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Jul. 18th, 2011 03:56 pm Sleeeepy (And old :P)

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I’ve noticed that as I get older, getting enough good sleep has become more and more of an issue…

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Feb. 27th, 2011 09:11 am Don’t buy early access (MEAP) books from Manning Press.

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I hate to write a negative blog post about a tech publisher’s ebooks program, but I’m afraid they’ve driven me to it…

[May 2011 Update: Manning has changed things and you can now download any books you've ever bought from them anytime. Yay! My other criticisms still stand, but this is an improvement!]
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Dec. 8th, 2010 11:53 am Why Many Hard Core Science Fiction / Fantasy Fans Hate Harry Potter

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So, I finally did it. After a nearly non stop marathon reading of the last three books in the series (I wanted to read all the books before I saw the movies, and I’m very glad I did this. As always, the books have way more depth.), I’ve come to the following conclusions…

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Oct. 14th, 2010 05:19 pm Green Mountains on My Mind

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My wife and I enjoyed a long weekend vacation in Vermont a few days back…

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Jun. 29th, 2010 03:36 pm Face, meet Mr. Concrete wall.

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As I mentioned here previously, my last big job search after I got laid off from MIT was decidedly Not Fun…

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Apr. 7th, 2010 03:01 pm Dear Amazon and Penguin – Why Can’t You Kids Play Nice?

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I received a piece of E-mail from Amazon a few days back apologizing about the fact that my pre-order of the latest Jim Butcher Dresden Files novel had been canceled, offering me a really cheap price on the print edition.

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Jan. 18th, 2010 12:51 pm Why NOT to vote for Scott Brown for MA Senate

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Like any civic minded person about to vote in tomorrow’s MA senatorial election tomorrow, I was browsing the candidates websites so I could make an informed choice.
I am honestly not the biggest Coakley fan, but given the two choices she’s a shining star compared to Scott Brown.

I have no issue with most of the points he puts forth in the “Issues” section of his website, right up until we get to “Marriage” – conveninetly located third from the bottom, just above “Israel” and “Iran”.

Marriage
I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. States should be free to make their own laws in this area, so long as they reflect the people’s will as expressed through them directly, or as expressed through their elected representatives.

I’m a big fan of state’s rights, but let’s view this in context – here in Massachusetts, same sex marriage is 100% legal.  If Mr. Brown is elected, he will strip our state of one of its proudest moments in recent memory, plunging us back into the darkness of ignorance, discrimination and fear that has held sway since time immemorial.

As a heterosexual man who has been blessed by the gift of marriage in my life, I can’t even begin to express how strongly I feel about this issue.  To me, denying our fellow men and women this right because they happen to be attracted to people of the same sex is so morally repugnant as to be beyond words.

Do not allow the army of small mindedness and ignorance to douse the light of truth and plunge our fair state into darkness once again.

Whether straight, gay, yellow or purple, if you care about the basic rights and freedoms that make our nation as great as it is, go vote tomorrow, and vote against Scott Brown.

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Jan. 5th, 2010 09:54 am Bananagrams!

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Michelle and I have been having a lot of fun playing this game lately. It’s a must play if you’re a word game fan of any stripe, and even if you don’t generally enjoy board games (especially if you find them too slow).

What makes this one unique is that it all happens in real time. My lovely wife is a real shark at this and every other word game we’ve played, but we both end up having a lot more fun with this than most others we’ve tried.

Two thumbs up.

http://www.bananagrams-intl.com/index-us.asp

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Dec. 18th, 2009 05:30 pm The anti-political correctness backlash

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Since when did “Happy Holidays” become persona non grata?

I realize that for many people, it is the epitome of bland political correctness – however for me, it’s what I want to say!

I don’t want to wish you a Merry Christmas, or a happy Channukah, or a blessed Ramadan, because I don’t know if you celebrate any of those things. What I do want to say is that I hope you have a happy, enjoyable, peaceful and serene holiday with your friends, family, or whoever else it is you enjoy having around.

So, Happy Holidays!

That’s all :)

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Oct. 12th, 2009 12:36 pm Aruba – Take 2

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Just (well, a week ago, but work was blazing white hot upon my return, so no time to write :) got back from a week in Aruba, and my experience this time around was completely different…

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