Ubiquitous Computing - a new G+ Community

If you're on Google+, you might be interested in joining my new community: UBIQUITOUS. It's a place for discussing the future of Ubiquitous Computing, its trends and potentials, as well as our hopes and concerns about it.

What will life be like when we have RFID chips inside every product and sensors in every environment, when even paper and fabrics can be made "smart", when our personal devices speak with us (and each other) continually, and when artificially-intelligent computer networks surround us in all our social, commercial and personal spaces? Let's talk about it.

Ubiquitous Community on Google+

Games Onboard

Games Onboard is an alternative online game store, featuring the finest in roleplaying games, tabletop boardgames, dice, miniatures and card games for all ages.

The site began as an OpenCart installation, but we fixed that by migrating the database to Drupal 7 and implementing a suitable theme. The website features an array of state-of-the-art e-commerce modules, including Wish Lists, shipping quotes, an Affiliate program and downloadable PDFs - all powered by the Ubercart module.

JEShields Price Calculator

This interactive Price Calculator was built for the website of James Shields, an amazing artist you should definitely check out - especially if you're a publisher of games or comics!

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DayTrippers Website Launched

It's official - the DayTrippers website now takes up virtual space on the interwebs. Right now it's basically a listing of all books and supplemental products available in the line, but coming soon - downloads, hacks, updates, maybe even a forum. Check it out, roleplayers!

http://daytrippersrpg.com/

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200-Word RPG Challenge Finalists

Finalists have been selected in the 200-word RPG Challenge! I and my fellow judges worked through over 220 entries to weed out 33 of them. Reading and voting continues this week, and winners will be announced on or around the 18th.

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The Difference between Narrative and Story - now in PDF format

My three-part blog/essay on The Difference between Narrative and Story is now available in PDF format. Much easier to read. Here it is.

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DayTrippers Core Rules Update

Version 1.3 of the DayTrippers Core Rules is now available in PDF. This version includes new rules for collaborative "GM-Lite" play, as well as new information on SlipShips, Technology and Companies in the world of DayTrippers. Designed for full compatibility with the soon-to-be-released DayTrippers GameMaster Guide, this update is a vital one for all DT players.

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Google Strongarms Mobile-Friendliness

It was bound to happen. Since mobile devices have been outselling desktops for two or three years now, it was only a matter of time before the search engines began penalizing websites that possess no mobile-friendly display method. And the first out of the gate, of course, is Google.

Starting Tuesday, Google's SE ranks will begin to favor mobile-friendly sites over non-mobile-friendly sites. If you don't have a responsive grid or alternate CSS handlers in place for smaller devices, you're gonna start dropping rank. Better get moving.

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Remote Media Queries via Widen DAM

Last week I wrote a joint for the WorldFish Center which uses the REST protocol to interface with the WorldFish media repository at Widen.com. My responses are mixed, but hopeful.

The Widen API is just a bunch of remote functions for managing, querying and organizing media assets in many different ways. It can be seen as a transitional technology between what we web pros call "Web 2.0" (distributed services) and "Web 3.0" (semantic web).

The folks at WorldFish have a huge media repository including thousands of well-organized images from around the world, including metadata, and they wanted to give users searchable access to this repository via their website. But there's a complication: WorldFish is part of the nonprofit CGIAR consortium, and that entity has many other websites, all of which want searchable access to different subsets of these media collections.

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Oracle: The Stone-Drawing Bag

The Stone-Drawing Bag
Starting Counts: Black stones White stones
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