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Abandon Tidelands?

I am thinking about abandoning Tidelands, by Philippa Gregory. Unexpectedly, I used up all of my audio books, leaving me with nothing to listen to during longish drives. In an act of desperation, I went to the local Barnes & Noble to sift through their inadequate inventory. All they ever stock are trash pulp novels […]

Is Putin a Dictator?

I have been listening to the Revolutions podcast, lately learning about Mexican history in regard to the Mexican Revolution. I’ve just gotten through a segment about the Porfiriato, a 35 year period of rule by Porfirio Diaz which has been characterized as a de factor dictatorship. When I read about this classification, I immediately thought […]

AI Fiction

This is going to become my authoritative list of recommended science-fiction that involves Artificial Intelligence characters. I realize that it will become unwieldy. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie This is probably my favorite. I say “probably” because Murderbot is a very close second. The protagonist of this space opera was once the central AI of a […]

Miami Vice S1E9: Glades

I assume all the show’s writers were fired after this episode. It was so bad, my friend Carlos could have written it. It was so bad, they had to fill it in with artistic montage footage, which they did on at least three occasions. It wasn’t supposed to be funny, but the number of stereotypical […]

.30 Super Carry

My brother went through a phase where he tried all of the smallest semi-automatic pocket pistols that weren’t made by Kel-Tec. They tended to have nightmarishly long trigger pulls, but they worked, and they were compact. The exotic bottlenecked NAA calibers were difficult to handload. The Kel-Tec P32 fascinated me, but their reputation for poor […]

Abandoned, June 2022

I sat down to read The Kaiju Preservation Society, the latest novel from one of my favorite authors, John Scalzi. Right away, the protagonist is introduced as Jamie, an ambiguously gendered name. No hint right away whether the character is male or female. No problem, I’ll just keep reading, and I’m sure it will be […]

Miami Vice S1E6: One Eyed Jack

An all-around decent episode. I believe we have reached the point of having worked out all of the kinks in the production of “Miami Vice”. In particular, one of the kinks that has been worked out is the lieutenant that the department reports to. Lt. Castillo is a dignified, quiet-spoken, serious leader, and he is […]