This is for my father.
I find myself quite enjoying the works of Neven Iliev, which can be found on RoyalRoad.com where he goes by the username of Exterminatus.
When I read for fun, I fly through novels. I read the Belgeriad series in one sitting, which is barely over 1,700 pages in paperback. Granted, it was a long sitting, around fourteen hours. I spent a nice solid week enraptured with Iliev’s “Everybody Loves Large Chests” universe, and I can’t wait for more Audible releases of the series.
With moving all my blogging off Blogger, I figured this was an excellent time to dust off my main domain space.
Signal Boost: a professor’s response to complaints about wearing a #BlackLivesMatter shirt
I’m signal boosting this because I think there are a few brilliant points the professor makes, and I would really like to know who s/he is so I can kudos them properly.
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Flat-File (Spreadsheet style) versus Relational Databases
I see the question coming up more and more of when to switch from something like Excel to something more like Access or a more fully fledged database server like MS SQL Server for data storage. So, here are a few things I find useful to consider when deciding between a relational database (RDB) driven versus a spreadsheet driven tracker:
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Review: The End of the World as We Know It
The End of the World as We Know It by Dale Bailey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
A twenty minute read that was more about how it wasn’t the stereotypical end of the world scenario, and maybe a little too close to reality for good fiction.
Review: Identity Crisis
Identity Crisis by Kevin J. Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The concept of this novella makes for some interesting thought poking. The introduction to the Fictionwise publication notes that the novella was developed into a full novel called “Hopscotch”. While the short story was entertaining, the concept wasn’t to my taste enough to go look up the longer piece.
Essentially, you have a world advanced enough to transfer between bodies all the mental parts that make us uniquely ourselves – memories along with personality, all that. You have a protagonist who makes a living by body swapping with people who want to get out of a bad experience – surgery, exercise, etc. And you have a client with less than perfect morals. What could go wrong?
On (Proofing) Writing
David Farland (of Runelords fame) sends out Daily Writing Kicks, and one of his recent ones was a pretty big plug for a site called Grammarly. His guest’s theme for the post was on automated proofreaders, which once you get passed the Microsoft Office tragedy can be pretty nifty. However, the grammar check can only help so much, and if you happen to have a problem with your composition more than your grammar, or maybe you’re not at native fluency for the language you’re writing in, then often what you write is a far cry from what you thought you wrote.
That’s why having your work read back to you can be so gosh darned useful. If you’re writing in Microsoft Word (and a number of other Microsoft productivity apps), you can access the built-in voice reader. If you’re working with something that can save a textual PDF (not an image of the page, but the selectable text), you can use Adobe Reader’s “Read Out Loud” feature.
But sometimes you just want to save a voice clip off to listen to later. Balabolka is a pretty nifty free client for that.
Off Grid Grilling for Power?
Browsing Popular Science’s site, I came across this gem:
I wonder if there’s some smoke-less fuel we could use for this?