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Here’s something that looks cool. I was looking up something on the
library site for Simple Media Direct
Layer
and I saw a reference to Civil, a networked multiplayer game of
strategy set duing the (American) Civil War. Since I live in an former
battleground and keep running across more and more of the historical
markers in my neighborhood, my interest in the Civil War is increasing
(never saw the Ken Burns documentary that so inflamed everyone else –
yet another party I am late to). The beauty of SDL is that this thing
is available in Linux, Windows, MacOS X, and BSD versions. Nice! I
must check this out. Then the problem usually becomes the fact that I
have no one to play the game with.

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It remains cold in Atlanta, but this morning it is bright, with the
sun painting my office in golden hues. Last week it was so gloomy that
it felt like nighttime all day long. Now at least it looks like
daytime, with cheerful sunrise light.

My text file on the Mac where I clip interesting things for this
weblog has gotten very large and unweildy. Over the next few days I’ll
start blogging all the cool stuff I have been collecting for
weeks. Most of it comes from references from newsgroup posts with a
very few coming from e-mail or rarer still, things I have run across
myself.