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Rockets will win ten in a row

Like most Rocket’s fans, I’ve spent the majority of this first half of the season waiting for the “real” Rockets team to show up. With injuries to T-Mac, Artest, Battier, Rafer, Yao and Luther Head, the Rockets have employed 15 different starting lineups.

But with my first Rockets post of the 08-09 season, I’m predicting that the Rockets are going to rattle off ten wins in a row…at least.

Even though they will have to start the streak anew, after giving the 2nd game of a back to back without Yao to the Knicks (after being up by nine, T-Mac (2o pts) and Artest (11 pts) ran out of gas their 2nd game back in the lineup), it looks like everything is lining up in their favor. (more…)

Watchmen

Who watches the Watchmen

UPDATE: Movie vs. book post here.

My wife asked me why I was reading a comic book. Watchmen by AlanWatchmen
Moore and Dave Gibbons is by definition a comic book, and it is much more. I was looking forward to the movie adaptation, but frankly I do not see how they can do this excellent story justice.

It is a story of ordinary people putting on costumes to be masked vigilantes, of one physicist in a lab accident who becomes the worlds only creature with true super powers, and of a world continuing to fight and destroy itself, heading toward an impending apocalypse.  The story lines take place in an alternate history of the world, where the US wins in Vietnam and get closer to nuclear war with Russia. (more…)

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Cell phone recycling

Like most good little geeks, I’ve collected a bunch of electronics over the years, some of which I consider ‘collectors items’.gazellelogo

Like most environmental conscious and organized people, my wife is always trying to get rid of my old electronics, some most of which she considers junk.

We both recently used Gazelle to resell/recycle some old and not-so-old cell phones. The process was simple, the prices were fair and the reimbursement (with multiple options) was quick in her case and a bit slower in mine.

We used it for cell phones, but they also advertise that they recycle digital cameras, MP3 players, laptops, GPS, hard drives and more. They warn you and I’ll warn you: you should erase your personal data from the electronics before sending it in; they say they will, but do you really want to take that risk?

The process is straightforward: (more…)

Upgraded to WordPress 2.7

Just upgraded the site all the way from WordPress version 2.1 (yeah, I’ve been busy and procrastinating) to the latest and greatest, 2.7. As I’ve come to expect, compared to most of the software upgrades I’ve done (operating system, database, etc.) this one was a breeze. The instructions were very well written…if you follow them step by step, it works perfectly.

If you see any glitches, I would appreciate if you would leave a comment.

Wastelands

bookrev: Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams

A large percentage of science fiction writing is tied to some kind of apocalyptic event. AndWastelands a large portion of the daily news actually portends such an event (for a lighter look, read The Thinking Man’s Guide to the End of the World).

John Joseph Adams, assistant editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, has gathered apocalyptic stories by the heavyweights. This is the 3rd collection I’ve read put together by Mr. Adams, and his mix of stories and introductions pull the collections together. We are ready for the next one, John.

In this volume, I especially enjoyed:

  • How We Got In and Out of Town Again by Johnathan Lethem;
  • Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels by George R. R. Martin;
  • When SysAdmins Ruled the World by Core Doctorow;
  • Artie’s Angels by Catherine Wells;
  • Judgement Passed by Jerry Oltion (fav of the bunch);

Notes on each story follow: (more…)

Mine and my son’s most anticipated movie of 2009

Tony Jaa in Ong Bak 2

After Ong Bak, then The Protector, we’ve been waiting for the next from muay thai martial arts expert Tony Jaa. Already released in December in Thailand, Ong Bak 2 looks like muay thai plus many other martial arts! We’d take it with subtitles!

Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley

bookrev: Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley

Two authors named Christopher write not only good plot lines with enjoyable Little Green Men by Christopher Buckleycharacters but are also able to make me laugh out loud: Christopher Moore (author of Lamb), and Christopher Buckley, author of Boomsday, Thank You for Smoking and Little Green Men.

In Little Green Men, John O. Banion is a stuffy Washington issues talk show host, taking a firm line with people as powerful as the President, and enjoying the cream and adoration of Washington high society because of his hard hitting style.

Nathan Scrubbs works in the Abductions Department at “Majestic-12″, a government skunk works agency devoted to making the public believe in aliens to continue funding the military and space programs (though it was originally built to make Stalin and the Soviets believe the U.S. had alien technology…queue the Stargate theme). (more…)

Re-reading MSandT

Re-reading Tad William's Memory, Sorrow and Thorn

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Dusk Before the Dawn

Dusk Before the Dawn

Software By the Kilo

Software by the Kilo

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