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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Random Shots for Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

COMMENTS I’VE POSTED

  1. Posted to Facebook

    Consider splitting the state.

    Let’s face it — as a political subdivision of the United States, New Mexico is a failed state.

    Give the east half to Texas, the west half to Arizona, and be done with it.

  2. Posted to Facebook here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here

    The thieves should have left a note on the front door, something like this —

    “Thank you for sharing your jewelry with us. We will not be taking everything.”

    Thank you, Tim Keller and your lefty-fascist friends on the City Council and County Commission.

    Where would Albuquerque be without moments like this?

    https://kob.com/albuquerque-news/thieves-steal-30000-worth-of-jewelry-from-nob-hill-shop/5353346/

  3. Posted to Facebook

    Steven Barnes
    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Fans have precisely the same right to demand an author write that an author has to demand fans purchase what they have written.

  4. Posted to Facebook

    Hence my “Ha Ha” emoticon.

  5. Posted to Facebook

    Officially-sanctioned criminal activity (“taxation,” eminent domain,” revenue-focused “traffic enforcement” and “code enforcement,” etc.) sets the example for the freelancers, as in the article linked to in the original post.

  6. Posted to Facebook

    How many were conscripted, exactly?

  7. Posted to Facebook here and here

    I called “bullshit” on Slick Willard back in 2012.

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Emancipation, Book 1.0: Dalida by G. P. Eliot [1]
  2. OverkillWhite Devil Armory
  3. The New American [TNA] from the John Birch Society [JBS] — Swiss Referendum Requires Voters to Decide Between Guns or Globalism by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
  4. KUPT 29 TV [Heroes & Icons (H&I) affiliate for Albuquerque, New Mexico] —
    1. Star Trek
    2. Star Trek: The Next Generation
    3. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
    4. Star Trek: Voyager
    5. Star Trek: Enterprise
  5. KOB 4 TV News — Thieves steal $30,000 worth of jewelry from Nob Hill shop by Kassi Nelson
  6. AmmoLand Shooting Sports News
    1. Lawyers for Hawaii Gun Carry Lawsuit File Supreme Court Brief in New York Case by David Codrea
    2. We Need To Fight Red Flag Laws Head On, Not Hide by Philip Van Cleave
    3. Media: All We Want is “Good Little Victims” by John Farnam
    4. Arizona Repeals Decades old Ban on Nunchakus (Nunchucks) by Dean Weingarten
  7. The Foundation for Economic Education [FEE] — The US Is 5 Years Away from a National Debt Death Spiral. Here’s Why by Craig Eyermann
  8. The Hollywood Reporter [THR] — George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ Brings ‘Game of Thrones’ World-Building Skills Into Space by Josh Wigler
  9. phys.org — Bristol academic cracks Voynich code, solving century-old mystery of medieval text

NOTES

  1. “G.P.” = Graham Peter

Book Review — Dalida, by G.P. Eliot

Filed under: Reading — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:33 AM (03:33)

Emancipation, Book 1.0: Dalida by G. P. Eliot

As promised, here is my review. I tried posting it to Amazon, and received this error message upon making the attempt —

The other reviews posted to Amazon are spot-on, for the most part.

If you’re looking for swashbuckling adventure of the Indiana Jones variety, with tidbits of Star Trek thrown in, Eliot is your guy.

The good guys aren’t the angsty, indecisive types that so many other writers like to put out there for your entertainment FRNs. Sure, they have their flaws, but they’re basically good, stand-up people when it counts. You won’t find any socialist just-us wankers on the crew of the Dalida, insisting that everyone sing “Kum-bah-ya” with everyone that they encounter.

Likewise, I suspect that most readers would want to see the main bad guy (the “Jackal”) killed in a firefight at some point. He’s a conniving, backstabbing, untrustable son of a bitch, and makes no bones about it.

The only “bad” thing in the 500 pages of the ePub version that I saw was on page 343.4 —

Instead, the ansibles worked on encoding data into neutrinos—tiny sub-atomic particles that could travel faster than light. Without them, humanity would dissolve into a mess of disparate colony worlds, never able to talk to each other.

Neutrinos usually travel at the speed of light, as far as the current research shows.[1]

So “neutrinos” should be changed to “tachyons,” the technobabble catch-all faster-than-light subatomic particles, for v.2 of Dalida.


NOTES

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutrino#Speed
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measurements_of_neutrino_speed
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