Discovered No Man’s Sky in 2020

I vaguely remembered hearing about No Man’s Sky in 2016, but at the time I was constantly/contentedly playing Terraria. In a lot of ways, I’m glad I waited until 2020 to try No Man’s Sky (abbreviated “NMS”) since it’s initial release was so fraught. But now I’m hooked, and NMS reminds me of Terraria in […]

Resumed playing Terraria mid-2020

Like so many households, we played more video games than usual in mid–2020. I loved playing Terraria in years past, but had put it on indefinite hiatus to free up more family time. But now that family time is more indoors due to COVID-19 isolation, we decided to resume, but with a strict policy of […]

A Car Trip Down Memory Lane

I’m not as much of a car enthusiast as some friends of mine, but I do put significant thought into my choices, as eccentric as they may be. I love comparing tech specs and reading reviews. The earliest car I remember admiring was the Fiat X1/9, and then the DeLorean, then the BMW 850. But […]

Why I had to quit playing Terraria

I liked the original 1.0 design of Terraria just fine, but they kept updating it, and I kept choking it down. At first they just made cosmetic changes like fancier sprites, which I thought seemed counter to the original retro/primitive theme, but I lived with it. My original plan was to finish, or get reasonably […]

Why is Terraria my [new] favorite video game?

In short, Terraria is an 8-bit gamer’s ultimate mash-up. I fondly remember playing these games from the Golden Age of Arcade Games: Centipede (1980) mushrooms, linked-sprite snaky mobs, shooter Defender (1981) side-scrolling combat Donkey Kong (1981) jumping platformer, tool-using Dig Dug (1982) digging/terraforming, boulders Joust (1982) flying/physics combat Jungle King (1982) side-scrolling jumping, vine-swinging Moon […]

The Walnut In The Machine

  The Walnut In The Machine Imagine a group of people gather for a tour of a machine tool factory.  At the beginning, a walnut is distributed to each person.  The nut is in its familiar tough brown shell. At one stage on the factory floor, a large hydraulic press is pressing train wheels onto […]

7 stages of an empire

The seven stages every single empire has gone through… Stage 1: A country starts out with good money, which is either gold or backed by gold. Stage 2: As it develops economically and socially, it begins to take on more and more economic burdens, adding layer upon layer of public works and social programs. Stage […]

new sites list (warning: time sink)

I enjoyed learning about today after seeing it listed at –which in turn was mentioned on

Saving like the Dickens (1864)

(from ALL THE YEAR ROUND, No. 254, March 5, 1864, vol. XI, pp. 79-81) MY ACCOUNT WITH HER MAJESTY I NEVER laid by a penny till the Post-office Savings-banks came up. Not that I mightn’t have done so, for I earned good wages, and after paying all the expenses at home, I had always plenty of loose […]

My 53 percent story

A friend posted about recently and I find the site quite compelling.  The 53% refers to a recent statistic that 53% of people pay taxes and 47% reap benefits. Here’s what I might say on the topic: I am thankful to my parents for not just handing me everything I wished for, but encouraging […]