There’s a new game in town
Mini ‘how-to’ Bluetooth/Wifi combo for Raspberry PI
Stick’em with the pointy end
Virtual and not so Virtual Space
Be Still my Bleeding Heart …
The Never-ending Privacy Battle
The Many Sides of Bitcoin
Cyber Jihadists
Hacker Gangs
The New Old War
The Sacred Executioner
Scripting Aphrodites
There’s a new game in town My first foray into role playing games (RPGs) wasn’t actually an RPG at all. Rather, it was a computer based word puzzle, “The Colossal Cave” aka “Adventure.” I stumbled upon this game during a computer job back in the late 1970s. The game was written in Basic and ran on a PDP-11. I spent hours […]
Mini ‘how-to’ Bluetooth/Wifi combo for Raspberry PI I recently purchased the Cirago USB Bluetooth/Wifi combo to use with my raspberry pi. All things considered, I am quite pleased. Being reasonably versed in google-fu, helped, of course. Since I want the freedom to do some mobile tinkering, I need to access the pi sans a lan. That, and my latest wild hair project […]
Stick’em with the pointy end Since I have been spending a great deal of my time playing in the field of 3D design and printing, I have only recently stumbled upon, and had time to read, “Privacy for Me and Not for Thee,” penned by Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, a human rights activist whom I first encountered in the virtual world […]
Virtual and not so Virtual Space Not long ago, someone asked if I liked 3D printing better than virtual worlds. The short answer is, equally but differently.
Be Still my Bleeding Heart … “Secure web servers are the equivalent of heavy armored cars. The problem is, they are being used to transfer rolls of coins and checks written in crayon by people on park benches to merchants doing business in cardboard boxes from beneath highway bridges. Further, the roads are subject to random detours, anyone with a screwdriver […]
The Never-ending Privacy Battle This brings me back to the Hundredpercent American. To some extent he is a pet of mine. I have always rather liked him, because he has some promising qualities. For instance, he has enormous hospitality. I used to feel personally complimented by the amazing warm-hearted hospitality showered on me by Americans. […] When I realized […]
The Many Sides of Bitcoin Pariah, darling, or somewhere in between. Bitcoin has continued to linger in the daily media spotlight since the shuttering of darknet’s black-market drug bazaar, Silk Road, and the subsequent announcement of the arrest of its alleged owner, Ross William Ulbricht (aka DPR), on October 2, 2013. Media mavens have long cast bitcoin as a sort […]
Cyber Jihadists “We’re facing a very great threat of loosely-coupled, organizational networks that increasingly rely on IT infrastructure to coordinate their movements and recruit young disenfranchised, apathetic guys as suicidal pawns in a sophisticated, dispersed movement. (…)” (AHM, Usenet, September 21, 2001)
Hacker Gangs Meet Jim Script Kiddie (skiddie). He is the guy (usually in his early to mid teens) who comes into a hacker forum, asking inane questions like, “how can I be a hacker?” He also tends to over-indulge in “hacker speak” making him look pretty much like a moron to seasoned (and not so) computer netizens.
The New Old War In 1956, FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover initiated a program, code-named COINTELPRO (counter intelligence program) ushering in what would become the mainstay for how intelligence communities dealt with domesitic affairs. The sole directive of this program was “to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” the activities of various dissidents and their leaders.
The Sacred Executioner In his book, “The Sacred Executioner,” Hyam Maccoby notes: “A figure in mythology that has received little attention is that of the Sacred Executioner. […] By taking the blame for the slaying, he is performing a great service to society, for not only does he perform the deed, but he takes upon himself the blame […]
Scripting Aphrodites On Wednesday, April 13, 2006, 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin was reported missing by her father. Investigators thought she may have been abducted by someone she met online. Oklahoma law enforcement suspected her abductor might be heading just across the border to Texas and requested Texas issue an Amber alert.
image There’s a new game in town
image Mini ‘how-to’ Bluetooth/Wifi combo for Raspberry PI
image Stick’em with the pointy end
image Virtual and not so Virtual Space
image Be Still my Bleeding Heart …
image The Never-ending Privacy Battle
image The Many Sides of Bitcoin
image Cyber Jihadists
image Hacker Gangs
image The New Old War
image The Sacred Executioner
image Scripting Aphrodites

There’s a new game in town

My first foray into (s) wasn’t actually an at all.

Rather, it was a computer based word puzzle, “” aka “.” I stumbled upon this game during a computer job back in the late 1970s. The game was written in and ran on a . I spent hours playing this silly little game, where commands were as basic as E (for east), U (for up), and so forth.

I encountered trolls, and a green snake in the “Hall of the Mountain King,” gathered treasures, and became lost in a “.” I learned secret words for teleporting between the cavern (‘’) and the house (‘’) at the end of the road, the latter, for stashing accumulated spelunking treasures.

cemented my love for all things coding.

I eventually encountered the “true” (and grandaddy of all) s, (), where I was often ensconsed in weekend-long campaigns with my engineering cohorts.

s, or rather, s (s), as they are now known, and their offshoots, while largely obscure, have continued to flourish, even as online gaming, where multi-user dungeons (s) and their object oriented kin (MUD, Object Oriented, s) attempted to gain their own footholds.

s can be further divided into genres. For example Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Humor, SciFi, and so on.

While hard-core gamers never strayed far, many of us set them aside for families and careers, the campaigns of yore lost in the cave of time, only to resurface when a TV show such as “” or a new game in town reminded us of those seemingly simpler times. The latest game attempting to make inroads into the scene is the game, "Fuel Priest," created by Timeless Caverns (@TimelessCaverns).

Though I am quite familiar with and moreso, , this is admittedly the first time I had heard of . This genre arguably fills the gap that (Victorian SciFi), and its Progenitor, (Futuristic SciFi), leave. That of 20th Century, more specifically, World War II era, SciFi, with an apocalyptic twist.

This new game, "Fuel Priest," heavily focuses upon aviation, or rather, the tools of aviation… planes! So, if you love s, like I do, follow them on Twitter, and head on over to Timeless Caverns KickStarter page to donate to the cause.

Let’s get this show in the air!