Since OtherSpace opened…

Here’s a quick glimpse at just how much has happened since OtherSpace opened in 1998:

  • I’ve had two dogs and four cats. Down to none now, but I’ve traded up to a toddler.
  • I’ve had two cars.
  • I’ve lived in five apartments, three houses, and a cabin in the woods.
  • I’ve lived in Florida, the Pacific Northwest, and North Carolina.
  • I’ve worked at three newspapers (St. Petersburg Times, Henderson Daily Dispatch, and Durham Herald-Sun) and three game development companies (Icarus Studios, Bit Trap Studios, Prologue Games).
  • We’ve seen three popes and three presidents, so far.
  • Netflix has evolved from disc mailing to online streaming.
  • Google launched Gmail.
  • We’ve seen five Law & Order franchises.
  • The Human Genome Project was completed.
  • The U.S. launched the War on Terror after 9/11. (Before that, we really never had to take our shoes off at the airport.)
  • The last original Peanuts cartoon was published.
  • World of Warcraft slammed into the gaming world with the power of an asteroid striking the Yucatan, with text-based games like OtherSpace turning into endangered dinosaurs.
  • Star Trek got a reboot with mixed results. We’ve outlived Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.
  • Star Wars got three crappy prequels and a decent sequel.
  • We’ve been around for the entire Harry Potter movie series (and most of the books – Philosopher’s Stone pre-dates OtherSpace by about a year).

1998: The year we started

Here’s a quick recap of what was going on in the world in 1998, when we launched OtherSpace and embarked on the adventure of JointheSAGA.com:

  • Google founded in Menlo Park, California.google1998
  • Voyager 1 overtook Pioneer 10 as farthest-traveled craft.
  • First components of the International Space Station delivered to orbit.
  • Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
  • Titanic won best picture in the Academy Awards.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens.
  • Bear Grylls climbs Everest.
  • Microsoft releases Windows 98.
  • North Korea adopts a military dictatorship government.
  • On TV: Friends, Dawson’s Creek, Charmed, Will & Grace, Sports Night, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Music: I Don’t Want to Wait by Paula Cole 

    Adia by Sarah McLachlan

    Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) by Backstreet Boys

  • Books: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett, Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  • Computer games: Half-Life, Grim Fandango, Fallout 2, Baldur’s Gate, Unreal, Starcraft: Brood War, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

[REVIEW] Independence Day: Resurgence

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Independence Day: Resurgence wasn’t as awful as I expected from other reviews I’d seen.

In fact, it was mostly lots of fun – although it could have been about 45 minutes shorter if it omitted the unnecessary and honestly confusing “two government headquarters” aspect of the movie. I kept losing track of whether Jeff Goldblum was hanging out with Sela Ward at NORAD or William Fichtner at Area 51.

Wanton Earth landmark obliteration: Good stuff.

Actors pulling off some iffy dialogue: Good stuff.

Special effects: Good stuff.

Kid poking at dead alien slime: Great detail.

Same-sex nerd love: Nice touch, very topical.

Unshaven Bill Pullman: Optimistic and inspiring.

Shaven Bill Pullman: Oh, so that’s why you grew the beard.

Jeff Goldblum: Great Jeff Goldblum impression.

Random Robert Loggia posthumous CGI insertion: What?! Why?!

[SPECIAL EVENT] Anniversary open house!

We’re holding a Jointhesaga.com open house on Tuesday to celebrate the 18th anniversary of our evolving stories and to usher in the next phase of the project’s existence.

Veteran participants and prospective newcomers are invited to connect to jointhesaga.com 1790 (use MUSHClient, SimpleMU, or the MUD Portal link on the menu bar of this website) for an evening of camaraderie. It’s a free event, during which we’ll unveil the first part of the new Cypress Knee grid (inspired by the swamp noir adventure game Knee Deep) and answer any questions you might have about collaborative real-time storytelling.

Everything gets started about 7 p.m. Eastern!