Gregory A. Baker



Private Thoughts

Private Thoughts

The year is 2076. Three centuries ago, a brave band of patriots pledged their fortunes together while gathered here in Philadelphia. It’s funny how history repeats itself. Our division found ourselves outside Philadelphia after being driven from New York. We all know that the resistance is in a precarious state, and I guess that’s why […]

Battlefront Fail

Battlefront Fail

On numerous occasions I’ve shared with you my personal struggles with Minecraft. While at first Minecraft appears to be innocuous, this simplistic entrée into virtual reality guides the obsessive compulsive to their demise. The clean geometrical concepts urge the builder to push just a little further, until all that rises above the ground is transformed […]

The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things

While he’s off saving the (virtual) world, please enjoy this Greg Baker column from 2013. There’s an old saying that goes back to the 80386 generation. “In cyberspace, they can’t hear you scream.” Or something like that anyway. I remember hearing it shortly after I was first instantiated on E1M1: Hanger. “Knee Deep in the […]

This Week In Science

This Week In Science

It’s Snow More — This morning on the way to school, my daughter asked a very interesting and insightful question. “Daddy, why is the snowman still there when the snow is all gone?” Significant snowfalls only occur in Augusta every once in a while, and the snow usually doesn’t last long. The warm ground coupled […]

$5 Cash Back

$5 Cash Back

This week, we are going to spend some time with Joe. Joe is your average ordinary kind of guy. He has a technical degree and works for an engineering firm. On occasion, he watches “Downton Abbey” with his wife, but he prefers watching shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and “Face Off.” Needless to say, […]

I Can’t Sleep

I Can’t Sleep

This week’s column actually begins many, many years ago — back in the era before technology, back even before civilization. During this time, humans lived off the land, eating what they could hunt or gather. They lived in makeshift shelters, and much of their lives revolved around simply staying alive. Survival breeds some interesting features […]

Keeping Up

Keeping Up

For some reason, I was happy for the holidays to finally be over. I’m not sure why. It certainly wasn’t due to a lack of holiday spirit. This Christmas was one of the best ever! We completed our shopping early, and all the pre-Christmas holiday festivities occurred with minimal drama. Our family spent many hours […]

Aftermath: Unwanted Gifts

Aftermath: Unwanted Gifts

On December 26th, the world awakens to an obvious fact, but one that sometimes gets lost in chaos leading up to Christmas Day — holiday shopping doesn’t end with Christmas Day. Families all across America awake the day after Christmas to the reality that several received items are unneeded, unwanted or just plain bizarre. It’s […]

Gifts I Didn’t Know I Needed

Gifts I Didn’t Know I Needed

Well, let’s just start with the obvious… Obvious No. 1 — The Force Awakens opened last week and, yes, it was AWESOME! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, what are you waiting for? By now, all the uber-fan nerds have stopped seeing the movie in costume, so you shouldn’t stand out too badly. It’s […]

The Only Way to Shop

The Only Way to Shop

If you haven’t been paying attention, you might have missed this. The observed differences are so subtle, no one would be surprised if it escaped your attention. The events leading to this change occurred over a number of years. Some would argue that no real difference has actually happened. However, search your feelings — you […]