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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 (Starbreaker: Heavy Metal Science Fantasy)

Location: America, LLC

Birthday: 09/24/1978

Followers: 19,606

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Matt Gibson1,058,845Tonight 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 03:00:0046  
Damien Boath1,401We 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 Gibson1,058,845Tonight 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 Olson58,589It 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 Graybosch19,606Please 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 Northey1,983,563 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 Gibson1,058,845Yep sorry for the short Notice!  15 minutes from now!Crimson Symphony - Dream - Kickstarter Interview2013-10-17 03:00:0013  
Daria Musk3,832,676Friday, 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 Wakeman19,321*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  
beatstone2,118,403+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 21:00:0071  
Matt Gibson1,058,845Join 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 Lipton23,345Pick 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 05:00:00684  
pio dal cin82,745Samantha 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  

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2016-07-17 18:44:25 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Two weeks ago, I had a pair of size 48 Levis relaxed fit jeans that I couldn't get into. I'm wearing them today.

#diet #weightloss #selfimprovement #success #smallvictories

Most reshares: 5

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2016-06-09 18:50:40 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The poor and the working class probably have too much self-control. The tumbrels and guillotines are long overdue. 

Most plusones: 25

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2016-05-21 16:21:08 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

TRIGGER WARNING

This is likely to upset people, so if you're at all squeamish you should scroll past.

Rather than dump this in +Pam Adger's thread I'm going to share it here. I have a personal reason for supporting single payer healthcare and a woman's absolute right to abortion.

When I was 18, I worked as a janitor in a supermarket. One night, I stuck my head into the public ladies room to see if anybody was inside, because I knocked and nobody answered.

I saw a homeless woman, at least four months pregnant, giving herself an abortion. I ran to the service desk and called 911. The EMTs were able to save the woman, but not her child.

That's all I'm going to say. I saw first-hand what can happen if women don't have access to reproductive healthcare. I'm going to lock comments, but not sharing.

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2016-07-23 15:20:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I've created a playlist containing Dream Theater's "The Mirror" and the five songs composing the "Twelve Step Suite". This ought to be an album, but a playlist will do for now.

I've created a playlist containing Dream Theater's "The Mirror" and the five songs composing the "Twelve Step Suite". This ought to be an album, but a playlist will do for now.___

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2016-07-19 11:08:01 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

(whistles innocently)

(whistles innocently)___

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2016-07-18 16:38:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

My latest #book  (A #vampire  story) is live today! - https://amzn.com/B01HQESDW4

Father Antonio Molinari is a Vatican priest tasked with investigating claims of the supernatural. While investigating a possession, he discovers a vampire child who seems very much a little girl and not a fiend. Curiosity draws him close; compassion proves fatal. He awakes as one of the undead he once hunted.
Trapped in the shadows away from God's sight, he struggles to cling to his faith while searching for meaning in God’s plan and a way to save the soul of an innocent child―before the darkness claims his.

Stop by the release party (Facebook virtual event) for a chance to win some prizes today!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1191383477559548/

My latest #book  (A #vampire  story) is live today! - https://amzn.com/B01HQESDW4

Father Antonio Molinari is a Vatican priest tasked with investigating claims of the supernatural. While investigating a possession, he discovers a vampire child who seems very much a little girl and not a fiend. Curiosity draws him close; compassion proves fatal. He awakes as one of the undead he once hunted.
Trapped in the shadows away from God's sight, he struggles to cling to his faith while searching for meaning in God’s plan and a way to save the soul of an innocent child―before the darkness claims his.

Stop by the release party (Facebook virtual event) for a chance to win some prizes today!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1191383477559548/___

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2016-07-18 11:13:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

OUT NOW

Love in the First Degree Anthology; A collection of romantic short-stories in aid of The Innocence Project.

Amazon US: https://amzn.com/B01IMI0T66

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01IMI0T66

Description: Love In The First Degree is a collection of short stories written by seven authors who have come together to help raise money for The Innocence Project. This anthology includes stories by Laura Morgan, Allana Walker, Clare Dugmore, Kyra Lennon and Kirsty-Anne Still.

