Author Archives: Luke Maciak

Two Factor Authentication

Let’s talk about Heartbleed for a second, shall we? Perhaps not about the bug itself, but rather about it’s real world ramifications. What does a small implementation mistake mean for an average citizen of the web? Well, probably the most … Continue reading

Posted in technology | Tagged | 7 Comments

Hearthstone

The Warcraft franchise is a vast, ever growing, almost sentient thing. It includes a number of extremely popular strategic games, the worlds biggest MMO, spawned world’s first MOBA, inspired series of licensed novels, toy lines, an obscure and unpopular tabletop … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 2 Comments

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Marvel seems to have figured out the superhero movie formula. Ever since The Hulk (which was was a bit of s stinker) every single-hero movie has been a gradual improvement over the previous one. I think part of the success … Continue reading

Posted in movies | Tagged | 8 Comments

Chromebook

A few months ago I wrote about my desire to get a Chromebook. Well, I finally broke down and got one. At first I wasn’t really sure if it was worth the expense but now that I had it for … Continue reading

Posted in technology | Tagged , | 12 Comments

Bizarre Bestiary: Fimir

Most fantasy settings tend to be built of a standardized template. You have your humans, elves and dwarfs in the good guys corner, and then your orcs, goblins and undead in the bad guy corner. These “classic” races are almost … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged | 12 Comments

3 Tiny Vim Plugins That Will Make Your Life Easier

There is a religious movement within the Vim community which emphasizes purity of the environment and rejects superfluous plugins and advises adherents to meticulously prune their .vimrc to keep it nearly empty and thus clean from impurities. I personally do … Continue reading

Posted in programming | Tagged | 5 Comments

Bizarre Bestiary: The Dreaded Duckbunny

If you have been following my blog for a while, you might remember my 2008 post about silly D&D monsters. It was more or less just an elaborate link-blog to the Head Injury Theather post on the same subject. The … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged | 2 Comments

Let’s Learn LaTex: Part 7

Let’s talk about embedding code snippets in your LaTex documents. All of us here are programmers (except for those who aren’t) so this is a natural thing we might want to do. Despite being built by programmers for programmers, LaTex … Continue reading

Posted in programming | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Project Ravenflight Part 5

This will likely be the last post of the series, so before I begin I wanted to wrap up some lose ends and respond to the constructive criticism I have gotten so far. Firstly, here is a size comparison chart … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged , | 2 Comments

More Granular Alignment System

Time is weird. When you are two years old, then the summer vacation seems to be an eternity because that two month time period represents nearly a tenth of your entire life. As you get older, the ratio between the … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | 8 Comments

What is everyone up to?

We haven’t done this in a while, and lately I have been writing these draining five thousand word posts, so let’s do a reader participation thread once more. Plus I just finished updating my about page so I’m still kinda … Continue reading

Posted in meta | 15 Comments

Ravenflight Part 4: My Centaurs, Gnomes and Angels are Different

Guys, it is time to start wrapping up the Ravenflight series. Here are the three final races: Centaurs, Gnomes and the Celestials. They are all markedly different. Centaurs are mostly good guys and kinda awesome. Gnomes are neutral but strange, … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Kerbal Space Program

In the past month or so, I have written quite a few posts about video games being a storytelling medium. I adore games that have compelling characters and carefully constructed narratives that avoid common tropes. Not everyone shares this opinion. … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 8 Comments

Gone Home

My relationship with video games has changed over the years. When I was younger, every game was a wondrous journey into the land of entertainment and fun to me. But as I got older and experienced more games, both good … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 3 Comments

Ravenflight Part 3: My green dudes are different

The three green skinned races of Raven Islands are not directly related, and unlike various human ethnic groups they cannot interbreed. However they are frequently lumped together because of their skin color, and because they have all arrived on the … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Shelter

Few weeks ago I wrote about a billion and seven words about Papers Please, which was a indie game that touched me in a rather personal way. Not only did it posses a wickedly dark humor and an absolutely soul-crushing … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 3 Comments

HAWP

Hey Ash Whatcha Playin’? commonly abbreviated as HAWP is a web based comedy series that I’ve been on and off following since about 2008. Every once in a while someone will post a link to a recent episode, or I … Continue reading

Posted in video games | 3 Comments

Ravenflight Part 2: My Humans are Different

If you feel lost, I highly recommend starting with Part 1 of this series which provides some background information with respect to goals and scope of this project. And now, formalities aside, lets talk about humans. To be frank, humans … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged , | 11 Comments

A few more thoughts on Bioshock Infinite

Back in April, I started writing what was supposed to be a gushing, three part Bioshock Infinite review. I never wrote the third part because, while I thought I had a lot to say about the story I actually didn’t. … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 2 Comments

Ravenflight Part 1: My Halflings, Elves and Dwarves are Different

For a while now I have been running my Reinventing Fantasy Races series of posts in which I try to come up with unusual and unconventional approaches to common fantasy tropes. Over the last few months several people mentioned that … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged , | 8 Comments

Papers, Please

Two weeks ago I reviewed Far Cry 3 which was a mix in terms of quality: really good in some places, really bad in others, offensive at times but really fun throughout. In my eyes, it stood out a bit … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 9 Comments

Far Cry 3

Spoiler Warning: this review contains massive spoilers. You have been warned. I picked up Far Cry 3 during the Winter Steam Sale and played it throughout the holiday break. I must admit it was a lot of fun. This was … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 9 Comments

A list of things you may possibly need, but maybe not (2013 edition)

Bla, bla, bla, introductory paragraph. This is usually the place where I tell you a story, or make some generalizing statements about the nature of the universe, but for some reason I can’t be bothered to do any of that … Continue reading

Posted in technology | 6 Comments

Merry x-mas Everyone

So apparently I am obligated by law to make this post every December 24 or thereabouts. So as per tradition, here is that picture, of that one character from that one animated series that was once awesome, but then got … Continue reading

Posted in random stuff | 8 Comments

Non Tolkienesque Fantasy – Other Songs

I have a very strange relationship with the Fantasy genre. On one hand, I absolutely love the classic Tolkienesque “dwarves, elves and goblins” style settings in my movies, video games and pen and paper RPG’s. On the other hand, I … Continue reading

Posted in literature | Tagged | 5 Comments