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Matthew Graybosch

Matthew Graybosch 

I'm a metalhead who writes sci-fi for metalheads. No elves, no damsels, and no bullshit. I also code for a living. (Spoiler warning: I drop spoilers when I talk about media. Deal with it.)

Occupation: Lunch Break Novelist

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Matt Gibson1,051,737Tonight I will be working on my new song, Rage in a Bottle, live in a Hangout On-Air.  Watch me live at 9 PM EST or catch the YouTube archive later.  Let's get this record finished!  If you would like an invite to the HOA let me know. ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm1CUvr6BTUMatt Gibson Live Songwriting - Rage in a Bottle2014-07-21 03:00:0045  
Damien Boath1,210We have the honour to interview one of the great fantasy authors ever! Stephen Donaldson, author of the Thomas Covenant series (Lord Fouls Bane etc) If you like fantasy, then this is a must listen! Join us to ask questions of the man via our Q&A! From www.stephenrdonaldson.com      Born in 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, Stephen R. Donaldson lived in India (where his father was a medical missionary) until 1963. He graduated from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1968, served two years as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, doing hospital work in Akron, then attended Kent State University, where he received his M.A. in English in 1971.      After dropping out of his Ph.D. program and moving to New Jersey in order to write fiction, Donaldson made his publishing debut with the first "Covenant" trilogy in 1977. That enabled him to move to a healthier climate. He now lives in New Mexico.      The novels for which he is best known have received a number of awards. However, the achievements of which he is most proud are the ones that seemed the most unlikely. In 1993 he received a Doctor of Literature degree from the College of Wooster, and in 1994 he gained a black belt in Shotokan karate from Sensei Mike Heister and Anshin Personal Defense.      After completing the five-book, seven-year Gap sequence of science fiction novels, Donaldson spent quite some time "on vacation." However, he has now returned to work. His most recent book prior to The Man Who Fought Alone was a second collection of short fiction, Reave the Just and Other Tales. He is currently hard at work on "The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant".The Newbie Writers' Podcast Episode 131 - Stephen Donaldson!2014-05-03 01:00:003  
Matt Gibson1,051,737Tonight I am going to do some actual recording passes of the acoustic guitar parts for Breathe in the Sky!Tracking Acoustic Guitars for Breathe in the Sky2014-01-17 01:30:0038  
Ole Olson57,747It has come to light that Google has started funding and supporting some of the most vile right wing extremist collectives and corporate front groups in America. Join us by changing your avatar and boycotting every single Google service for one day in protest.  *On Wednesday, December 11th make a serious attempt to not use anything Google.* No Google Searches. No Google+. No gmail. No Youtube. No Google Calendar. No Blogger. No Google Maps. No Google Photos. No Google translate. No Google reverse image search. No Google Play. No Google Drive. No Google Books. No Google Shopping. Nothing.  (Android is immune since it is Open Source).  If nothing else, just think of this as a challenge to see if you are able to spend a day on the internet without using a single Google product or service or just take the day off and enjoy the real world for a change.  _Google, many of us are your most loyal users, and we love the technical direction everything is heading by rolling all services into Google+_ but it must be understood in no uncertain terms that we vehemently disagree with your decision to start to fund proto-fascist, right wing extremist, anti-environmental, anti-worker, and anti-science shock fronts like: •ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) •American Conservative Union •Americans for Tax Reform •CATO Institute •Federalist Society •George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center •Heritage Action •Mercatus Center •National Taxpayers Union •R Street Institute •Texas Public Policy Foundation ________________________________________________ *More information:* Don’t Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/04/dont-be-evil-google-funding-a-slew-of-right-wing-groups/ Tell Google CEO Larry Page to Cut Ties with ALEC http://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14651 Tell Google: Don't Be Evil With ALEC http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8648 #ShameOnGoogle  #Google    #DontBeEvil  One Day Boycott of ALL Google Products2013-12-11 07:00:00159  
Matthew Graybosch19,376Please join me as I reveal the new cover for my first novel, _Without Bloodshed_ (Part One of Starbreaker), available in electronic and paperback formats on *Sunday, 17 November 2013*. Tell your friends. In addition to revealing the cover, I'll be reading excerpts from my novel if I can get hangouts working on my computer, and answering any questions you might have about +Starbreaker -- as long as it doesn't involve spoilers. It's gonna be a black Sabbath. Join me, or carry your regret to your grave! #starbreaker #revelation #release  Without Bloodshed - Cover Revelation2013-11-03 15:00:0053  
Jessica Northey1,977,759 Hey guys! Join us for a discussion about things you should be considering when you are negotiating your Social Media influence.  Maybe you're even thinking "wow, I spend a lot of time online...how can I make it make money for me?"    I've learned a LOT over the years on how to maximize influence and create a sustainable revenue stream. A great deal of what I've learned has come from my peers, notably my Agent/Mentor @101620823497739763601  and great friend as well as Master of all things Media @116917622532960535097  .  They will join us for Google Plus Hangout and interactive Discussion on Wednesday October 30th at 11am PT/2pm ET.   You will be able to watch live from this page and join the conversation across all social media platforms by using #HomeSweetSocial     Feel free to leave questions on this page you want answered even if you can't join us the day of.  MORE ABOUT Micah & Jenni. +Micah Johnson  founded MediaStars in 1998 and has become one of the top executives at discovering and mentoring talent.  In his more than 25 years of work in broadcasting, he’s earned a reputation as someone who is knowledgeable, insightful, and with an undeniable “eye” for recognizing talent. http://www.mediastars.tv/micah-johnson +Jenni Hogan  is an Emmy award winning journalist, lifestyle expert and entrepreneur. She is passionate about inspiring others to embrace the power of social media to impact people in a positive way. http://www.jennihogan.com/about/Protect & Maximize Your Social Media Influence2013-10-30 19:00:00120  
Matt Gibson1,051,737Yep sorry for the short Notice!  15 minutes from now!Crimson Symphony - Dream - Kickstarter Interview2013-10-17 03:00:0013  
Daria Musk3,819,572Friday, Oct 11th is The UN's Official Day Of The Girl Child. This year's theme is "Innovate To Educate" and in celebration I (+Daria Musk) will be hosting a special Hangout On Air with some wonderful organizations and amazing young girls around the world! We'll be joined by representatives from +The School Fund and a few young female students from Tanzania who will tell us how the opportunity to get educated has impacted their lives and inspired their dreams!  We'll also have a representative from +She's the First another great program that gets girls into schools worldwide! We'll also be joined by a classroom of girls from The Fraser-Woods School in Newtown, Connecticut who have been raising money to send girls their age to school through The School Fund! We'll share stories, learn about the extraordinary benefits of girls education and I'll even close things out with a song or two ;) Hooray for #TheDayOfTheGirl !DAY OF THE GIRL - HANGOUT2013-10-11 15:00:00130  
Denise Wakeman19,783*There are at least a thousand ways you can market your book.* And, that is so darn overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you know what tactic will work the best? How about starting with ONE or two tactics? That's manageable, right? That's why I'm presenting a *free webinar* on how to use one specific tactic to start building an audience for your book... *3 Clever Ways to Use Images to Promote Your Book* There are dozens, if not hundreds of ways you can use images to market your book. In this brand new webinar for Authors and Online Entrepreneurs, you're going to learn three fast and easy ways to create and use images that will attract attention and help you sell more books. *3 Clever Ways to Use Images to Promote Your Book An Adventure in Visibility for Authors* You will learn: > 3 Super Simple Types of Images that will Attract Attention for Your Book > 3 Ways to Use Images on Your Social Networks so You Engage Your Audience > At least 3 Tools to Create and Enhance Images so They Stand Out And more! *DATE* Thursday, September 19 1 pm PT/ 4 pm ET Details here and registration here: http://denisewakeman.com/images-to-promote-your-book/ This webinar is free and designed for Authors and Entrepreneurs who are writing a book, or have written a book,  and are looking to build their author platform as well as boost visibility for their book.  If you cannot make the live webinar, you will get the replay video if you register.3 Clever Ways to Use Images to Promote Your Book! An Adventure in Visibility for Authors2013-09-19 22:00:0022  
beatstone2,110,870+Artists In The Plus is proud to bring you a very special "Concerts In The Plus!' with Guitar Legend +Preston Reed. (Banner Photo By +Ralf Hebauf ) +Preston Reed has virtually reinvented how the acoustic guitar is played. Reed practices a flamboyant self-invented style, characterized by percussive techniques and simultaneous rhythm and melody lines that dance and ricochet around each other, giving his music a level of excitement that is unparalleled among today's guitarists. Playing an array of guitars from acoustic to electric to classical Reed's vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectation of a guitarist. First-time listeners find it impossible to believe that they're hearing just the one musician, in real time. Reed attacks the entire instrument in a never-ending search for the orchestra he knows is lurking inside. At full tilt, his fingers, thumbs, fists and hands at once suggest a drummer, keyboardist, bassist and several guitarists at work. The most impressive thing about Reed's technique, though, is that it doesn't draw attention to itself. His compositions are far from abstract virtuosic displays; even without lyrics he creates vivid, engrossing scenes. Sometimes the effect is almost onomatopoetic. Reed generates visual stimuli with every tweak of his instrument, thus augmenting his wordless compositions with an aura of the poetic. Each tune is a story in itself with a potent, cinematic atmosphere and an almost tangible thread of communication between Preston Reed and the listener. Reed's entry into this guitar odyssey was inauspicious enough, his path thereafter largely self-discovered. A few chords learned from his guitar playing father, a brief, very brief, flirtation with the ukulele, clandestine practice sessions of his favourite Beatles and Stones songs on dad's guitar .... and then a too-strict classical guitar teacher led to premature retirement. At 16, however, Reed heard Jefferson Airplane's rootsy blues offshoot, Hot Tuna. His interest was rekindled big time. Acoustic guitar heroes John Fahey and Leo Kottke were studied, their styles absorbed but not imitated, and at this point things really begin to get interesting because, at 17, Reed, by now precociously proficient, played his first live gig, supporting beat poet Allen Ginsberg at the Smithsonian Institute. Just getting on a train from his native Armonk in New York State to Washington was a cool adventure. And it was just the first of many, not least of which was the one which resulted from his signing his first deal with a major record company, MCA, through the auspices of his friend, country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett. Determined to make the most of this opportunity, Reed pushed himself to go beyond the standard fingerpicking styles he'd perfected. The result was the beginnings of Reeds startlingly innovative style, with its percussive, two-handed fretboard attack, that you hear today and which has caused guitar luminaries such "Concerts In The Plus!" Preston Reed2013-05-26 21:00:0070  
Matt Gibson1,051,737Join Matt (Vocals and Guitar) and T-Bone (Drums) in a LIVE jam session and performance of some of the songs that will be on the new record! Crimson Symphony Live on Google+ and YouTube2013-03-31 01:30:0097  
Brett Lipton23,079Pick some friends & bang um silly!Plus Phuck Phriday! DEFINITION: A PlusPhuck is a display of true (well maybe not true) love when one plusses all the posts & photos of a phriend. Like a big phrikkin notification wake up call to get that red box glowing.2013-03-29 05:00:00683  
pio dal cin82,307Samantha will be sent with four other astronauts to the ISS where she will spend six months experimenting . Join me on a live Hangout where she will talk about her new great challange. She was chosen among thousands of candidates for the 2014 mission.Interview with Samantha Cristoforetti Astronaut on the ISS2013-02-15 17:00:00276  
Electronic Frontier Foundation2,304,421Happening now! Watch/participate via https://twitter.com/efflive. You can see the tweets even if you don't have a Twitter account. And if you are on Twitter, join the conversation with hashtag #Dodd. MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd's is giving a talk about "Creative Content and the Cloud" at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club -- and EFF's activism team will be on hand to cover the event through our live Twitter account,@EFFLive. We're going to provide a steady stream of humorous and thoughtful commentary throughout Dodd's speech, so please join us online or in San Francisco. Chris Dodd pushed hard to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill that would given content holders new tools to censor the Internet in the name of stopping "piracy."  Dodd has also said that he is "confident" negotiations for a SOPA revival are taking place. While it's tempting to write off that confidence as the result of watching one too many zombie movies, it should be no surprise that the MPAA is pushing for a new backroom deal. That's why EFF and other Internet freedom advocates are committed to fighting for an uncensored web. Follow our live coverage on Twitter @EFFLive or buy tickets to attend in person: https://doddandnewsom.eventbrite.com/ EFF Livetweets Chris Dodd's Speech in San Francisco2012-10-03 03:00:0059  

