Extra coffee please

No seriously, I need some extra coffee to get going today. I don’t know if it is the heat, my backache, a funky mood, or just some strange alignment of the stars, but I am really out of sorts today — and have been for a couple of days. I hate the summer. At any rate, I have decided to take a sabbatical from my Attention Earthlings blog.

I’ll see how I feel in time, but the blog wasn’t generating discussion among the readers as I had hoped that it would and I felt as though it was pretty much a failure. I guess the last straw was when something broke on the template and I was just simply not in the mood to fix it.

Something old, something new …

I have been enjoying a couple of new games recently, anything to get me out of the heat, Skyforge and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. Skyforge is a triple A mmo that is very sharp and professional. I suppose that the best part about Skyforge, for a cheap bastard like me, is that the game is free to play. Check out http://sf.my.com/us and see if the game is something that you might like to try. Skyforge is in open beta. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is an old game that I started some time ago but didn’t finish. The game is a bit glitchy but fun, and I am surprised that it plays on Windows 10.

Failure is not an option — it comes bundled with Windows…

I’ve been using Windows 10 for some time and the latest build 10240 seems to be very solid and stable.  I’ve had some problems with some of the builds but recently Windows has really firmed up. I was very concerned when my Steam games wouldn’t work, but that problem has been resolved and everything that I’ve tested seems to work. The new Windows will be available in a couple of days and you might want to try it on a non-essential computer.  Just between you and me — I prefer Linux.

Remember the words of Sydney Harris, “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”

Books of the Old Republic

As many of you know, I am enjoying a Free-to-play game called Star Wars the Old Republic or SWTOR (http://www.swtor.com/).  I am a Sith warrior named Yogimbo and currently I am piling up light-side point ( a good Sith?). At any rate, it’s a fun game. But when life tears you away from your computer, what are you to do?

Books of the Old Republic… There are several books set in the Star Wars universe that tie into the Old Republic.

Fatal Alliance: Star Wars (The Old Republic) (Star Wars: The Old Republic)

Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite  Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda. But the Republic’s envoy is not what he seems, the Empire’s delegate is a ruthless Sith apprentice, the Jedi Padawan is determined to do the right thing and terrified that he can’t, the trooper hopes to redeem her reputation, and the Mandalorian is somehow managing to keep one step ahead of everyone.

None of these guests—invited or uninvited—have any intention of participating in the auction. Instead they plan to steal the prize, which is locked inside an impregnable vault: two burned chunks of an exploded star cruiser, one of which may hold the key to the wealth of an entire world.

But the truth about the treasure is dangerous and deadly. And in the end, Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire, must do something they’ve never done before, something that all the agents of good and evil could never make them do: join together to stop a powerful threat that could destroy the galaxy.

Deceived: Star Wars (The Old Republic) (Star Wars: The Old Republic)

Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace would transform him into something far more heinous—something Malgus would never want to be, but cannot stop, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching.

Her name is Aryn Leneer—and the lone Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master. And now she’s going to find out what happened to him, even if it means breaking every rule in the book.

Revan: Star Wars (The Old Republic) (Star Wars: The Old Republic)

There’s something out there:
a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic—
unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.

Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians—and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares—and deep, abiding fear.

What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. With no idea what it is, or how to stop it, Revan may very well fail, for he’s never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Annihilation
The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy.

But Karrid’s ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi master, Theron does not wield the Force—but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood. As a top covert agent for the Republic, he struck a crucial blow against the Empire by exposing and destroying a Sith superweapon arsenal—which makes him the ideal operative for a daring and dangerous mission to end Ascendant Spear’s reign of terror.

Joined by hot-headed smuggler Teff’ith, with whom he has an inexplicable bond, and wise Jedi warrior Gnost-Dural, Darth Karrid’s former master, Theron must match wits and weapons with a battle-tested crew of the most cold-blooded dark side disciples. But time is brutally short. And if they don’t seize their one chance to succeed, they will surely have countless opportunities to die.

Lot’s of great books for the Star Wars/sci-fi geeks. Enjoy your summer reading and … may the force be with you.

Review: William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return

My thoughts of William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher and Quirk Books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Quirk Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

In my mailbox: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE JEDI DOTH RETURN

William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return

I love Quirk books! Recently, the good folks at Quirk Books sent me a copy of “WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE JEDI DOTH RETURN”. The book is due out July 1st, and it is the third in a series.

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Check out the book trailer for the first book of the series ….

I’ll let you know what I think of “WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE JEDI DOTH RETURN” this month and make a video of my game-play in Star Wars the Old Republic.

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jed Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!

Star Wars: The Old Republic

I’m playing Star Wars The Old Republic and having a blast. My character is a portly trooper named Yrrab.

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The game is free-to-play and can be found at http://www.swtor.com/.

If you play the game, let’s do some missions together. Expect to see some video in the near future.

Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

shakespearesstarwarsWilliam Shakespeare’s Star Wars
by Ian Doescher

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (July 2, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1594746370
ISBN-13: 978-1594746376

What can I say? I came, I saw, I laughed…

Doescher retells the story of Star Wars (Verily A New Hope) in the spirit of William Shakespeare. The cover art and interior art are brilliant. I was very impressed with the faux leather cover (complete with a scuffed back) under the dust jacket.

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...

I really loved the Afterword and Doescher’s hat-tip to Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With A Thousand Faces. I agree, Campbell’s book had a major impact on my life. As for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, I have to give it four lightsabers out of five. I blew through it’s 170’ish pages in one afternoon and really enjoyed every Jedi moment of it.

It should be a perfect gift for the Star Wars fan or the English major. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will be available July 2nd … may the Force be with thee.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Quirk Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

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I received William Shakespeare’s Star Wars this morning and finished it moments ago. Awesome!

Book Description
Release date: July 2, 2013
Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

Sir Alec Guinness’ paranormal experiences

guinness MarleyI have always enjoyed the performances of the late Sir Alec Guinness. Imagine my surprise to learn that his diaries and personal letters have been sold to The British Library. Interestingly, Sir Alec wrote about his experiences with the paranormal.

“Room 258 has a little entrance hall, in which I was standing, putting on my heavy grey overcoat. I had put my arm in one sleeve and had got my hand into the arm of the other when, suddenly and swiftly, I was helped on with the coat. I whipped round to see if a maid had been in the bathroom, unknown to me, and had helped. There was no one present anywhere…

“I felt a shiver of fright, made the sign of the cross, and then laughed … I laughed, I believe, because I thought it was the sort of thing that Ralph (link) might have done. I have been left wondering if, in some very mysterious way, it could have been Ralph.”

He was open-minded about the paranormal and goes on to talk about participating in table tapping with some success. Keep that in mind the next time you watch Star Wars or The Bridge on the River Kwai.

English: Sir Alec Guinness portrait
English: Sir Alec Guinness portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wampa Arm Ice Scraper

Hello, my name is Barry and I’m a geek.

Living in Northwest Florida, I really don’t have a need for an ice scraper. However, for my fellow geeks living up North, I thought that I had to share this one.

You can find it over at ThinkGeek (link) for 25 bucks. I’d hang it on the wall with a lightsaber lol. How long will it be before we see this in a Yeti video?

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