsPro, a Perl CGI system that actually still exists). Wordpress was still "newish" (I think I started using it around V1.4). I'm pretty indifferent overall to the idea, because I'm all about picking the right tool for the right job, so it's silly to assume something like Wordpress or Drupal is right for everything all the time.

But it is interesting to see static being pushed as "the next big thing" (though in fairness, I read that much more as title clickbait than qualitative evaluation). I know Jekyll is getting a lot of traction these days, and it creates some pretty interesting options for site design that are very different from "the norm."

What do you think? Are we going to see a substantial uptick in static generators? What selection criteria do you think make the biggest difference in choosing static vs. dynamic systems?___

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2015-10-29 18:52:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

It's not too late to buy a copy of Walking at 25% off before Halloween!

It's not too late to buy a copy of Walking at 25% off before Halloween!___

2015-10-23 03:17:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

So, I don't necessarily see myself voting for Clinton. I'm not even sure if she were elected, if she'd be a good leader. I don't care if she's a woman, I don't care if she's a Clinton, I don't care what party she's in - she simply hasn't convinced me yet that she should be president. But I saw something today that gave me some respect for her.

My wife had something from the Benghazi congressional hearing on CSPAN or some such place, and Clinton was there answering "questions" from the congressional committee. And let me just say this, her poise and calmness was something I have to admit I probably wouldn't have had.

As a congressional committee, the amount of unprofessionalism, contempt, aggression, disrespect, and flat out argumentative nature they displayed in the roughly two minutes of the hearing I saw towards her was shocking... more »

So, I don't necessarily see myself voting for Clinton. I'm not even sure if she were elected, if she'd be a good leader. I don't care if she's a woman, I don't care if she's a Clinton, I don't care what party she's in - she simply hasn't convinced me yet that she should be president. But I saw something today that gave me some respect for her.

My wife had something from the Benghazi congressional hearing on CSPAN or some such place, and Clinton was there answering "questions" from the congressional committee. And let me just say this, her poise and calmness was something I have to admit I probably wouldn't have had.

As a congressional committee, the amount of unprofessionalism, contempt, aggression, disrespect, and flat out argumentative nature they displayed in the roughly two minutes of the hearing I saw towards her was shocking to me, and I'm pretty hard to shock in the political arena. These men were not congressmen trying to get to the truth of an issue, they were bullies with taller chairs and microphones who just wanted to show how much their truth differed from hers, and that clearly their words were more important. It wasn't a hearing, it was a freak show.

Two minutes into the kind of "questioning" they were doing, and I would have stood up, flipped them off, and walked out. I would have told every camera and microphone along the way that if that's what leadership in DC looks like, then both Congress and the voters that put them there should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. It was insulting to me, as a viewer, to see these "leaders" exhibiting such a lack of candor and professionalism. I don't care if they were Democrats or Republicans. I don't care if it was Clinton they were "questioning," or Bush. That behavior is inexcusable at that level of our society, and when that's all the standard is that has to be upheld to get elected to congress, it's no god damned wonder things are so shitty in our country and our leadership's ethics. And it sets the worst possible example for those that feign interest in leading.___

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2015-10-21 18:46:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-10-12 15:34:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Hey folks! Love Cypher System? Course you do! Wanna check out some awesome fan content? Course you do! Wanna see my first published adventure that I am really hoping doesn't suck? Course you do!

Check out CypherCaster Magazine issue #3. It's got the last part of the Holsetnwal series for The Strange by +Scott Robinson some great fiction by +Michael Fienen a discussion on GM Intrusions by +Andrew Marlowe some new descriptors by me, that Numenera adventure I mentioned above, and even more!

Hey folks! Love Cypher System? Course you do! Wanna check out some awesome fan content? Course you do! Wanna see my first published adventure that I am really hoping doesn't suck? Course you do!

