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  1. 98,814 Words

    Completed the final major edit of the manuscript today with a bag of ice on my right foot. Small injury which hopefully will not stop me from running a marathon with my wife this Sunday in Toronto.

    Four years of work comes to a close (almost -- lots of noddley work during the final edit/layout production stage), but the heavy lifting is all but done now.

    I'll spend the next two weeks doing a final literature search for relevant articles published this year and formatting ...
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  2. To Boldly go.....

    Where no person has ever gone before.....Silly ad-libbed line from Cpt. Kirk of the Star-ship Enterprise!

    Yes, I have played my first real heavy hitting round of PlanetSide 2 last night. I must say that this game has some outstanding potential here. We were able to transition from Mechanized squad to an infantry squad to a Mechanized Infantry squad seamlessly. What really strikes me is the scale of this game. I have never played the first addition of PS, so everything to me ...
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  3. Trends in the Gaming Industry

    A great article from the Guardian on the current business model trends is the video gaming industry.
    the gaming world has found itself teetering at the edge of a financial cliff. In the first eight months of this year retail sales of video games plummeted 20 percent in the United States. That followed a lackluster performance in 2011, when sales fell 8 percent. An analysis on the Web site Gamasutra this year said it was possible that 2012 would be the worst year for retail video game
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  4. A New Armed Assault Favorite; ACE + ACRE + Combat Ops MSO combination

    I am a big fan of simulations with sandbox/dynamic mission structure and I found a new favorite TG ArmA Bravo server vets were keeping as a secret. It is a dynamic mission called Patrol OPS MSO.

    My initial impressions and questions are here

    Info on MSO is here

    Info on Patrol Ops is here

    It is amazing to see the features we were dreaming years ago becoming a part of our game, thanks to the hardwork of truly fantastic scripters/programmers/mission ...

    Updated 10-08-2012 at 04:50 AM by John CANavar

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  5. 97,413 Words

    My goal is 100,000 by reading week (last week of October) so I am going to make it.

    I finished the first complete version of the manuscript. Now I'll spend 3 weeks adding bits of data here and there, then format the text for the peer review process and send it to the University of Toronto Press on Oct 31, 12 days before my 50th birthday.

    And then after my birthday I'll begin writing my 5th book.

    Wheeeee.

    From the conclusion:
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