Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 31, 2014

Just committed an update to my Shortcode WordPress plugin; it should be available soon. This version adds a shortcode wparchive for displaying date-based archives (see www.maxpagels.com/shortcodes.txt for more information).

Update: I immediately uploaded a fix for the issue where the wparchive shortcode would display before all other post content. It now displays as it should, i.e. exactly where in your post or page the code is inserted. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Russian Space Farmers Harvest Wheat, Peas and Greens

A variety of crops have been successfully harvested on board the International Space Station and verified as safe to eat, a Russian scientist said Wednesday.

“The experiments with peas have been very promising,” Margarita Levinskikh, a researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Problems told an annual space conference in Moscow.

Russian cosmonauts have also grown Japanese leafy greens and a variety of dwarf wheat that has produced seeds of “just extraordinary quality,” she added.

Space agriculture.

Update to the ALBW playthrough: I’ve finally beat the Ice Ruins (easily the most annoying dungeon so far), so all that appears to be left is Lorule Castle. I’ll try finishing it this weekend.

January 30, 2014

Spent way too much time yesterday evening playing A Link Between Worlds. I’ve never been a huge fan of the 2D Zelda games, but this one manages to do just about everything right. I’ve got one dungeon left to complete in Lorule.

Nintendo’s Big Plan Is a Third Platform, Focusing on Health

At a briefing for investors and the media held on Thursday morning, Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata outlined the company’s plan to create a third platform to sit alongside its Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game machines.

But, said Iwata, the aim is to create a platform that’s not a videogame machine first and foremost, but one that’s entirely focused around these “quality of life” apps. Thus, he hopes to sail the company into another “blue ocean” — an untapped market of consumers who’d never buy a videogame console, but who would buy a product focused around health instead of hijinks.

Trust Nintendo to announce something that no one thought they would announce. I was just about as wrong as one can be.

January 29, 2014

Today’s nostalgia-filled music recommendation: the title song to The Secret of Monkey Island. So good.