Check out CypherCaster Magazine issue #3. It's got the last part of the Holsetnwal series for The Strange by +Scott Robinson some great fiction by +Michael Fienen a discussion on GM Intrusions by +Andrew Marlowe some new descriptors by me, that Numenera adventure I mentioned above, and even more!___

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2015-10-07 18:20:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Twitter Moments make me go back to this article I wrote two years ago about why they should have bought Circa when they had the chance. Now that I've seen Twitter Moments in practice, and Circa has died, I think I should revisit this topic soon. In two years, my opinion hasn't changed, really. In fact, Moments is EXACTLY the sort of crappy solution I would have expected Twitter to make on their own that could have been miles better with a Circa-based engine.

Twitter Moments make me go back to this article I wrote two years ago about why they should have bought Circa when they had the chance. Now that I've seen Twitter Moments in practice, and Circa has died, I think I should revisit this topic soon. In two years, my opinion hasn't changed, really. In fact, Moments is EXACTLY the sort of crappy solution I would have expected Twitter to make on their own that could have been miles better with a Circa-based engine.___

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2015-10-07 17:35:50 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-16 17:22:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-10 14:23:52 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-28 16:18:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Fun exercise in creative casting.

Fun exercise in creative casting.___

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2015-08-24 21:46:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

ICYMI: Art Walk photos are now up and available, including the Wax street fashion show and balloon launch. All photos are available under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license. Contact me for high res versions if you want anything for print, or if you're a business that'd like to use anything.

ICYMI: Art Walk photos are now up and available, including the Wax street fashion show and balloon launch. All photos are available under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license. Contact me for high res versions if you want anything for print, or if you're a business that'd like to use anything.___

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2015-08-13 19:31:45 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-06 20:26:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-05 18:31:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-21 14:06:15 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-16 13:00:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-05 01:09:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Celebrating the 4th of July with a Red, White, and Blue Screen of Death.

Celebrating the 4th of July with a Red, White, and Blue Screen of Death.___

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2015-06-14 23:07:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Landed a beautiful old 40s Sheaffer Triumph Vac-Fill desk pen for restoration today. Polished up fantastic, but going to have to pull the guts out to restore the plunger still to be usable. Debating whether or not this goes into the collection, or back up for sale when it's done.

Landed a beautiful old 40s Sheaffer Triumph Vac-Fill desk pen for restoration today. Polished up fantastic, but going to have to pull the guts out to restore the plunger still to be usable. Debating whether or not this goes into the collection, or back up for sale when it's done.___

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2015-06-12 03:21:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

First full day using my Pebble Time. It's sorta awesome. I've immediately enjoyed how much better I am with things like email notifications as a result, and being able to dictate replies to messages is great. The phone can do that too, of course, but this is just really convenient.

I need to learn a lot more about it to get it how I want, I think. Working on trying combos of IFTTT and Pushover to get "better" notifications. I'm hoping that the native Pebble Android app gets a bit better, but part of that is limited specifically by Android's SDK (especially if you aren't rooted). I did manage to get it to work as a 2-factor authentication key generator, which is a lot more convenient than my phone, too.

As geeky as it is, even the LCARS watchface is really nice, getting a lot of info in a small space.

What's really impressive is how... more »

First full day using my Pebble Time. It's sorta awesome. I've immediately enjoyed how much better I am with things like email notifications as a result, and being able to dictate replies to messages is great. The phone can do that too, of course, but this is just really convenient.

I need to learn a lot more about it to get it how I want, I think. Working on trying combos of IFTTT and Pushover to get "better" notifications. I'm hoping that the native Pebble Android app gets a bit better, but part of that is limited specifically by Android's SDK (especially if you aren't rooted). I did manage to get it to work as a 2-factor authentication key generator, which is a lot more convenient than my phone, too.

As geeky as it is, even the LCARS watchface is really nice, getting a lot of info in a small space.

What's really impressive is how responsive the eInk screen is. Like, way better than I expected with animations and such. And the size is normal watch sized.

