Sunday, December 31, 2006

The last post of 2006 and the new Blogger


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This blog is now running off of the new Blogger software. I'm a little nervous about this upgrade. Like the USS Enterprise zooming through some cosmic phenomena, I hope everything is intact and functional when we come through the other side.

2007 starts in a few hours.

Let's try out the label features on this post. I'm going to put this under "blogging".

Happy new year!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Battlestar Galactica Space Alert and Christmas Day


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In 1979 on Christmas Day I found a small box under the tree and knew by its shape and size exactly what it was. It was the game I wanted for Christmas.

The game was Battlestar Galactica Space Alert, a handheld electronic game from Mattel Electronics. Battlestar Galactica was cool in my little kid universe because it featured Cylons and spaceship battles. This game was cool because it featured the Battlestar Galatica name and was electronic.

This was the golden age of handheld electronic games. Graphics and sounds on these games were limited to the power a 9-volt battery or a pack of AAs could deliver. Space combat was reduced to little red dots making beeping noises while colliding with other red dots. Even by 1979 standards, this game was simplistic, but what other options were there? Atari games were just as crudely rendered. It would be another year before I saw a Space Invaders or Galaxian arcade game. On Christmas Day 1979, this was state of the art.

My original Space Alert game was burned up by a faulty DC adaptor. I found one on EBAY to replace it nearly two decades later. I was surprised to find that it still was a challenge to play. Getting a score over 100 is almost impossible. If you want to give Space Alert a try, stop by Peter Hirchsberg's page for the LED game simlulator.

This holiday season, people lined up in the cold and rain for Playstation 3s and the Nintendo Wii. It amazes me to see how far technology has come in a quarter of a century. It also makes me wonder what is next.

Monday, December 04, 2006

One year of blogging...almost

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About eleven months ago, I started posting on this blog. I was a little nervous about starting a blog and posting my writings this way.

Blogging has become a joke to some people, a sign of vanity and self-absorption in the hands of others.

In some ways I feel let down by falling short of my lofty goals. I have not built the community I set out to create. I have not made the new blog header I started to code. I have not written half the stories I set out to publish.

Good things have happened as well. I have made contact with people I never would have met if I had not signed up for that Blogger account that January evening over eleven months ago. I have rediscovered the joy of writing again, the act of spontaneously typing away to see what takes shape.

I have a notebook of stories and scribbles yet to be made into blog entries. I had hoped to put them live by now, but real life got in the way.

A new year begins in a few weeks, I can start anew then. I have walked away from this blog several times this year. Sooner or later I press the shortcut on my toolbar and fire up the blogger dashboard. My blog goes quiet not because I don't have anything to write about (I feel burdened at times because I have too much to write about), but because I'm off doing other things and the time to blog escapes me.

So far, I have always returned.

Today there was announcement that NASA wants to build a lunar base by 2024. What will our world be like by 2024? Many have fears that humans won't make it that far.

I can't predict or control the future, but someone close to me said our future is created one year at a time, one day at time, one step at a time.

One year has passed. I'm still here. NASA has big plans for the future.

So do I.