Each story speaks of crime, passion, determination, and most importantly, intense romance that will leave you thinking about the characters long after you have finished turning the pages.

Being wrongfully accused of a crime could happen to anyone, anywhere, and The Innocence Project works hard to overturn wrongful convictions and help innocent people get back... more »

OUT NOW

Love in the First Degree Anthology; A collection of romantic short-stories in aid of The Innocence Project.

Amazon US: https://amzn.com/B01IMI0T66

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01IMI0T66

Description: Love In The First Degree is a collection of short stories written by seven authors who have come together to help raise money for The Innocence Project. This anthology includes stories by Laura Morgan, Allana Walker, Clare Dugmore, Kyra Lennon and Kirsty-Anne Still.

Each story speaks of crime, passion, determination, and most importantly, intense romance that will leave you thinking about the characters long after you have finished turning the pages.

Being wrongfully accused of a crime could happen to anyone, anywhere, and The Innocence Project works hard to overturn wrongful convictions and help innocent people get back to their real lives where they rightfully belong. All proceeds from sales of Love In The First Degree will be donated to The Innocence Project.___

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2016-07-18 01:22:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I've started compiling an online glossary for my Starbreaker stories, located at http://matthewgraybosch.com/books/starbreaker/glossary/. I don't have much up yet, but I will soon.

Here's the latest and longest entry, explaining the Adversaries. Artwork's by +Harvey Bunda.

#starbreaker #scifi #fantasy #worldbuilding #glossary

I've started compiling an online glossary for my Starbreaker stories, located at http://matthewgraybosch.com/books/starbreaker/glossary/. I don't have much up yet, but I will soon.

Here's the latest and longest entry, explaining the Adversaries. Artwork's by +Harvey Bunda.

#starbreaker #scifi #fantasy #worldbuilding #glossary___

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2016-07-17 22:02:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

SILENT CLARION, PART 6: RAINCHECKS FOR RAGNAROK by Matthew Graybosch. Get it on Kindle 8/11! http://buff.ly/29WXjfE

SILENT CLARION, PART 6: RAINCHECKS FOR RAGNAROK by Matthew Graybosch. Get it on Kindle 8/11! http://buff.ly/29WXjfE___

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2016-07-17 21:30:29 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

It's ALL just Metal people...
\m/\m/

It's ALL just Metal people...
\m/\m/___

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2016-07-17 18:44:25 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Two weeks ago, I had a pair of size 48 Levis relaxed fit jeans that I couldn't get into. I'm wearing them today.

#diet #weightloss #selfimprovement #success #smallvictories

Two weeks ago, I had a pair of size 48 Levis relaxed fit jeans that I couldn't get into. I'm wearing them today.

#diet #weightloss #selfimprovement #success #smallvictories___

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2016-07-17 04:04:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Got a little FAQ page on my website.

Got a little FAQ page on my website.___

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2016-07-16 20:11:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I finally broke down and bought a kitchen scale. It arrived today. Calorie counting should be easier for a wider variety of foods now.

I finally broke down and bought a kitchen scale. It arrived today. Calorie counting should be easier for a wider variety of foods now.___

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2016-07-16 19:32:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Got some new #PowerMetal: Eternal Champion's Retaliator and Gatekeeper's Vigilance on a double EP from No Remorse Records. It's all good, but I think I prefer Eternal Champion. 🤘🤘🤘

Got some new #PowerMetal: Eternal Champion's Retaliator and Gatekeeper's Vigilance on a double EP from No Remorse Records. It's all good, but I think I prefer Eternal Champion. 🤘🤘🤘___

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2016-07-15 20:29:49 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

I just finished the first revision of Silent Clarion as a complete novel this afternoon and generated an EPUB for my wife to read. Once she's read it and I've corrected any issues she finds, I'm sending it to +Curiosity Quills Press.

Now I just need a release date on the last part of the serial, Rainchecks for Ragnarok.

I just finished the first revision of Silent Clarion as a complete novel this afternoon and generated an EPUB for my wife to read. Once she's read it and I've corrected any issues she finds, I'm sending it to +Curiosity Quills Press.

