Monthly Archives: February 2008

It’s back: Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

MOO2Quick 3.5 hour life recap. If your not interested in old school (12 years old, I’m only 22) strategy games, don’t bother reading, just pretend this wasn’t posted.So, I used to be a huge fan of Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares. Unfortunately once I upgraded my machine back in 2003 (my pre-mac era), Moo2 stopped running, or better yet it ran, but was quite grainy, crashy, and frankly unplayable (the game was designed for DOS and Win ’95). So I gave up on one of my favorite games of all time. Since then I would occasionally try it, thinking maybe something changed and I’d get lucky. But unfortunately no dice.Then tonight happened, and for some reason I had an inclination to give it another go. But this time I was thinking. In the past, I never did search to see if there were work arounds, duh. Never did search to see what other people were doing (keeping old boxes around or what). The place I discovered hope: Wikipedia. This entry specifically.People are using an open source Dos emulator, DOSbox, to play the game; brilliant! You may be well aware of all this, but I definitely wasn’t.My actual install steps after the break.3 and a half hours later and this game still rocks. You know how sometimes you’ll play a older game you haven’t player in years, that you used to love, only to become quickly bored and disappointed? Well that definitely didn’t happen for me, I still love this game, hands down.By now your may be wondering, wow Ethan, it’s Friday night: First off, what the heck are you doing trying to get a 12 year old, strategy, turn based game working? Second off, what the heck are you doing playing a 12 year old, strategy, turn based game? Well that’s just who I am. Why not tonight? Furthermore. I’m trying to conserve every dollar right now, for SXSW. My whole mind is currently occupied by SXSW. I’ve been planning, strategizing and investigating. More on all that later. Continue reading


Lessig ’08

Larry LessigRobert Scoble

I had heard of Mr. Lessig a couple of years back. But I never took it upon myself, to dive deeper, and truly discover the man behind the movement. Upon seeing the video posted at the bottom, I decided it was about time I got a better idea.

Considering his broad based thinking and the influence he has had and continues to have on the world, I figured he had probably attended TED. So this was my first stop, And I was in luck, as there was one recorded Larry Lessig presentation, from last years TED ’07. Which you can find here. This is a great introducing to his ideas and is basically a TED friendly / slimmed down version of his famous Free Culture presentations; which, after finishing the TED presentation, I went looking for.

To the best of my knowledge, I found a full featured Free Culture presentation here.

First off, this guy has a remarkable way to deliver his presentations. The combination of words, images, video and his personal delivery is like nothing I have experienced in a presentation, it really is awesome. I guess to some it coudl be annoying, but I am a total fan.

Anyways, all I can say so far is, I believe, or I at least want to believe. Lessig has some simple but game changing ideas outlined in the video posted at the bottom. Check it all out for yourself, but Lessig could really be onto something here, in terms of changing the way in which our government works that is.

Instead of relisting all of this, because it’s 8:45 am and I’ve yet to hit the z’s, a quick post with links to additional content on Lessig can be found at O’Reilly Radar.

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openSermo updates and sxsw

A brief recap. I woke up on Feb. 5th to my 60 Second episode, Super Tuesday, on the homepage of YouTube, craziness! This drove a massive influx of visitors to my site and I was unprepared. But this definitely got me some great exposure. That episode now has over 26k views and I am thankful to everyone over at YouTube News & Politics for giving me the opportunity, especially David McMillian, who was kind enough to notify me of my homepage appearance.

Fast forward. Since then I’ve been working double time. A few new episodes. Some not so happily received. Created a few openSermo shorts which are currently circulating the net; check em out here and here. Got a special tribute video in the works. More on that soon. And finally we have some set lighting, if you can call it that: 18″ fluorescents taped to 7 ft metal shelving rods (check out the pic below). Thanks to Walter Graff @ Bluesky Production Group for the idea; however lacking tripods, we Macgyvered the hanging rods.

And earlier today, I started pondering if I should attend SXSW. Yeah it’s a bit late and unfortunately I’m gonna have to pay a heavy price due to this lateness; I’m still trying to work out the economics. However, this will be my first SXSW. If anyone has any tips, thoughts, or plans to attend, definitely let me know.

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Muhammad Ali…Recipe for Life

The “Sportsman of the Century”, always well spoken, shares his philosophy on life; and doesn’t disappoint.