Minecraft

2127186-box_minecraft_largeThis is the beginning of the end. I’ve finally given in and started playing Minecraft. All thanks to Chris Ogden buying me a copy for Christmas, and Troy Kristoffer setting up the server on our network.

As I expected, I’m quickly sucked into it, and can only spend my waking moments thinking about what I’m going to do the next time I play. I’m a huge sandbox game player and love to build. I suppose there are worse things to be obsessed about.

In honor of the world ending…

Professor Fansworth“Goodbye, cruel world. Goodbye, cruel lamp. Goodbye, cruel velvet drapes, lined with what would appear to be some kind of cruel muslin. And the cute little pom-pom pull ropes, cruel though they may be…”

- Futurama: A Clone of My Own (#2.15)

“Doomsday device? Aha! Now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court. I suppose I can part with one and still be feared.”

- Futurama: Time Keeps on Slipping (#3.14)

Ask Questions the Right Way

Pretty good article with tips on how to ask questions effectively. Nothing ground breaking but good refreshers. Though, it missed an important tip: active listening. At a glance summary below:

  1. Don’t ramble on–terminate the sentence at the question mark.
  2. Get comfortable with silence.
  3. Start with “who, what, when, where, how, or why” for more meaningful answers.
  4. Don’t fish for the answer you want.
  5. Stop nodding if you don’t understand–ask a follow-up instead.
  6. If you get a non-answer, approach it again from a different angle.
  7. Rephrase the answer in your own words.
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask dumb questions.

Asheron’s Call 2 is back!

This came as a surprise to everyone!

Asheron’s Call 2 has returned! We have opened up a new server for anyone who has an active Asheron’s Call subscription to play Asheron’s Call 2 for free! Although we would have loved to revisit some of our old characters with you, we were not able to bring over any of your old characters. We do, however, present this new Asheron’s Call 2 server, Dawnsong, to all active Asheron’s Call players with a paid subscription or who purchase an ACTD retail key and subscribe.

Check out the full post

Have the Courage to Be Direct

Great article on Harvard Business Review about the need to balance diplomacy with directness. Something I strive to do daily, but don’t always succeed. Most amusing quote from the article:

The classic feedback “sandwich” goes like this: good news, followed by bad news, ending with good news. Eating a sandwich with good bread, but bad meat in the middle, isn’t too enjoyable.

Via HBR