Otakon 2010

Just like last year, I went to Otakon, but didn’t pay to get in.  Perhaps next year.  So, like last year, I mostly photographed people  under the the awning of the convention center.  Unlike last year, I asked lots of people if I could photograph them.  It paid off as I was able to get lots […]

Review: Infomocracy

Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older My rating: 4 of 5 stars Infomacracy is depressing to read. It’s fun to read. It’s a good political thriller, particularly if you happen to be an Internet junkie. I’d recommend it to anyone. But it’s depressing. Before we get there, let’s talk about the less depressing stuff. The book […]

Review: Warbreaker, Part 2 of 3

Warbreaker, Part 2 of 3 by Brandon Sanderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sanderson continues to weave together 3 narratives in a way that makes me really invested in each one. Well, to be fair, for most of this part of the book I viewed Vivena’s sections with resignation. Interestingly, both sisters are naive […]

Review: Lightspeed Magazine, March 2013

Lightspeed Magazine, March 2013 by John Joseph Adams My rating: 4 of 5 stars Got this as part of a Humble Bundle in 2015, I think. Finally got around to it. There were some really great and moving stories in here. As usual with anthologies, a collection of my status updates: “Things Undone” (Novella) – […]

Review: The Silver Ninja: Indoctrination

The Silver Ninja: Indoctrination by Wilmar Luna My rating: 2 of 5 stars Disclosure: I got this book for free for review. Let me start with what I liked. Wilmar does a good job creating a believable female hero. She has flaws. She sounds like a woman; not a man with breasts. At the same […]

October Video Games Report (includes LIMBO review part 2)

Back to the Future: The Video Games (5 hrs) – As is the usual situation with these types of games, I figured out I had to get to the 1920s about 2 hours before I had triggered the right series of events that would allow me to get there. Got to see the sense of […]

How I Got A Smartphone (Or How I left Verizon and learned to love Ting)

Around three or so years ago I was ready to get a new cell phone. My phone was no longer maintaining a charge and a new battery was more than the nearly free phone I could get by renewing my contract. Smart phones had been around for a few years, but I didn’t want a […]

San Francisco Trip Days 6 and 7: The Wedding (actually in Livermore) and Aftermath

The wedding day went the way these things always go. If you’re not involved you’re spending most of the day waiting around until it’s time to get your nice clothes on and go to enjoy the wedding. I went to get In-N-Out Burger for lunch and learned that Scarlett really, really likes french fries. There […]