Wednesday, July 30
Check out these quote pages:

Physics Quotes -
The Einstein page is especially good.

The Power of Words... -
Hundreds of excellent quotations.

If anyone has any QBasic code that's capable of playing a .wav file, please mail me. I've gotten several examples from the ABC packets, but they seem to require tweaking to get any given file to play at the right speed. I'm sure there's a way around this, but I have no idea what.

p1k3 / 1997 / 7 / 30

Tuesday, July 22
The pilot of Dæmonsong is finished, and will probably be posted as soon as it's HTMLized.

I finally downloaded ViRC (Visual IRC) the other day, just to see what it was like. I was rather impressed by the features, but there are a few things holding it back. It loads rather slowly, the interface could use a lot of work, and it stores tons of information in the registry. OTOH, it seems to support most of mIRC's features, it has voice and video chat, and the scripting language looks good. It certainly doesn't provide a replacement for mIRC, but it is still a beta release. I'd watch out for this one in the future.

Check out the new Deja News interface. A big improvement.

p1k3 / 1997 / 7 / 22

Sunday, July 20
I added a contents page for reviews I've written. There are only 3 of them, but it's a start.

p1k3 / 1997 / 7 / 20

Saturday, July 19
I just got back from seeing Contact, and wrote this review.

Issue 4 of Dank and Scud is out. It's worth the wait, although I wish it were longer.

p1k3 / 1997 / 7 / 19

Wednesday, July 16
Here's a few more good anti spam links. I'd urge everybody who's ever been bothered by junk e-mail or usenet posts to check these out. I, for one, am damned if I'm going to be forced off usenet by a bunch of morons with get-rich-quick schemes and dirty pictures to sell.

Spam Hater -
A freeware prog (for Windows) that helps in replying to/reporting spam.

Blacklist of Internet Advertisers -
Pretty much self explanitory.

Spammer's Hell -
A bit over-the-top, but the sentiment is admirable.

p1k3 / 1997 / 7 / 16

Monday, July 14
I've been getting a lot of spam (for those who might not know, junk e-mail, not the processed meat) lately, and one of my favorite newsgroups (comp.lang.basic.misc) is being flooded with posts advertising porno sites. I've decided that it's time to fight back. Following are some links to anti-spam sites. If we all work against spammers, we can make a difference.

Yahoo! - Computers and Internet:Internet:Policies:Abuse -
Like many of Yahoo's listings, some of the links are dead, but there's some good stuff here.

Boycott Internet spam! -
A petition which might be worth signing, and some good links.

Get that spammer! -
A number of web tools to help in tracking down spammers.

I'll move these to my links page, as soon as I get some more added. There are also some good software tools (such as Spam Hater) that I need to find links to.

p1k3 / 1997 / 7 / 14

Saturday, July 12, 1:30 A.M.
I just got back from seeing Men in Black. Excellent flick.

A capsule review:
Men in Black is both one of the funniest and most entertaining films I've seen in months. The basic premise isn't really one to be taken seriously, and fortunately, they didn't. The special effects are great, the aliens well done, and pairing Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith was a stroke of genius. The only real complaint here is that there's not enough of it. The movie could have used another 20 minutes, and the plot could have used some depth.

<RANT>They ran a trailer for Starship Troopers. I have extremely mixed feelings about this... It looked impressive, but dammit, they've butchered the book. No power armor, no drops, the bugs look nothing like arachnids, and the battle scenes have close packed infantry fighting hordes of bugs using some sort of automatic rifle.

As for any of the book's politics or philosophy having made it in, forget it. This is strictly a bug hunt. Maybe I'm drawing too many conclusions from a trailer, but I doubt it. Is it too much to ask to have one good movie made from a Heinlein novel?</RANT>

A few related links:

The official Starship Troopers page -
Judge for yourself, but this looks like an attempt to duplicate fascist propaganda to me. Doesn't exactly seem very encouraging.

You can buy the book at If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it. If you plan on seeing the movie, read it first.

A canned Deja News search. Just hit the below "search" button.

Usenet For Recent Starship Troopers Discussion

p1k3 / 1997 / 7 / 12
tags: topics/sfnal

Monday, July 7
I just downloaded (saw it on Blue's) a Quake deathmatch level pack called Cenotaph of the Magi. It consists of 6 levels, some of which are designed for 1-on-1 play, and others that are much larger. They're all pretty decent levels, and some of them are really good. (Hey, any map that has both a library and a wine cellar is fine with me.) I also never expected to see the cover art for To Sail Beyond the Sunset in Quake.

p1k3 / 1997 / 7 / 7

Sunday, July 6
I've written another Quake story. You can read it here, and I suppose I'll send it to Quake, The Universe, and Everything sooner or later.

comp.lang.basic.misc and alt.lang.basic seem to be dying, but at least we still have the ABC (All Basic Code) packets.

The ABC packet for July has been released, and it has some great stuff in it. The overall quality seems to be constantly improving. The packets and the reader can be downloaded from several different locations:

I've made small changes to most of my pages, but nothing earth shaking. Some new stuff scattered throughout my links page.

p1k3 / 1997 / 7 / 6