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July 22, 2016, 9:01 p.m.
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Books (not Boobs)

Anyone into mid century sci-fi books?

Been consumed by pocket size mid century reads. Picking them up at used book stores all over.

Interesting to have perspectives, themes, and undertones from words written half a century ago.

Like Asimov, or earlier than that?

July 16, 2016, 8:52 p.m.
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VPN's

Looks like NF finally defeated PIA, at least at my house. :dead:

July 16, 2016, 5:45 p.m.
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Books (not Boobs)

I slowed down a bit on the reading during the warm and dry spring we had, but I got back on it soon enough.

Rachel Bach - Paradox Trilogy

Fun and light, could be made into a movie trilogy with little effort. Kind of a sci-fi-action-romance-comedy that won't make you think too hard. Great summer read.

Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon

Absolute page-turner. Wow. The way the story unfolds, the characters… all just amazing. Some of the switches between time periods are a little jarring, but it still reads really well. I have read a few of Stephenson's other books and this makes me want to read more. Stellar stuff.

Cherie Priest - Boneshaker, Clementine

Steampunk fiction set in 1880s Seattle. Interesting, but not compelling. It reads like the script of an adventure FPS. If you like the genre it will hold your interest, but otherwise I can't recommend it.

Alastair Reynolds - Revelation Space series

If you like your space opera grim and somewhat depressing, this is your series. That said, Reynolds is a very good writer, and the characters are interesting and well-developed. Everything takes a long time [no FTL], but the journey is definitely worth taking.

Alastair Reynolds - Poseidon's Children series

Positively chipper compared to the Revelation Space books. Nanotech, elephants, asteroids, galactic civilizations, that sort of stuff. In hindsight, I should have read this series before his other stuff, just to prepare me for his writing style.

MLN Hanover - Black Sun's Daughter series

MLN Hanover is actually Daniel Abraham, but is quite the diversion from his sci-fi and fantasy books. Told from the first person, it's occult present-day subject matter starts out kind of interesting but fizzles over time, with a total lack of character development. His other stuff is far better.

June 29, 2016, 2:53 p.m.
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Add Block+ any downside?

Some news sites won't let you see their content unless you disable the ad blocker. This means that you go back one page and then google the thing you were looking for, viewing it on another news site.

June 23, 2016, 9:57 a.m.
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MBR: (Motor Bike Related)

…..

Just picked up my new ride

June 17, 2016, 6:35 p.m.
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WBP 16

C-more was super slow yesterday, and I almost hit a deer. Gave it a pass today. If/when it dries up it should be fun.

June 6, 2016, 10:27 p.m.
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All Foods Have Been Recalled

Beer and Gin. Diet of champions.

Praise be.

March 29, 2016, 10:27 a.m.
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The Camper, Trailer or Adventure Vehicle Thread

Kinda like being in a tiny boutique hotel on wheels: http://adventure-journal.com/2016/03/when-a-designer-designs-a-camper-van/

March 21, 2016, 2:12 p.m.
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The Camper, Trailer or Adventure Vehicle Thread

Just for fun looked on Kijiji and spotted this that could have potential.

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/victoria-bc/1993-ex-canadian-military-lsvw-pickup-truck/1114053828

This one from ON has a cage [!] and is cheaper: http://ww.kiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/kingston-on/1993-western-star-1-5-ton-lsvw-pickup-truck/1139148953

March 15, 2016, 7:18 a.m.
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Let's talk about AlphaGo and....go

I can't wait until AIs take care of mundane crap like driving and flying. Humans are terrible at making smart choices under stress or in complex situations [or in simple situations, for that matter].

March 14, 2016, 6:49 a.m.
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VPN's

Still working for me, but I'm using media boxen.

If US programming goes away, I won't be signing up for Shaw/Telus/Bell cable to watch the half-dozen Can-con shows I like. VPN does a great job of keeping downloadz on the downlow.

March 13, 2016, 10:41 a.m.
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Books (not Boobs)

Here's a recap/review of what I've been reading over the last month.

Powder Mage Series by Brian McClellan

This is sword 'n' sorcery with a twist - flintlock guns instead of sharpened steel. It's a novel concept, and McClellan does a good job with it. Throw in vengeful deities and some political intrigue, and it's an involving read. That said, it's still "reluctant hero who saves the day" stuff, so if you're looking for something truly radical, this ain't it. The three books are a good read overall, and I'm glad I took the time.

Ancillary Series by Ann Leckie

Okay, this is different. Told entirely in the 1st person, and with heavy reliance on flashbacks in the first book, the Ancillary series is distant-future speculative fiction that looks at the relationship between AIs and humans. The dialogue is tough to wade through. Is it a good read? Yes and no. Yes because it presents a very interesting perspective on AIs and some good character development, no because the stilted dialogue is relentless and takes away from the narrative [IMHO]. That said, the first two books won a slew of awards [Hugo, Nebula, Clarke, Dick, etc.], so it appealed to somebody.

Not sure what to read next.

March 10, 2016, 6:52 a.m.
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let's get shallow for a minute (fashion jeans thread...)

I like Swrve jeans. Cut for cyclists, some stretch so you can actually move in them. Very comfy. I'm also looking at HebTroCo trousers.

Feb. 28, 2016, 8:39 a.m.
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Netflix Blocks VPN Users

Everything was working fine last night…

Feb. 5, 2016, 6:40 a.m.
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Books (not Boobs)

Ancillary Justice - I am not familiar with it. I'll check it out. Thanks!

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