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Everything else, or if I’m just too lazy to catagorize it in another category.

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, 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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Extremely Amateur Digital Recovery

Since I’m all by myself for the next few weeks with the wife and the girls in Japan, I’ve been finding projects and such to do that I normally never find the time to get around to. Today I tackled … Continue reading

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Back in Austin

I just got back from 3 months working in Japan on an assignment. It was a very interesting experience, but I’m glad to be back with my family. One thing I noticed that I had never seen before: looking to … Continue reading

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Short Trip to Korea, pt. 3

My flight from Seoul back to Fukuoka was at 6:30 pm, so that meant I had until about 2:30 to 3:00 to do something on Saturday morning. At one of my friend’s suggestion, I decided to go on a guided … Continue reading

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Short trip to Korea, pt. 1

And by short, I mean short. I’ve been in in Kumamoto, Japan on an extended business trip for most of the summer (since mid-May, in fact), working on a project here. In fact the trip is so long that I … Continue reading

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