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Kensei: a pulpy Japanophobic 80’s technothriller

So yesterday I was doing some housecleaning and getting rid of a bunch of old books that had been stashed in my home office bookcases: novels I’ll never read again, kid’s books that my children have outgrown, etc. I ran … Continue reading

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Black Hole and Earth

In the spirit of what if at xkcd, I saw the following question posted on a thread in reddit/r/space: What would happen if a black hole the size of a grain of sand existed on Earth? The thread was deleted … Continue reading

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Sci-Fi RPGs and Rendering Planets

My bi-weekly RPG group has, like most now, had to move online to keep playing. Though to many playing pen-and-paper RPGs online has become the norm, we’re a bit older and more traditional so it was a first for all … Continue reading

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Imaginary Dice in Your Head – Taking it to the Extreme

Today I saw this post on boingboing with a method to generate a random number from 1 to 6 without the need of a die. The basic method is this: Pick a random word, using any method you like. Sum … Continue reading

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Recommendations: Brandon Sanderson

Where to start with Brandon Sanderson? He is by far my favorite fantasy author today. If I had to sum up his style in one sentence, it would be “Fascinating and intricate magic systems, amazing action sequences, and flawed characters … Continue reading

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Recommendations, pt. 3: Hannu Rajaniemi

Hannu Rajaniemi He’s a fairly new author, and he’s the only Finnish author that I can think of in science fiction right now. He’s best known for his trilogy that begins with Quantum Thief. It’s a little hard to explain … Continue reading

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Recommendations, pt 2: John Scalzi

John Scalzi He’s also a big name in science fiction. Though he’s been publishing short fiction since the 90s, it was the release of Old Man’s War in 2005 that really put him on the map. Old Man’s War is … Continue reading

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Recommendations, pt. 1: Louis McMaster Bujold

A friend asked me for my recommendations for the best science fiction and fantasy that I’ve enjoyed over the past decade or so. It’s not an easy question to answer, so I thought it would make a good series of … Continue reading

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Fun with 3D printer

Wow, I really don’t update this blog very often. Anyway, for my birthday last year I finally decided to take the plunge and get a 3D printer, something that I had been wanting to do for several years. I did … Continue reading

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Watching the Star Wars Trilogy With My Daughters

I have two daughters, aged 8 and 10, and they love Star Wars. They both have Star Wars lightsabers, in the past they’ve had both Star Wars t-shirts and pajamas. They love the new Star Wars: Rebels TV show as … Continue reading

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