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2017-03-18 21:14:52 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Smudge isn't so keen on kitty adventures when it means cold, wet concrete and slushy snow instead of a carpeted hallway.

And he certainly isn't keen on wearing a harness and being on a leash.

#Caturday #KittyAdventures #MaineCoonMix

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2017-05-07 14:48:36 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

I'll just leave this here.

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2017-05-23 01:11:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I've been listening to this album lately...


I've been listening to this album lately...
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2017-05-07 14:48:36 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

I'll just leave this here.

I'll just leave this here.___

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2017-05-06 12:28:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

I think I'm finally on to something here. Catherine helped. #SaturdayScenes #StarbreakerNext

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Chapter One: “Take the Day”

Morgan and the rest of the crew used to tell me that the time spent waiting before the start of a mission is the worst part. Once they were armed, armored, and briefed on the objective and the rules of engagement, they had little to do but hurry up and wait. It was easy to scoff at them; I was usually well away from the action, safe in my London flat curled up on my couch behind a huge screen that afforded me no end of antidotes to the mixture of boredom and creeping fear that my friends described as an Adversary’s lot.

It was different now. It was worse. This time, I wasn’t simply cheering the others on, or gathering intelligence, or providing electronic warfare and countermeasures support. This time I would step up tothe fir... more »

I think I'm finally on to something here. Catherine helped. #SaturdayScenes #StarbreakerNext

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Chapter One: “Take the Day”

Morgan and the rest of the crew used to tell me that the time spent waiting before the start of a mission is the worst part. Once they were armed, armored, and briefed on the objective and the rules of engagement, they had little to do but hurry up and wait. It was easy to scoff at them; I was usually well away from the action, safe in my London flat curled up on my couch behind a huge screen that afforded me no end of antidotes to the mixture of boredom and creeping fear that my friends described as an Adversary’s lot.

It was different now. It was worse. This time, I wasn’t simply cheering the others on, or gathering intelligence, or providing electronic warfare and countermeasures support. This time I would step up to the firing line.

I was going to war aboard something that was either a dragon that had eaten a starship, or a starship designed to resemble a dragon, and I was scared shitless in the most literal possible sense. I had spent the last two hours in one of the ship’s null-gravity toilets, and had only recently emerged.

«Want a hand suiting up? You’re the last one to do so, and you’re going to be fucked if something punches a hole in Koschei.» Josefine made the offer without speaking or putting down her Unix programming manual, a book so battered from constant rereading that I could no longer tell whether it was duct tape holding it together or my bestie’s willpower. The book was her security blanket; reading it allowed her to pretend that the world made sense.

She was already suited up, helmet and all, and had her devil-killer rifle slung across her back. Though I would never understand what she saw in that sleaze Eddie Cohen, I was glad she would be taking a sniper’s position along with him. It meant she’d be a little safer.

Rather than answer her question, I gently propelled myself across the cabin toward my own gear. Because this was my first flight to Luna, I still wasn’t used to getting around in null-gravity and it took longer than I would have liked.

Like Josefine’s, my armor was a skintight black suit of artificial muscle under ceramic plate. I should have stuffed myself into it already, but its second-skin fit wasn’t the only reason I found it unpleasant to wear. The fit was harder on Josefine and Naomi, who are more modest than I am.

