Archive for January 2006

Triple Booting OS’s

January 27, 2006

Amiga 3000I see there’s now a $6000 bounty for the first person to run Windows XP on an Intel Mac. Once the bugs are worked out, you’ll be able to triple-boot an Intel Mac (or a PC) with Mac OS X, Windows XP, and Linux. How cool will that be? Cool, but not THE coolest, at least not in my book. Way back in the day, I had a high-end Amiga 3000 on my desk that was tricked out to run Windows 3.1 (on a plug-in 8086 Bridgeboard), UNIX, and the Amiga OS simultaneously on the same machine. The way the Amiga worked, they were displayed layered one on top of the other on pull-down screens. When someone’s got one of these fancy-schmancy new machines running three different OS’s simultaneouly lilke that, give me a call. 🙂

Giant Blimps On Their Way Back – Again

January 24, 2006

Big BlimpEvery year there seems to be a news story about how ‘the blimp is coming back’. Well, this is that story for 2006. The Impact Lab blog says the Pentagon (which always seems to be the source of these stories) will be putting out a contract for a new cargo and troop moving airship. Two companies are competing for the work, and each has a $3 million preliminary design contract right now. That will be followed this September by a $100 milllion contract to the winning company to build a prototype, with potentially $11 billion to be spent on airship production over the next 30 years. Since one of the companies working on the preliminary design is Lockheed-Martin’s legendary Skunk Works design group, the competition promises to be interesting. (The other is Worldwide Aeros, a California company founded by a Russian immigrant that has built about 30 advertising blimps.) Much as I would love to see big airships make a comeback, I’ve learned over the years not to get my hopes up. But I can dream, can’t I?

The Game of the Century

January 5, 2006

Vince YoungI’m a football fan, but not a football fanatic. I watch most of the University of Iowa games on TV, and tune into the occasional Bears (yea!) or Packers (boo!) game when I can. If my alma mater, Iowa State, makes it to a bowl game, I’ll probably watch. It’s rare for me to watch anyone else play. But with all the hype and hoopla, I decided to check out the Rose Bowl last night. It’s a good thing I did. Otherwise I would have missed the Game of the Century. Vince Young led the Longhorns to a hard-fought national championship, and along the way proved himself to be possibly the best football player ever. Ever. He rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing for more than 200 more. This guy is only a junior, and he was overwhelmingly passed over for the Heisman Trophy this year in favor of Reggie Bush, a tailback at USC. They were the opposing team in this game. Oh, and the USC quarterback has a Heisman, too. Two Heismans, but they lost this game. You just can’t make this stuff up, folks. Incredible performance by Vince Young and the Longhorns, and a brilliant ending to what had to have been the best bowl season anyone’s ever seen.

Make Your Own Games

January 2, 2006

Make Your OwnOver at Board Game Central, they’ve got a page of links to companies that have kits which let you make your own games. Shown at left is the Make-A-Game set, which sells for $15.95 and includes a blank quad-fold board, 2 dice, 16 tokens, play money, 24 blank cards, and instructions. If you don’t need the board, you can get the cards, tokens, money, and 5 dice for just $7.95. BGC’s page also has links to the Make-Your-Own-Opoly set, a Make Your Own Games set that’s aimed more at the crafty set, and the Game Inventor’s Guidebook. As always, Board Game Central once again proves itself to be an invaluable resource for the board gamer. Note: I have just ordered the Make-A-Game set and three of the gamepieces sets. I’ll let you know what I think when they arrive and I’ve had a chance to play with them a bit.