The Stalker: a short story featuring Starcraft!

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Wed May 15 11:02:38 2013.

I’ve always wanted to combine my passions for writing and watching professional Starcraft, and now I’ve finally done it.

The Stalker is a short science fiction story that centers around John "Heart" Wolanski, a professional Starcraft player living abroad in South Korea. John encounters a strange glitch in the game that comes at the worst possible time in his professional gaming career. He must struggle against the glitch and his own personal demons, which are threatening to destroy him.

It’s absolutely free, but if you have a Kindle and want to support my work, you can purchase a copy at Amazon for 99 cents here:

Views: 3712 

Knotty Geeks Episode 22 - Parks and Polls

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Wed May 8 09:19:46 2013.

Poll Results:

Total votes: 3

A single topic for each week that we cover in-depth!
More discussion about old computer history like the Amiga! 1.................................

In this episode of Knotty Geeks, we travel to the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park and enjoy sunshine, fountains, and non-stop weddings. We talk a bit about podcasting, flat design and Windows 8, and for the first time, we ask our audience what direction we should take the podcast in!

Behold, the first ever Knotty Geeks poll! Please vote!

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What should Knotty Geeks focus more on?

More technology news and reviews of new gadgets!
A single topic for each week that we cover in-depth!
More off-the-cuff and spontaneous conversation!
More reviews of science fiction books!
More discussion about old computer history like the Amiga!

Views: 3922 

This is a test poll!

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Mon May 6 15:05:46 2013.

Poll Results:

Total votes: 7

Test option one
Test option two
Test option three 3..........................................

This is a test. It is only a test. You will be able to vote now! Try it out!

Test vote poll topic

Test option one
Test option two
Test option three

Views: 4406  Comments: 7

This Week in Starcraft - Episode 3

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Fri May 3 20:35:45 2013.

In this episode we go over some great games from Dreamhack and update the status of WCS Korea, Europe, and America, including WCS Points standings!

Views: 4017 

Knotty Geeks Episode 21 - Quantum Washing Machines

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Tue Apr 30 17:41:51 2013.

In this episode of Knotty Geeks, we go to a random Starbucks in Burnaby and brave the weather and traffic noise to talk about how we’re basically missing the forest for the trees.

What forest? What trees? We’re basically talking about how society is changing and how technology accelerates this change. From washing machines to quantum mechanics, we cover it all!

Links from the show:

Quantum theory - galaxy observing’s_delayed_choice_experiment

Ars Technica rise and fall of AMD

Washing machines and how they changed society

Gun control and Australia

John Birmingham novels - alternate history of WWII

Views: 4949 

The History of the Amiga series returns!

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Mon Apr 29 08:37:06 2013.

Part 8, or 8.5, or 9, depending on how you’re counting, has been posted at Ars Technica!

In this installment, I look at the demoscene, the amazingly creative group of people who made demos on the Amiga (and later the PC), held demoparties, and pushed forward the limits of graphics and the imagination.

Reaction to the article has been very positive:

"This article gave me chills. Excellent, excellent writing." - generic_1013

"Thanks author, I’m loving this series even though I just found out that it existed. Here’s hoping that it won’t take so long for the next installment." - secretknight42

"Awesome article and I got a mention in it too -- woot!" - MrNSX

I’m really excited and I’m going to start working on the next article right away!

Views: 4300  Comments: 1

Knotty Geeks Episode 20 - Baccalaureates and Battleships

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Mon Apr 22 13:34:13 2013.

In this episode, recorded ONLY A WEEK after the last one, we head out to the University of British Columbia and sit outside the Student Union Building. Topics include playing Starcraft, the gap between trying something and succeeding at it, the rise of good television, and the movie Battleship compared to real battleships.

Views: 4636 

New show: This Week in Starcraft!

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Fri Apr 19 16:42:46 2013.


I’ve always wanted to do a news show, and I love professional Starcraft, so I’ve combined my passions into a weekly show called... wait for it... This Week in Starcraft.

You can watch Episode 1 here:

And you can watch it live every Friday at 3PM PST here:

It’s basically a recap of what’s been happening in the professional Starcraft scene over the last week. I try to keep it down to 30 minutes because who has that much time in life?

Hope to see you there!

Views: 4082 

New Knotty Geeks logo!

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Tue Apr 16 14:47:37 2013.

iTunes recently changed their rules for podcast feeds, and one of the new requirements is a high-resolution logo (1400 x 1400) so that all those lovely iPad Retina Displays don’t see nasty pixels.

So here’s the new logo, whipped up in Photoshop:

Views: 3722 

Knotty Geeks Episode 19 - Bluetooth Mics and Ear Buds

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Mon Apr 15 16:41:26 2013.

In this episode of Knotty Geeks, we try something different and record directly to our iPhones, then mix the two sources together.

Surprisingly, it worked! However, we messed up and recorded the audio at a criminally low 11kHz sample rate. That mistake will be rectified next week. WHAT?? NEXT WEEK?? Yes... we are going to be doing these a LOT more regularly now with our new setup!

The hardest part about mixing the two recordings together was getting them perfectly synced. Terry let out a big "BEEEP" at the beginning but it turns out that isn’t the best waveform to sync two sources with. I had more success just going off individual words, zoomed in at the highest level of detail, in the middle of the podcast. Also I discovered that putting one person on Left channel and the other on the Right seems like it would sound cool but ends up being kind of disconcerting to listen to. Putting both on one channel works better.

Note: The discussion in this episode wanders all over the place. We start by talking about the imminent release of my new article on the history of the Amiga on Ars Technica, and somehow end up discussing North Korea at the end. Somehow, though, it all works!

Link from the show:

Old-school Modem demonstration:

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Views: 3923 

About me

I'm a writer and a web developer. You may have read my articles at Ars Technica, where I write about the Amiga computer, video games such Starcraft, and the history of personal computing.

I write science fiction novels and short stories. You can read more about them here.

I'm also the creator of the rapid application development framework newLISP on Rockets, which powers this blog and a number of other sites.

I do a podcast with my friend Terry Palfrey called Knotty Geeks, where we focus on the 'big picture' impact of technology on our lives, with the two core themes being acceleration and convergence.

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