The worst part was the catheters. I don’t want to know what Nakajima was thinking when she decided that these suits should grow tubes that penetrated me so that it instead of going inside the suit, the suit would absorb bodily waste extract useful material for reuse. Let’s just say that kink had an unexpected upside.

Naturally, it meant being naked underneath. Not that I minded, since it was funny to imagine the guys squirming as their suits wormed their way up their cocks and arseholes. In all honesty it was rather distracting, but not without peacetime applications in the fetish scene.

I wonder if Nakajima had thought about that. I’ll have to get Chihiro drunk and ask her once this is all over—assuming I live through this.

«Your hands are shaking. Let me help.» This time Josse put her book aside, and thrust herself toward me with a gentle kick. If not for the suit covering her mouth and nose it would have been tempting to steal a kiss as I caught her, but we had been friends too long for me to do more than entertain the thought.

Besides, Polaris and I had promised each other that if one of us played with somebody else, the other would know ahead of time and have the opportunity to join in. It was only fair.

«Aren’t you scared, too?» I couldn’t believe Josse’s hands were so steady as she slipped behind me and began working the fastenings from the bottom up, as if she were helping me into a ball gown—which will probably be good practice for her if she decides to marry Eddie and sticks me with the maid of honor job.

«Scared? I’m bloody terrified. Just hold still and let me finish, all right.» She gave her head an impatient shake. «I’m glad Nakajima didn’t consult you on the design, by the way. Otherwise we’d probably all have different colored suits, and I’ve gotten stuck with the pink one.»

«There’s just one problem with that.» I counted the members of our merry, motley crew. «Between you, me, Morgan, Naomi, Eddie, Sid, Sarah, Polaris, Tetsuo, and Desdinova there’s at least ten of us. A proper super sentai team only has five members, with an occasional sixth. You know that as well as I do.»

«I kinda wish Polaris and Tetsuo were with us. Don’t you?»

Josse cursed as I shrugged and pulled a set of fastenings from her fingers. «It was my idea for Polaris to stay on Earth. Tetsuo and the other asura emulators also have roles to play.»

What I didn’t tell Josse was that I wished it wasn’t just Tetsuo and the others who could simply jack themselves in and transfer copies of their minds to meat puppets grown to order on Mars, Venus Orbital, the Belt habitats, and the Jovian moons. Sabaoth could materialize angels anywhere in the solar system, and do a hell of a lot of damage before we took him out, so we had to prepare for the possibility he might attempt diversionary attacks.

Sure, Morgan could have used a meat puppet himself, but he’s still fucked up from dying and being resurrected—and somebody had to carry the bloody Starbreaker. I wasn’t about to do it, assuming it would even let me.

«Take a deep breath. I’m almost done.» I complied, and Josse made quick work of the last few bindings. Once she finished, I put on my helmet. It was completely seamless; instead of a visor it must have had an array of cameras. If I wanted to, I could even see behind me having to turn my head and look over my shoulder.

Once I had it on and sealed the gasket, the suit booted up and interfaced with my implant—and the rest of me. As it injected a chemical cocktail into my bloodstream, I understood why her hands didn’t so much as tremble.

Artificial calm coated my nerves, and while I was still scared out of my demon-ridden mind, I could look at the distant Earth through the viewscreen without freaking out over how my last sight of home might be that pale blue dot. «Thanks, Josse.»

“We’re currently 100,000 kilometers from Earth.” Thanks to the drugs, I didn’t jump out of my skin at the sudden announcement from the ship, or the dragon, or whatever the hell it was. I was still wrapping my head around the notion that my friends and I had climbed up a dragon’s arsehole and found a bloody starship inside. “We will reach Lunar orbit and begin our approach to Armstrong City in 17 hours and 59 minutes.”

«Not that I’m ungrateful, Koschei, but can’t we go faster?»

“Do you like raspberry jam? I could make you some.”

It was Josse who answered. «I love raspberry jam. Can you really make some? Do you have any scones, too?»

“No scones, Dr. Malmgren, but the raspberry jam is easy. I need only go faster as Claire wishes, and make a sudden deceleration once I reach Lunar orbit.”

«That won’t be necessary, Koschei.»

“You sure, Claire? You seem impatient.”

Patience isn’t one of my virtues, but it’s coming to me at lot more easily now. «Don’t mind me. I’m just nervous, and Sabaoth could cause a lot of trouble in eighteen hours.»

“The others seem nervous as well. I would suggest that you comfort each other.”

«How the hell are we supposed to do that?» A group hug seemed unlikely, and an orgy was right out.

“You’re an intelligent young woman. You should have no trouble figuring something out.”

«Thanks for the vote of confidence.» Though I was being sarcastic, tone wasn’t something secure relay chat could easily convey. Still, Koschei was pretty smart for a biomechanical space dragon, so I wasted no time worrying about it as I grabbed my weapons. «Come on. Let’s find the others.»

I found Morgan and Naomi first. They wore the same armor I did, but wore swords in addition to the rifles slung across their backs. To my surprise, they had all but shaved their heads. It was one thing to see Morgan with close-cropped black hair; men can look good with long hair or short hair. Seeing Naomi’s drift of snow-blonde locks reduced to a dusting was a bigger shock; without the hair to frame her face, the bone structure seemed harsher, and her scarlet eyes more alien.

Regardless of their new looks, anybody would mistake Morgan and Naomi for the real heroes: the war machine who chose to be a man and the devil’s daughter. They looked bigger than life and twice as sexy with their armor fitting every contour of their bodies as closely as mine fit me.

Josse must have felt the same way. «Do they even need us?»

«Every superhero has sidekicks.» Sure, Morgan was closer to fitting the definition than Naomi, but was hard to think of either of them as larger-than-life heroes. I might not be their valet, but I’ve listened to them shagging in an adjoining hotel room with my hands in my knickers.

Yes, they know. I’m no more discreet than they are. Even now they seemed ready to try stealing a kiss, but settled for bumping helmets like the cats their eyes and ears made them slightly resemble. «Oi, Nims. I love the new look. It’s very Ellen Ripley.»

Her eyes crinkled as if she would laugh if she could. «Too bad we don’t have it as easy as she did. How are you and Josefine feeling?»

Josse and I answered in unison: «Scared.»

Naomi nodded. «I haven’t been this scared since Clarion.» She gave Morgan’s shoulder a playful punch. «I’d bet that even Morgan’s scared, but won’t admit it. Any odds you like.»

Morgan looped an arm around her shoulder. «Don’t tempt Claire like that when you’re going to lose, Nims. I’m the only person on this ship who has no right or reason to be scared, but knowing that doesn’t help at all.»

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There's more on my website.___

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2017-05-04 21:09:15 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Health insurance providers are nothing but capitalist death panels, but apparently that's OK with House Republicans. Apparently Republicans are fine with death panels as long as they aren't socialist.



Health insurance providers are nothing but capitalist death panels, but apparently that's OK with House Republicans. Apparently Republicans are fine with death panels as long as they aren't socialist.

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2017-05-04 19:53:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Better than the original?

Better than the original?___

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2017-05-04 19:05:22 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I wrote some some fiction for the first time in over a year. It's probably crap and I might not continue from this angle, but here it is. I'm trying to get into Claire's head so I can narrate the story using her voice.

The problem is that Claire is pretty much my id, or in Jungian terms, my anima. :)


I wrote some some fiction for the first time in over a year. It's probably crap and I might not continue from this angle, but here it is. I'm trying to get into Claire's head so I can narrate the story using her voice.

The problem is that Claire is pretty much my id, or in Jungian terms, my anima. :)
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2017-05-04 13:35:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I gave this a listen last night. The black metal vocals aren't to my taste, but the music is tight.

#blackmetal #postblackmetal #melodicblackmetal

I gave this a listen last night. The black metal vocals aren't to my taste, but the music is tight.

#blackmetal #postblackmetal #melodicblackmetal___

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2017-04-27 01:35:37 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Here's a little something I dashed off a couple of days ago but couldn't post until tonight because my jekyll build was acting up.

