Feb 132014
 

Michael McCollum’s Euclid’s Wall is a Science Fiction novel with a twist: it takes place in a future where almost all technology has been lost and the action all takes place on a old fashion rigged sailing ship. However, this is not your typical post-nuclear-holocaust scifi novel, and in more ways than one almost reads more like Billy Budd or a Robert Louis Stevenson novel in that it is very much a sailing novel.

But it is a science fiction novel, and every time I had a question that I thought wasn’t covered, it was answered later in the book.

I don’t want to give away too much because a lot of the fun is finding out exactly what is going on, but the science is solid, the story is engaging, and the characters are interesting.

McCollum’s detail for solid science in his writing should come as no surprise, he’s worked as an engineer for most of his life, including redesigned a valve that failed at Three Mile Island after its unfortunate failure.

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Dec 182013
 

George Lucas is directly responsible for six of my favorite movies†. While I do not have a room filled with Star Wars/Indiana Jones memorabilia and I’ve never reëdited Phantom Menace to excise Jar Jar Binks, I am still as close to begin a fan of Star Wars as I am a fan of anything. I don’t want to diminish the importance of those six movies because I love them as much today as I did when I first saw them, mostly. I’ve never been a huge fan of the second half of Jedi and I like it less as an adult.

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Dec 142013
 

Almost Human, despite the name, is the best new show of this year, combining high production values and interesting and engaging near-future science fiction with an excellent cast and, at least so-far, above-average writing.

 

 

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Dec 132013
 

The first thing to be said is that I resisted buying a Chromecast for quite a while because I did not see a way in which it would be useful to me. However, after the recent announcement of new apps including support for Plex, I went ahead and bought one.

The Chromecast is, essentially, an HDMI dongle. It plugs into one of your HDMI ports and get power either from a USB port on your TV or from an included adapter plugged in to mains. The power cord plugs in to the end of the Chromecast, making the effective length of the already long device even longer.

The Chromecast is  long enough it did not fit in the HDMI slot on the back of my television and I had to plug it in on the side of the television, which means that the Chromecast sticks out just a little bit beyond the edge of the television and is always visible. Continue reading »