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My GoTo IOS Applications (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the IOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync the...
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My GoTo Macintosh Apps (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the MacOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync...
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My reading list for 2017

I was complaining to someone the other day I needed to read more and play video games less, and in fact added that to my goals for 2018. And then I sat down and compiled my reading list for 2017, which totals 16 fiction books and 29 non-fiction books. That’s, um, 45...
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My Favorite Youtube Channels 2017

I really fell into a rabbit hole with Youtube this year after not really paying much attention to it before. What I found was a great diversity of interesting voices and people and a place (unlike blogs where you really can’t compete anymore with the big sites for...
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My favorite Podcasts 2017

As we wind down 2017, I thought I’d discuss my favorite podcasts. I did this a year ago, but the list has changed a bit, in part because two podcasts I recommended last year have gone on hiatus or closed down, and because I’ve found my preferences have shifted a bit...
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Old Friends

Patrick Rothfuss, Name of the Wind Buy on Amazon Michael Moorcock: Eternal Champion Buy on Amazon I think most of us go through periods were we do relatively little reading, and so you fall behind on books and authors you like. As I've been moving back into a period...

John Scalzi

There aren't many authors in the SF field where I can claim both of these statements are true: I have read every one of their published novels. I make sure I grab and read their books as soon as they are published. John Scalzi is one of those authors; in fact, the...

The Challenge of a Healthy Diet

Gary Taubes, who is a Science Writer for the NY Times, has a piece out called Is Sugar Toxic? (hat tip Daring Fireball for linking to it) Why We Get Fat Buy on Amazon At first glance, the title sounds a bit hyperbolic, but don't let that stop you. Taubes has been...

recent reads

While blogging has been light, I've been spending more time away from the computer and catching up some some reading. Herewith a few of the highlights... Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Book 1) Buy on Amazon Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, Book 2) Buy on Amazon...

Rising Tide

Rising Tide: The Untold Story Of The Russian Submarines That Fought The Cold War Buy on Amazon New submarine book: Rising Tide, the Untold Story of the Russian Submarines that Fought the Cold War by Gary Weir and Walter Boyne. Weir is a historian at the US Naval...

A few submarine books

Sort of a three dot lounge from my collection of submarine military history books.... I'm not sure where my interest in submarine operations came from. In high school, one of my post-graduation options I considered (and quickly rejected) was submarine ops. A...