Friday, July 31, 2015

Quote of the Month


"Nothing in life is to be feared,
it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more,
so that we may fear less."

- Marie Curie

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rest in Peace Warhammer Fantasy

The 11th of July, 2015 marked one of the saddest moments in tabletop and roleplaying games history: the death of the Warhammer Fantasy Battle tabletop game, and with it, the Old World, perhaps one of the most iconic fantasy universes ever created.

For those of you who have not heard of Warhammer Fantasy, here is a brief recap. It all started in 1983 when Games Workshop released the first edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battle, the tabletop wargame that lifted the, then small, gaming company to world prominence. To accompany their new game, the guys at GW created a fantasy universe that, over the years, grew to be one of the most unique fantasy settings ever created, a dark and gritty world that inspired many, including Blizzard's well-known Warcraft series. Sadly, it all came to an end a few weeks ago when Games Workshop decided to kill their entire fantasy lineup in order to start fresh, with a new tabletop game and new a setting, both aimed for the casual player.

Scrapping a well-made but admittedly complex game system in favor of a new, more streamlined party game is one thing (from a strictly financial perspective, it might even be understandable, although not any less sad). But, throwing away 32 years of lore and a game world that was one of the most original ones out there, a universe that had become part of the lives of tens of thousands from board and video gamers to roleplayers and tabletop wargamers, is a decision hard to come to terms with (I doubt I will ever be able to as it was a consistent part of my life since my early teens).



If you have not heard of Warhammer Fantasy before, I highly recommend that you look it up and, if you like what you saw, maybe even buy a few novels or roleplay supplements while you still can. They will soon become hard to come by. And if you are someone who, like me, loved the Old World, hold on to your old Warhammer stuff; you are possessing true treasures, the mementoes of a glorious but now dead period of gaming history.


Rest in Peace
Warhammer Fantasy
1983 - 2015


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quote of the Month


"We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements
profoundly depend on science and technology.
We have also arranged things so that
almost no one understands science and technology.
This is a prescription for disaster.
We might get away with it for a while,
but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power
is going to blow up in our faces."

- Carl Sagan

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Quote of the Month


"Where there is evidence,
no one speaks of ‘faith’.
We do not speak of faith that two and two are four
or that the earth is round.
We only speak of faith
when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence."

- Bertrand Russell

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Quote of the Month


"A central lesson of science is that to understand complex issues (or even simple ones),
we must try to free our minds of dogma and to guarantee the freedom to publish,
to contradict, and to experiment.
Arguments from authority are unacceptable."

- Carl Sagan

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Quote of the Month


"The skeptic does not mean him who doubts,
but him who investigates or researches,
as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found."

- Miguel de Unamuno

Monday, March 30, 2015

Reinventing the NASA Mobile App


For the Behance presentation, click on the image!
(and do not forget to push the "appreciate this" button ;)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Quote of the Month


"I'll believe anything,
no matter how wild and ridiculous,
if there is evidence for it.
The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however,
the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be."

- Isaac Asimov

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Quote of the Month


"Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Future of Space Exploration

If there is one company I admire, it is SpaceX. Elon Musk's team not only makes space exploration cheaper by bringing the competitive prices of the private sector to government agencies, but they also try to innovate. Let's face it, today's rocket technology, in many sense, is old and hasn't changed much over the past decades. We still discard booster rockets, dumping billions of dollars into the ocean. And that is where SpaceX comes in with their vision of reusable rockets, of which they actually came pretty close last month when they almost landed a rocket on a barge, floating in the Atlantic ocean. It did not quite work out the way they hoped, but they are on track and the future is looking bright. Here is their vision that can become reality pretty soon. Sometimes I feel we truly live in an age of wonder!