All in all, very positive initial impressions. I wish app developers would do a better job with descriptions, but that's not Pebble's fault necessarily (they could enforce better content standards, but that's time and money, of course).___

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2015-06-10 00:56:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Excuse the overly dark/compressed photos. Flickr's being a jerk lately about how they process smaller versions of the photos you upload.
Shots from our last PSSEK outing over at the Frontenac Wilderness Park.

BTW, if you go out there, take bug spray. And maybe a 9mm. The mosquitoes are crazy mean.

Excuse the overly dark/compressed photos. Flickr's being a jerk lately about how they process smaller versions of the photos you upload.
Shots from our last PSSEK outing over at the Frontenac Wilderness Park.

BTW, if you go out there, take bug spray. And maybe a 9mm. The mosquitoes are crazy mean.___

2015-06-01 13:55:01 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Woke up this morning to my computer telling me that I should reserve my free upgrade to Windows 10. Which is all well and good. Except I'm just not sure how much I trust Microsoft not to screw it up. Windows 7 has worked pretty damn well for me for a long time. If it ain't broke, don't fix it? I know some of you have at least tried out the 10 beta, what do you think so far?

Woke up this morning to my computer telling me that I should reserve my free upgrade to Windows 10. Which is all well and good. Except I'm just not sure how much I trust Microsoft not to screw it up. Windows 7 has worked pretty damn well for me for a long time. If it ain't broke, don't fix it? I know some of you have at least tried out the 10 beta, what do you think so far?___

2015-05-31 22:35:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Protip: You can go out and pay ~$4/month for crappy shared web hosting, or spend $5/month and get a full blown VPS from Digital Ocean and be able to do whatever you want with it. Plus, if you're a webdev, it'll give you a chance to learn some basic server management stuff too, which is a super valuable skill to have anyway if you aren't used to it.

Protip: You can go out and pay ~$4/month for crappy shared web hosting, or spend $5/month and get a full blown VPS from Digital Ocean and be able to do whatever you want with it. Plus, if you're a webdev, it'll give you a chance to learn some basic server management stuff too, which is a super valuable skill to have anyway if you aren't used to it.___

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2015-05-26 19:04:06 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

+David Wilson Brown and I are happy to announce the re-relaunch of Ninth World Hub. NWH will henceforth be know as the CypherCast Hub (or more simply, just The Hub). This has been in an effort to create a discussion community better suited to not just Numenera, but also The Strange, NTYE, and more general Cypher System discussions. Oh, and it should go without saying, we wanted to deal with a lot of the problems that existed in the NWH infrastructure such as spam.

Now, the important bits. If you go to the old site, you'll be redirected specifically to the Numenera subforum of The Hub. HOWEVER, all of NWH has been statically snapshotted at http://old.ninthworldhub.com/, just in case. However, we tried to make sure all the old NWH threads, blogs, and users made it to the new site. We were pretty successful in that, and at worst you might need to do a password reset.

We have done... more »

+David Wilson Brown and I are happy to announce the re-relaunch of Ninth World Hub. NWH will henceforth be know as the CypherCast Hub (or more simply, just The Hub). This has been in an effort to create a discussion community better suited to not just Numenera, but also The Strange, NTYE, and more general Cypher System discussions. Oh, and it should go without saying, we wanted to deal with a lot of the problems that existed in the NWH infrastructure such as spam.

Now, the important bits. If you go to the old site, you'll be redirected specifically to the Numenera subforum of The Hub. HOWEVER, all of NWH has been statically snapshotted at http://old.ninthworldhub.com/, just in case. However, we tried to make sure all the old NWH threads, blogs, and users made it to the new site. We were pretty successful in that, and at worst you might need to do a password reset.

We have done away with "Groups," preferring instead to encourage people to use G+ or Facebook for more of the social networking aspect of gaming, allowing The Hub to focus its energy on conversations. This was a tough choice, but I think the best one in this case. We learned a lot from when we moved off Ning, and tried to apply those lessons here. It's easy to try to be too many things at once, and given our resources (most importantly, time), this allows us to do less better.

