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Last Build Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 01:47:49 +0000


Marine Computing Part One

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 01:47:48 +0000

I’ve been fairly silent around these parts for the past while, mainly because I’ve been focussing on preparing myself and my boat for an imminent long sailing adventure. For those who are interested, my sailing blog has all the skinny on that. However, I’ve been doing a lot of work on board to get the … Continue reading Marine Computing Part One


Wed, 28 Nov 2007 19:54:48 +0000

As everyone probably knows, Amazon made a big stink recently with the launch of its ebook reader the Kindle (and the associated ebook store). I’m on a mailing list for authors who distribute on, and the Kindle set that normally very quiet mailing list on fire. Everyone seemed to have a very strong opinion. … Continue reading Kindling

Space Money Invented

Thu, 18 Oct 2007 21:33:21 +0000

I checked Snopes in case this is a hoax, and they don’t have anything about this yet, but apparently currency dealer Travelex has developed cash money designed to be used in space. From the Travelex site: The QUID has been designed to withstand the stresses of space travel and the extreme environment found in orbit … Continue reading Space Money Invented

Banality of social networks is a feature, not a bug

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 19:08:09 +0000

I came across a great metaphor for relationships awhile ago – bricks and mortar. Bricks are the “big things” – the events of life that you share with friends. Mortar is the little, everyday stuff, that the people you are closest to just know about, often whether they want to or not. As Scheherazade wrote … Continue reading Banality of social networks is a feature, not a bug

My podcast novel, Beautiful Red, launches

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 01:00:57 +0000

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been focusing on my fiction a lot more lately. And as a part of that, I’m really excited to be launching the podcast of my SF novel, Beautiful Red. You can have a listen to the promo here, or even better, head over to the site at to subscribe … Continue reading My podcast novel, Beautiful Red, launches

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Prison Industrial Complex

Tue, 17 Jul 2007 00:35:23 +0000

For a number of years I’ve been interested in prison systems, particularly the current counter-productive nature of the US system. So, I was really interested to hear this week’s Tech Nation on IT Conversations, which is a discussion with Sasha Abamsky about the state of prisons in the US, the history of the penal system … Continue reading Prison Industrial Complex

Very short very free sci fi story

Mon, 23 Apr 2007 23:53:45 +0000

In honour of International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, I give you Career Opportunities, a very short story I wrote for the flash fiction contest run earlier this year by the awesome Escape Pod science fiction podcast.

Such a Wiinie

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 20:31:28 +0000

I somehow magically got a Wii for my birthday, and have been meaning to post about it. Lots has been said about it, but there are two main points I think are worth mentioning. It’s the first game system I’ve ever used that really is good enough out of the box. I’d really like to … Continue reading Such a Wiinie

Podcast Feed

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 04:57:04 +0000

The podcast feed may have been wacky for the last little while. It’s been fixed, but you may see some duplicates. Sorry.

Moving Online

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 03:49:15 +0000

I’m making some changes this year, including paying more attention to online communities. Maybe they aren’t all spam and trolls after all. Link: Dave Slusher’s Evil Genius Chronicles   [audio:] Subscribe [?] to the feed using your podcatcher of choice; see the links in the sidebar.

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Apple iPhone

Tue, 09 Jan 2007 20:22:28 +0000

I know everyone and her dog will be talking about this, but I have to admit that it’s the first announcement Apple has made that actually excites me. The iPhone is an entirely new design, with a wide touchscreen as opposed to buttons. It’s a phone, iPod and tiny computer that runs a version of … Continue reading Apple iPhone

Podcast Academy 3 Talk

Sun, 07 Jan 2007 20:25:54 +0000

My talk from the Podcast Academy 3 at Yahoo! this past summer is up now at the Podcast Academy channel. Check it out.

Kicking the iTunes Habit

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 05:49:33 +0000

It’s not exactly that I don’t like iTunes – when I first started using it I was blown away by how great it was. And it just kept getting better until it hit that point. The point where it’s trying to do so many things that it doesn’t do anything right for me. I admit … Continue reading Kicking the iTunes Habit

How to watch podcasts

Thu, 28 Dec 2006 04:00:19 +0000

I recently discovered that a lot of visitors find this site searching for information about how to watch podcasts. Obviously, that’s because the name of my podcast is Tech Watch. However, I can provide the answer to that question. Most video podcasts have a website where you can watch the episodes online in your web … Continue reading How to watch podcasts

New look

Sun, 24 Dec 2006 08:28:39 +0000

Maybe it’s the season, or maybe I just got sick of the old look, but I spent the last day or so redesigning the site. I’ve changed the entire concept of navigation to one that’s based on topic rather than time. Makes more sense to me, anyway. I hope y’all like it!