La Jolla Cove 2016

La Jolla Cove 2016

Last year was a rough one for snorkeling in Southern California. Due to El Niño, the water was warmer but much harsher. As we have for a few years, we journeyed to La Jolla to snorkel. Waves were high at the cove, but too high and rough at the Shores to see anything at all. We worried that this year would be the same as the warm waters continued. In July we drove down to Shaw’s Cove to discover the highest…

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Review of Too Like the Lightning

Review of Too Like the Lightning

SFsignal sent me an advance review copy of Ada Palmer’s debut fiction (she’s written nonfiction before) novel Too Like the Lightning. However, SFsignal is no longer hosting new content so I’ll post my review here. First: Fantastic cover art! But, as you’ll see, it’s a bit misleading. I have a feeling if a scene from the book with ponytailed gentlemen in high boots and laced cuffs discussing Spinoza while spanking a woman under an uplifted petticoat in front of other…

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LaLaLander Review of The Filter Trap

LaLaLander Review of The Filter Trap

The faux news (think The Onion with a brain and no gloves) site La La Lander published a review today of my second book, The Filter Trap. The site has a fledgling book review section that should not be confused with the rest in terms of tone. The books and reviews are sincere, the rest of the site is only sincerely entertaining, relying on (as far as I can tell) completely farcical news stories. The articles on the site are…

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The hills are alive with the sound of fire

The hills are alive with the sound of fire

Around 3pm on Tuesday I felt a ping from my pocket. It was a facebook post from a neighbor: Intriguing to say the least. By the time I opened a browser (I was at work) more posts from neighbors had gone up, but the most frightening one looked like this: That red roof there in the background by the fire is our building. At that point, I showed my manager and headed for home. Outside the office, I could see…

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Ballooning Birthday

Ballooning Birthday

In years past, Sam and I have traded “excursions” as birthday gifts. She got me a parasailing trip. I got her a plane flying lesson. And so on. For her birthday this year I wanted to give her something I knew she had on her bucket list but we couldn’t fit into our Europe trip: hot air ballooning. We were supposed to have a sunset balloon ride on the weekend of her birthday back in May, but the company cancelled…

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Acheron Bound and Down: The obvious and disappointing plot of Alien: Covenant

Acheron Bound and Down: The obvious and disappointing plot of Alien: Covenant

The wheels have slowly been turning for some time to make it easier to guess the plotline of the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus. That film ended with characters driving an “engineer” (I still shudder at how Scott bastardized Giger’s original space jockey to shoehorn a dumb ancient aliens theory into the franchise – not to mention decrease the special effects budget) ship back to their homeworld. Reports said that the sequel would be called Paradise (then…

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Financial Professionals

Financial Professionals

The truth is slowly starting to emerge about investing. What used to be available for those that had the good sense to seek out resources like the Motley Fool is becoming more widespread. Jon Oliver recently threw his weight behind what those behind the scenes have always known. We were taught this in our finance classes in the MBA program but were aware that it’s not common knowledge. If it was common knowledge the major investment firms would start losing money…

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Three Month Update: The Filter Trap

Three Month Update: The Filter Trap

On April 8th I self-published my second novel: The Filter Trap.  I purposefully didn’t promote the book (or even mention it was up for sale to friends) for nearly a month so I could establish a control period to gauge the effectiveness of later promotions. When the Kindle promotion (free downloads) launched I advertised it in several places. It was also shared by many friends on facebook (if that was one of you – thank you!). Unfortunately, I have no…

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Fireworks on the Hill

Fireworks on the Hill

On July 4th Sam and I hiked up the hill behind our condo to watch the fireworks. The part of the trail that connects our property to the ridge line was only dug out late last year after I borrowed equipment from facilities manager and started it myself. After cutting through the first twenty feet and then raking out a path the grounds crew came with shovels and dug the rest of the trail all the way to the top. It…

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Trekonomics

Trekonomics

Before the untimely demise of SFSignal, I had just started reviewing books for the blog (a writing achievement for me!). They only published one of my reviews before John decided to shutter the site as an active source of sci-fi information. However, kind-hearted as he is, he sent me a few of the books that were on my “to review” list anyway. The first of those books was the (then) forthcoming Trekonomics, by Manu Saadia. My excitement grew after the…

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