It turns out the jekyll-seo-tag v2.2.1 gem is broken. v2.2.0 works OK, though.

#amwriting #starbreaker #scifi #fantasy #sciencefantasy

Here's a little something I dashed off a couple of days ago but couldn't post until tonight because my jekyll build was acting up.

It turns out the jekyll-seo-tag v2.2.1 gem is broken. v2.2.0 works OK, though.

#amwriting #starbreaker #scifi #fantasy #sciencefantasy___

2017-04-26 14:32:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

This doesn't shock me at all, and I don't see things getting better unless we elect a Democrat in 2020 who has the guts to start swinging the antitrust hammer.

We broke up AT&T once. It's time to do it again. Likewise with Google, Facebook, and every other multinational corporation.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/att-brings-fiber-to-rich-areas-while-the-rest-are-stuck-on-dsl-study-finds/

This doesn't shock me at all, and I don't see things getting better unless we elect a Democrat in 2020 who has the guts to start swinging the antitrust hammer.

We broke up AT&T once. It's time to do it again. Likewise with Google, Facebook, and every other multinational corporation.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/att-brings-fiber-to-rich-areas-while-the-rest-are-stuck-on-dsl-study-finds/___

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2017-04-24 16:42:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Poverty may well be a disease caused by capitalism. 

Poverty may well be a disease caused by capitalism. ___

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2017-04-24 16:19:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

If we want to dislike each other, we will find excuses to do so. The one thing social media does really well is give us excuses to dislike other people.

It doesn't matter who you are. If I need an excuse to hate you, chances are I can find it in your Facebook profile.

If we want to dislike each other, we will find excuses to do so. The one thing social media does really well is give us excuses to dislike other people.

It doesn't matter who you are. If I need an excuse to hate you, chances are I can find it in your Facebook profile.___

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2017-04-23 22:36:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Shared for truth.

___Shared for truth.

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2017-04-23 01:49:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A bit of light reading... 

A bit of light reading... ___

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2017-04-22 12:38:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The next Starbreaker book might have a chapter called Claire Ashecroft and the Workshop of the Telescopes. 

The next Starbreaker book might have a chapter called Claire Ashecroft and the Workshop of the Telescopes. ___

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2017-04-20 20:40:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Smudge looks down on me.

Who does he think he is, a god? Too bad for him that I'm an atheist. :) 

Smudge looks down on me.

Who does he think he is, a god? Too bad for him that I'm an atheist. :) ___

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2017-04-20 19:47:49 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Well, I hope he's enjoying the show. Entertaining an audience that had supposedly been watching for at least 2,000-6,000 years isn't easy.

I mean, could you imagine if Friends or Seinfeld ran that long?

#FourTwenty___Well, I hope he's enjoying the show. Entertaining an audience that had supposedly been watching for at least 2,000-6,000 years isn't easy.

I mean, could you imagine if Friends or Seinfeld ran that long?

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2017-04-19 18:03:46 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Here’s a question for anybody who has been reading my Starbreaker novels (Without Bloodshed and Silent Clarion), or anybody who wants to weigh in.

Background

I’ve been thinking of reworking/reimagining my Starbreaker saga. While Without Bloodshed hasn’t been a complete bomb sales-wise and has gotten respectable reviews, it’s also an extremely dense book that demands more of most readers than they’re willing to give.

I’ve come to suspect that writing subsequent Starbreaker novels in the same style as Without Bloodshed won’t work because doing so would make Starbreaker Morgan’s story and reduce the rest of what could be a diverse and interesting ensemble cast to supporting roles.

I have this character named Claire Ashecroft. You might remember her; she’s the brash, kinky, gray hat hacker from London who helped Morgan and the team withcomputer stuff in... more »

Here’s a question for anybody who has been reading my Starbreaker novels (Without Bloodshed and Silent Clarion), or anybody who wants to weigh in.

Background

I’ve been thinking of reworking/reimagining my Starbreaker saga. While Without Bloodshed hasn’t been a complete bomb sales-wise and has gotten respectable reviews, it’s also an extremely dense book that demands more of most readers than they’re willing to give.

I’ve come to suspect that writing subsequent Starbreaker novels in the same style as Without Bloodshed won’t work because doing so would make Starbreaker Morgan’s story and reduce the rest of what could be a diverse and interesting ensemble cast to supporting roles.

I have this character named Claire Ashecroft. You might remember her; she’s the brash, kinky, gray hat hacker from London who helped Morgan and the team with computer stuff in Without Bloodshed and mistook Naomi for a character from one of her favorite video games in Silent Clarion.

She’s smart, sassy, and she’s probably my wife’s favorite character out of the entire cast.

She’s also the closest thing my cast has to an “Only Sane Person”. Her comparison of her friends’ situation to anime and video games (such as saying she has never trusted Isaac Magnin because he’s “a white-haired bishounen”) is her way of acknowledging the ridiculous nature of the reality they experience.

If I am going to re-imagine Starbreaker as a series of shorter, more tightly focused adventures featuring various characters as they gradually become aware of the true nature of the world and come together to face a common threat, it might still be helpful to readers if I were to tell my characters’s stories with a single, consistent voice.

The Big Question

Those of you familiar with Sherlock Holmes will recall that all of his adventures were recounted by his friend, partner in detection, and biographer Dr. John H. Watson, who wrote in the first person.

Therefore, here is my question to you: Would Claire make a good Watson in a rebooted Starbreaker saga?

Why Claire?

I think Claire would work as Watson because while she wasn’t directly involved in everything, she knows all of the key players.

Furthermore, she has a reason to tell the story. As a hacker, she believes that information should be available to everybody.

However, after the Great Defiance and the investigation that followed, the AIs now running the Phoenix Society (the Sephiroth) ordered that all information about Claire and the others, all video evidence, and all testimony and depositions at the trial of Isaac Magnin and the rest of the Phoenix Society’s executive council for crimes against humanity be sealed. They decided that the truth is so weird that most people would willfully refuse to believe it because the implications would shatter their understanding of the world.

However, Claire refuses to accept this and insists on telling the story of how she helped fought a demon who pretended to be God alongside a killer android with a soul, a swashbuckling soprano, a pro wrestler turned watchdog agent, a sleazy old sniper with a heart of gold, a giant Maine Coon Cat who understood English and could play poker, a cabal of witches and wizards who became demons to fight them, and other outlandish characters as if it were fiction.

Basically, I want to do with the Starbreaker saga what Michael Moorcock did with Elric when he wrote Stormbringer. I want to start with the big crisis, the highest stakes, and kick readers’ asses so hard they land on the other side of the fucking planet wondering what the hell just happened to them.

This will be the new Starbreaker, Claire’s fictionalized history of the Great Defiance and what really happened.

After that, Claire can dig back into the past and write further accounts of the events that led up to Starbreaker, such as the Liebenthal Crisis I originally wrote about in Without Bloodshed or the Clarion murders Naomi Bradleigh solved in Silent Clarion.

What About the Books You Already Wrote?

Don’t worry. Without Bloodshed and Silent Clarion aren’t going to go away immediately. You will still be able to buy copies on Amazon.

While the Kindle editions of these novels may eventually go away and Curiosity Quills Press might cease print publication of Without Bloodshed eventually, I am not going to disavow these works.

While I can’t guarantee that removing the Kindle editions from Amazon won’t remove them from your Kindle apps and devices, I will do my best to ensure that if you already bought it, you can keep it. Likewise, those of you with paperback editions of Without Bloodshed may end up with a collector’s item on your shelves — especially if I signed it.

Punching the Reset Button

If I write Starbreaker and subsequent stories leading to it from Claire’s point of view, I will account for the existence of these novels in-universe. If nothing else, Claire might mention them as “unauthorized accounts by some hack who wasn’t involved and had no bloody idea what the ‘ell was going on”.

It may seem premature to reboot Starbreaker when I spent so many years talking about sequels to Without Bloodshed and even have titles for them, but I’ve got to be honest with myself and with all of you readers and fans.