Now I just need a release date on the last part of the serial, Rainchecks for Ragnarok.___

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2016-07-15 17:58:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Interesting... 

Interesting... ___

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2016-07-14 18:04:16 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

"My God... it's full of win!"

"My God... it's full of win!"___

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2016-07-14 12:08:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

I think it's hilarious that some adherents of certain reactionary Christian sects call #PokemonGO demonic or Satanic. #ShinMegamiTensei would blow their narrow little minds.

(Artwork by Ai Mizu according to http://e-shuushuu.net/image/?image_id=456245)

I think it's hilarious that some adherents of certain reactionary Christian sects call #PokemonGO demonic or Satanic. #ShinMegamiTensei would blow their narrow little minds.

(Artwork by Ai Mizu according to http://e-shuushuu.net/image/?image_id=456245)___

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2016-07-11 15:52:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Even if you don't follow me on #instagram, you can still see my latest posts on my website.

Even if you don't follow me on #instagram, you can still see my latest posts on my website.___

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2016-07-11 12:57:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Hi, +Google Developers, I've got a question for you. Can you point me to documentation explaining the structure of the JSON format for Google+ Stream data exported through Google Takeout?

I want to implement a tool to convert the Google Takeout JSON into Markdown with YAML front matter for use as Jekyll blog posts.

If anybody else can answer this, you're welcome to chime in. I did attempt this a little over a year ago (https://github.com/demifiend/gplus2markdown), but it didn't work especially well and I want to have another go at it.

#google #takeout #stream #json #format #documentation

Hi, +Google Developers, I've got a question for you. Can you point me to documentation explaining the structure of the JSON format for Google+ Stream data exported through Google Takeout?

I want to implement a tool to convert the Google Takeout JSON into Markdown with YAML front matter for use as Jekyll blog posts.

If anybody else can answer this, you're welcome to chime in. I did attempt this a little over a year ago (https://github.com/demifiend/gplus2markdown), but it didn't work especially well and I want to have another go at it.

#google #takeout #stream #json #format #documentation___

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2016-07-10 22:00:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

#diet #weightloss #selfimprovement

I've been taking advantage of the fact that my wife's in Australia and the need to only cook for myself by building a habit of tracking everything I eat. While I could use apps like LoseIt to count calories, I decided on another way.

Since I build my website with Jekyll, I'm using Jekyll's data and collections to track what I eat each day and compile meal totals, daily totals, and averages. I'm also pulling data from http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html to get a basis for comparison. Knowing how much I need to eat per day to maintain my weight, lose 1lb/week, or lose 2lbs/week allows me to compare my average consumption and see how well I'm doing.

But now I need batteries for my bathroom scale so I don't have to go by the weight measured the last time I saw a doctor. And I need to get a kitchen... more »

#diet #weightloss #selfimprovement

I've been taking advantage of the fact that my wife's in Australia and the need to only cook for myself by building a habit of tracking everything I eat. While I could use apps like LoseIt to count calories, I decided on another way.

Since I build my website with Jekyll, I'm using Jekyll's data and collections to track what I eat each day and compile meal totals, daily totals, and averages. I'm also pulling data from http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html to get a basis for comparison. Knowing how much I need to eat per day to maintain my weight, lose 1lb/week, or lose 2lbs/week allows me to compare my average consumption and see how well I'm doing.

But now I need batteries for my bathroom scale so I don't have to go by the weight measured the last time I saw a doctor. And I need to get a kitchen scale. My wife will have kittens if I keep using beer as a side dish. :)___

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2016-07-10 18:01:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

This was interesting. 

This was interesting. ___

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2016-07-10 00:15:51 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

+Susan Stone, I found a power metal band called Eternal Champion that does songs based on Moorcock. "Retaliator" is about Corum.

+Darryl Woodbury, you'll probably enjoy this too. :)

+Susan Stone, I found a power metal band called Eternal Champion that does songs based on Moorcock. "Retaliator" is about Corum.

+Darryl Woodbury, you'll probably enjoy this too. :)___

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2016-07-08 15:48:57 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I found this interesting since I write about a post-collapse world where most of the Earth is governed by city-states. 

