It’s been quite a while since I’ve managed a links post like this, but it’s been a pretty good day for finding random awesomeness, so I’ll begin:

Funagain Games Item Entry: The Great Dalmuti

We’ll open with quite possibly the best news I have seen in a good while. Hasbro/WotC have decided that it is within their good graces to reprint The Great Dalmuti, which has been unbelievably, incomprehensively out of print for a good six or seven years, to my knowledge. This is, quite possibly, one of the best pure games I have ever played. It is simple to learn, plays quickly, gets people interested and involved easily, and is a great deal of fun.

It also leads to spontaneous insults and derision of fellow players. This is a good thing. You have a responsibility to order three copies of this amazing card game immediately.


This is an “upgraded” version of the Kubrick base WordPress theme, intended to be easier to use, edit, and twist into your own creation. I believe I will be using this to shift around my themes to something I like a bit more. The default is eh, and my updated theme I was using is a little behind in support for a few of the things I like in WordPress. Ah, well.

Respublica – Up close and personal etiquette

When I was at Concordia Seminary, they made us take a course with Ruth Ann Johnson, who was the wife of the Seminary president. It was a kind of briefing into etiquette and the kinds of things people should know before they go out into polite society.

Trust me when I say that people who are students at the Seminary need this sort of information. Honestly.

Amanda and I wondered what they were going to do with this meeting once President Johnson packed up and left for browner pastures up at our alma mater. Well, apparently, they hire an outside etiquette expert, as well as some people from Men’s Wearhouse to show these guys how to dress for professionalism.

Who knew?

Wikipedia’s entry on “leet”

Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about perhaps the most irritating fad on the modern Internet – leetspeak. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, perhaps you should read this article and find out. And be scared.

If you do know what I’m talking about, you should definitely read this article for a frank discussion on the origins of leetspeak and linguistic features of such a strange medium.

And a quartet of links from MAKE:

MAKE: $14 SteadyORB
MAKE: Ethernet-controlled LED lamp
MAKE: $6 homemade pop filter
MAKE: LED dining table

There’s some fun stuff here that wouldn’t take a whole lot of time or effort to make (or money, except for the LED dining table), and I wouldn’t mind doing some of this myself. LED projects are all over the place now with costs coming down, and some of them are downright awesome. These two are no exception.

From John Gruber’s Daring Fireball blog:

The iPod Juggernaut

A very insightful look at the portable music player market and Apple’s stranglehold thereof. He’s right on all points, of course: as an iPod owner and user and general Apple evangelist in my geek life, I’ve heard many of the arguments against the iPod, and this pretty much takes care of all of them in many of the same ways I’ve thought the truth must lie.

Gruber is often extremely right and very keen in his analysis of Apple and their business, and I believe this is no less so.

I’ve always just said that anyone who rips on the iPod just wishes they had one.
Continue reading “The Demise of Apple is Greatly Exaggerated”

From Daring Fireball:

There’s a line in The Usual Suspects where Kevin Spacey’s character Verbal Kint says, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

The greatest trick Microsoft has gotten away with is convincing the public that the Wintel PC platform is open.

Great defense to the number-one defense Wintel PC users use to defend their platform against the Macintosh.

If you have ever worked with a corporate mindset, been interested in marketing, or are even just a geek in general, you owe it to yourself to check out this link.

Found via digg.

I will say for the record that this is exactly what I expect when we get around to shopping for Windows Vista, seeing as how it’s going to be available in six different SKUs.

Work is good.

It’s not exactly what I thought it would be based on the job description, but i would say that no one should take that as a bad thing.  It’s definitely more work than I thought it was going to be at first blush, but keeping me busy is usually something that people need to try and do, so I’m not complaining about that.

That, and it’s nice to have a job with a regular schedule, and get paid to the point that it looks like we don’t (in general) have to worry about basic needs anymore.  We can get by, and we don’t have to be nervous about whether or not we are going to be able to pay bills.

I am thankful for that peace of mind in more than one way.

I went from basically being a software tester to being a product manager in the span of about two weeks or thereabout.  What happened is that I started asking a few questions that didn’t have any answers, and when it came time to figuring out who was going to anser them, the basic response was that I was going to be the one who was going to do so.

Neat-o.  So I’m now basically the guy in charge of what’s called Lutheran Service Builder, and it’s a software product that scheduled to come out sometime in the late part of this year.  There’s a lot going into its development as an application, and a lot of work that needs to be done in testing and promoting and all kinds of areas that I didn’t originally think I was going to get into, but now it’s kind of exciting to be able to flex a little bit and work into all different areas of the existence of the product.  I think the end goal is that I will be the ultimate “go-to” guy when it comes to the product, and that is perfectly fine by me.  I’ll even get to use my mad presentation skills sometime this summer when we begin making presentations on what it is and how it works.  It’s very exciting.

I have more to say about other things, of course – including the demise of my couch – but I will get to those in other posts tonight.

As announced here, the final version of WordPress 1.5 has been released.

This site has been operating with the beta versions of 1.5 for some time – even when it was still 1.3 – and I can fully recommend it, especially over and above 1.2; it’s a pretty big step up in terms of functionality and coolness factor.

If you are using WordPress 1.2, I would suggest you go ahead and move to 1.5 as soon as possible. Be aware that the default site template has been changed, but the updater should move your old template into a new directory and transition you into the new system with ease. There’s a lot of neat things that work differently in 1.5, and a lot of new features that are really useful – many of them are detailed on the linked post.

If you are at all interested in blogging, and use a different system, I would encourage you to move to WordPress and use it as your primary system. I have been operating with it for quite some time now; probably about a year; I used Movable Type before that, but Six Apart sold out, so I decided to move elsewhere. If you need assistance with setting up a WordPress installation, or even are a friend of mine and need a place to host it, I would be more than willing to help you out with that.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and install 1.5 final myself over the nightly build I’m using now.

I just got an e-mail back from the WordPress team (wow, was that fast!) confirming that there’s a break with ecto’s compatibility, and that they will be checking it out in the nightly builds to see what’s caused it. Good thing – I thought I was just insane, because I couldn’t find any reports of similar behavior at all on the web.

Might just be because I use nightly builds and most people don’t.

Well, I’m now toying with WordPress instead of Movable Type, which was actually fortunate, since I didn’t have to do any work to move my old MT posts over to this new format.

It’s once again a stock design, at least until I go ahead and finish up the sermon I’m working on at the moment, so you’ll have to put up with that until I get the free time to change things.

I have to say that I rather like WordPress, though – especially from the administrative side – now if only they could get a stable, cross-platform blogging API out the gate, I’d be a happy man.