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Archive for January, 2010

John Holbrook Vance – The House on Lily Street, Michael Shea – “Creative Coverage, Inc.;” Tanith Lee – “Elle est Trois, (La Mort);” Larry Niven – Protector, “The Jigsaw Man;” Steven Brust – Iorich; Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette – “Boojum”

Posted by Mike on January 28, 2010

Since I’m feeling fairly laconic about writing incense reviews this week (been down with a bit of the nasties this week which takes the wind out of my sails), I thought I’d at least try to catch up to current on more book reading… Read the rest of this entry »


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Charles L. Grant – The Sound of Midnight; Lucius Shepard – “Shades,” “Life of Buddha,” “The Scalehunter’s Beautiful Daughter,” “Jack’s Decline,” “Nomans Land,” “A Wooden Tiger,” “The Way It Sometimes Happens,” “The Ends of the Earth,” “Carlos Manson Lives;” Fritz Leiber “Do You Know Dave Wenzel?;” “One Station of the Way;” stories from Gardner Dozois ed. – The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 1

Posted by Mike on January 26, 2010

Been too busy to do a lot of posting of late, particularly because my home computer went down for about three weeks this month thanks to the latest rootkit du jour. It meant a restoration of my computer which hasn’t gone totally smoothly, the good part is I managed to save all of my old data except possibly old e-mails. Things are working OK now, but my old Feurio CD burner program doesn’t work on the new machine, so I’m hoping to get Nero 9 up and running soon. Other than that I think everything’s working fairly well again.

The best part about not having a computer, perhaps, is not seeing news as much, as when I returned to learning about our current corporatocracy, I learned of the devastating Supreme Court decision to make corporations human beings, which may have been one of the worst events in politics to have happened in years. Whether you vote Republican major or Republican minor (aka Democrats) today, the only truisms seem to be that the banks and major corporations are always the winners. But enough on this, there’s really nothing all that new about the rich and powerful getting their way, King Richard or CEO Richard.

But of course another good thing about not having a computer is more reading time. So onto trying to catch up with some fiction reviews. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m all for free speech but…

Posted by Mike on January 14, 2010

This just makes me want to be sick. There’s really just no comments to be made about this except if this is the kind of fruit the Christian Broadcasting Network is bearing, well you can tell what kind of tree it is. Once again fundamentalism rears its ugly, vicious, thoughtless head.

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Happy New Year

Posted by Mike on January 4, 2010

Vacation, for the most part, was relaxing and fun, I got to spent a lot of time with family, including my video game-playin’ nephews who I really have a lot of fun with, a family friend was in town and my dad’s birthday is the same week as Christmas so it was busier than I expected it to be. In fact I was sad I didn’t get a last session with the newphews over the weekend, but I had originally planned on getting some projects (home work-like stuff) done only to be zapped by a horrendous computer virus on New Year’s Day which managed to take out my home machine, or at least bad was made worse by the McAfee technicians (my only excuse here is that McAfee is free via Comcast, however I learned my lesson, free is just not good enough in this case). I spend probably a good 5 or 6 hours just on hold over the weekend. During one chat session a technician managed to force start my machine leaving it permanently in blue screen status. I’m supposed to have a meeting with the higher level techs later today but I don’t expect much. Likely I’ll have to take my computer over to the Geek Squad for a week and hope they can save my hard drive.

So really a good week and a half were great and then Murphy’s law stepped in and took a baseball bat to my final weekend. God it was bad, what with Kobe Bryant’s most obvious and awful 3 pointer putting away my Kings on the first. Then a horrible experience with a video game, the first I’ve ever just quit on, which I’ll get to in a later post. The usual synchronicities of dropping and breaking everything I carried, minor accidents spreading with glee (or as an old friend and I used to put it “vicarious aplomb”). The brilliant and excruciatingly devastating regeneration of David Tennant Doctor 10 to Matt Smith Doctor 11 (the most perfect last words ever), which haunted me all weekend, being the end of the best period of the show ever and perhaps the beginning of an even better one (I thought Matt was the Doctor from the word “legs”). And over the two week vacation I come back to work and find out my boss got a new job and is already gone and ditto with another coworker. So when I wasn’t trying to salvage my computer I was largely just staring at the TV rather than attending to projects. So I have a book I need to rush this week. I still think the worst thing about being deprived of the computer is simply the ability to be able to research even the most dumb thing that comes to mind on the spur of the moment.

But remarkably I feel OK at work, probably because I spent a lot of this weekend time sleeping off the stress, which did me a lot of good. It’s damn quiet here though, which is good writing energy. But I don’t relish an evening thinking about viruses though…

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