I found this interesting since I write about a post-collapse world where most of the Earth is governed by city-states. ___

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2016-07-06 15:06:41 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

The last part of the Silent Clarion kindle serial, "Rainchecks for Ragnarok", is in the can. My publisher has it queued for conversion.

I'll provide more details as they become available. Meantime, it's time to put the whole book together. :)

The last part of the Silent Clarion kindle serial, "Rainchecks for Ragnarok", is in the can. My publisher has it queued for conversion.

I'll provide more details as they become available. Meantime, it's time to put the whole book together. :)___

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2016-07-03 17:40:26 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Beer, sausages, and scrambled eggs: the breakfast of champions. Also, updates on Starbreaker and Silent Clarion.

Beer, sausages, and scrambled eggs: the breakfast of champions. Also, updates on Starbreaker and Silent Clarion.___

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2016-07-01 18:09:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

I got some treats. Guess what I'll be watching tonight... 

I got some treats. Guess what I'll be watching tonight... ___

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2016-07-01 13:15:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

What I'm watching today while on call.

What I'm watching today while on call.___

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2016-06-30 16:22:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

My usual mood...

My usual mood...___

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2016-06-27 16:34:03 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Every time some loser guy goes apeshit with a semiautomatic weapon, I think, "Holy fuckballs, that could have been me if I hadn't created a purpose for my own life."

Every time some loser guy goes apeshit with a semiautomatic weapon, I think, "Holy fuckballs, that could have been me if I hadn't created a purpose for my own life."___

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2016-06-21 10:27:56 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

#amreading

#amreading___

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2016-06-18 21:57:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Purrpurrpurr

CQ #WeekendReads Without Bloodshed by Matthew Graybosch and Saga by Brian K Vaughn! What are you reading?___Purrpurrpurr

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2016-06-17 20:46:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I've been working on a comprehensive readers' guide for The Alchemists' Council by Cynthea Masson (https://www.cyntheamasson.com), a complex literary fantasy novel dealing with alchemy, free will, abuses of power, and honeybee colony collapse.

It's a good, meaty novel and I recommend it to readers with a complexity jones.

#amreading #amwriting #fantasy #alchemy

Here's a sample from the latest part of my readers' guide. Expect spoilers:

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While Linden describes the Rebel Branch as a part of the Alchemical Tree ultimately under the Alchemists’ Council’s control, I think the Rebel Branch is a conceit on the Council’s part. Readers who reviewed the Prima Materia may recall that the original conflict was between Aralia, the first being to attain ego and intention, and Osmanthus, the second to do so. Both combatantsgathe... more »

I've been working on a comprehensive readers' guide for The Alchemists' Council by Cynthea Masson (https://www.cyntheamasson.com), a complex literary fantasy novel dealing with alchemy, free will, abuses of power, and honeybee colony collapse.

It's a good, meaty novel and I recommend it to readers with a complexity jones.

#amreading #amwriting #fantasy #alchemy

Here's a sample from the latest part of my readers' guide. Expect spoilers:

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While Linden describes the Rebel Branch as a part of the Alchemical Tree ultimately under the Alchemists’ Council’s control, I think the Rebel Branch is a conceit on the Council’s part. Readers who reviewed the Prima Materia may recall that the original conflict was between Aralia, the first being to attain ego and intention, and Osmanthus, the second to do so. Both combatants gathered followers, who continued the conflict after Aralia and Osmanthus reconciled with each other and the Calculus Macula through alchemical conjunction.

If the Alchemists’ Council descended from the Aralians, then the Rebel Branch probably descended from the Osmanthians and constitutes a separate and adverse Alchemical Tree. The notion of an “adverse tree” brings to mind some concepts from Kabbalah, Jewish esotericism. In Kabbalah, the light of God descends to the material world via the tree of life, the Sephiroth.

However, there’s also an “impure” counterpart to the Sephiroth that distorts divinity, the Qliphoth or Sitra Ahra (“the other side”). While most Jewish Kabbalistic practice steered clear of the Qliphoth, viewing them as shells or remnants of the pure Sephiroth, Gentile Hermetic systems often treat the other side as a necessary balance.

