August 15 2019

Space Bard Dan Span of the Band, Recap, Is Kickstarting a Solo Mixtape!

While I have spoken to Dan Span several times in the last few years about his release of a solo Album, I had no idea this was happening today when I was checking messages!

I’ve honestly been like OMG, OMG, OMG since!

If your not familiar with Dan Span and his work, get that way! He has serious talent and your going to want to be able to say someday “I was listening to him before he was as big as Snoop Dogg!”. As not only a friend, but official number 1 fan, I know what im talking about here!

Dan has previously released two albums with Dom John and Steven Goldman of Four Legged Records. Neon Milk and Pronoia. You can learn more about those, listen to some tracks, some covers, and even purchase them here: Recap – Electronic Rap Rock – Hudson Valley, NY

I first learned what INCREDIBLE skill and talent Dan Span has when he worked with Dom John to win a contest for a Video Game, with a Music Video. They did this in one weekend!

The have been Finalists and have played at Blizzcon. TWICE!

Every piece of music Dan has ever been involved in, that I have been able to get my hands on, is on my Iphone Playlist.

Help me add these, go support an amazing and talented young individual, and get some of the best music you’ll ever have in return!

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December 25 2017

Keeping up with Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Community, and It’s Developers in the News

It’s about that time again when I toss out some little blurbs and links to things that may be of interest to the Shroud of the Avatar community!

A fun article over here in Which Richard Garriott practices the virtue of Forgiveness.

Lord British pardons long-ago piracy of Ultima 6 – Polygon

You will also find Richard Garriott over here.
Game development leaders optimistic about state of things in Austin

As well as over here, and if you follow the space stuff at all this is one I highly recommend reading. Great article!
Space Tech Oddity: An Astronaut, VC And Space Writer Discuss Space Exploration


Unfortunately, that’s all I have saved in the article box at this time! All three are great pieces of the man behind the game!

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November 26 2017

Keeping up with Shroud of the Avatar, it’s Developer’s, and it’s Community

Long overdue to highlight some of the things taking place that may be of interest to many of the Shroud of the Avatar community!


One thing that just happened is community member Rosemourne transcribed the R46 post-mortem telethon. Definitely, a cool thing to do for the community!

R46 Post-Mortem Telethon Transcription | Shroud of the Avatar Forum


Both Richard Garriott and his wife Laetitia Garriott, who met through their joint interests in spaceflight, also held duel judge positions recently!

Surprise Double Prize at the Austin “Sharks in Space” Event


Let’s not miss out on the articles by various game sites, magazines, blogs, and other such places that have done articles on Shroud of the Avatar itself!

Shroud Of The Avatar Details Release 48 Updates | MMOExaminer

Are Too Many MMORPGs Using the Fantasy Genre? | MMOExaminer

Shroud Of The Avatar Shows Off Armor And Holiday Items | MMOExaminer

Shroud of the Avatar – Invading Europe – MMORPG.com

Shroud Of The Avatar Gives Patch Notes For Release 47 | MMOExaminer

Warum hacken alle auf Shroud of the Avatar rum? – Mein-MMO.de

What's Ahead for the Balance of 2017? The Journey to Early Access Release – Shroud of the Avatar – MMORPG.com

What's Ahead for the Balance of 2017? The Journey to Early Access Release – Shroud of the Avatar – MMORPG.com


Some cool things from the community! Speaking of which, I am going to be in a play soon! Right, the stuff..

Join the Meretz SotA Tribe | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Some other Misc Stuff

Gamasutra – GDC 2018 to host a special 20th anniversary

Windows 10 Issue and Workaround | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Visceral Games Joins A Long List Of Studios Closed By EA

News – All News

Tracy Hickman working on some cool things outside of Sota!
The VOID Tackles Star Wars Universe in Next Experience – Utah Business

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June 25 2017

Helen Garriott Auction Spotlight


As someone who is both an Ultima collector and that follows the creators, it was eventual that at some point in my life I’d take a look at Helen Garriott’s work. For those not in the know, this would be Richard “Lord British” Garriott’s, mother.

I LOVE her ceramics! So much so that I spent years watching for them until I was able to get a piece for my own collection at a bargain.

I still watch for them as I would love to own many of them. This one is definitely outside of my budget but it absolutely beautiful!

Signed Helen Garriott Solar Candy Jar Dishes with lid

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March 19 2017

Richard Garriott and Space – eBay Auction Spotlight


What really caught my attention about this item on eBay today, was not that it’s all that rare. I just haven’t seen one in quite a while.

I have seen them posted regularly in the past. Pricing if I remember right tends to run between $75.00 – and $125.00 so this one while not an amazing deal, IS reasonable and fair.

I would love to get one of these for my collection! I have a framed Nasa Postal Cover that has been signed both by Richard and his father, Owen Garriott. Richard signed it for me himself, and while it’s worth a relatively minor dollar amount, especially compared to other items in my collection, it is one of my most treasured possessions as well as his commemorative space travel coins.