I Had No Idea What I Was Doing, and I Screwed Up

While I did the best I could at the time, you deserve better. The Starbreaker saga in its current form just isn’t working, and that’s my fault. I thought I could expand a 289,000 word draft of a first novel into four-volume epic, and I was wrong.

It’s time I swallowed my pride and admitted it.

I’m sorry. I made a lot of mistakes. I want to learn from them so that my next novel is my best yet, and so that the Starbreaker saga is everything I as the author and you as the readers hope it can be.

I’ll be copying this post or sharing links to it on various social media platforms because I want to hear from you. If you have any advice or just want to wish me luck, please comment and share.

Thank you for all of your support over the years.___

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2017-04-14 17:22:08 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I'm over on Mastodon as @starbreaker on octodon.social. However, I might create my own instance soon. You might want to pick an instance or start your own, and start following me on Mastodon, because once I have my own instance I might just leave G+, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

I'm over on Mastodon as @starbreaker on octodon.social. However, I might create my own instance soon. You might want to pick an instance or start your own, and start following me on Mastodon, because once I have my own instance I might just leave G+, Facebook, Twitter, etc.___

2017-04-12 04:24:23 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Sean Spicer should be frog-marched through the Holocaust Museum.

If he doesn't get it, drag him by the scruff of the neck through the ruins of Auschwitz and Dachau.

If he still doesn't get it, then he is beyond all human help. 

Sean Spicer should be frog-marched through the Holocaust Museum.

If he doesn't get it, drag him by the scruff of the neck through the ruins of Auschwitz and Dachau.

If he still doesn't get it, then he is beyond all human help. ___

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2017-04-11 14:52:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

If you're wondering why I compared market economies to gardens today, it's because I have gardening on my mind. These are some photos my wife and I took after clearing the garden in front of our new house and planting some forget-me-nots, columbine, coleus, and primrose.

I was to plant some mint, catnip, and milkweed next. Not to mention herbs, tomatoes, and zucchini. Gotta find a sunny patch, though.

If you're wondering why I compared market economies to gardens today, it's because I have gardening on my mind. These are some photos my wife and I took after clearing the garden in front of our new house and planting some forget-me-nots, columbine, coleus, and primrose.

I was to plant some mint, catnip, and milkweed next. Not to mention herbs, tomatoes, and zucchini. Gotta find a sunny patch, though.___

2017-04-11 14:44:32 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The dream of Empire is a nightmare for those not draped in an Emperor's purple.

Those who yearn to found empires should look within themselves and seek to understand why they live with such hatred for other people that they seek dominion over lives not their own. 

The dream of Empire is a nightmare for those not draped in an Emperor's purple.

Those who yearn to found empires should look within themselves and seek to understand why they live with such hatred for other people that they seek dominion over lives not their own. ___

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2017-04-11 14:24:41 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

This is all true, and the same sort of shit used to happen in the 1890s. Ever hear of the Pinkertons? They were corporate America's enforcers back in the day.

How do we fix this, and make a more humane capitalism and a more humane America? Maybe we should start by banning for-profit corporations, forbidding corporations from operating or owning property of any kind outside the territories in which they are incorporated, requiring all corporations to work to provide a specific public good, setting limits on corporate lifespans, and acknowledging that because the state issues papers of incorporation all corporations are privately owned extensions of the state and should be obligated under the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States to ensure that all workers and customers receive the equal protection of the laws of the USA, just as if they were government agencies.... more »

"The reality is plain: United Airlines is not the disease. United Airlines is a symptom of an infected country whose institutions of power no longer respect the dignity or the sanctity of the individual life. They don’t care about you."

What we're seeing here isn't just one corporation doing a bad thing. It's part and parcel of a system designed to put company profits over human rights, and one that has empowered airport cops to be as brutal as they think necessary as agents for their corporate bosses.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/youre-not-mad-at-united-airlines-youre-mad-at-amer.html___This is all true, and the same sort of shit used to happen in the 1890s. Ever hear of the Pinkertons? They were corporate America's enforcers back in the day.

How do we fix this, and make a more humane capitalism and a more humane America? Maybe we should start by banning for-profit corporations, forbidding corporations from operating or owning property of any kind outside the territories in which they are incorporated, requiring all corporations to work to provide a specific public good, setting limits on corporate lifespans, and acknowledging that because the state issues papers of incorporation all corporations are privately owned extensions of the state and should be obligated under the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States to ensure that all workers and customers receive the equal protection of the laws of the USA, just as if they were government agencies.

Where does this leave the Internet? I thought of that, too.

Perhaps all telecomms, including the American portions of the Internet, should be nationalized and run by the US Postal Service with ironclad guarantees that the Post Office will not allow communications to be monitored without a judicial warrant.

The Post Office should provide every household with a public, static IPV6 address, and should not be permitted to prevent users from running their own web, email, XMPP, GNU social, IRC, DNS, SSH, gopher, FTP, BitTorrent, or other network services unless they can prove that an individual is doing so in an insecure manner that is likely to get their machine rooted and used to attack other users computers or the network as a whole.

Furthermore, the Post Office should be authorized, if not obligated, to hire US citizen and permanent resident programmers to contribute to free/open source network software to promote a more secure and decentralized network by providing free network service software with accessible interfaces for non-technical users that reveal additional options for individuals with greater technical skill.

If the Internet is to be truly democratic, then it should be as easy for busy adults to set up and run their own website with email and a federated Mastodon/GNU social instance on their own web server as it is to hook up a microwave, a toaster, or a TV and game console. Secure, usable default configurations that "just work" should be the norm, not a reason to pay extra for the Apple brand on your computer.

Does this sound inimical to free enterprise? I don't think so, but I don't think letting corporations do whatever the hell they want is free enterprise. I think it's tyranny.

My idea of free enterprise involves sole proprietors, mom & pop shops, family businesses, and small partnerships competing and cooperating in both their local communities and across the state, nation, and planet as a whole.

Government has a role to play in promoting free enterprise, but to do so it must take an active role by guaranteeing a level playing field, providing capital to those who want to make something of themselves but do not come from money and privilege, and ensuring that successful businesses do not become so predominant in their industries that they can prevent competition by imposing barriers to entry.

A market economy is like a garden. Properly tended, it can accommodate a wide variety of plants, shrubs, and trees. But the proper care of a garden requires planning, fertilization of deficient soil, thinning plants that crowd one another, and pruning or cutting back plants that get too big to support themselves. Likewise, plants that do too well and grow so tall and wide that they threaten to deprive other plants of sunlight, water, and nutrients must also be restricted for not their own good and for the general good of the garden. If large plants and trees kill off smaller plants, they will end up destroying ground cover, which leads to soil erosion that can profoundly harm a garden and eventually kill the biggest and strongest trees.

The difference between a garden and an economy is that in a market economy, those subject to pruning vehemently object to the gardener's ministrations, and tend to fight back with lawsuits and by spreading propaganda encouraging people to think that gardens grow best without gardeners.

Conservatives would have you believe that a market economy is a self-regulating ecosystem more like a forest than a garden, but forests are subject to forest fires, which can be necessary for the health of the forest but can also do profound harm if not controlled.

It is better to think of a market economy as a cultivated garden, since the only fire one is likely to find in a garden is the barbecue.

Local, state, and the Federal government all have legitimate roles to play in cultivating commerce, but officials at each level must learn to cooperate while respecting the limits of their own authority and that of officials at other levels. Likewise, business owners, executives, and stockholders must understand that they are citizens of their city, state, and country and possess certain obligations as citizens to respect and uphold the rule of law enacted by democratically elected officials of a republican government that makes commerce possible in the first place.

While individual officials may overstep their bounds and some laws and regulations may indeed unfairly restrain commerce, the current system is unsustainable, and the laissez-faire capitalism or anarchi-capitalism that some free-market advocates uphold as the path to freedom is a swifter and surer road to serfdom than socialism has ever been.

