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Review of Half a King by Joe Abercrombie at SFSignal

My review of Half a King by Joe Abercrombie has been posted by the wonderful, bagel-loving JohnD over at SFSignal.com. An excerpt: ————————– REVIEW SUMMARY: The world-building is not as deep asBest Served Cold and The First Law trilogy, and there is a bit of a quick twist at the end but Half a King is a fast paced enjoyable […]

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Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 2

Week 2 is five EASY RUNs with Monday and Wednesday off. This is the same basic schedule through Week 4. Week 5 adds a tempo run on Thursdays. Week 6 starts the “run 6 days out of seven” putting a easy run on Monday and sped work on Tuesday. By that time, it will be […]

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Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 1

This is the kickoff week, and the schedule starts on Wednesday, which is always an off day (this is good as I EXCEL at off days). There are only three runs this week, all at the “easy” pace. Since I’ve been running about 20 miles per week leading up to this, I plan on running […]

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What Brett Favre means to Packers fans

I was born in 1961 and became a Packer’s fan shortly there after (reasons why at this link). I split my time with the Packers into four “eras”: Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr and Paul Hornung (1959 – 1967) The Barren Wasteland (1968 – 1991) Brett Favre, Reggie White (1992 – 2007) Aaron Rodgers (2007 to now) […]

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Half-marathon training – giving it another go

I’m starting my notes on yet another attempt at besting my half-marathon PR. The last two attempts have been thwarted by knee, achilles and assorted other issues. I’ve changed up a few things to compensate, and I’m using a running plan that’s different than ones I’ve used before, one that stresses not only more miles […]

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The Dragonbone Chair re-read – Part Three – Simon Snowlock

This is the last part of The Dragonbone Chair re-read. I may have gotten a bit over-zealous with maps and charts this time….but Tad made this section longer than the previous two so it required more notes… The introductory post is here, if you are interested. The re-read post for part I, Simon Mooncalf is […]

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Cloud Storage Options (with pricing table)

There are several options for cloud storage with different pricing options and some slight difference in features. Pricing is changing quite a bit. The table below tries to show for a given amount of storage which option is the cheapest amongst the major players. Note that I ignored the variety of promotions; for example, I […]

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The Dragonbone Chair re-read – Part Two – Simon Pilgrim

The introductory post is here, if you are interested. The re-read post for part I, Simon Mooncalf is here. Word of warning: This re-read post is LONG (about 5,000 words) as was the first one. This implies that each of these re-read posts are going to take a bit. I haven’t studied a fiction book […]

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The Dragonbone Chair re-read – Part One – Simon Mooncalf

The introductory post is here, if you are interested. It has been a long time since I re-read a book, and I do not remember since college re-reading one in this fashion, where I actually am going back over chapters to find details after I’ve re-read them. Will it help me to remember the points […]

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REVIEW: Simple Qigong for Health: Enhanced Edition with video

As a developer of enhanced eBooks, I notice it is easy to use too much media (an overabundance of non-germane videos, audio or pictures), or to not put it in the right places. The enhanced eBook medium should live up to its name: enhance the book and the reading/learning experience, not take it over. The […]

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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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