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The Women of Easter, 1916

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 13:18:38 +0000

Easter Rising, Enniscorthy 1916: writing about a revolution (Irish Times, 26 Mar 2016): Three writers remember three women – George O’Brien his grandaunt Greta Comerford, Roddy Doyle his grandaunt Una Brennan and Colm Tóibín his neighbour Marion Stokes Una Brennan, about whom Roddy Doyle writes in this article, was my great-grandmother. My mom was named […]

Searching Evernote

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:27:50 +0000

I use Evernote. A lot. I’d consider it to be a backup for my brain, except that often it’s more like the primary storage instead of backup. Recipes, lists of books, notes on projects, and much more gets dumped into Evernote for future reference. Of course, reference requires good methods for browsing and searching. The […]

Using datatables with Get()

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:10:26 +0000

It’s been a while since I’ve posted in the Software Development category, but here’s the solution to something that’s been a thorn in my team’s side for a few days. We’re working with datatables, which provides a nice interface to tabular data. We’re using it to Get() data from an API we’re building, and out […]

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:31:55 +0000

quoting another reviewer: Between the World and Me is written as a letter/essay from Coates to his fifteen-year-old son, trying to come to terms with what it means to grow up as an African American male in 2015. …no sugar-coating, no careful racial diplomacy, no worry about mediating opinions to cater to what white people […]

Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:46:02 +0000

More zombie cows, this time in the United States. It sounds like one of those books you think will be silly, gross and the perfect book for middle-school boys. And yes, that is true, but there’s more to Zombie Baseball Beatdown. “There could be millions! Total zombie apocalypse!” Joe said then he looked thoughtful. “That […]

Apocalypse Cow, by Michael Logan

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:27:53 +0000

It started with the cows. Flesh-eating, sex-crazed zombie cows. In England. That right there should be enough of a review to get you reading. And to give you enough warning — should you feel that you need it — that there will be gore and violence of a somewhat cartoon variety. I picked this up […]

Alice, by Christina Henry

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:49:15 +0000

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place – just a tea party long ago, and long ears and blood… Suffice to say, this is not Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and not a book for […]

We’re All Damaged, by Matthew Norman

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:21:58 +0000

Of the books I read while on vacation this past week – or all the books I’ve read yet this year – this is my favorite. We’re All Damaged is a novel that, in my mind at least, goes in the same category as The Junk-Drawer Corner-Store Front-Porch Blues and The Art of Racing in […]

Be You. Do Good., by Johnathan David Golden

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:49:30 +0000

Johnathan David Golden is the founder of Land Of A Thousand Hills coffee, a company who’s tagline “Drink Coffee. Do Good.” is more than a slogan, it defines their mission. Working directly with farmers in war-torn Rwanda, they provide us delicious coffee and the farmers with sustainable, profitable business. Golden encourages us, in his new […]

Black Hat Jack, by Joe R. Lansdale

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:20:44 +0000

Joe R. Lansdale’s “Black Hat Jack” is an… interesting western about an African American Cowboy and his partner exploring the great west and getting into trouble with Native American Tribes. I wouldn’t exactly recommend it to kids nor adults who are squeamish about rough language, but it’s a good tale. The writing style reminded me […]

The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:12:34 +0000

A man comes to you, saying that some of his dreams come true. Not in a “I dreamed I’d get a new car and the next day I won a sweepstakes” sort of way; he says that he’s actually changing the past, and that what we remember isn’t real. Or wasn’t real. Or something. On […]

Summer Reading

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 17:00:33 +0000

As a youngster I spent a whole bunch of time, especially during the summer, at the public library. Libraries, actually, plural – my mom would take me to several in the area though my favorite was always “the library with the flying saucer.” I’m pretty sure she even had a job there for a while; […]

Thunderbird, by Jack McDevitt

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:00:16 +0000

A “stargate” type portal is found in North Dakota, opening to various worlds and… other places. How far will we reach, who gets to explore, and how to handle the expected / anticipated / feared Contact With Others — those are a few of the questions explored in Jack McDermitt’s novel “Thunderbird acheter viagra andorre.” […]

A Good Morning

Sat, 02 May 2015 16:54:48 +0000

My wife and I had plans to see Avengers:Age of Ultron this morning; we’d had pre-purchased tickets at our local cinema, reserved seating and all. When we arrived, though, and were picking up our tickets, we changed our mind. At the next window were a man and his little boy. The man was trying to […]

Parts Is Parts – a Foray into 3D Printing

Sun, 08 Mar 2015 16:11:44 +0000

I broke the dishwasher. To be more specific, I broke a couple parts of the dishwasher. I put a few too many heavy pots & pans in and the rack fell off it’s track. The rack rolls in and out on these little wheels, and the wheels roll on little axles, and all of those […]