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Posted by on May 25, 2011
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I think most of us go through periods were we do relatively little reading, and so you fall behind on books and authors you like. As I’ve been moving back into a period where I’m doing a lot more reading again, I’m not only discovering new writers like Patrick Rothfuss (review coming soon) and established writers I never got around to reading for some reason (like Michael Stackpole), I’m also taking the time to go back and spend check out new works (at least, new to me) of some of the authors I’ve enjoyed many...

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sharks playoff postmortem

Posted by on May 24, 2011
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I must admit I’m not happy writing the word “postmortem”. But here we are. The injury reports are coming in. So far, to the surprise of nobody, Thornton played tonight with a separated shoulder. Can we please put the soft reputation to bed once and for all? What a warrior. Also, Ryan Clowe played hurt the entire season, and I’ve heard intimations surgery will be necessary but no details yet. I’m waiting to hear how Heatley was hurt; I’m guessing a pretty bad groin given his lack of power and speed. He...

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Round 3 predictions

Posted by on May 13, 2011
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The plot so far: I went 7-1 in the first round. And in the second round…. I picked Washington and Boston. Got the Bruins, I still have no idea how the Caps blew that series. Fro that matter, I bet the Caps have no idea how they blew that series, but perhaps we should just plan on not ever betting against an Yzerman team, even if he’s not in detroit. I will give full kudos to St. Louis and Roloson. They really deserved to move on, and Washington did not. Boy, I’ll bet in January a lot of people were looking forward to a...

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John Scalzi

Posted by on May 11, 2011
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  There aren’t many authors in the SF field where I can claim both of these statements are true: I have read every one of their published novels. I make sure I grab and read their books as soon as they are published. John Scalzi is one of those authors; in fact, the only other two I can think of are Steven Brust and Terry Goodkind. Mike Resnick would be on the list except he’s written so much stuff over the years I’ll never catch up with the backlog, but I’m trying… The reality is that there’s more SF...

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2011 Playoff Picks, round 2 edition. And other comments on the playoffs so far.

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011
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Round one is done, and how did I do on picks? In the west, I picked Vancouver in 5, San Jose in 6, Detroit in 6, and Nashville in 6. In the west, I picked Caps in 5, Flyers in 5, Montreal in 7, Tampa in 6. So I went seven for 8. the only series I missed was Montreal/Boston, which I picked to go 7, and it was decided in overtime in game 7. Excuse me for saying this, but that’s pretty darn good picking. So I guess I’ll go 1-3 in round 2, just to even it up again… In the West, we have: San Jose and Detroit. Detroit really...

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The Challenge of a Healthy Diet

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011
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Gary Taubes, who is a Science Writer for the NY Times, has a new piece out called Is Sugar Toxic? (hat tip Daring Fireball for linking to it) At first glance, the title sounds a bit hyperbolic, but don’t let that stop you. Taubes has been writing about this stuff for a long time and has a lot of heavy research behind his opinions. When I was previously talking about some of the things I’ve been chasing in restructuring my lifestyle, a friend of mine suggested I read Taubes’ books on the subject, which I have. I read Why We...

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At the Queen’s Command by Michael Stackpole

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011
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A long, long time ago, in a Galaxy far away (or so it seems), I published a science fiction fanzine called OtherRealms. At its core, it was about reviews. I also spent some time writing book reviews for Amazing Stories, back when it was published by TSR. OtherRealms was well-thought of enough to score me a couple of Hugo nominations (and I finished ahead of No Award, thank you very much!) and I really enjoy the process of figuring out how to help someone decide if hey ought to try something out. I write reviews, not criticism. I’m not...

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2011 playoff picks (and some notes on the season)

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011
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As is my tradition, I am now going to embarrass myself by picking the playoff winners in the first round and my choices for Stanley Cup finalists and winners. Please do not use this info for betting, unless you like losing money. For what it’s worth, last year I picked 6-2 in the first round, but I’m normally closer to .500. and 3-1 in the second round, and then sort of faded to black. My choice for the finals were San Jose and Washington, so you can tell I didn’t keep up that torrid pace. This year the playoffs look to be...

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some more thoughts on giving up the season tickets…

Posted by on Mar 2, 2011
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When I posted that we intended to give up our season tickets after 20 years, it generated some interesting comments and a fair number of private emails.  We heard from a number of long-time sharks fans, folks we’ve known since the early days of the Sharks mailing list, and got similar thoughts from any of them — either they have given them up, or are considering it. Almost none of them were down on the Sharks, either. Like us, it really was more the time commitment, and how over time other things kick in and make spending that...

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in the “oh my god, hell just froze over” department…

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011
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Laurie and I have been talking this over for a couple of days, and I figured this might make for interesting blog fodder. We’ve decided not to renew our season tickets with the Sharks next season. Which given we’ve had season tickets since the Sharks first season, and we’re going through the 20th season now, probably comes as a surprise (especially to folks who know us well). Why are we doing this? Well, it’s not because we’re upset at the Sharks, or the quality of hockey, or the cost, or whatever. It’s...

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