Author Archives: halbryan


I’m unemployed for the first time in 12 years. My group, the Microsoft studio responsible for Flight Simulator, Train Simulator, and ESP, was closed in January. My severance package included 60 days’ paid leave with recruiting support to find a … Continue reading

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Australia – Before and After

More proof that the smartest thing we (Microsoft) ever did while building the Flight Simulator series was to build it as a platform, enabling third-party developers to build things like this. Or at least do our best to stay out … Continue reading

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Just Call Me Roger Windsock

The latest ephemeral film added to my personal collection is this classic from the U.S. Air Force about an obsessive airport kid. Animated by the well-respected Gene Deitch,  in a Chuck-Jones-meets-Quisp-Cereal sort of style, the film is a love letter … Continue reading

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Niaga Ton!

In my continuing quest to vent my irritation at the mistakes of everyone in the world but me, I’ve written here about strange messages from machines (mojay and NO2), and, more recently, about things that are printed backwards by people … Continue reading

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Yeah, What He Said

I’m not normally a big fan of writing something here just to tell you to go look over there, but in this case, I’m happy to make an exception. My friend and esteemed once-and-future* colleague Mike Singer has written two … Continue reading

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Welcome to Surreal, Population: Me

Earlier this morning (and, by "earlier", I mean "much earlier than I would have liked") I had trouble sleeping. (It seems there’s a lot of that going around lately.) Because of the way my mind works (and, by "works" I … Continue reading

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All Things Must Pass …

  Or, if "Star Trek" is more your cuppa … "All Good Things …"  

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