Allowing a nation's wealth or that of an entire world to accrete into the hands of a few hundred people out billions, or even worse no more than a few dozen people, is inimical not only to the rule of law, to democracy, and to republican government, but to commerce itself.

When most wealth lies trapped in hoards, and those who control the wealth of the world either control governments or are themselves the government, we are back to feudalism, to absolute rule and the divine right of kings, and back to serfdom with workers legally bound to the land or to their employers with no recourse and no hope of improving their position short of organizing and staging a violent revolution.

The "free market", the economy in chaos, leads only to the stagnation of a new Dark Age. Likewise a completely and centrally planned command economy, an economy under absolute control by law, will also lead to stagnation.

An economy best serves all people when balanced between law and chaos, and such an economy is best represented as a carefully tended garden. In such an economy, there is room to grow and prosper for all.

via +Ellis Morning​

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2017-04-10 23:02:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

This is something I posted over on Mastodon. Yes, I have an account on the Octadon instance.

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Instead of saying #NotAllMen, I prefer to say #ThatCouldBeMe. Even though it isn't, it could be under the wrong circumstances.

For example, I am not a rapist. At least, I HOPE I'm not. But that doesn't matter, because I COULD be.

Why COULD I be a rapist? There are a few reasons. My parents might not have raised me properly. Or, despite their efforts, I might have decided that my pleasure mattered more than another person's rights and autonomy.

Regardless, #ThatCouldBeMe if I'm not careful.

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You can find me at https://octodon.social/@starbreaker. It federates with the main Mastodon instance and several others.

This is something I posted over on Mastodon. Yes, I have an account on the Octadon instance.

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Instead of saying #NotAllMen, I prefer to say #ThatCouldBeMe. Even though it isn't, it could be under the wrong circumstances.

For example, I am not a rapist. At least, I HOPE I'm not. But that doesn't matter, because I COULD be.

Why COULD I be a rapist? There are a few reasons. My parents might not have raised me properly. Or, despite their efforts, I might have decided that my pleasure mattered more than another person's rights and autonomy.

Regardless, #ThatCouldBeMe if I'm not careful.

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You can find me at https://octodon.social/@starbreaker. It federates with the main Mastodon instance and several others.___

2017-04-08 22:32:11 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I just saw Ghost in the Shell while my wife saw Beauty and the Beast with her friends.

I would have liked it better if I only paid a buck fifty to rent it from Redbox. At about two hours long, it felt slower than it should have been, like it needed a more ruthless editor.

On the upside, Scarlett Johansson's casting as the Major had some plot justification, and "Beat" Takeshi Kitano made an excellent Aramaki. 

I just saw Ghost in the Shell while my wife saw Beauty and the Beast with her friends.

I would have liked it better if I only paid a buck fifty to rent it from Redbox. At about two hours long, it felt slower than it should have been, like it needed a more ruthless editor.

On the upside, Scarlett Johansson's casting as the Major had some plot justification, and "Beat" Takeshi Kitano made an excellent Aramaki. ___

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2017-04-06 21:04:06 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Twitter deserves to die. Just like every other corporate social media platform, including Google+.

Twitter deserves to die. Just like every other corporate social media platform, including Google+.___

2017-04-05 05:38:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I really want to blow off work and play Persona 5, but blowing off work to play games is a bad habit to form, and Persona is one of the game franchises my wife and I share.

I really want to blow off work and play Persona 5, but blowing off work to play games is a bad habit to form, and Persona is one of the game franchises my wife and I share.___

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2017-04-05 05:13:59 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Every time you punch a URL into your browser, you use DNS to translate the URL into an IP address. Your provider offers DNS, but they log your DNS queries so they can track you.

Don't use your provider's DNS, especially now that they can sell your data without your consent.

Don't use Google DNS, either. Google is an American corporation, and is therefore inherently untrustworthy.

Find a reliable alternate DNS server that uses DNSSEC and doesn't log queries. DNS.WATCH might be one such provider. 

Every time you punch a URL into your browser, you use DNS to translate the URL into an IP address. Your provider offers DNS, but they log your DNS queries so they can track you.

Don't use your provider's DNS, especially now that they can sell your data without your consent.

Don't use Google DNS, either. Google is an American corporation, and is therefore inherently untrustworthy.

Find a reliable alternate DNS server that uses DNSSEC and doesn't log queries. DNS.WATCH might be one such provider. ___

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2017-04-03 17:00:37 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Paper Books vs Ebooks: Both Have Their Uses

In the paper vs. electronic books debate, my position is one of armed neutrality. I like both for different reasons, and if you don't like it I'll summon Satan all over your hard drive.

Before ebooks, I bought a shitload of paperbacks. If I found myself rereading a book and getting more out of it each time, I'd get a hardcover and give away the paperback.

Once ebooks caught on and devices got cheap, I started doing a lot of reading on screens, starting with a Nook that I've since given to my parents. However, they don't use it; when they read, they prefer paper.

Getting back to my own preferences: I currently have a Kindle paperwhite and the Kindle app on my phone. I buy a lot of ebooks, mainly because they don't take up shelf space or nightstand space. They're convenient in that... more »

Paper Books vs Ebooks: Both Have Their Uses

In the paper vs. electronic books debate, my position is one of armed neutrality. I like both for different reasons, and if you don't like it I'll summon Satan all over your hard drive.

Before ebooks, I bought a shitload of paperbacks. If I found myself rereading a book and getting more out of it each time, I'd get a hardcover and give away the paperback.

Once ebooks caught on and devices got cheap, I started doing a lot of reading on screens, starting with a Nook that I've since given to my parents. However, they don't use it; when they read, they prefer paper.

Getting back to my own preferences: I currently have a Kindle paperwhite and the Kindle app on my phone. I buy a lot of ebooks, mainly because they don't take up shelf space or nightstand space. They're convenient in that regard, though the space issue isn't as pressing a concern for me as it had been now that I've moved from a cramped two-bedroom apartment into a three-bedroom house with a living room, a family room, and an attic just begging to be finished and remodeled into a loft master bedroom with an en suite bathroom.

Ebooks are also discreet. If I'm stuck in a meeting, there's no way I could get away with whipping out a hardcover or a paperback and reading while the suit up front drones on and on and drip-feeds us information that could have been conveyed by email. However, in meetings like that just about everybody is dicking around with the phones so I'm less likely to get caught reading.

Likewise, if I walk into the crapper with a hardcover it's obvious I'm hiding in there to slack off. But walking into the crapper with my phone in my pocket doesn't raise any questions.

Let's not forget that when you read on your phone, the only way to tell if somebody is reading erotica or pornography is to look over their shoulder and risking a well-deserved ass-kicking. Incidentally, this is a pet peeve of mine; people who look over a reader's shoulder to figure out what they're reading should mind their own business.

Despite the advantages of ebooks, I still buy books in hardcover for various reasons. My most recent hardcover purchases include...

* Neil Gaiman: Norse Mythology
* Jacqueline Carey: Miranda and Caliban
* Lev Grossman:
* The Magicians
* The Magician King
* The Magician's Land
* Alexandre Dumas (translated by Robin Buss) The Count of Monte Cristo

Granted, I had to buy the hardcover Penguin Classics edition of Dumas secondhand, but it came in near-pristine condition and looks gorgeous on my shelf, so it was worth it.

Why did I buy these books in hardcover?

In Jacqueline Carey's case, I have her first two Kushiel trilogies in hardcover and she's one of my favorite authors. Kushiel's Dart in particular was one of the books my wife and I shared before we got married.

In Lev Grossman's case, my wife and I had watched The Magicians on Netflix, and I simply didn't feel like dicking around with paperbacks or ebooks since I was already into the story.

I already had the Buss translation of The Count of Monte Cristo in trade paperback, but I figured it could only take one more re-reads from my wife and me before it started falling apart, and we wanted an attractive and durable copy for our shelf.

Finally, I grabbed Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology simply because I wanted to read his take on those old stories outside the context of American Gods.

