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Review of Michael Moorcock's THE WHISPERING SWARM posted at SFSignal

Review of Michael Moorcock’s THE WHISPERING SWARM posted at SFSignal

My review of Michael Moorcock’s new novel The Whispering Swarm (Book one  in The Sanctuary of the White Friars ) has been posted at the two-time Hugo-award winning SFSignal. An excerpt: REVIEW SUMMARY: While billed as an autobiography wrapped around fiction, I know what this is….Mr. Moorcock is finally coming clean. He learned all about The Eternal Champion […]

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Review of SLEEPING LATE ON JUDGEMENT DAY posted on SFSignal

Review of SLEEPING LATE ON JUDGEMENT DAY posted on SFSignal

My review of Sleeping Late on Judgement Day, the third novel in Tad Williams’ Bobby Dollar series, was posted at SFSignal on Christmas Eve. Does that make it a Christmas miracle? An excerpt: In this the third (but doubtfully final) novel in the Bobby Dollar series, Williams has propped up many questions to be answered: Who in […]

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San Antonio Half Marathon – December 7, 2014

Race day. After 18 weeks following the Hanson’s Half Marathon training program (and two months of running before that to determine if my knees could handle running six days out of seven), it was time to put the wheels to the test. I’d targeted this race for several reasons: it was familiar territory, as I […]

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Half-marathon training: Race Strategy, or, I *may* be overthinking this

After 18 weeks of training, using the Hanson Half Marathon program, the targeted half marathon (the San Antonio RnR Half) is tomorrow. During training, my targeted race pace has been to finish in under 1:50 (my previous best is a 1:52). At a steady pace, this would be about an 8:23 pace. Steady paces are […]

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Month of November

Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 17

With all these miles, I’ve been really wearing down my shoes, even though I’ve been alternating them. I got a new pair on Newton’s (Sir Isaacs) on Wednesday, which should give me enough days to break them in before race day. This week the strength run is a 4 x 1 mile on Tuesday, tempo […]

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CCTMP

Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 16

Race day is not far away – received my confirmation sheet for the Dec. 7 San Antonio RnR Half. This is the last hard week before the taper (48 miles this week, then 40 and then 37 race week). Extended this week to 51 miles, most I’ve done in one week in many years. This week […]

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PackersRunning

Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 15

This is the “IS THE TAPER WEEK SOON?” and “I HATE TREADMILLS” post all rolled into one. This week the strength run is a 3 x 2 mile on Tuesday, tempo run on Thursday is 6 miles. It also has a 10 mile Long Run on Sunday. Total target mileage 47 miles. The previous week’s log […]

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FloodDoor

Jury Duty, Harris County

I had the fun and privilege of performing a civic service for Harris County last Monday, and headed down for jury duty. You can postpone jury duty twice and seems like I hit my limit on that every time. My wife and i had planned to go together on a previous Monday but work screwed […]

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Review of HARRY HARRISON, HARRY HARRISON: A MEMOIR posted at SFSignal.com

Review of HARRY HARRISON, HARRY HARRISON: A MEMOIR posted at SFSignal.com

My review of the late Harry Harrison’s memoir, appropriately entitled Harry Harrison, Harry Harrison, has been published on the two-time Hugo-award winning SFSignal.com. An excerpt: World War II veterans and early pulp fiction writers share a common timeline; they come from a common generation and most of them are slowly but surely passing from this […]

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Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 14

I’m tired. I’ve reached the point that is mentioned in the Hanson’s guide where the mileage just makes you tired. This week the strength run is a lovely 2 x 3 mile on Tuesday, tempo run on Thursday is 6 miles. It also has a 12 mile Long Run on Sunday. Total target mileage 47 […]

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  • Tesla Motors open sources all of their patents. A great headline, and an interesting idea. Open source the patents. Tesla is ahead of the electric car competition, behind the big car companies in sales, so why not? Wonder what it just did to their valuation; probably not much, with a market cap of $25B. But probably saved them a lot in legal fees! #
  • Apple and Beats Three thoughts on the Beats acquisition (or alleged, or rumored, or soon to be). One, this article on Apple wanting to be perceived as a fashion company (and, from Tim Cook's perspective, have the multiples that go along with that vs. the existing painfully low tech multiples). Two, since the Apple stores sell Beats, Apple should have good sell through numbers and a good understanding of not only Beats sell through Apple stores but relative sell through big box stores like Best Buy and Target (which you mentioned in the last episode). Three, Beats acquisition of the Mog streaming service should mix well with the somewhat weak iTunes Radio. And it is only 2% of Apple's cash...so well worth in IMHO. #
  • While investigating the feasibility of a Kindle Fire version of my Grand Canyon app (which is available in the Apple App Store and about to have an update), found this excellent series of articles on developing for the Kindle Fire.     #

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