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January 19, 2021 by Frogboy
Galactic Civilizations II (not III) was released a long time ago.  Since then, most of the people who worked on the game have remained at Stardock but not everyone.  However, over the past year or so, we've been lucky enough to recruit and or contract back some of the original members to return working on new Galactic Civilizations efforts.  
January 10, 2021 by Frogboy
Here's mine: I have no idea why the memes that use this tend to crack me up the most but they do.
January 10, 2021 by Frogboy
This article pretty much describes how I'm feeling about the recent events concerning Trump and the rapid deplatforming going on. I'm not going to miss Trump.  But I am going to miss the days when people were able to talk to each other civilly even when they disagreed.
January 9, 2021 by Frogboy
Where we are and where we're going. Soon... Then... And finally. The robot overlords will smile.
January 9, 2021 by Frogboy
I found this article quite thought provoking. https://pjmedia.com/columns/dennis-prager/2021/01/05/i-now-better-understand-the-good-german-n1305198 This past week we didn't just see the banning of Trump for "inciting violence" (despite said inciting is never included for people to judge for themselves).  Countless other people were banned and even groups like #walkaway on Facebook were banned. Regardless of your politics, this is nothing to celebrate.  I remember a time w...
January 8, 2021 by Frogboy
Given recent events, I was thinking that maybe there's an opportunity to rethink social media platforms entirely. The current leaders like Twitter and Facebook are actually fairly primitive from a technical point of view.  Not their fault. They were built when they were built. If you were to create a new social media site today you wouldn't be able to get away with being like those sites because the distributors of the social media apps (Apple, Google) won't tolerate the growing pains...
December 25, 2020 by Frogboy
I'll be honest with you.  I spend a lot of time on Reddit.    One can see a direct correlation between the rice of Reddit (and to a lesser extent Twitter and Facebook) and the fall of blogs and forums. And I think that's a shame because the nice thing about forums is that you get to know the regulars and there are many nice features on forums that Reddit doesn't have. Still, the UI on many forums, including ours, is not as good as I'd like to see.  Which makes me won...
December 25, 2020 by Frogboy
It's hard to believe that GalCiv III was released over 5 years ago.  Since then, we've had a few major expansions and a lot of DLC. As we enter 2021, we have finally reached the stage where GalCiv III won't be seeing any new DLC but will continue to get updates in the form of balance, fixes and performance improvements as we find them.  Updates will be less frequent as QA time is particularly precious right now. We are very proud of how Galactic Civilizations III evolved.  W...
December 24, 2020 by Frogboy
So I got the new MacBook Air M1.  I have to say, it's pretty amazing.  It's, by far, the fastest laptop I've ever used in terms of how it feels to use.  This is likely a combination of the OS (MacOS tends just feel more responsive than Windows) and the phenomenal performance of the M1. Anyone else pick this up yet?
November 4, 2020 by Frogboy
When you vote in person, the trust-level of the result is high.   I fill out my ballot, I walk to a machine with a poll worker and I insert it in and my vote is cast. But with mail-in votes, especially ones where the ballot applications are mailed out, you have a bunch of vulnerable points in the process: You have the possibility of harvesting the applications.  Picture an operative going to a college dorm or a high density housing complex and going door to door to gather th...
August 23, 2020 by Frogboy
With many people working out of the office, how are you handling it? I confess I feel pretty blessed that I get to work daily with my sons up at the lake.  One is a 3D artists and the other a systems engineer.  Here is a picture of our setup.   It’s a little messy and ad-hoc but super comfy and productive.
June 19, 2020 by Frogboy
I have a 2012 MacBook Pro that I'm using to type this on. As a Windows/PC user mainly, I am used to my PC laptops and desktops start to feel slow and obsolete after a few years.   Yet, this laptop feels as good as ever.  The display is still amazing, arguably better than my Surface Book 3 (Which I have here and yet find myself using the Mac when doing light work) and the GUI remains as smooth and responsive as ever. That is one big benefit of MacBook Pros over every PC laptop ...
May 31, 2020 by Frogboy
Brad’s hand youth system. Hand on left: untreated. Hand on right: one day of Brad’s youth system. The secret ingredient: Bee stings!  
May 31, 2020 by Frogboy
Changelog for what I'm working on for Ashes v2.0:   Structure Changes Quantum Archive radioactive cost increased from 300 to 400Quantum Relay radioactive cost increased from 300 to 400PHC Refinery radioactive cost increased from 300 to 600, time increased from 90 to 120.  This was done to decrease early game use of it.Unit ChangesThe big change here is that the Substrate units that had armor have had it removed.  Instead, shields have been slightly increased and shield re...
May 31, 2020 by Frogboy
Changelog for what I'm working on for Ashes v2.0:   Structure Changes Quantum Archive radioactive cost increased from 300 to 400Quantum Relay radioactive cost increased from 300 to 400PHC Refinery radioactive cost increased from 300 to 600, time increased from 90 to 120.  This was done to decrease early game use of it.Unit ChangesThe big change here is that the Substrate units that had armor have had it removed.  Instead, shields have been slightly increased and shield re...