-Have you noticed that Malkuth and Lilith, the light and dark corresponding with the mundane/material world, intersect in the illustration above? I think this is how the Rebel Branch actually works. Both trees arise out of the Calculus Macula, but in opposing directions.

Both, I think, share a common goal, but their methods and attitudes are such that I’ve come to view the Alchemists’ Council as a white-light right-hand path practice, whereas the Rebel Branch uses the left-hand path. Neither side wants the world’s elemental balance to fall apart, or for the outside world to suffer irreparable damage. However, we’ll see later on that the Rebel Branch attempts to persuade people, and seems to honor individuality and volition.

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Latest Post: http://www.matthewgraybosch.com/the-rebel-branch-initiates-guide-to-the-alchemists-council-chapter-3-part-1/

Index: http://www.matthewgraybosch.com/commentaries/the-rebel-branch-initiates-guide-to-the-alchemists-council/___

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2016-06-09 18:50:40 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The poor and the working class probably have too much self-control. The tumbrels and guillotines are long overdue. 

The poor and the working class probably have too much self-control. The tumbrels and guillotines are long overdue. ___

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2016-06-08 04:19:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Why is +Chipotle Mexican Grill running a promo targeted at nurses? Do they want qualified personnel on hand in case of another salmonella outbreak?

___Why is +Chipotle Mexican Grill running a promo targeted at nurses? Do they want qualified personnel on hand in case of another salmonella outbreak?

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2016-06-06 22:14:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Reading THE ALCHEMISTS’ COUNCIL, Chapter II

A couple of weeks ago, Eric Higby and I dug deep into the first chapter of Cynthea Masson’s new literary fantasy, The Alchemists’ Council published by ECW Press.

#amreading #fantasy #alchemy

In "Reading The Alchemists’ Council, Chapter I", Eric and I covered the following topics:

* The Missing Lapidarian Bees, Part 1
* The Next Conjunction
* Jaden’s Resentment
* The Recruitment of Arjan
* Sephrim: the Alchemist’s Little Helper
* The Care and Feeding of Alchemists in Council Dimension
* Playing Telephone with the Lapis
* Erasure and its Consequences
* Giving Schrödinger’s Cat a Belly Rub

This week, we’ll be building on the themes introduced in Chapter I and continuing several subplots. As before, I’ll preset Eric Higby’s commentaryfirst, since his tak... more »

Reading THE ALCHEMISTS’ COUNCIL, Chapter II

A couple of weeks ago, Eric Higby and I dug deep into the first chapter of Cynthea Masson’s new literary fantasy, The Alchemists’ Council published by ECW Press.

#amreading #fantasy #alchemy

In "Reading The Alchemists’ Council, Chapter I", Eric and I covered the following topics:

* The Missing Lapidarian Bees, Part 1
* The Next Conjunction
* Jaden’s Resentment
* The Recruitment of Arjan
* Sephrim: the Alchemist’s Little Helper
* The Care and Feeding of Alchemists in Council Dimension
* Playing Telephone with the Lapis
* Erasure and its Consequences
* Giving Schrödinger’s Cat a Belly Rub

This week, we’ll be building on the themes introduced in Chapter I and continuing several subplots. As before, I’ll preset Eric Higby’s commentary first, since his take on Chapter II is more concise than my own. Mine will follow for readers who wish to go into greater detail. Expect spoilers ahead.

THE ALCHEMISTS’ COUNCIL FORBIDS YOU TO READ ANY FURTHER.

THE REBEL BRANCH ENCOURAGES YOU TO CONTINUE, BUT THE CHOICE IS YOURS…___

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2016-06-04 07:29:30 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

We could try growing backbones. I hear backbones are wonderful and versatile things. 

