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The Sword-Edged Blonde

I recently read The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledscoe.  It was a fun read. This is a fantasy noir detective novel.   The author doesn’t cheat – the answers fit the story and the mysteries are answered from the clues given. … Continue reading

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Understanding Comics

I recently read Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.  A bunch of people were really impressed with it, so I finally decided to check it out from the library.  It was informative but I feel that a lot of it went over … Continue reading

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All the Things You Don’t Need

The Art of Non-Conformity » All the Things You Don’t Need is one of those pieces of wisdom I’m trying to keep in mind. I can’t possibly try drawing because I don’t have a proper sketchpad and a complete set … Continue reading

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Kiss of Shadows Free

If erotic urban fantasy might appeal to you, give Kiss of Shadows a look.  It’s free for the next little while on Suduvu, so try it out! Kiss of Shadows is the first book in a series about Merry Gentry, … Continue reading

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the Limitations of Our Knowledge

I found this Pop!Cast fascinating: Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the Limitations of Our Knowledge.  The key point that I took away from the talk is that everyone records and analyzes successes and no-one tracks failures. Check out personal finance books … Continue reading

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Queen of Orcs

I recently read the first book in Morgan Howell’s Queen of the Orcs trilogy.  I really enjoyed it. Here’s the author’s one sentence synopsis, "A young woman, enslaved to serve the king’s orc army, discovers the orcs’ nobility and leads … Continue reading

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Blogging to Learn

Blogging to Learn is  something I hadn’t thought about before.  As I see it, this would be a notebook tracking what you’ve learned and advancing hypotheses for later testing.   The great thing about this approach is that you don’t need … Continue reading

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Lord Kames Explains Why Copyright Is Not Property… In 1773 | Techdirt

Lord Kames Explains Why Copyright Is Not Property… In 1773 | Techdirt.  I love reading historical arguments on present subjects of contention.  Almost every time, the arguments read as though they could have been written last week (and it’s likely … Continue reading

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Anything You Can Do …

I recently read Anything You Can Do by Randall Garrett.  This is a classic science fiction novella. It was interesting to read something older again.  There is a different feel to older books – you can definitely tell that there … Continue reading

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Computer repair flowcharts

This strike me as being tremendously useful: Computer repair flowcharts – Boing Boing Gadgets – Boing Boing.  The thing I like about flowcharts is that they encourage you not to skip any steps.  Too often I jump from step 1 … Continue reading

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Stanza: a Revolution in Reading

I’ve found Stanza to be a very good ebook reader for our iPod Touch. Connecting to ebook sites has been fairly painless and once the connection is established downloading books is trivial.  The user interface is simple to figure out … Continue reading

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Outrage and Art

Jason Henninger has a good post on Outrage and Art – how does disagreeing with an author’s views color your reaction to their work? When an author has views I disagree with vehemently, I find it difficult to enjoy their … Continue reading

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Romeo’s Ex

Romeo’s Ex by Lisa Fiedler tells the story of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of Rosalind, the young lady Romeo is in love with at the beginning of Shakespeare’s play.  I really enjoyed it. If you’ve ever read or … Continue reading

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Progression of the Inevitable

The Technium: Progression of the Inevitable is an interesting essay by Kevin Kelly on simultaneous invention.   It made me think of James Burke’s books and his Connections television series where he discusses the inter-relatedness of inventions. I don’t completely buy … Continue reading

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The End of Food

I recently finished Paul Roberts’ The End of Food.  Don’t read it.  I can sum it up in one word: DOOM. This book explores the current system of food production as it has moved from the western world and is … Continue reading

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Lord of Scoundrels

I read Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels a few days ago.  I really enjoyed it. Lord of Scoundrels is a regency romance.  Dain is the lord of scoundrels, determined to show up his father by being a social disgrace while … Continue reading

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Copyright Consultations Submission

I have submitted my answers to the five questions posed in the Copyright Consultations. 1.      How do Canada’s copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized? Canada’s copyright laws affect me because I enjoy many forms of media … Continue reading

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Anathem

I finally tried reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson last night and that graph matches my impressions.  I’m not going to continue reading it.  It looks as though Neal Stephenson is one of those authors whose writing I really like or … Continue reading

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The Big Book of Everything: A Free Life-Affairs Organizer

This looks like a really useful tool: The Big Book of Everything: A Free Life-Affairs Organizer * Get Rich Slowly.  I know that I tend to keep a lot of stuff in my head or organized in random places that … Continue reading

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Amazon remotely deletes Orwell e-books from Kindles, unpersons reportedly unhappy

There are a lot of people who enjoy their Kindles.  I’ve takena hard line on buying stuff with DRM because of things like this: Amazon remotely deletes Orwell e-books from Kindles, unpersons reportedly unhappy.  A Kindle version of Orwell’s 1984 … Continue reading

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