Archive for August, 2007

Flash 4-ward

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Wizards of the Coast has announced Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition. The first 4E publication, the Player’s Handbook, will be released in May 2008. EN World has a summary of everything that is currently known about 4E.

It makes cool slightly

Friday, August 10th, 2007

The temperature hit 104 degrees today, so my initial reaction to the USB-powered necktie cooler was “What a great idea!” Then I remembered that I haven’t worn a necktie to work since 1992. That was at IBM, where people now wear shorts and T-shirts to the office. And now that I have a job that lets me work from home some of the time, I don’t even have to wear pants to work. Mind you, I’m not saying that I don’t — just that it’s entirely a matter of my own discretion.

Big Ben falls silent

Friday, August 10th, 2007

The London clock known as Big Ben will soon be shut down for maintenance, depriving the city of its sonorous chimes for four to six weeks. But I’m puzzled about one detail. According to the AP article about this event, the last time the clock was shut down for repairs was 1990. Well, that can’t be right! Has the AP forgotten about the 2006 incident involving an alien spacecraft? It took a lot of repairs to get Big Ben running again after that.