We could try growing backbones. I hear backbones are wonderful and versatile things. ___

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2016-06-04 05:56:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The Awakened

Book three (Grey Ronin) of the Cyberpunk Paranormal sci fi book series is now available!

http://www.matthewcoxbooks.com/wordpre…/the-awakened-series/

People with psionic talents have been known to the world for many years, but in 2418, a new type of psionic emerges. An order of magnitude more potent than 'normal' psionics, The Awakened are prized as gods and hunted as threats.

Only a mere handful exist, and they find themselves caught between a man who will do anything to carve out their future, a government that wants to weaponize them, and a malignant entity bent on misery and death.

Seven individuals―The Awakened―fight for their place in a society unprepared for them.

One discovers the light within, and risks everything she loves to help others.

One learns she lives a comfortable lie, but prefers apainf... more »

The Awakened

Book three (Grey Ronin) of the Cyberpunk Paranormal sci fi book series is now available!

http://www.matthewcoxbooks.com/wordpre…/the-awakened-series/

People with psionic talents have been known to the world for many years, but in 2418, a new type of psionic emerges. An order of magnitude more potent than 'normal' psionics, The Awakened are prized as gods and hunted as threats.

Only a mere handful exist, and they find themselves caught between a man who will do anything to carve out their future, a government that wants to weaponize them, and a malignant entity bent on misery and death.

Seven individuals―The Awakened―fight for their place in a society unprepared for them.

One discovers the light within, and risks everything she loves to help others.

One learns she lives a comfortable lie, but prefers a painful truth.

One gives himself to darkness in hopes of saving a single life.

One struggles with her anger, trying to join a civilization that never wanted her.

One searches for absolution from the harshest judge of all―himself.

One will do anything it takes to protect his people.

…and One just wants to watch the show.

#Books   #Cyberpunk  ___

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2016-06-03 06:28:31 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Earthquakes and tsunamis are common enough on Japan that people used to leave stone monuments to warn their descendants: "Do not build below this point".

Earthquakes and tsunamis are common enough on Japan that people used to leave stone monuments to warn their descendants: "Do not build below this point".___

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2016-06-01 14:19:53 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Free Borrows, Free Books, and Cheap Audio Books
My entire book collection is now on auto-pilot at Amazon. Reviews are always appreciated, of course. Retail prices are listed, but Kindle Unlimited is always free to subscribers. Amazon Prime users can borrow them from the Kindle Owners Lending Library, and...

Free Borrows, Free Books, and Cheap Audio Books
My entire book collection is now on auto-pilot at Amazon. Reviews are always appreciated, of course. Retail prices are listed, but Kindle Unlimited is always free to subscribers. Amazon Prime users can borrow them from the Kindle Owners Lending Library, and...___

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2016-05-31 14:13:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Congratulations, +Lisa Cohen!

LJ Cohen is joining us today with her novel Dreadnought and Shuttle. Here’s the publisher’s description: When a reckless young computer programmer resurrects the damaged AI on a long dormant freighter, she and her accidental crew expose explosive secrets…___Congratulations, +Lisa Cohen!

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2016-05-27 16:02:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Or, rather, let's fix things so that the "invisible hand" isn't holding a gun to your head and forcing you to work. 

Or, rather, let's fix things so that the "invisible hand" isn't holding a gun to your head and forcing you to work. ___

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2016-05-26 12:40:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Damn. It can't be easy to find evidence that your own father was responsible for a famous unsolved murder. 

Damn. It can't be easy to find evidence that your own father was responsible for a famous unsolved murder. ___

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2016-05-25 19:19:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

- Book three in Matthew S.Cox's #CyberPunk The Awakened Series: Grey Ronin http://buff.ly/1TBLiLb #quote #books

- Book three in Matthew S.Cox's #CyberPunk The Awakened Series: Grey Ronin http://buff.ly/1TBLiLb #quote #books___

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2016-05-25 16:42:47 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Polanyi’s relevance for today lies in his arguments that markets need to be subjected to democratic control, that human beings resist being transformed fully into commodities, and a fully realized market society is both impossible, undesirable, and at odds with genuine liberty and freedom.

Polanyi’s relevance for today lies in his arguments that markets need to be subjected to democratic control, that human beings resist being transformed fully into commodities, and a fully realized market society is both impossible, undesirable, and at odds with genuine liberty and freedom.___

2016-05-24 17:18:44 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Bill Cosby will stand trial for rape. I just saw it on CNN. 