Finally, I'll be in the live chatroom all afternoon for anyone that has any questions, trouble, or just wants to chat. This feature hasn't changed at all, and is still located in the bar at the bottom of the page (you must be logged in). The Vestibule is the main channel, plus there are rooms for individual games, and you can make your own. 

Please stop by, get involved, and give us feedback. We're really excited to finally be able to open the gates to everyone, and think you'll be happy with the result.___

2015-05-26 01:57:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

So, I was just thinking about something. Remember in Back to the Future III when Marty went back to 1885 and tore his fuel line? He and Dr. Brown then experimented with other fuel options to replace the gasoline. In the process, they tried whiskey and blew up the intake manifold (or something along those lines). Dr. Brown proceeds to explain that it will take him a month to rebuild it, which is an obvious problem, because, you know, pending death and all.

BUT.

Dr. Brown arrived in 1885 via the DeLorean which he then hid in the cave so that Marty could find it in 1955, which he did, and subsequently used to go back to 1885. SO, there was a SECOND DeLorean available in 1885 Hill Valley that they could have scavenged the parts off of (and possibly even fuel, though one could speculate Dr. Brown drained all the fluids and either disposed of them or used them for something else). It’se... more »

So, I was just thinking about something. Remember in Back to the Future III when Marty went back to 1885 and tore his fuel line? He and Dr. Brown then experimented with other fuel options to replace the gasoline. In the process, they tried whiskey and blew up the intake manifold (or something along those lines). Dr. Brown proceeds to explain that it will take him a month to rebuild it, which is an obvious problem, because, you know, pending death and all.

BUT.

Dr. Brown arrived in 1885 via the DeLorean which he then hid in the cave so that Marty could find it in 1955, which he did, and subsequently used to go back to 1885. SO, there was a SECOND DeLorean available in 1885 Hill Valley that they could have scavenged the parts off of (and possibly even fuel, though one could speculate Dr. Brown drained all the fluids and either disposed of them or used them for something else). It’s even reasonable to assume all of that could have been done without destroying the timeline that would allow Marty to travel back in the first place to save Dr. Brown.

Ain’t time travel a bitch?___

2015-05-25 23:45:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Spent a good chunk of the day finalizing data migration stuff for the CypherCast Hub, which will be the "new" version of the Ninth World Hub that caters to #Numenera, but also other CypherSystem games as well. Should be launching very, very soon.

Spent a good chunk of the day finalizing data migration stuff for the CypherCast Hub, which will be the "new" version of the Ninth World Hub that caters to #Numenera, but also other CypherSystem games as well. Should be launching very, very soon.___

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2015-05-19 13:46:39 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

In case you missed it:


In case you missed it:
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2015-05-18 22:27:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-18 20:10:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Saying that you shouldn't include content on a desktop website if it's not important enough to have a place on a mobile-sized site is like saying you shouldn't put a bathtub in a large bathroom because you can't fit it in a small one. It's fine, as long as you aren't hanging the bathtub upside-down from the ceiling or some silly nonsense like that. #rwd   #responsivewebdesign  

Saying that you shouldn't include content on a desktop website if it's not important enough to have a place on a mobile-sized site is like saying you shouldn't put a bathtub in a large bathroom because you can't fit it in a small one. It's fine, as long as you aren't hanging the bathtub upside-down from the ceiling or some silly nonsense like that. #rwd   #responsivewebdesign  ___

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2015-04-07 19:50:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

My work here is done.

My work here is done.___

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2015-03-26 18:03:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I just pushed out the latest release for Wordpress Content Framework v2.4. Updates include incrementing the file for Wordpress 4.1.1, adding a page for WP generated CSS classes (like wp-caption, alignright, etc) for layout/CSS testing, and smaller changes like spreading out post dates and adding in more filler comments.

I just pushed out the latest release for Wordpress Content Framework v2.4. Updates include incrementing the file for Wordpress 4.1.1, adding a page for WP generated CSS classes (like wp-caption, alignright, etc) for layout/CSS testing, and smaller changes like spreading out post dates and adding in more filler comments.___

2015-03-20 19:44:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

So, I have a question that cannot possibly be unique. Google has a "handy" feature whereby photos taken on devices get backed up to your "account." This all seems great.

