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Occam’s Fireaxe #4: Epic Space Opera

About this episode In this episode we look at two epic space operas, Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi, his new book and the first in a new series by this award winning author, and Leviathan […]


2017 Playoffs Predictions: 2nd round

The first round of the playoffs had some amazing hockey. It also had 18 overtime games showing a parity in the league that is crazy in a good way. And the Sharks lost to Edmonton, […]


Summer Reading Recommendations

I recently had a friend ask me for summer reading suggestions, and we went back and forth for a bit on interests and what they’d already read. Out of that came a list of things […]


New Toy: Synology DS216Play

About a year ago I finally took the dive and started using Plex to host and play my videos. This happened about the time I write about how iTunes was a dumpster fire, because, well, […]



I’m someone who tends to find a game to go really deep into, and play it extensively until I get bored. Once I do, I seem to never go back. I’m also someone who really […]


2016 NHL Playoff Predictions (1st round edition)

NHL 2017 Playoff Predictions It’s that time of year again, where the NHL regular season has ended and the playoffs are about to begin. As is my tradition, it’s also time for me to publish […]


Project start: Updating my online presence (again)

I’ve decided it’s time to revamp the site again, even though I did some updates about a year ago when I started the sabbatical. It’s almost like spring cleaning, I guess, that over time […]


I have no frigging idea

I’ve been having some interesting conversations about Apple in the last few days. One was with Ina Fried, who is now writing at Axios, and she asked a question I struggled answering: “Are you planning […]


The Mac Pro lives: Apple promises new gear

So I wake up and fire up twitter, and see that John Gruber has dropped a bomb on my twitter feed and twitter blew up. I had errands to run and a doctor’s appointment this […]



A nice milestone hit for me at the end of March; I finished the month weight under 370, the first time I’ve been this low since sometime in 2005, and which puts me a full […]


Saying goodbye to Winter

The signs of spring have been everywhere recently, and as I type this, I’m happily sitting in my office with the patio door wide open letting the air waft in while I listen to the […]


Occam’s Fireaxe #3: A Big Bear Talking Ghosts

About this episode After a bit of an unplanned hiatus (sorry about that!) Occam’s Fireaxe returns talking about two books: Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal, a historical romance spy novel set in France during […]


Out on the road, and then home again

I need to apologize a bit for the lack of updates. I did some traveling in January, and when I got back worked with my doctors to try tweaking the prescriptions a bit. That didn’t […]


Back to Work

Well, the executive summary on the job search is there’s nothing much to report. It’s slow going, partly because I’m continuing to be really picky on what things I pursue, and also because, frankly, I’m […]

About Dungeon Delve

(I’ve been playing submarine again, for which I apologize. Among the reasons for this is I have my head down in Swift again, and as I’ve moved forward in picking up the language I’ve been […]