Why? Simple, I am a major fan of the space programs as I believe our ability to travel, explore, and populate the stars, is dependent upon our long-term ability to survive as a species. I believe that could lead to us being one nation someday, as one planet, without borders.

Commercial Spacelight bringing the countries of the planet together to pioneer the stars due to common interest and passion. I also believe that Richard Garriott will be historically seen as one of the greatest visionaries of his century as a godfather and pioneer not only in his work in the space industry but also for his ability to inspire others.

So I personally love items that tie those things together, as they represent something I believe strongly in and have a passion for. Dollar value is irrelevant :).

Whatever your reason for collecting such item’s though, this one is a cool piece to own!

Richard Garriott Personal Patch Soyuz TMA-13 International Space Station Tourist

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February 12 2017

Richard Garriott In the News

Richard Garriott is in the news on a general basis, but there are spurts based on his activities. Of late there has been a lot of pieces I have noticed. Here are some of the more interesting ones!

Polygon did this great piece titled “Richard Garriott: the man, the myth, the mischief”, which dives deeply into Richard’s new book.
Richard Garriott: the man, the myth, the mischief

Over on App.com is “FAN THEORY: Richard Garriott talks ‘Explore/Create”.
FAN THEORY: Richard Garriott talks 'Explore/Create'

Interesting topic over here at PC Magazine “Can Online Games Keep the Modern World From Falling Apart?”.
Can Online Games Keep the Modern World From Falling Apart?

I thought this piece was very cool as it just seems like something that would be very interesting to do. Published by Austin’s Business Journal “50 startups will pitch to Richard Garriott, LA Dodgers’ CFO at 2017 SXSW Accelerator contest”.
50 startups will pitch to Richard Garriott, LA Dodgers' CFO at 2017 SXSW Accelerator contest

Another book review by “The Space Review”.
The Space Review: Review: Explore/Create


Nothing really to see here as it already took place and was live. Just personally thought it sounded like a cool appearance.

hursday at 9 PM Eastern time, tune into Ham Talk Live! to hear Richard Garriott de Cayeux, W5KWQ talk about operating ham radio from the International Space Station and his new book, Explore/Create!

hursday at 9 PM Eastern time, tune into Ham Talk Live! to hear Richard Garriott de Cayeux, W5KWQ talk about operating ham radio from the International Space Station and his new book, Explore/Create!

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December 7 2016

Miss Getting Your Pronoia 12″ Vinyl from Recap Band’s Kickstarter?

I know that I am excited to hear mine is in the mail. I recently just purchased a Turntable (now named “The Lafrance” after a friend of mine) and can’t wait to try this out on it!

If you didn’t get one from the Kickstarter, fear not you still have an opportunity! Grab it before the glass slams down and shatters.

https://www.recapband.com/product/pronoia-12-vinyl-record/

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November 25 2016

Talking About Richard Garriott’s New Book: “Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark”

Wow, that is a long title! Let’s take another look at that. Today we are going to talk about the book written by Richard Garriott and David Fisher titled “Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark.”

Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark on Amazon

Getting the necessaries out of the way. This article will contain some minor spoilers, but I will be hiding them in spoiler boxes.

This book has not been published yet and is being released 1/10/2017 on Amazon. My references are in regards to an Advanced Read Copy (ARC) I won in a random giveaway on Goodreads, and ready this week.


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I am going to talk about this book first from an overall perspective as a sort of quick review piece. Following that, I will do a quick chapter by chapter commentary which will be hidden by a spoiler box to make it easier on the eyes.

Some of my comments will be of a personal nature while others may be about the content. Anything goes!

Please understand that I am not an objective reader. I have had contact with Richard on numerous occasions in various formats, including in person. From that association and common interests I share with him, this has led into us sharing several common friends, a couple of which are even mentioned in his book!

Thereby my review, while I will try to make it object where it should be, may be colored by biases I do not even realize I have. You have been told!

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As someone who had already been patiently waiting for the release of this book, I was rather excited when I won it in a Goodreads giveaway. This was followed by a slight bit of disappointment at the 30-day timeline only to turn once again into excitement when the book arrived a few days later, which for me was two days ago.

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Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark on Amazon

While I was very interested in receiving it, I also was worried that I would find it somewhat boring. Not due to lack of being well written or good content but rather as someone who has been following Richard Garriott at some level or another most of my life, I was worried it would all be old news to me.

Quite the contrary, there were only a couple sections of the book that feel this way to me. Areas that I had heard stories about from Richard or seen on Youtube had new insights and revelations. To my astonishment, I even learned about a few of Richard’s adventures in life I had not known of. I attribute this to the fact that as a public personality, time alone in private with him is rare. So topics tend to be the ones that the majority of the public pull from him.

This book allows for a format in which Richard gets to share adventures that may not be as popular, but I find none the less intriguing.

