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I'm Andrew. I write about the past and future of tech, music, media, culture, art, and activism. This is my blog.

A Game of Penny Dreadfuls

Recently, I’ve been chipping away (slowly, but steadily) at an idea for a tabletop game that has taken root in my brain. Over a period of two weeks, I took the game from an idea that wouldn’t leave me alone, through to a complete rulebook and a set of generic 3D printed models. Since receiving my first batch of 3D prints, I have overseen just over a dozen playthroughs, and I’m currently working to improve the game’s balance and increase startup speed.

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Beacon 23

Last night, while having dinner with a friend, I was reminded of the excellent Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey which was originally serialized over a period of several months. The was the first book of Hugh Howey’s that I’ve read. I was introduced to it by Warren Ellis’ newsletter Orbital Operations.

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3D Hub

I recently had cause to get some 3D printing done. After getting a quote from Shapeways (DAMN!) I turned to 3D hubs, and found local folks who have gone above and beyond in the service of my project.

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100+ Year Old Electric Cars (or execution is everything)

The first electric car was developed in 1830. The first internal combustion car came in the late 1880s, nearly 60 years later. In 1905, there were more than 450,000 cars in the US. The majority of these cars were Electric or Steam powered, with a small number of Gasoline powered cars. Electric cars were prized for their reliability, comfort, and efficiency. The electric car was, essentially, the best vehicle on the market for most uses up through 1920.

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