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The Spectre of technological Meltdown

I’d come up with the premise for my latest novel a full year before it (partially) became reality.

In my novel, one day in the future all computers just stop working–except for those designed in the 1980s or earlier. Nostalgic adventure ensues.…

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The Enduring Legacy of Zork

Of all places, the MIT Technology Review has this article up:
The Enduring Legacy of Zork

If you’re a fan, seriously go check out this article. It’s got old maps, artwork, and even line-printed source code (in ZIL) of the original 1977 game, which went on to sell over 800,000 copies.…

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Why I put Facebook in the sandbox

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This is an update from previous guidance.

If you’re looking for me on Facebook, you’re not going to find much. Social media is great, but Facebook in particular raises a number of concerns for me. Many of my readers and potential readers are on FB, though, so I have a limited presence there.…

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How to help an independent author

Some very sweet readers have asked how best they can help an independent author launching a book, in this case Broken Tablet. Apparently a few folks even refrained from purchasing the book while it was priced at $0.99 because they (correctly!) surmised that I don’t get much from that.…

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How to sound like a Sumerian

Howdy,

For people reading Broken Tablet out loud (including audiobook narrators, hint, hint) here are some guidelines for pronouncing Sumerian words.

Your go-to resource should be the Sumerian Lexicon by the amazing John A. Halloran.

The vowels may be pronounced as follows: a as in fatheru as in pulle as in peg, and i as in hip.

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Micah Joel

Purveyor of things geeky