While he certainly offers some advice here and there, it is more narrative and story driven. Recounting major stories, turning points, and adventures in his life with some commentary. I personally, was then able to draw some corollary’s in my own life and learn from his experience.

Being done this way led to a fun story that at many times completely engaged me, drew me in, and made me feel like I was living it a bit. Not in the way a good Fiction Novel would, but well enough to help me feel the experiences he describes.

David Fisher did a fantastic job overall in capturing the nuances of Richards personality in person, in print. I have had the honor to engage with Richard face to face on occasion and many times as I read this book I could easily hear him telling me the story!

There can be a lot of reasons someone may be interested in this book. Hoping to gain some insight or wisdom from a creative individual perhaps. You may be a fan or follow of one area of his life such as video game or space travel and are looking for things specific to that. Maybe you just find him and his stories fun or exciting.

For me, it is a combination of all these things and many others, which put this book was on my wish list. Whichever reason you are considering purchasing it for, do yourself a favor and get on the preorder list. It’s not lengthy which for some will be positive. For myself, that was the only negative.

If you want to hear some of my fun commentaries about the book, the following is a chapter by chapter commentary that overall I keep short. Spoilers will exist but will be mostly minor. I will try to avoid sharing anything that might ruin reading it for yourself!

Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark on Amazon


Chapter 1 – Titanic Mistakes

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Chapter 2
I Was a Teenage Dungeon Master

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The Night Comet Shoemaker Levy 9 Crashed Into Jupiter

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Chapter 3
The Origin of Origin

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It All Begins To Computer

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Risky Business

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Chapter 4 – The Wonders of Wondering

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Chapter 5 – Minding My Own Business

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Chapter 6 – A Universal Language

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Chapter 7 – IV-Play, Or The New Rules of Engagement

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Chapter 8 – Makeing Enemies

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Chapter 9 – The Haunted Beginnings of Themed Interactive Events

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Chapter 10 – The Magic of Science

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Chapter 11 – The Discovery of the Pina Colada

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Chapter 12 – The End of the Beginning of the World

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Chapter 13 – Nothing for Money

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Chapter 14 – We Created a World and Never Got a Day of Rest

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Chapter 15 – Finder’s Leavers: A-Geocaching We Will Go

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Chapter 16 – Playing for Keeps

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Chapter 17 – He’s Got a Ticket to …

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Chapter 18 – Packing (and smuggling) for Space: The Space Kielbasa

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Chapter 19 – Taking Up Space

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Chapter 20 – Don’t Kill Stephen Hawking!

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Chapter 21 – Oh! The Places We’ll Go!

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I dedicate this article to Richard Garriott.

Richard Garriott has had at least some subtle, yet direct, effect on my life since I have been a child. Sometimes not so subtle. 🙂

It was enjoyable for me to get to read many of his great stories in detail and I look forward to the next volume!

But.. Richard,
J/K

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November 10 2016

Analyzing the Lyrics of “Do You Ever” by The Recap Band, From the Album “Neon Milk”

Analyzing the Lyrics of “Do You Ever” by The Recap Band, From the Album “Neon Milk

Do You Ever does not have a big reveal from me. From what I have been able to discern on my own on this one, we have the honor nod to a typical love/girl song on an album. Going through the stages of finding and loosing love, only to be hopeful to find it again.

Part of life that is needed by most, and so definitely should have a place on any album that talks about life. Something I think we can all relate too, though, without me getting all wordsy about it.

So for this one I give you the lyrics and my intro summary, only.

(Chorus)
Do you ever think about me
‘Cause I do think of you
Do you ever dream about me
‘Cause I do dream of you

(Verse 1)
I can still remember the moment I first saw ya
I ain’t one to gawk but think I felt my jaw drop
Hotter than august eyes like emeralds
If love is a battlefield then you must be the general
But what am I thinking you don’t know the things I been through
Plus I got a chica I’m already pretty into
But damn baby girl you got me caught up in ya undertow
I can’t even move but still I really gotta wonder though

(Chorus)
(Verse 2)
‘Cause ya smoke more trees than a wildfire
Talkin’ ‘bout the universe and I ain’t even kinda tired
So much energy you got me feelin’ out of practice
The complete package you are what the fuck a catch is
But the sad fact is girl you the one that got away
Never found the time but trust me I did have a lot to say
But now it’s gotten way too late and I feel my brain
Do the loop like a fuckin’ hula hoop
Ever since you flew the coop and you moved
Things just ain’t been right homie
Oh that other girl she left I was happy to say bye only
That’s the bitch of it ‘cause now I’m all alone and I’m lonely
All these years later and you still the one on my mind homie
I never had a chick come along and rattle this
Cage that I’m in and you showed me the way out of it
But when you left my life sunk like battleships
Time to pick myself back up and I guess you were the catalyst

(Chorus) (Bridge 2x)
Oooh well life’s a surprise
No matter what we do
And in the darkness of night
I pray that the dawn brings you

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