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Book Review: Liberty Boy, by David Gaughran

Though I most often read fantasy or science fiction, anyone who follows my blog (all three of you) knows that I also enjoy history, biographies, non-fiction, and historical fiction. “Liberty Boy” is the latter. Written by David Gaughran, an Irishman … Continue reading

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Six degrees of Adolph Hitler

Guilt by association. Guilt by breathing the same air. Guilt by handshake. Guilt by non-denial. This is the culture we now live in; a culture where a friend of mine has to wave off negative comments when simply posting that … Continue reading

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Perfect pitch and timbre

Dana Cowern is back with an episode that appeals to both my scientific side and my musician side. Full of “gee whiz” moments for the musically inclined. Tweet

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Writing Update – Aug. 1, 2017

I had intended to post more frequently. I really did. Then a couple things happened, almost at once. For one, my wife and daughter went to Finland to spend time with my wife’s family, leaving the two boys and I … Continue reading

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What I did on my summer vacation, Part One

Last year one of our big events was taking the boys to the Pokémon World Championships in San Francisco. That isn’t happening this year. Long story, but the bottom line is Pokémon screwed things up to where we didn’t think … Continue reading

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New sounds

When I was in my late teens New Age music arrived on the scene. Artists like David Lanz, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Andreas Vollenveider and others introduced music that was, in many ways, more simple, more ethereal, with just a touch … Continue reading

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Ode to aging

Trigger warning: Not for the faint of heart Ayup. One of the down-sides of aging is confused hair. Tweet

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You’re a 31-year-old wizard, Harry!

Evidently it’s been 20 years since Harry Potter first exploded on the children’s literature scene. It doesn’t seem that long to me, and that’s probably because I was late to the Harry Potter party. I was in college when it … Continue reading

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Go for the big guns!

I recently saw some clips from a couple different sci-fi movies depicting human soldiers in combat against aliens. In one they were up against alien robots, and the other against swarms of huge alien bugs. In both cases they were … Continue reading

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More than birds

I know I just posted something from this guy, but today I found this little ditty. I’ve loved this song for quite some time already, but his vocal arrangement is phenomenal. His lush jazz harmonies give me tingles. Peter Hollens … Continue reading

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