Monday, February 29, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
“Vogel,” she radioed. “I need you to come back in and make a bomb.”
“Um. Again, please, Commander?” Vogel replied.
“A bomb,” Lewis confirmed. “You’re a chemist. Can you make a bomb out of stuff on board?”
“Ja,” Vogel said. “We have flammables and pure oxygen.”
“Sounds good,” Lewis said.
“It is of course dangerous to set off an explosive device on a spacecraft,” Vogel pointd out.
“So make it small.”
(from The Martian by Andy Weir)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
“A lady’s gone mad in that house,” she told me, and it would not have occurred to me to doubt her. “She has money in the mattress. Now she won’t get out of bed, in case someone takes it from her.”
“How do you know?”
She shrugged. “Once you’ve been around for a bit, you get to know stuff.”
I kicked a stone. “By ‘a bit’ do you mean ‘a really long time’?”
“How old are you, really?” I asked.
I thought for a bit. Then I asked, “How long have you been eleven for?”
She smiled at me.
(from The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman)
Monday, February 22, 2016
Well, this isn't actually our dog, Bella. It's the same breed and the same markings, but we keep Bella clipped short.
That being said, Bella doesn't like going to the groomer's, and she can give a wicked Evil Eye, almost identical to the dog in this picture. Who apparently doesn't like being groomed either.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
“You know Aeneas, son of Venus – the only surviving hero of Troy. When the Greeks burned down his city, he escaped to Italy, where he founded the kingdom that would eventually become Rome, blah, blah, blah. That’s what I meant.”
“I don’t get it,” Jason admitted.
Aeolus rolled his eyes. “The point being, I was thrown in the middle of that conflict, too! Juno calls up: Oh Aeolus, destroy Aeneas’s ships for me. I don’t like him.’ Then Neptune says, ‘No, you don’t! That’s my territory. Calm the winds.’ Then Juno is like, ‘No, wreck his ships, or I’ll tell Jupiter you’re uncooperative!’ Do you think it’s easy juggling requests like that?”
“No,” Jason said. “I guess not.”
“And don’t get me started on Amelia Earhart! I’m still getting angry calls from Olympus about knocking her out of the sky!”
(from The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
“Wade’s not a bad guy.”
“That’s because you don’t know him at all.”
“I’ve talked with him on the phone.”
“He didn’t leave you stranded in the middle of the Mexican desert ass naked.” Strike smiled, bringing her hand up to her mouth in a weak attempt at covering up her amusement. “Don’t laugh – hey, it’s not funny.”
“It’s kind of funny,” Strike said.
(from The Ruby Rattlesnake by Nicholas Erik)
7*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Sunday, February 07, 2016
The magistrate took a deep breath. He glanced at River, then the old toymaker, then back to Socrates. “It seems that the nature of this hearing has suddenly changed. What began as an inquisition into theft and murder is apparently now a hearing on the nature of self-awareness.” The magistrate looked him up and down. “Well, whatever you are, you do seem remarkably intelligent.”
“Thank you, Your Honor,” said Socrates.
“All right then. Make your case.”
“Process seven hundred, milk mileage maleficent maelstrom mushroom mole.”
The magistrate blinked.
(from Killing The Machine by Jamie Sedgwick)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, February 06, 2016
Thursday, February 04, 2016
It was a long, but productive day. A co-worker and I made a 1-day business trip to Hanford, California to see our company's newest manufacturing site. Started out early, got back late, but it was all worth the effort, In a word, the new place is awesome,
Hanford is about 45 minutes south of Fresno.