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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Can it be a coincidence that “Quantum Leap” and “Life on Mars” both have lead characters called Sam? That both of them appear to be able to travel in time but only in their own lifetimes? Do they both have something they need to put right so they can get home? Maybe it’s a coincidence. […]

Nimue's Price

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Only a couple of paragraphs added today. I’ve been reading Kim Rees’ new story Nimue’s Price after hassling her to let me for a couple of weeks. Its a very good Fantasy/Science Fiction yarn which she keeps telling me is a romance. It’s that too. In fact it’s all three. The first story I’ve read […]

Heath Robinsonesq #1

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

I must have been writing too many technical specs this week. Someone tells me the hamster that powers their web site’s dynamic front page has been fired and their thinking of hiring an elephant instead. They meant it as an offhand joke and I find myself contemplating the difficulties involve with my engineering hat (issued […]

Building a Better Future

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Well I’ve taken a break from working on the game today to knock together an essay on a method of creating alternate histories for writers. Its heavily borrows from some techniques used by governments and businesses. In fact some of the scenarios they come up with using their technique read like passable settings for science […]

First thoughts on New Game with No Name (Yet)

Monday, January 30th, 2006

So I want to do stuff for the new web site. I’ve got several stories underway. I should come up with a game idea to work on too. For years I’ve been playing round with an idea for a game that can be used as both a role playing game and a wargame without any […]

Spodbox is Dead, Long Live Spodbox

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

I think I’ve found the reason I was looking for… What seems a long time ago. When the web was new(ish), before anyone paid me to worry about any corners of it, when Internet projects were human interest stories at the end of the local news, a friend of a friend let me have some […]

Staring at Blank Page

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

This seemed like such a good idea after a few drinks last night… Now I need to work out why I need to blog… Starting with a blank page can be so daunting sometimes.

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