But...

I have my Google+ account. I have Drive. I have two Android devices. And I have a bunch of photos now in a place (Google+ Photos? Picasa?) in an utter mishmash of collectivity. Deleting them in one place doesn't necessarily delete them elsewhere. Apparently it scans Drive and duplicates stuff I'm using like photos for slide decks and things like that which I have zero need for the duplication of.

Basically, I feel like managing all this is a huge pain in the ass, and I have tons of crap and/or useless photos backed up that also seem to pop up in places even after I think they're gone. What solutions do people have for this? Surely there's something?

So, I have a question that cannot possibly be unique. Google has a "handy" feature whereby photos taken on devices get backed up to your "account." This all seems great.

But...

I have my Google+ account. I have Drive. I have two Android devices. And I have a bunch of photos now in a place (Google+ Photos? Picasa?) in an utter mishmash of collectivity. Deleting them in one place doesn't necessarily delete them elsewhere. Apparently it scans Drive and duplicates stuff I'm using like photos for slide decks and things like that which I have zero need for the duplication of.

Basically, I feel like managing all this is a huge pain in the ass, and I have tons of crap and/or useless photos backed up that also seem to pop up in places even after I think they're gone. What solutions do people have for this? Surely there's something?___

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2015-03-20 05:26:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

"Episode thirteen starts with a pop as Michael Fienen, Senior Developer at Aquent and CTO for nuCloud, cracks into a new bottle. In this episode, we talk a lot of tech, but we talk higher ed, too. Michael used to be the one-man web team, bringing us down a long winding road of figuring out how to prioritize tasks alongside putting out fires. We also talk about the importance of face-to-face interaction, especially across departments, and how being a “translator,” or at least having one in your office, is key to collaboration. We also do a lot of tech talk, discussing UX and UI, website design fads, and skeuomorphism, a new phrase you can use to make you sound smart."

"Episode thirteen starts with a pop as Michael Fienen, Senior Developer at Aquent and CTO for nuCloud, cracks into a new bottle. In this episode, we talk a lot of tech, but we talk higher ed, too. Michael used to be the one-man web team, bringing us down a long winding road of figuring out how to prioritize tasks alongside putting out fires. We also talk about the importance of face-to-face interaction, especially across departments, and how being a “translator,” or at least having one in your office, is key to collaboration. We also do a lot of tech talk, discussing UX and UI, website design fads, and skeuomorphism, a new phrase you can use to make you sound smart."___

2015-03-18 14:12:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

For your listening pleasure, me drinking scotch and talking about web development and higher ed for an hour with the http://highered.social crew. Also, apparently I'm lucky episode 13.

http://highered.social/michael-fienen-the-moderately-priced-scotch/

For your listening pleasure, me drinking scotch and talking about web development and higher ed for an hour with the http://highered.social crew. Also, apparently I'm lucky episode 13.

http://highered.social/michael-fienen-the-moderately-priced-scotch/___

2015-03-17 18:26:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Be sure to catch tomorrow's http://highered.social podcast where I'll be joining +Lougan Bishop and +Jackie Vetrano to talk about things ranging from how to handle work prioritization in a one-man web shop, to dealing with coordinating web communication between different offices on campus along with much, much more. A good time will be had by all.

Be sure to catch tomorrow's http://highered.social podcast where I'll be joining +Lougan Bishop and +Jackie Vetrano to talk about things ranging from how to handle work prioritization in a one-man web shop, to dealing with coordinating web communication between different offices on campus along with much, much more. A good time will be had by all.___

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2015-03-06 00:29:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Finally to the time to set up a proper page for promoting my zombie one-act play, Walking. So if you like theatre, or you like zombies, or you like me, then go like that page and help me spread the word. You can also read a preview and order copies from there.