Bill Cosby will stand trial for rape. I just saw it on CNN. ___

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2016-05-22 00:31:13 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

What rah-rah corporatist bullshit is this?!

> If you have never created a personal declaration of purpose, now is the time. The declaration is a simple statement about how you decide to live each and every day. Make it succinct, specific, jargon-free, and expressive. Your statement ought to be personal, and it should integrate your strengths, interests, and core ambitions. For example, here’s mine: “We’re not here to see through each other; we’re here to see each other through.”

All right, then. Here's mine: I do the job, and then I get paid.

The purpose I chose for myself has fuck-all to do with the work I do to make a living. I'm not that privileged; most authors never get to quit their day jobs.

But I'm not going to con myself into pretending the work I am compelled to do by circumstance is my true vocation.

Whether we enjoy our work often boils down to how our job fits with our sense of purpose. Where we work, the role we hold, our broader sense of purpose — all three are subject to change.___What rah-rah corporatist bullshit is this?!

> If you have never created a personal declaration of purpose, now is the time. The declaration is a simple statement about how you decide to live each and every day. Make it succinct, specific, jargon-free, and expressive. Your statement ought to be personal, and it should integrate your strengths, interests, and core ambitions. For example, here’s mine: “We’re not here to see through each other; we’re here to see each other through.”

All right, then. Here's mine: I do the job, and then I get paid.

The purpose I chose for myself has fuck-all to do with the work I do to make a living. I'm not that privileged; most authors never get to quit their day jobs.

But I'm not going to con myself into pretending the work I am compelled to do by circumstance is my true vocation.

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2016-05-21 23:44:33 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Let's help Jefe get his new blog off the ground.

Finally! Please share to anyone you think will be interested. Thanks. :)___Let's help Jefe get his new blog off the ground.

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2016-05-21 21:32:12 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

This is important, and you need to read this. It explains so much. 

This is important, and you need to read this. It explains so much. ___

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2016-05-21 16:21:08 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

TRIGGER WARNING

This is likely to upset people, so if you're at all squeamish you should scroll past.

Rather than dump this in +Pam Adger's thread I'm going to share it here. I have a personal reason for supporting single payer healthcare and a woman's absolute right to abortion.

When I was 18, I worked as a janitor in a supermarket. One night, I stuck my head into the public ladies room to see if anybody was inside, because I knocked and nobody answered.

I saw a homeless woman, at least four months pregnant, giving herself an abortion. I ran to the service desk and called 911. The EMTs were able to save the woman, but not her child.

That's all I'm going to say. I saw first-hand what can happen if women don't have access to reproductive healthcare. I'm going to lock comments, but not sharing.

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TRIGGER WARNING

This is likely to upset people, so if you're at all squeamish you should scroll past.

Rather than dump this in +Pam Adger's thread I'm going to share it here. I have a personal reason for supporting single payer healthcare and a woman's absolute right to abortion.

When I was 18, I worked as a janitor in a supermarket. One night, I stuck my head into the public ladies room to see if anybody was inside, because I knocked and nobody answered.

I saw a homeless woman, at least four months pregnant, giving herself an abortion. I ran to the service desk and called 911. The EMTs were able to save the woman, but not her child.

That's all I'm going to say. I saw first-hand what can happen if women don't have access to reproductive healthcare. I'm going to lock comments, but not sharing.

(Image taken from http://toddsuttles.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/03/fashion-trivia-1.html)___

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2016-05-21 15:37:50 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Prewriting Blackened Phoenix. May be borrowing a bit from real life as I plot the first chapter. #amwriting #scifi #starbreaker

Prewriting Blackened Phoenix. May be borrowing a bit from real life as I plot the first chapter. #amwriting #scifi #starbreaker___

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2016-05-21 12:21:26 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

I'm not shy. I think +Lisa Cohen and +R.J. Blain can attest to that. :)

I'm not shy. I think +Lisa Cohen and +R.J. Blain can attest to that. :)___

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