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{ Monthly Archives } April 2013

The fru-its, of the de-vil?

The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen Rizzoli and Isles are back in their sixth adventure, facing off against a criminal who desecrates the corpses of his victims with occult symbols and strange rituals.  And if that weren’t enough to deal with, they find themselves haunted by an elite club of crime-solving amateurs who’re convinced that […]

unable to save due to filename collision

How to solve the problem “unable to save due to filename collision” within Google’s Picasa. It’s time for another exciting post in my series of tiny technical problems that might help someone far in the future.  Today, we will be documenting my experience with Google’s excellent Photo management program, Picasa.  I was working with a […]

Tweets from 2013-04-21 to 2013-04-27

RT @arieroos59: Its great to "meet" people with a shared interest, #Columbo #ColumboTV does just that! Its fun! 02:56:55, 2013-04-21 Tweets from 2013-04-14 to 2013-04-20 http://t.co/ZM8lvpmkap 10:01:30, 2013-04-21 RT @proboothcast: Time's running out for "UNDER THE SMOGBERRY TREES: The True Story of Dr. Demento" http://t.co/FweN6F1vCU via @kickstarter 04:47:10, 2013-04-22 Had a great time at Saturday's […]

Weekend quick bits

I have now been trained as a Level one swim official for YMCA swim meets.  Go ahead and try to use a dolphin kick before you start your breast stroke pull out.  I won’t see it, but I will know you shouldn’t do it. I forgot how crazy Mel Gibson looks in Lethal Weapon. I […]

Evil Dead (2013) – Rants, Delights, and Picking nits

Having written my review of Evil Dead yesterday, today is the rants, delights, and nit picking session.  Needless to say, Spoilers ahoy! I will hand it to Alvarez and Sayagues that they didn’t fall into the stereotypes as deeply as one might expect.  This isn’t Cabin in the Woods.  But leave it to the hipster […]

Evil Dead (2013)

What happens when five young folks go to a cabin in the woods for some good old fashioned junkie detox? Nothin’ good.  Especially if they find a book full of ancient, horrible spells and drawings or something.  And then they read from it. (I also like the idea that at some other cabin there are […]

Anglers in Springtime

This month, I searched the Flickr commons for photos with the word “springtime” in the title.  Here’s what I found. From the Atlantic to the Pacific anglers are stirring in response to springtime’s call [ | | | ]

Two thoughts on the Boston bombing and related events

First, the coverage of the Boston bombing on Popehat has been amazing.  The gang over there have been doing a bang-up job writing from new angles about the event.  My two favorite are: “security theater, martial law, and a tale that trumps every cop-and-donut joke you’ve ever heard” in which Clark wrote about the enormous […]

Schismatrix

Schismatrix by Bruce Sterling Sterling’s novel follows a single mover-shaker through the turbulent politics and world of the far future human panoply spread across the solar system.  Over the course of about 180 years, we see the way humankind expands, the whole breadth of people descended from Earth humans.  It’s a good novel, with complicated […]

Tweets from 2013-04-14 to 2013-04-20

Tweets from 2013-04-07 to 2013-04-13 http://t.co/YL4bODUeYl 10:00:51, 2013-04-14 Second to last line of IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN: "Life would be a ding-a-derry." #IShitYouNot 15:00:25, 2013-04-14 Just 198 words this morning, but spent most of the time re-reading to get back into the swing of things. 03:51:25, 2013-04-15 Returning to your office to find […]

March music roundup

Each month, I build a playlist of music that I’m mostly unfamiliar with.  I usually get 2 or 3 albums from emusic, a couple from one of the soundsupply drops, and a few tracks from Daytrotter. Having been at PCA/ACA in the last week of March and then taken a trip to Belize, I’m a […]

Springtime Scene by the Fence outside Historic Trinity Church

This month, I searched the Flickr commons for photos with the word “springtime” in the title.  Here’s what I found. Springtime Scene by the Fence outside Historic Trinity Church at Broadway and Wall Street, Lower Manhattan 05/1973 [ | | | ]

A few more thoughts on Kickstarter

SF writer and excellent reviewer from Atomic Anxiety Mark Bousquet posted an interesting few tweets about kickstarter the other day, so I wanted to write a bit more about what I like about the platform.  First, here are two screencaps from Twitter.  The first is a few relevant tweets from MB’s feed and from my […]

Them: Adventures with Extremists

Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson It’s a little disconcerting how close Ronson gets to very scary people in this book.  But his point, I think, is that even the very scary people are just people.  Them details Ronson’s journey into the late 1990s and early 2000s subculture of conspiracy theorists, people who believe […]

Tweets from 2013-04-07 to 2013-04-13

Last morning in Belize. Sigh. 06:13:04, 2013-04-07 RT @Myc_W: There are not enough hours in the day. 09:59:37, 2013-04-07 Tweets from 2013-03-31 to 2013-04-06 http://t.co/RcntW0nANP 10:00:30, 2013-04-07 Airport shuttle then 25 min drive home left tonight. Tomorrow morning is going to land like a hammer. #ASevereCaseOfTheMondays 21:47:02, 2013-04-07 Belize bug bites, why do you plague […]