A word about Nemik’s Manifesto

February 17, 2023

The most meaningfulScreenshot 2023-02-17 085234 part of #StarWars #Andor for me is one word:


Nemik’s Manifesto validates the 9yo kid in me disliking the unforgiving words of E5, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

That’s… wrong. Everything starts with trying. EVERYTHING!  I always see arrogant immaturity quoting Yoda’s words & it bothers me.

Trying is worth it. If you feel the same… you’re my people. Follow me.  “Remember this. Try.”


I hope people listen to the video which isolates Nemik’s speech from #Andor. I also have hope that actor Alex Lawther will orate an audio book version of Karis Nemik’s Manifesto. And that it’ll be written an published in the #StarWars Chronicles series of books.


The Donkey & The Tiger

February 11, 2023

The donkey told the tiger, “The grass is blue.”

The tiger replied, “No, the grass is green .”

The discussion became heated, and the two decided to submit the issue to arbitration, so they approached the lion.

As they approached the lion on his throne, the donkey started screaming: ′′Your Highness, isn’t it true that the grass is blue?”

The lion replied: “If you believe it is true, the grass is blue.”

The donkey rushed forward and continued: ′′The tiger disagrees with me, contradicts me, and annoys me. Please punish him.”

The king then declared: ′′The tiger will be punished with 3 days of silence.”

The donkey jumped with joy and went on his way, content and repeating ′′The grass is blue, the grass is blue…”

The tiger asked the lion, “Your Majesty, why have you punished me, after all, the grass is green?”

The lion replied, ′′You’ve known and seen the grass is green.”

The tiger asked, ′′So why do you punish me?”

The lion replied, “That has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green. The punishment is because it is degrading for a brave, intelligent creature like you to waste time arguing with a fool, and on top of that, you came and bothered me with that question just to validate something you already knew was true!”

The biggest waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who doesn’t care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on discussions that make no sense. There are people who, for all the evidence presented to them, do not have the ability to understand. Others are blinded by ego, hatred, and resentment and the only thing that they want is to be right even if they aren’t.

When ignorance screams, intelligence moves on.

The moral of the story is don’t argue with a fool!

The Story Behind Halo 3 ODST

February 5, 2023

(Why “Halo 3: Recon” was changed from being a campaign expansion to a separate title called “Halo 3: ODST” – As told by Marty O’Donnell, in a comment at A Reappraisal of Halo 3: ODST – YouTube)

In July of 2007 we had finally negotiated our way out of Microsoft. I was one of two leaders at Bungie who did the deal directly with Shane Kim (head of MGS). It was supposed to have been simple. We give them Halo 3, and they give us Bungie. It turned out they wanted us to make more Halo so we agreed to make Halo 4 (which became Reach) and we would help with the Peter Jackson Halo game. Not the Peter Jackson Halo movie – the game. There was a clause in the deal memo which said that if Peter Jackson failed to make the game, we would be released from that obligation. Somehow that clause got deleted. MS came back to us and said we had to make another game. We negotiated to make a Halo 3 campaign expansion, using a small team and finish it in one year. We were concerned about taking resources away from Reach which was already in development. MS agreed and we pulled in Paul Bertone and Joe Staten (who had been working with Peter Jackson) to jump on this project. Our plan was to under promise and over deliver. Release the game in the Spring for $29.99 and call it an expansion. Then people would love it because they would get so much more than expected.

Don Mattrick came in (replacing Shane Kim) and started playing hardball with Bungie. Our plan to announce the campaign expansion at E3 (anyone remember the countdown clock?) was cancelled at the last minute https://www.engadget.com/2008-07-15-e308-bungie-net-revealed-countdown-cancelled.html

Then it turned out the top management at MGS decided that the holiday 2009 season had no major titles for Xbox and delayed the release of ODST and also upped the price to $60. They marketed ODST as a full game – not an expansion. Because our negotiated deal had some profit sharing built in, Bungie probably made more money. However, many of us on the team felt like we had been double crossed and felt bad about misleading our fans.

And now you know.