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Category Archives: Art

Nerf Bazooka

Can a home-made Nerf gun be too big and powerful? Possibly, but it will probably still be fun. I’m pretty sure the biggest sticking point for my wife when she moved in with me was my rather impressive Nerf weapon collection. I am both proud and a little embarrassed to say that I had more […]

Industrial Accident Game

Industrial accidents are no joke, but they can be a fun theme for a game. At least, I recently played a game on the web about an industrial accident that was, in fact fun. The game was called, not surprisingly, Industrial Accident. The setting is an automated factory, where you play an artificial intelligence worker […]

2018 Writing Contests

I used to write a lot. Actually, before I blogged, I used to write quite a bit more. My first blog, Diary of a Network Geek, was really an attempt to game the search engines into ranking my website higher so that recruiters would find me. That was in the era before all the job […]

Practical Effects

In this case, I’m talking about practical effects in film. These days, we’re so used to seeing everything done with computers that we forget there are other ways to accomplish things. I know it tends to be a blind spot for me because I work with computers. And, let’s face it, computer graphics have gotten […]

Free Film Noir

I’ve mentioned Open Culture before, but they’re a great resource. This week, I’m thinking about movies. Dark movies with rough “heroes” that smoke too much and chase after femme fatales in stories that have grim endings. Yes, I’m talking about “film noir”. The best kind of old movies, in my opinion. The peak of the […]

DIY Abstract Backgrounds

I love free web gadgets. Also, I have all kinds of devices that can have background images. Everything from iPhones to computers can, though are not required to, show a background image of some kind. Yes, they all ship with a varying number of default background images. And, of course, I’ve featured many places to […]

Pulp Archive

Pulp is the perfect flavor of fiction for holiday weekend. Yes, I know, Memorial Day is about honoring those who died to preserve our freedoms. Of course, I would never want to lose sight of that. But, it’s also a day off for most of us and I know, personally, I need an extra day […]

Hyperlight

A short film about a classic sci-fi problem. It’s another Friday, and, as usual, my poor, little brain has been cooked pretty well this week. If you’re feeling the same way, we’re both in luck because I have the perfect 20 minute distraction from your week. I don’t want to spoil anything, but this very […]

Prospect

A brilliant sci-fi short film. You all know how I love free stuff and that I love science-fiction. This is both. And, it’s a film which debuted just recently at South by Southwest in Austin. It’s about prospectors on an alien planet, though exactly what they’re prospecting for is somewhat questionable. The risks they’re taking, […]

A Little Fantasy

No, not the naughty kind! Ugh, you perverts who immediately thought of something naughty should be ashamed of yourselves! Also? You are my people. Seriously, though, this is the totally safe for work kind of fantasy. And by “little”, what I mean is “miniature”, as in small dioramas. Because, that’s what I have for you […]


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