Month: September 2017

Understanding today through the past

That I’m choosing to (mostly) not talk about our current political situation online doesn’t mean I’m not interested or paying attention. I am, and in various ways it impacts me, but I’m doing what I feel I can offline to affect change rather than getting into arguments online about. I’ve talked about some of that here. Another thing I’ve been doing is diving into history to try to get a better understanding of how we got to this place in time. That’s led to some interesting insights, so I thought I would offer up some reading if you are curious as well, and offer some thoughts on how the past is helping me better understand the present. Books Mentioned in this Article Hamilton by Ron Chernow The American Civil War: A Military History by John Keegan The War that Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters by James McPherson The Vietnam War: A Concise International History by Mark Atwood Lawrence Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow The Korean War by Max Hastings The Beginnings of Today One thing that’s usually glossed over in American history taught in schools is how the United States became United. You have the Declaration of Independence in 1776, you have the war of independence happens, then the Constitution is ratified and we’re this one big happy family of a country. Except that’s...

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Meet the Kittens — Buster and Hunter

After we lost Manon we immediately knew we were going to get kittens, but we decided to wait a bit until we were more ready to move forward. That time was two weeks ago when the shelters across the US had a free adoption weekend. We adopted Manon out of the Humane Society Silicon Valley shelter 18 years ago, and so we went to one of their satellite adoption locations to look for our new cats. We got there at 10AM, when they were supposed to be open, but it turns out people were lining up starting at 7...

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Solar Eclipse Composite

I thought I would make this picture the latest Today’s Photo image so I could talk a bit about how I created it. When I made the decision not to travel to an area where I could see totality, I started thinking about what I wanted to do to photograph (and watch) the eclipse. I knew if I stayed home I’d get about 75% of totality, which meant I’d see significant chunks of the sun cut out by the movement of the moon. My immediate thought was this would be a perfect use of a composite of multiple images...

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Occam’s Fireaxe #5: First Novels

I love finding a great first novel, and I love sharing those finds with others. When I was publishing OtherRealms, and later when I was reviewing books for Amazing Stories, I tried to make sure I covered as many authors as possible, so my policy was that at least 20% of the books I read were by authors I’d never read before, and if I could, half of those should be first novels. In this episode of Occam’s Fireaxe, I’m thrilled to be able to share two first novels with you that I think are well worth your interest....

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