In general, I still prefer to have hardcover copies of books that I will re-read several times over the years for the same reason I'll buy my favorite albums on CD or even vinyl. I want to own them, not merely buy a license to read them. I want to be able to touch them. I want guests to see that they're important parts of my life.

Most importantly, hardcover books are touchstones. Catherine and I can take them down off the shelf and remember the way we were when we were younger and learning to love each other.___

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2017-04-01 20:55:09 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I'm not at all surprised. I can't even take a crap without at least one of my cats opening the bathroom door and sauntering in to say hello.

I keep a cushion on the floor by my desk, and Virgil will curl up on it while I bang away at my computer.

Smudge likes to jump up in front of the TV when we're watching video or playing games. He meows and paws at the screen until we hug and pet him.

Today I learned... many cats prioritize attention over food.

But wait, I already knew that! Each morning, my Lockheed refuses to eat breakfast until he's herded me out of bed.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/cats-are-nice___I'm not at all surprised. I can't even take a crap without at least one of my cats opening the bathroom door and sauntering in to say hello.

I keep a cushion on the floor by my desk, and Virgil will curl up on it while I bang away at my computer.

Smudge likes to jump up in front of the TV when we're watching video or playing games. He meows and paws at the screen until we hug and pet him.

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2017-04-01 13:09:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I doubt things end this well for 9S and 2B, but this is pretty.

#nier #automata #fanart

I doubt things end this well for 9S and 2B, but this is pretty.

#nier #automata #fanart___

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2017-04-01 01:30:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

There's nothing like being able to blackhole ad servers at the DNS level. Of course, this script is for Unix systems. :)

There's nothing like being able to blackhole ad servers at the DNS level. Of course, this script is for Unix systems. :)___

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2017-03-31 17:55:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

On Google+, I block blueheads on sight because they tend to be trolls and spammers. When I was on Twitter, I did the same to eggs. Looks like I wasn't the only one, and Twitter has decided that the default egg avatar is rotten.

Get ready to block grayheads.

On Google+, I block blueheads on sight because they tend to be trolls and spammers. When I was on Twitter, I did the same to eggs. Looks like I wasn't the only one, and Twitter has decided that the default egg avatar is rotten.

Get ready to block grayheads.___

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2017-03-30 17:08:01 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

A more accurate headline would be "Christopher Nolan and Sofia Coppola urge suckers to continue to prop up Hollywood's 20th century business model by going to cinemas and subjecting themselves to high prices, shitty food, uncomfortable seats, and other people's children."

A more accurate headline would be "Christopher Nolan and Sofia Coppola urge suckers to continue to prop up Hollywood's 20th century business model by going to cinemas and subjecting themselves to high prices, shitty food, uncomfortable seats, and other people's children."___

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2017-03-24 21:28:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Attention all Republicans and conservatives:

SUCK IT!

That is all.

Attention all Republicans and conservatives:

SUCK IT!

That is all.___

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2017-03-24 16:20:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The cover looks like something out of Clive Barker, but having read Fantasmagoria I suspect the text makes Clive Barker look like that kid at camp who only knows one ghost story.

I'm gonna be asking for a lot of help getting the word out on this one.___The cover looks like something out of Clive Barker, but having read Fantasmagoria I suspect the text makes Clive Barker look like that kid at camp who only knows one ghost story.

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2017-03-24 13:48:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I've used this on occasion. If you're a Linux or Mac user and you spend a lot of time in your terminal or on SSH, tmux can be handy.

I've used this on occasion. If you're a Linux or Mac user and you spend a lot of time in your terminal or on SSH, tmux can be handy.___

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2017-03-24 13:42:18 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

“What would it mean to design against despair or isolation or loneliness?” asks Russell. “I have to think that just making another social media messaging platform doesn’t get us there.”

“What would it mean to design against despair or isolation or loneliness?” asks Russell. “I have to think that just making another social media messaging platform doesn’t get us there.”___

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2017-03-24 02:55:43 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Take the bull by the horn...

Unexpected butt sex. Also, boop___Take the bull by the horn...

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2017-03-23 19:00:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

It's time to start using VPNs all the time for all the internet things.

It's time to start using VPNs all the time for all the internet things.___

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2017-03-22 17:36:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I just started playing Nier: Automata last night, but I should have wait for the full game to finish installing. I never got around to playing the first one, or the Drakengard games, but the demo for this game impressed me last year.

You know a video game is going to be metal when it starts with a voice-over like this:

Everything that lives is designed to end.
We are perpetually trapped...
in a never-ending spiral of life and death.
Is this a curse?
Or some kind of punishment?
I often think about the god who blessed us with this cryptic puzzle...
and wonder if we'll ever have the chance to kill him.

The opening VO is standard existentialist stuff right down to the Nietzschean bit about killing the rat bastard responsible for all of this, and not terribly profound, but I still eat that shit up,... more »

I just started playing Nier: Automata last night, but I should have wait for the full game to finish installing. I never got around to playing the first one, or the Drakengard games, but the demo for this game impressed me last year.

You know a video game is going to be metal when it starts with a voice-over like this:

Everything that lives is designed to end.
We are perpetually trapped...
in a never-ending spiral of life and death.
Is this a curse?
Or some kind of punishment?
I often think about the god who blessed us with this cryptic puzzle...
and wonder if we'll ever have the chance to kill him.

The opening VO is standard existentialist stuff right down to the Nietzschean bit about killing the rat bastard responsible for all of this, and not terribly profound, but I still eat that shit up, lick the plate clean, and go back for more. I want to see where Yoko Taro and Platinum Games end up going with this.

Though I can't help but wonder why a soldier android would wear thigh-high boots with spike heels, thigh-high stockings, and a dress with a keyhole back and a sweetheart neckline.

2B's design certainly appeals to the male gaze, and it's typical for Japanese games to not give a fuck about Western feminist sensibilities, but she's nowhere near as close to over-the-top as Bayonetta. I'm curious as to whether there's an in-story/in-character justification for 2B's appearance. It's certainly fun to watch her dance around the battlefield with her swords, though.___

2017-03-22 15:24:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

This doesn't just apply to web development. Don't use a tool just because you feel obligated to for whatever reason.

This doesn't just apply to web development. Don't use a tool just because you feel obligated to for whatever reason.___

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2017-03-22 14:39:16 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Liberals say, "Nobody should have to suffer as I have." or "Other people have suffered more than I, and that isn't right. Let's fix this."

Conservatives say, "If other people must suffer as I did, that's good because suffering builds character.

Libertarians say, "It's not my problem if other people suffer the way I did, or suffer more than I have," while smoking pot.

Fascists say, "Your suffering is for the good of the state, but to make me suffer in any way is treason against the nation."

Christians say, "Our suffering glorifies God, and is nothing compared to the agony Christ suffered for us. Any effort to make this world better is vanity."

Jews say, "Our suffering is because we live in a broken world, and it upon us to fix this by... more »

___Liberals say, "Nobody should have to suffer as I have." or "Other people have suffered more than I, and that isn't right. Let's fix this."

Conservatives say, "If other people must suffer as I did, that's good because suffering builds character.

Libertarians say, "It's not my problem if other people suffer the way I did, or suffer more than I have," while smoking pot.

Fascists say, "Your suffering is for the good of the state, but to make me suffer in any way is treason against the nation."

Christians say, "Our suffering glorifies God, and is nothing compared to the agony Christ suffered for us. Any effort to make this world better is vanity."

Jews say, "Our suffering is because we live in a broken world, and it upon us to fix this by repairing the world through acts of loving kindness."

Buddhists say, "Our suffering is because of our attachment to ourselves, to our desires, to the world, and to things."

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2017-03-20 17:00:04 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Here's the short version: Trump voters deserve everything that's going to happen to them.

Here's the short version: Trump voters deserve everything that's going to happen to them.___

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2017-03-20 13:04:41 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

We all float down here. Meow.

