Friday, February 26, 20:06 CST
Added another piece of Non Art.


I'm not sure what it is, but I felt like scanning it.

p1k3 / 1999 / 2 / 26

Wednesday, February 24, 23:41 CST
While looking for a Project Gutenberg etext of Hamlet, I stumbled across one of a book I mentioned a while back, Hackers: Forgotten Heroes of the Computer Revolution, by Steven Levy. And one of Bruce Sterling's The Hacker Crackdown, which I really ought to read some time.

Of course, reading lengthy written works on a computer screen is still nowhere near as convenient (or easy on the eyes) as a book. Sure will be nice when small hand-held devices are common enough to make it as easy as carrying a paperback around.

Not that I'm advocating completely replacing paper books - after all, sooner or later there's going to come a time when batteries for the nifty little hand-held gizmo are more than a little hard to come by.

I can see it now. Just after the global project to convert all information to an electronic medium is completed, and most of the books have been burned to generate power or recycled into artificial fireplace logs and facial tissues, a silicon-eating bacteria evolves and undergoes a massive population explosion...

Ok, I'm rambling again. I'll stop now.

I see the Wing Commander movie is due out March 12. The original Wing Commander is perhaps my favorite computer game of all time. I lived that game. Needless to say, I'm hoping they managed to do something worthwhile with the material. ;)

p1k3 / 1999 / 2 / 24
tags: topics/reading

Monday, February 22, 14:04 CST
Ahhh... I love snow days.

I put up a new software page. It could use a lot of work, but I think it's a slight improvement over the old one.

p1k3 / 1999 / 2 / 22

Sunday, February 21, 13:56 CST
Well, so much for regular updates. Yeesh.

I finished A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin around 3:00 Friday morning. It's the 2nd volume in A Song of Ice and Fire, which began with A Game of Thrones, one of the best Fantasy novels I've ever read.

A Song of Ice and Fire is developing into a brilliant piece of work. It's massive, complex, beautifully written, and takes place in a uniquely believable world, on an epic scale. It deals with realistic characters, politics, and religion. It doesn't flinch away from the harsh realities of the kind of world it depicts. *This* is why I love Fantasy.

On the downside, of course, it's going to be a long wait for the next 4 volumes. And what if, in the meantime, Martin gets hit by a delivery truck while crossing the street, or chokes on a bagel? *sigh*

Amazon also has a decent interview with Martin.

p1k3 / 1999 / 2 / 21

Monday, February 15, 20:00 CST
I've been reading Hamlet for a highschool English class. Great stuff. Shakespeare rocks.

It's interesting to go through Hamlet and see how many book, movie, and short story titles you can spot. Seems like one pops up every couple of lines.

Got rid of my links page, for the time being.

p1k3 / 1999 / 2 / 15
tags: topics/reading

Saturday, February 13, 20:40 CST
Well, I'm 18. I can now buy tobacco and porn, vote, and be drafted. The excitement is nearly overwhelming.

I note that the Selective Service allows you to register online, which seems easier than filling out the little form and putting it in the mail.

There's a pretty cool story over on Papyrus, about an artificially intelligent book (nifty concept). Sounds like Gurney's been getting a good number of submissions, which is encouraging.

p1k3 / 1999 / 2 / 13

Friday, February 12, 17:41 CST
I've been playing a game of e-mail chess with Stephen. Quite a bit of fun, although it's fairly obvious I'm about to be crushed. You'd think I'd have learned to stop making some of these mistakes by now, but noooo... ;)

It's the weekend. I don't have to set foot inside school for two whole days. This time, I'm going to get something meaningful accomplished. Yeah, right.

If nothing else, I'm going to delete some dead stuff here, and start posting some (more) random ramblings. There're certainly enough topics to rant about.

p1k3 / 1999 / 2 / 12

Wednesday, February 10, 21:58 CST
I've been looking around the Open Directory Project lately. Looks like a good alternative to Yahoo, and in theory at least, it should be less likely to fall victim to link entropy.

I finished reading Legend, by David Gemmell, yesterday. Not a great book, but an enjoyable one.

p1k3 / 1999 / 2 / 10

Saturday, February 6, 19:44 CST
So much for daily updates. I'll try to do better this coming week.

I just finished reading Sundiver, the first book in David Brin's Uplift trilogy. It's not as all-out brilliant as Startide Rising or The Uplift War, but it's certainly worth reading. Next I've got to read Brightness Reef, and hope the second trilogy lives up to the first.

I got a couple of things scanned for my Non Art page, but I gave up on uploading them after the Mac I was using at school crashed 3 times in 10 minutes. Guess I'll have to take a couple of floppies with me to school Monday.

p1k3 / 1999 / 2 / 6
tags: topics/reading

Tuesday, February 2, 23:29 CST
I was surprised to see that Crusade has been dropped by TNT. I probably shouldn't have been, since it seems that the folks at TNT have been doing their best to muck up the show from the beginning. I'm going to be guardedly optimistic - if another network picks up the show quickly, this could be a Good Thing. (The Coaxial section on Ain't It Cool News is a great news source.)

It's been strongly hinted that showing your support for the Sci-Fi Channel picking up the series would be a good idea.

I've been thinking about how I'd like to do a little more with this site, and I've realized that I'm pretty much incapable of maintaining my links list. I've been trying to think of an original way I could deal with this, rather than just giving up and deleting the static pages here that tend to get stale. If anyone has any thoughts, I'd love to hear from them. :)

I moved my January updates to the brand spankin' new old updates page for 1999.

p1k3 / 1999 / 2 / 2