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Camp NaNoWriMo Coming Up

NaNoWriMo is a blast. My wife and I have done it together three times now, and I credit NaNo with no small part of my renewed interest in writing, the last few years. What’s NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month. Every November, tens of thousands of writers get together (was over 150k last year) and try to write 50,000 words of a novel. You can start November 1st; you have to finish by the end of November 30th. Literally tens of thousands of people accomplish it each year. There’s a wonderful and supportive community, with writers ranging from full pros to …

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New Nook – Looking good.

OK, I haven’t even seen this gadget, but if I didn’t already own a Kindle, I’d be sold. First, appearances. OK, we’re working from photos and videos right now, unless you happened to be at BEA this week where they announced the device. But the new Nook has a sort of clean, streamlined look to it that other readers have largely lacked. It’s got nice “lines”, I guess you could say. And honestly, if I am going to be holding a device in my hand for a couple of hours a day, 5-7 days a week, for a year or …

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Geek Foo

Something a little different this time. Had a fun chat at work the other day. Oddly enough, it was about surviving the zombie apocalypse. No, I don’t really think there is one coming. No, zombie movies and books are not a staple of my entertainment (although I liked 30 Days Later and Ms. Hocking’s Hollowland). But it was an interesting chat, discussing weaponry and such. I was going for guns with high velocity rounds and good sights, ideally military grade stuff I’d had loads of experience with. The conversation ended something like this: Me: “You know, I used to teach …

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Space Anniversaries: First man in space, first shuttle launch

Hey, how often do you get two big space anniversaries in the same day? Today we’ve got two: fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic ride into space, and the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle launch. Both of these are landmark events. Before Gagarin, some theorized that humans could not survive in space. There were all sorts of concerns; it was a new frontier we didn’t really understand very well. His test proved once and for all that we could go there – and that opened the doors for “could” to become “should”. The shuttle program, for all its flaws, …

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Space Anniversaries: First man in space, first shuttle launch

Hey, how often do you get two big space anniversaries in the same day? Today we’ve got two: fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic ride into space, and the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle launch. Both of these are landmark events. Before Gagarin, some theorized that humans could not survive in space. There were all sorts of concerns; it was a new frontier we didn’t really understand very well. His test proved once and for all that we could go there – and that opened the doors for “could” to become “should”. The shuttle program, for all its flaws, …

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