Agent Palmer

Of all things Geek. I am…

It’s in the cards: How Magic the Gathering made me appreciate Twitch

It would seem illogical at best to expect that a physical game like Magic: The Gathering would be my entrance into the digital world and the many communities and chats of Twitch, but that is exactly how it happened. And in my case, I’m still close enough to the beginning to understand how it happened.

My podcast, The Palmer Files, is a prime example of my interest in beginnings at the moment, so I figured I would track how this all went down.

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Jim Henson: The Biography is a Beacon of Positivity Just Like Jim

Jim Henson The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones is, like it’s eponymous subject, a beacon for all times and all people. The things Jim Henson created, the things he inspired, and the way he lived his life are all examples that there can be good in the world, and we don’t just have to receive it, we can enjoy it, share it, collaborate on it, and create it ourselves.

The story of Jim Henson is the story of an innovator who was never satisfied unless he was on to the next thing, and then the next, and the next, and the next.

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Kranz’s Failure is Not an Option is a Great Look Back and a Kick in the Pants To Get Going Again

Failure is Not An Option by Gene Kranz Book Review

There is much more to Gene Kranz than Ed Harris’s portrayal of the Flight Director in the movie Apollo 13. As one of the early members of Flight Control, Kranz was there for Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo before moving up into more of a management role.

His book “Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond” is not only a vivid first-hand account of history as it happened, but the perspective is unique to mission control…

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Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Primal” on Adult Swim is a brilliant and tragic piece of art

Genndy Tartakovsky Primal Cartoon Network Adult Swim

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal is beautiful in its diverse aspects of minimalism, the depth of the main characters, honest in its depictions of violence, with wondrously organic animation and well-directed no dialog communication. Simply put, all together, Primal is a work of art.

The show follows a caveman “Spear” and a Tyrannosaurus “Fang” brought together in the pilot episode by tragic circumstances…

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Coders by Clive Thompson is an intriguing glimpse behind the code and into the people writing it

Coders by Clive Thompson

From the early coders of the most primitive computers to today’s venture capital wet dreams, Clive Thompson’s book “Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World” peels back the layers on just who is behind the keyboard of the code that is impacting our lives.

How coders work, why they think the way they do, what it is they actually do, and even their reflections on what they’ve done.

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