___We all float down here. Meow.

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2017-03-19 20:09:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I can't believe I pay +Comcast upwards of $60/month and can't even break 5Mbps. Unacceptable.

Maybe it's time to switch to +Verizon FIOS after all, even though I'd have to toss out my existing router and cable modem.

I can't believe I pay +Comcast upwards of $60/month and can't even break 5Mbps. Unacceptable.

Maybe it's time to switch to +Verizon FIOS after all, even though I'd have to toss out my existing router and cable modem.___

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2017-03-18 21:14:52 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Smudge isn't so keen on kitty adventures when it means cold, wet concrete and slushy snow instead of a carpeted hallway.

And he certainly isn't keen on wearing a harness and being on a leash.

#Caturday #KittyAdventures #MaineCoonMix

Smudge isn't so keen on kitty adventures when it means cold, wet concrete and slushy snow instead of a carpeted hallway.

And he certainly isn't keen on wearing a harness and being on a leash.

#Caturday #KittyAdventures #MaineCoonMix___

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2017-03-17 16:46:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Why I Use Linux

I learned to code in college back in 1996. I started with C on an old SPARCstation 20. Once I learned enough about Unix, the shell, and vi to do stuff I wanted my very own Unix machine but there was no way in Hell I could afford Sun or SGI gear, even if I bought it secondhand. Fortunately, one of the professors told me about Linux and gave me a copy of Slackware 3.0 to tinker with.

It was hard and frustrating beyond belief to get Slackware working, but once I did my pride wouldn't let me go back to Windows.

I've pretty much stuck with Linux ever since. I might have used Windows at my day job, and I did buy MacBooks from 2006 until Steve Jobs died in 2011 because they were portable Unix machines, but I always kept at least one machine running some kind of Linux handy.

After Jobs bit the dust I went back to Linux in a big way. I... more »

Why I Use Linux

I learned to code in college back in 1996. I started with C on an old SPARCstation 20. Once I learned enough about Unix, the shell, and vi to do stuff I wanted my very own Unix machine but there was no way in Hell I could afford Sun or SGI gear, even if I bought it secondhand. Fortunately, one of the professors told me about Linux and gave me a copy of Slackware 3.0 to tinker with.

It was hard and frustrating beyond belief to get Slackware working, but once I did my pride wouldn't let me go back to Windows.

I've pretty much stuck with Linux ever since. I might have used Windows at my day job, and I did buy MacBooks from 2006 until Steve Jobs died in 2011 because they were portable Unix machines, but I always kept at least one machine running some kind of Linux handy.

After Jobs bit the dust I went back to Linux in a big way. I bought a System76 Pangolin laptop in early 2012 that I'm still using today. Now that I've bought a house big enough for me to have a study (or at least one side of a workroom I'm sharing with my wife), I'm working on configuring a Siduction install on my old Pangolin so I can use the machine as a desktop rig with an ultra-wide monitor and a tiling window manager.

I don't have that kind of freedom with Windows or OSX by default. I could get it, but I would have to fight the OS to do so. More precisely, I would have to fight the OS designers' assumptions.

* Windows is a potemkin village. It looks nice, but horrors await foolhardy souls who look beyond the facade.
* OSX is the Hotel California. Everything's included and you can check out anytime you like, but good luck leaving.
* Linux is an empty house on a clear plot of land with a Lowe's right down the street. You can move right in, but if you want to make it your own you're gonna need to learn things, get yourself some tools, and break out the elbow grease.

Of the three, I prefer Linux. If I'm going to put my life into a computer -- the novels I want to write, the emails and letters I write to my wife to keep our marriage strong, the household finances, digital copies of my favorite albums, etc. -- then I want that computer to be as wholly mine as possible, and its operating environment to be custom-suited to fit me.

I think I can do that most easily with Linux.

Furthermore, Linux has been good for me as a writer. Poor old George R. R. Martin has to pay somebody to keep a DOS rig alive so he can keep using WordStar 4.0, but I can go one better.

Because I learned enough vi to be dangerous on a college SPARCstation, I could use those skills with vim and now neovim almost twenty years later. Because my drafts are all plain text files and I use plain old directories to keep everything sorted, I'm not tied to expensive apps like Microsoft Word or even Scrivener.

Furthermore, I don't ever have to worry about losing my work. Because I can use git, I can store my work in a private repository on another server, or using services like GitLab.

And unlike George, I don't have to pay or trust somebody else to keep my machines running. I can do that myself. :)

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2017-03-17 16:26:31 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

I was bullied for most of my childhood, but that's no excuse for me to be an asshole.

Whatever trauma Steve Bannon suffered doesn't excuse or justify him being the man he is today.

___I was bullied for most of my childhood, but that's no excuse for me to be an asshole.

Whatever trauma Steve Bannon suffered doesn't excuse or justify him being the man he is today.

2017-03-17 13:58:41 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

This is for whoever needs it: Don't let anybody tell you you're doing social justice wrong when you know you're doing the best you can.

I don't care who they are, or how famous or rich they are, or what they've done. I don't give a damn if it's Emma Watson, Gloria Steinem, or the shades of Susan B. Anthony and Mary Wollstonecraft risen from Sheol. They don't get to tell you how you should do social justice.

Regardless of who they are, if they want social justice done their way, they can damned well do it themselves. If they want your help, then they can damned well deal with the probability that you might have your own methods, values, and preferences that are as valid as theirs are.

Either that, or they can fucking well pay you a living wage for putting up with their bullshit.

If you want to rock a well-fitted corset, then... more »

This is for whoever needs it: Don't let anybody tell you you're doing social justice wrong when you know you're doing the best you can.

I don't care who they are, or how famous or rich they are, or what they've done. I don't give a damn if it's Emma Watson, Gloria Steinem, or the shades of Susan B. Anthony and Mary Wollstonecraft risen from Sheol. They don't get to tell you how you should do social justice.

Regardless of who they are, if they want social justice done their way, they can damned well do it themselves. If they want your help, then they can damned well deal with the probability that you might have your own methods, values, and preferences that are as valid as theirs are.

Either that, or they can fucking well pay you a living wage for putting up with their bullshit.

If you want to rock a well-fitted corset, then rock it. It doesn't matter if Emma Watson thinks corsets are oppressive. She's not as smart or as knowledgeable as they role that made her famous, and it's not her decision to make for you even if she was as intelligent and learned as Hermione Granger.

Slut or celibate, butch or femme, married or single, monogamous or poly, straight, LGBT, demisexual, or asexual, dominant, submissive, equal, or switch - - none of that matters. You're not less than because you fit in with the normies and you aren't less than because you don't.

I'm saying this because even though I'm not a feminist, I agree with a lot of feminist thought and find it useful. Because of feminism, I don't let other people tell me how to be a man or that my performance of masculinity isn't up to par. I don't let other people tell me how to do atheism or libertarianism, either.

If I want to wear my hair long and be vain about my mane, I will. If I want to wear glasses designed for a woman's face because I like the way they look on mine, I will. If I want to blast old Queen albums and sing along or rock out to Idina Menzel, Tarja Turunen, or Sarah fucking Brightman, I will. If I want call myself an atheist and refer to my wife in all seriousness as my goddess in the same sentence, I will. If I want to mix my libertarianism with socialism, I will.

I will do as I please with my life, take what I want from the world and pay for it, and I will tell anybody who objects to take a number, get in line, and wait their turn to kiss my ass.

My life is my own. I will live as I choose, objectors be damned. My causes are mine, and I will pursue them as I deem fit or not at all.

I will not answer to anybody who isn't willing to answer to me first, not even God. I will not be held accountable to any self-styled authority that does not consider itself equally accountable to me. Neither should you.

Your life and your causes belong to you, not to anybody else. They don't belong to God, the government, society, or your family or friends. They are yours alone.

Never let another human being tell you "you're doing it wrong" because you aren't doing it their way. If they want it done their way, they can damn well do it themselves.

Fuck Emma Watson (if you're both willing) and fuck her opinion on how to do feminism. She needs us more than we need her.___

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