Microservices

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider microservice architecture using Amazon product pages as an example. In the news, an EU copyright law that threatened the Internet as we know it was rejected (so far), and Valve leaked Steam game player counts in a novel way.

We can't be there this year, but if you're anywhere near Hartford Connecticut this coming weekend, you should definitely check out ConnectiCon! If you're near New York, you should hit up the Game Devs of Color Expo!

Bike and Car Shares

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider car shares, bike shares, scooter shares, and the like. In the news, we saw some great rooftop fireworks yesterday, there are few options to save the Thai soccer team, cave diving is incredibly dangerous, and your weird Internet crap might be the evolution of a neo-Dada movement.

We hope we'll see you at PAX West, the Game Devs of Color Expo, and the Harlem Valley Rail Ride!

Made in Abyss

Tonight on GeekNights, we review Made in Abyss. It's a recent hot anime that's worth the hype, though be warned that it is pretty gruesome at times. In the news, Rym is playing his damn trumpet again, HEYYEYAAEYAAEYAEYAA has taken physical form, nazis are trying to march next to Otakon (and you should complain about it), and the United States is in a state of extreme peril that requires you to vote in 2018.

Relational Databases and SQL

Tonight on GeekNights, having already expressed our disdain for NoSQL, we consider the humble (and foundational) relational database. SQL, ACID, and all the fun stuff in between. In the news, we're playing PUBG (badly), Adobe is using machine learning to spot photoshops, facial recognition software is not ready safe for use by law enforcement, and your 1440p monitor might be a 4k panel (and that's not a good thing).

If you enjoy GeekNights at all, and you're also sick of nazis in your other forums, you should really check out the GeekNights Forum! Anime, Comics, Gaming, Technology: everything. No nazis or gomergators allowed.

See our panel at PAX West 2018!

We will be live at PAX West 2018 presenting The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play! Monday, September 3rd at 10:00am in the Hydra Theatre. This is a live streaming theatre, so those of you playing the home game will be able to see us on Twitch!

The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play
These may not be the top 40 board games ever designed, nor are they the top 40 influential or otherwise important games. If you aspire to really understand tabletop, or if you have visions of designing your own games, these are the 40 games that, if you play them, will give you the widest possible perspective on what it means to make a good game (and what "good" even means). Join the GeekNights crew for an exploration of the boundaries of tabletop gaming. There are some gems in there.

Stay tuned for more info as the con approaches!

Posted: Friday July 13, 2018

Welcome to the fourth episode of GeekNights Judges Anime by its Cover!

We used to host this panel every year at Anime Boston, but now we are making it a quarterly video show. Armed with nothing more than the title, studio, a short description, and a small preview image, we will let you know which TV anime coming out next season are worth watching, and which ones should be avoided at all costs.

We honestly don't know much about these new anime and are judging them based on almost nothing, so be sure to post lots of hate comments! We want to hear all about everything we got wrong.

And when this season is over, be sure to come back and let us know how right or wrong we were about these shows. Our track record in the past has been really good, but we are sure to have more misses when we take more shots.

Special thanks to Anime Boston for letting us get this started in the first place. It's really a fantastic convention. Any anime fan in the Northeastern US should definitely attend.

http://www.animeboston.com/

And of course none of this would be even remotely possible without the excellent web site AniChart.net. They organize all this information so well every single season.

http://anichart.net/Summer-2018

See you in the the fall!

Book Club - The Odyssey

Many people read The Odyssey in high school, but rarely does it truly resonate. It's read for class, it's read for analysis, but often its nuance, humor, and drama are lost in translation. If you've never read it, or read it but don't remember much, there is a truly novel translation recently available from Emily Wilson. To quote the Amazon page:

"In this fresh, authoritative version―the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman―this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer’s music.

Wilson’s Odyssey captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena, whose interventions guide and protect the hero, to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus, who struggles to achieve adulthood and find his father; from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, who somehow keeps clamoring suitors at bay during her husband’s long absence, to the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this translation as a more fully rounded human being than ever before."

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