Goodbye Friend Leo

Leo, the dog, is a neighbor of mine and a friend. Today the cancer claimed his body and he is off to his next adventure. Yes, I am one of those dog-centric types and I have called many dogs friend. Indeed dogs have been some of this man’s best friends. Leo was a bright buoyant […]

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100 Stories for Haiti

Author Greg McQueen is putting his time where is heart is and leading a project called 100 Stories for Haiti. It is a book project whose sales proceeds (as an eBook and a paperback) will go directly to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti. I stumbled across this project on John Scalzi’s blog […]

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What is the future of eBooks?

Author JA Konrath has done a lot of thinking and writing on eBooks (not to mention making money selling them). If you are interested, check out his recent posts on the subject: E-Volution: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2009/11/e-volution.html. While I don’t agree with the time-frame (tech always seems to evolve slower than expected), it is an interesting take on […]

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Cory Doctorow’s “Little Brother”

I read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother a few weekends ago, and I loved it. I think it’s a good book, let me explain why. Doctorow recently wrote about how sci-fi is really about the present and not about the future on his blog (http://craphound.com/?p=2391 ) Mary Shelley wasn’t worried about reanimated corpses stalking Europe, but […]

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Burning Down the House

Today a house in my neighborhood was used as a live test for local fire crews. It is not often (as in never) that you know when a house is going to burn, and can enjoy the destruction in a guilt-free way. The Highlands Fire District has been planing this since July and went to […]

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Does School Kill Creativity?

This TED talk by Ken Robinson from 2006 is about creativity, how to nurture it and what our school system does to it. Insightful. Very Funny   Some great quotes from the talk: “If you’re not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original.” “We stigmatize mistakes.” “We are educating people […]

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