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Submission + - A new Space Quest game? The Two Guys from Andromeda are back! (

XanC writes: The Two Guys from Andromeda (Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe), the geniuses behind the classic Space Quest series of adventure games, have joined forces once again. They're working on a new "Space Adventure" (I'm assuming they legally can't call it Space Quest), and have a fun site where you can learn more. It brings back great memories of Space Quest past, and hope for the future as well!

Submission + - New Star Trek world premiere in Austin

XanC writes: The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin just hosted the surprise world premiere of the new Star Trek film. The scheduled show was Wrath of Khan, but Mr Nimoy and delivered the new reels to great applause.

This film is unashamedly a reboot, and it even explains very well how and why it's a reboot. The new actors pay homage to the originals while bringing their own originality to the table. (Karl Urban as Bones was particularly fantastic.) It somewhat falls victim to the Star Wars prequels' fallacy of the same half-dozen people being involved in everything from the beginning, but that's the most negative thing I could say about it. Overall, the show is a wild ride, and shows tremendous promise for further sequels in this series. Go see it when you can.
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Submission + - Olympic scores computed by weighing events (

XanC writes: If you're like me, you find it frustrating that there's no single winner at
the Olympics. Sometimes medal counts are used, but there are so many silly
medals mixed in with the important ones that the count becomes meaningless. weighs each event by manliness, and comes up
with an overall score for each country. You can follow along as the Olympics
progress, and at the end you'll see who wins. You can also get results for
Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. And if you like, you can create an alternate
rating system and keep track of your own personal Olympics.

Spain's out to an early lead, but none of the higher ranked medals have been
awarded yet.


Submission + - Format for archiving literary content?

XanC writes: "I've been appointed Conservator for my late great-uncle's estate. He had written a number of screenplays, short stories, poems, etc etc, and he wanted to get them published. How should I store the raw data? Ideally, I'd want to generate a plaintext version, a paginated version, or an HTML version from the same source file. Are there XML Schema for screenplays and short stories, with converters to LaTeX and HTML? Or am I defining my own Schema and writing translators in Perl?

Or, more likely, is the best solution something I haven't thought of?"

Submission + - Earthlink Hijacking the Internet

XanC writes: Earthlink has begun to hijack the complete Internet namespace, and even proudly admits to it on its blog site. This is more far-reaching than SiteFinder, because any string of gibberish now resolves, not just those ending in .com. It only affects Earthlink customers, of course. Unless they fix this soon there will be a lot fewer of those to worry about.

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