Why I prefer Youtube TV

Back in 2010, I lost my job, and was unemployed for longer than I cared to be.  During the belt tightening that always happens during times like that, I canceled Cable TV.  I wrote about that elsewhere on this blog, so I won’t get into that.  As time passed, I saw a new service starting, Sling TV.  I happily signed up with them almost immediately after they opened.   But in 2018 I’m with Youtube TV.  Here’s why. [Read more…]

Happy 25th to Monster Bash

In the earlier years of 3D Realms, when we were known simply as Apogee Software, we were known for many popular games in the scroller genre.  Duke Nukem, Bio Menace, Hocus Pocus, Commander Keen, and many others.  But today we’re here to shed a little light on the 1993 scroller, Monster Bash.   Monster Bash turns 25 years old today, having originally been released on Apr 9, 1993! [Read more…]

The Final Cut is 35

I’m going to write a little about an album that turns 35 years old today (Mar 21, 2018).  Originally came out when I was still in High School (!!) – Mar 21, 1983.  I’m speaking of “The Final Cut” by Pink Floyd.  It was the final Floyd album with Roger Waters, and the only one of the 15 Floyd studio albums without keyboardist Rick Wright on it.  Was originally called “Spare Bricks” (which speaks to it’s origins in the “Wall” sessions).

“The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done.
Two suns in the sunset
Could be the human race is run.”

Those are lyrics about nuclear war (“Two Suns in the Sunset”).  If you’re someone who has followed Pink Floyd for a very long time, there’s three things you know about Waters lyrics: [Read more…]

Happy 40th, Blake’s 7

Forty years ago today (Jan 2, 1978) the original episode of Blake’s 7 was released. 40 years. Where the heck has time gone.

This is a show that was the definition of “low budget”. It didn’t get much more low budget than B7. However, if you could get past that (a lot couldn’t) there was some great characters and stories. It was a show that was not afraid to kill its own lead characters, something that’s not that common in TV. Of the original cast, only two stuck around to the final episode, and in that last episode EVERYONE was (seemingly) killed off. [Read more…]

Saturday Night Live & Lorne

I’ve been a Saturday Night Live fan since it started.   I was 10 years old when it started in 1975, and I actually started watching it back then. Now, you can’t blame my parents for that.  My parents divorced around this time, and my mom was wiped all the time from working.  So I would stay up late and watch TV, and discovered this.

Have watched it pretty much since then – through all the ups and downs.   Even the horrible 1980 season.  The four or five years that Lorne Michaels wasn’t there in the early mid 80’s.  Through all the positive and bad over the years (the season with Anthony Michael Hall was awful).  Anyway, now that SNL just wrapped their 42nd season recently, it does make me wonder about the long term future of the show. [Read more…]

Shadow Warrior Turns 20

One of the last old school Apogee/3D Realms games was released 20 years ago today.  On May 13, 1997, 3D Realms released the original Shadow Warrior to the world.  The very anticipated next game from the makers of Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior followed in much the same path as Duke Nukem 3D did.  Over the top weapons and action, and an even more over the top game hero.

This article isn’t one that will go into the nitty gritty of game development, just a few fun memories of people, events, and things relative to Shadow Warrior. Here’s a quick look back at the second major Build game we released 20 years ago today. [Read more…]

Wolfenstein 3D Turns 25!

May 5, 1992.  That was a date that forever changed the landscape of PC gaming.  That was the day that id/Apogee released Wolfenstein 3D v1.0 – a full quarter century ago.   In 2017, not many people need a history lesson on Wolf3D, but it was the 3D shooter that redefined what was possible on PC tech 25 years ago.   The public had seen nothing like it, and it took the industry by storm when released. [Read more…]

New Domain Name

This is a short, admin type message.  I’ve moved my blog.  It’s been on joe.siegler.net for ages, but I went and registered one of the new domain name extensions for it.   If you are seeing this, it is on its new home: http://joesiegler.blog.  The content is all the same, just the site URL is different.

For the most part, I view the newer domain extensions as silly, but the .blog one worked for me, so I jumped on it.   If you happen to find any errors, or anything that still refers back to joe.siegler.net please let me know using the “email me” link at the top.


The Story of Rise of the Triad

I’ve written about Rise of the Triad many times on this blog before.  I will write about it again.  I loved my time working on that game, and I have a ton of fun memories of the people who were on ROTT with me.  But that’s not why I’m writing.  I’m here to mention a very cool new Youtube video that just came out today about ROTT.   Titled “The Story of Rise of the Triad”, it’s a half hour look at the game, where it came from, some of it’s quirks and whatnot.

It was created by Peter Leigh, aka “Nostalgia Nerd”, and I very much enjoyed it.  Hell, he’s the first person to do a ROTT look back that went so far as to include a clip from Red Dwarf showing “Sebastian Doyle”.  One note about that.  The Red Dwarf connection was unofficial.  The Doyle was my own addition. As created, Tom called the character Sebastian Krist.  I added “Doyle” after the fact.  :) [Read more…]

So, you want a website, eh?

I’ve been doing websites a long time.  First ones I ever put online were back in the summer of 1995, almost 22 years ago now.  In all that time I get asked a lot about doing websites for people.  Those who know the Internet and know how it works have a handle on what that request actually means.  But most do not.  To that, I decided to write an article I’ve been meaning to do for awhile called “So, you want a website, eh?”  It lays out the various parts of what actually having an using a website comprise.  Partially because so many I run into don’t know this, but also so I can point to this and say “I’ve already answered that.  Please read this” (saving myself from explaining it yet again).  So here goes… [Read more…]