On the passing of the familiar

Things are changing in the world, and they’re changing fast, but somehow it doesn’t seem to hit until change gets to someone you know and care for. The short version is that I’ve just been on the phone with my mother, and the minor stroke she had last August did more damage than anyone realised Read More…

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Teaser Tuesday

Just a wee snippetses from something we’re writing right now, yessss my precioussss…. Whoever had decked out the ballroom did a good job: it was tasteful as well as atmospheric. Drapes in deep red velvet hid the normal hotel-awful decor, and the tables had a mix of Victoriana and steampunk accessories. Again, it wasn’t overdone. Read More…

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Mad Science Monday

It’s science, it’s definitely mad-as-in-crazy, and me being a way out of practice trombonist, it’s perversely appealing as well. In the name of Mad Science, I hereby present the Frankenbone! It’s a flamethrower. AND a trombone. What more could any connoisseur of the trombone ask?

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Sunday Pot-Pourri

I’m more or less back after needing to rebuild my machine. Being a certified (or certifiable) geek, this meant a clean install of Ubuntu using the latest release (eye candy pretty, but it’s going to take a LONG to get used to close buttons on the left. At least let us customize that guys!). The Read More…

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Web browsing is dangerous

Especially when it leads me to articles like this one: 5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet. Aside from the not exactly trivial question of what exactly “there” means, I’ve got to say most of the arguments were pretty specious. But I agree with his overall thesis: ebooks aren’t “there” yet. Not quite. Why? The Read More…

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Sunday Pot-pourri

The end sequence of the current book has finally clarified itself. If I can make this work it’s going to be a wild ride. Hopefully also a funny one, although that will depend on just how things pan out once I get into the writing. There are going to be a lot of balls in Read More…

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Brave New World

A bit less than a month ago, there was an exchange in alt.fan.pratchett about Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and how it relates to happiness and fulfilment. One of the posts in the discussion (available here and including a fair amount of quoted material that the writer is responding to) makes the claim that eliminating Read More…

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Sunday Pot-Pourri

The day job continues feral, with a forecast of extreme feral for the next month or thereabouts (mostly courtesy customer schedules). This probably corresponds to a Kate-fried level permanently in the ‘illegal in 90% of the world’ range. Those who know what my sense of humor does when I’m that fried understand. We’re talking entendre Read More…

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