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30
Sep
09

Memo from the over-30 crowd

I got this in an email today, and it made me smile.

Of course, it also made me think of the many times that my parents told me how lucky I was… and the times that I heard my grandmother explain to my dad how lucky he was.

It’s amazing to remember that color TV was an optional luxury when I was a kid, that changing channels involved reorienting the antenna, and that “channel hopping” meant seeing what was on the three channels we could usually pick up, plus the fourth that came in if there weren’t any thunderstorms.

Likewise, every time I look at an iPhone, my mind reels with the thought that my first experience on a computer involved typing BASIC code from a book into a teletype that punched paper tape, dialing the local corporation’s mainframe computer with the school’s rotary phone, shoving the handset into an acoustic coupler, and feeding my tape through the reader… all in hopes of seeing the computer print “Hello world!” on a piece of paper.

Wow. Just wow.

Well, at least I can rest in the knowledge that the iPhone will NEVER read paper tape — ever. Ha!!!

(Note — Some of the language is a little rougher than I usually post here. You won’t pass out or anything, but I wanted you to know before you shared it with others.)

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29
Sep
09

Willie Mays and the Catch Heard ‘Round the World

On this day in 1954, New York Giants centerfielder Willie Mays makes the kind of catch that inspires dreams and legends.

It was Game 1 of the World Series, and Cleveland Indians batter Vic Wertz stepped to the plate. He connected with the pitch, driving the ball 450 feet. Mays snagged the ball in a running catch with his back to home plate. Baseball fans and historians widely regard it as the greatest catch ever made.

27
Jun
09

Origins 2009 photos!

Watch my progress through this year’s Origins Game Fair in my Origins 2009 photo gallery on Facebook! I’ll post new images of the coolest happenings throughout the show.

27
Jun
09

Friday at the Origins Game Fair

Friday at this year’s Origins game fair started a little rocky, but the customer service team quickly resolved our badge snafus. (Thank goodness for the Senior Volunteers!)

We took a quick spin around the convention center to see the layout of this year’s show. The exhibit hall moved from hall d to the smaller hall C, trading places with the miniatures games. Tabletops and collectible card games took their traditional spot in hall E/F. The popular TerrorWerks live-action adventure moved into one of the Hyatt ballrooms, and the fabulous Origins Art Show took TerrorWerks old location across from main registration.

The famous BattleTech Pods made their debut at Origins this year. The pods were created many years ago as high-end, immersive video game systems for installations in Chicago, Seattle, and other major cities. After the locations closed, the pods went into limbo for a while until the current owner started collecting and rebuilding them. He updated the computing and networking systems, then took them to some regional conventions for shake-down tests. Here at Origins, they’re running well and pulling in the crowds!

Things seemed smooth at this year’s show. It’s hard to judge the attendance because of the show’s physical size, but it seemed lighter than last year. Many exhibit hall vendors reported good sales on Thursday, followed by a dip on Friday, but people were definitely spending money. Peeks into the various event halls showed energetic activity everywhere, but plenty of open tables. Saturday remains the “big day” for measuring the show, so we’ll see what happens!




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