Finally to the time to set up a proper page for promoting my zombie one-act play, Walking. So if you like theatre, or you like zombies, or you like me, then go like that page and help me spread the word. You can also read a preview and order copies from there.___

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2015-03-03 17:38:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Last night I went off on a rant about web development in higher ed. This was the result. I Storified the tweets along with some of the responses for your reading pleasure.

Last night I went off on a rant about web development in higher ed. This was the result. I Storified the tweets along with some of the responses for your reading pleasure.___

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2015-03-02 20:49:01 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

"March is the one year anniversary of the “new” social network Ello. Ello was (is?) striving to be a social network free of advertising, that gives users more freedom and simplicity in sharing than existing options. Their goal seemed noble enough, and four months ago I signed up to give it a look. They had a motto and plan that there was an apparent demand for. People came. After the time passed, I thought it was worth taking some time to share my reactions and thoughts on the platform."

"March is the one year anniversary of the “new” social network Ello. Ello was (is?) striving to be a social network free of advertising, that gives users more freedom and simplicity in sharing than existing options. Their goal seemed noble enough, and four months ago I signed up to give it a look. They had a motto and plan that there was an apparent demand for. People came. After the time passed, I thought it was worth taking some time to share my reactions and thoughts on the platform."___

2015-02-08 23:55:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

So, Tiny Epic Defenders came in (another Kickstarter project, and the second in the line of soon to be three games), and we played a round today. First off, the instructions are terrible. They aren't the worst that I've ever read, but they definitely don't do a good job explaining several mechanisms (including one particularly game breaking card combo we came across). Be prepared to just start playing and see what happens if you try it out.

That said, I didn't think it was terrible, and it could be very good for a simple grab and go game (Which is sort of the point of the Tiny Epic X game line). I think, concept wise, TED was a lot more baked than Tiny Epic Kingdoms was (TEK was a "simple" 4X game that really just turns into a race, because "simple 4X" is sort of a paradoxical concept in my opinion). TED lines up as a fairly portable version of something like... more »

So, Tiny Epic Defenders came in (another Kickstarter project, and the second in the line of soon to be three games), and we played a round today. First off, the instructions are terrible. They aren't the worst that I've ever read, but they definitely don't do a good job explaining several mechanisms (including one particularly game breaking card combo we came across). Be prepared to just start playing and see what happens if you try it out.

That said, I didn't think it was terrible, and it could be very good for a simple grab and go game (Which is sort of the point of the Tiny Epic X game line). I think, concept wise, TED was a lot more baked than Tiny Epic Kingdoms was (TEK was a "simple" 4X game that really just turns into a race, because "simple 4X" is sort of a paradoxical concept in my opinion). TED lines up as a fairly portable version of something like Castle Panic, where the players are working to defend a central point from incoming enemies.

The game plays pretty quickly, and once you get the basic mechanics down (which is easier to do just by trying to play it, rather than reading the instructions), it's not too hard to build a nice back and forth with everyone. I didn't mind the horde-turn deck relationship either, which has some Pandemic qualities when it comes to regions being attacked in a marginally predictable manner that isn't so repetitious that it'd be easy to stop. If you wanted more randomness, you could always incorporate a D6 roll into where a monster attacks.

Overall, not bad for something small, cheap, and easy to toss in a bag. And if you watch Tom Vassel's review of the game on YouTube, I think he was incredibly unfair in many of his points.___

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2014-12-20 23:57:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-08 02:33:12 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

To my tech friends, if you were (re)building a machine today, would you stick with Windows 7, or go ahead and make the jump to 8.1? Why?

To my tech friends, if you were (re)building a machine today, would you stick with Windows 7, or go ahead and make the jump to 8.1? Why?___

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2014-12-03 16:38:47 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-25 05:41:31 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

If there's one thing people learn tonight from the events going on in Ferguson, I hope it's the difference between a protester and a rioter. It's an important difference that distinguishes selflessness from selfishness.

If there's one thing people learn tonight from the events going on in Ferguson, I hope it's the difference between a protester and a rioter. It's an important difference that distinguishes selflessness from selfishness.___

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2014-11-24 22:55:29 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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