Anakin Skywalker is Going to Turn Evil! I Have Proof!

Screen shot: Illustrated script for Star Wars: Revenge of the


“Launch lucrative toys!…erm, I mean, fighters!”

If you know where to look, you can find both the script and the comic book adaptation of the upcoming Star Wars installment, Revenge of the Sith

Screen shot: Scanned comic book adaptation of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

“I have you now, Saruman!…er, I mean, Count Dooku!”

In the News

Cat Hunting?

[via Boing Boing] Given my dislike of cats, I find it amusing that Wisconsin is considering making cat hunting legal. That’s “cat hunting” as in “humans hunting cats” rather than what is depicted in the picture below (click to see it at full size):

Photo: Cats hunting.

I thought I’d never have an excuse to use this picture. I don’t even remember where I downloaded this pic from. Click the picture to see it at full size.

It Happened to Me

Geek Gridlock (or: Appearing at Penguicon)

I’ve been invited as a “Nifty Guest” to Penguicon 3.0

(think of it as a Reese’s peanut butter convention where Linux and

science fiction collide in creamy geeky goodness), which takes

place April 22nd through 24th in Novi, Michigan. Major guests include

my friend and former employer Cory Doctorow; nifty guests include the one and only Eric S. Raymond.

My major presentation will take place on Sunday, April 24th and appears in the program as:

Interactive Fiction: Down and Out in the Grue Kingdom

2:00 to 3:00 pm

Joey deVilla

Interactive Fiction, also known as “IF” and formerly known as “text

adventure games”, has a history spanning over 30 years and thrives even

in this day of console games. If you are (or hope to be) a game

developer, an author, or both, join us as we show you how to develop IF

using the Inform programming language. We’ll implement a game/interactive story based on a scene from Cory Doctorow’s “Down and

Out in the Magic Kingdom”.

If you’re in the neighbourhood, c’mon down and say “hi” —

you might even decide that you’d like to write your own interactive

fiction games!

I looked at the schedule and initially thought “Hey, good,

no major draws away from my presentation” — Cory’s reading is from

1:00 to 1:30, and the big panel with Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda, Eric S.

Raymond and Nat Torkington is at 3:00. But then I saw it:

Jay Maynard and Fame in Fandom

2:00 to 3:00 pm

Jay Maynard

The Tron Guy! You saw him on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Let him

talk about being famous and sought after! How can you become big man in

fandom? Come find out.

In the nerd world, that’s like having your band play the same night as Radiohead.

Photo: Jeff Maynard in his Tron costume.

Jay Maynard, the Tron Guy. Check out his site at


Seeking a Cartoon Source

Anyone know where I can get my hands on any of those old Warner

Brothers cartoons featuring Spike the bulldog and Chester the terrier?

Their cartoons always start with Chester bouncing around Spike, going

“C’mon, Spike, let’s do somethin’!”. Chester would suggest an activity, to which Spike respond with a “Naaaah!” and

slap Chester, who would fly backwards into a nearby wall. Chester would chuckle, brush himself off and say

“Yeah, that was a dumb idea,” then look at the camera and say “I like

Spike, ’cause Spike’s my friend!”

If you know where I can find these — either online or if it was ever

released for sale on video or DVD, let me know in the comments!


On my Work Blogs…

Yeah, it’s all “Money for blogging and chicks for free” when you’re the Technical Community Development Coordinator.

But seriously, here are my most recent entries on the various Tucows blogs to which I contribute:

On The Farm:

On IndieGameDev:

On the Blogware blog:

In the News

You Have Been Following the Adscam Thing, Haven’t You?

It’s been a busy week at work and at home, so I haven’t had a chance to

cover everything. Rather than do a full writeup on it, I’ll simply point you to some writeups about the big story going on up here in Accordion Land


What to Do with All that Moolah

Deenster has a question:

OK, so apparently the STAR TREK fans raised

more than $3 million dollars to try to save Star Trek Enterprise from

cancellation. What do you think they should do with their money if they

are unsuccessful?

a) hire many women for pleasure
b) donate it to the Aspergers foundation
c) start a fund to send kids to space camp
d) start a sci-fi fiction endowment fund

Putting aside any question as to whether $3 million is enough — remember, an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation cost about $1 million per episode

— Deenster has neglected option e: starting a colony of die-hard

Enterprise fans who live by their own rules [Quicktime video, 464KB,


Click the picture above to see the video:

“Inspired by the most logical race in the galaxy — the Vulcans —

breeding will be permitted once every seven years. For many of you,

this will mean much less breeding. For me, much much more!”