Daily Archives: 03/20/2003

Full Moon

Okay, it’s not full anymore, but it sure was pretty tonight. The moon rose a little after 8:30 pm, and several of us were outside enjoying a belated Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage. It was a damn tasty meal, and the moonrise was probably the highlight of the evening. Watching that silvery orb rise above the waves and cast this argent glow upon the waters, wow – I don’t think words can express how beautiful it truly is.


Back in my dimly remembered college days, I spent many an hour playing video games. I liked to say I majored in Nintendo, with a minor in Intellivision. But before I those heady days of Super Mario Brothers, I wasted far too much time playing this game called M.U.L.E. The premise of the game is completely unlike modern video games – players develop a planet and trade for goods and resources. I absolutely sucked at M.U.L.E. My ineptitude at trading was exploited by my friend Mark; he would continually corner the market in some resource and starve me into submission. Not surprisingly, Mark is an investment banker these days. He was a pure capitalist in M.U.L.E., controlling the means of production. I don’t think I ever beat him.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across not one, but two articles on the internet this week, both detailing the classic game of M.U.L.E. and offering links to a number of viable alternatives and emulators for playing this long forgotten game. Very cool.

And Mark, I challenge you to a rematch buddy. Let’s see if I got any better in the last 16 years.

Shock and Yawn…

So, uh, I was keeping up with the reports. The war was starting! The war was starting! Then came hours and hours and hours of endless discussion – in other words, filler. Nothing was going on.

The news media seemed a bit confused about the lack of explosions, and then peeved that this was just a ‘preliminary strike’ and not the promised onslaught of ‘shock and awe’ that was expected.

Early to Rise

Okay, one thing that sucks: Getting up at 3:30 in the morning for a 4:00 am conference call to California. One thing that sucks worse: Calling in to a 4:00 am conference call and listening to barely audible people on speaker phone mumble to a room for over an hour.