Monthly Archives: October 2010

Out of the Dark

David Weber’s Out of the Dark is a novel expanded from a novella.  Sadly it feels like a novella padded out to novel length.  This is the worst David Weber book I’ve read. In a fairly standard scenario, aliens have … Continue reading

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Rosemary and Rue

I recently read Seanan McGuire’s Rosemary and Rue.  It just didn’t work for me. The story is an urban fantasy that follows October Daye, ex-detective as she tries to solve the murder of a high-ranking fae.  She bounces around the … Continue reading

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Readability

I’ve been trying to read a number of PDFs lately for my roleplaying campaign and it’s amazingly awkward.  Unless you’re extremely lucky, PDFs are not readable when you size them to fit one page per screen.  Unfortunately the convention with … Continue reading

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Stop the Summoning

Image by qthomasbower via Flickr This week our heroes worked their way past the damaged vault door by mixing technical know-how and dungeoneering expertise.  They managed to open it skillfully enough to get the jump on the undead inside. The … Continue reading

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10 More Essential Skills You Didn’t Learn in College

This post from The Simple Dollar covers 10 More Essential Skills You Didn’t Learn in College.  I still find it odd what is and is not covered in a typical high school / college / university curriculum.  I’m trying to … Continue reading

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Why You Should Never Talk to the Police

I found this talk very interesting:  Why You Should Never Talk to the Police : Law is Cool.  A particularly fun bit is what happens 1:15 into the second talk right after listening to the first part. After listening to … Continue reading

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Audiobooks and Attention Spans

I’ve been trying to listen to an audio book for roughly a week now.  It’s really not going well. Here are the things in the audiobook’s favor: The reader is doing a good job – good voice, no annoying mispronunciations … Continue reading

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The Scientific Method … For Ten Year Olds

I liked this strip because it really does illustrate the scientific method.  I have to wonder what is proved or disproved if the second kid can’t in fact throw the rock into the pond?  Does the theory of unassisted rock … Continue reading

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Snake Oil?

Snake Oil? The scientific evidence for health supplements is really fun to play with.  The way they’ve presented this is impressive as well.  You can choose to see supplements by condition and click through to see the studies the rankings … Continue reading

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Undead at the Door

After spending a few nights pursued by minor undead, the party reached the vault entrance.  TheBeast charged at the door, shaking it a bit and waking undead outside the vault.  It was a rough fight as one of the major … Continue reading

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Blameless Review

I just finished Blameless by Gail Carriger.  This is the third book in the Parasol Protectorate series.  I really enjoyed it. Spoilers for Soulless and Changeless may follow. The book opens with Alexia and Conall dealing poorly with the fight … Continue reading

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