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Black Hat Jack, by Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale’s “Black Hat Jack” is an… interesting western about an African American Cowboy and his partner exploring the great west and getting into trouble with Native American Tribes. I wouldn’t exactly recommend it to kids nor adults who are squeamish about rough language, but it’s a good tale. The writing style reminded me […]

Summer Reading

As a youngster I spent a whole bunch of time, especially during the summer, at the public library. Libraries, actually, plural – my mom would take me to several in the area though my favorite was always “the library with the flying saucer.” I’m pretty sure she even had a job there for a while; […]

Thunderbird, by Jack McDevitt

A “stargate” type portal is found in North Dakota, opening to various worlds and… other places. How far will we reach, who gets to explore, and how to handle the expected / anticipated / feared Contact With Others — those are a few of the questions explored in Jack McDermitt’s novel “Thunderbird.” There were a […]

A Good Morning

My wife and I had plans to see Avengers:Age of Ultron this morning; we’d had pre-purchased tickets at our local cinema, reserved seating and all. When we arrived, though, and were picking up our tickets, we changed our mind. At the next window were a man and his little boy. The man was trying to […]

On Measurement

I read this the other day, as part of a discussion about monies; in particular the fact that at one point in history not all currencies were divided into decimals, as the US Dollar is (ten pennies = one dime, ten dimes = one dollar). I believe it’s originally from Terry Pratchett’s book Good Omens: […]

Shaken Awake

“If a homeless man froze to death on the steps of a church, what would it change?” That’s the question being asked by my friend Allen in his new book, Shaken Awake. Allen uses real-life events that many of us here in the Atlanta area experienced just ten months ago to tell a tragic tale, […]

Gorillas and Cows

At last night’s meetup of the Software Testing Club Atlanta, John Stevenson hosted a workshop on Creative and Critical Thinking. John had a lot of good information for us, had us play games, and fostered a lot of good discussion. One of the discussions circled around the topics of information overload and Alan Page‘s favorite […]

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