Chatting with ChatGPT
In November 2022, a chatbot named ChatGPT went live. A great deal of media coverage followed, reporting on both the bot’s impressive capabilities and its fairly significant downsides. I decided to try it out recently. It is an impressive technological achievement. It is also fairly terrifying. Its ability to understand the prompts you provide and…
Slow Wave dreams
Artist Jesse Reklaw began drawing the comic Slow Wave in 1995, but it wasn’t until around a decade later that I first came across it. It was love at first sight. The strip’s central conceit – people send in descriptions of a dream they had and Reklaw illustrates them – appealed to my sense of…
My recreational math pages can now be found at math.WillNicholes.com.
Back to the 80s is back!
Back to the 80s, our website dedicated to 80s pop music, is back online with a new post about our old WXUT radio show Lost in the 80s. Reminisce with us about old favorites from Dire Straits, Ray Parker Jr., The Police, and more.
Duck Attack! is my first game written for the classic Atari 2600 platform, also known as the Atari VCS (Video Computer System.) Download a free demo version or buy an authentic cartridge here.
Carl Jah on Dread Zeppelin and his solo adventures
My 2013 interview with former Dread Zeppelin guitarist Carl Jah on his solo album Re-Purpose. Originally published in the Toledo Free Press.
A conversation with Carla Meninsky
My 2011 interview with the creator of Atari’s Warlords, Dodge ‘Em, Star Raiders, and an unreleased prototype of Tempest.
Exploring Galaga’s quirks
Like most arcade games, Galaga features an attract mode that shows you how the game is played. Interestingly, there is a bug in the game that lets you control the ship during certain portions of this demonstration.
The hidden “heart” stage in Arkanoid
The hidden “heart” stage in Arkanoid (or, how cheating at Arkanoid gave me a broken heart.) How I discovered a screen the developers didn’t intend for players to see.
Popular Science’s Theodore Gray on The Elements (and Hillbilly hot tubs)
I spoke with Theodore Gray in 2010 on behalf of the Toledo Free Press about his new books “The Elements” and “Theo Gray’s Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home – But Probably Shouldn’t.”