“We would just go out and line up a bunch of cans and shoot with rifles, handguns and at times, submachine guns... When I was a kid it was a controlled atmosphere, we weren't shooting at humans… we were shooting at cans and bottles mostly. I will most certainly take my kids out for target practice.”
by Johnny Depp




"walls of the city" logo conceptualized by Oleg Volk and executed by Linoge. Logo is © "walls of the city".

for your reading pleasure

Another person I know on the intertubes – and a little in person, too – has accomplished the rather impressive task of taking an idea from nebulous form to printed (at least digitally) word, this time in the form of Take The Star Road. Peter, the proprietor of Bayou Renaissance Man has been working on this story for quite some time, and the initial reviews (I have not had a chance to […]

the well finally ran dry

Well this news gives me a rather impressive sad:

“Old” bundles containing books that have already been published will no longer be available for bundle-priced purchase. (Already-purchased ones should still be available for download, though it is possible some books may need to be removed. Some books may need to be removed from the Baen Free Library as well; Toni hopes to get advance notice when such removals are necessary, but recommends […]

a spotter for the superlaser

A couple of rather disparate thoughts were rattling around my head for the past few days, but they did not completely congeal until I read this comment from Oliver Perry:

It was discussed, perhaps here, the notion that we are able to develop a shitstorm when something goes wrong, but the author could not recall an atta boy resulting in a built business.

I currently carry in a crossbreed, but […]

the naming pattern gets more… ironic


It is not quite a tablet, but it is not quite an e-reader either. Or is that "it is not just a tablet, but it is not just an e-reader", instead?

Bit hard to say, but if I had to make a baseless assumption, that was probably the point.

A lot of tablet makers have been making the mistake of trying to replace laptops, or even desktops, with their cute […]

why did borders fail?

Anecdotally, when I hit up the Borders sale in our area, it took a 30% markdown to get their prices anywhere near what I could procure online (except on certain things like Feed and Deadline, but those were only 10% off), and even then, I very carefully checked every book I purchased through my Google Shopper app to ensure that the prices I remembered were accurate.

Turns out, that was […]

oh, the horror

Will I have to turn in my nerd/geek credentials if I admit that H.P. Lovecraft did precisely nothing for me?

I worked my way up to Beyond This Wall of Sleep, and then skipped ahead to The Call of Cthulhu to see if it ever got any better, and concluded that he pretty much amounts to be the Ayn Rand of horror.

This is really scary. No, […]


I am invariably behind the curve, but, eventually, I do manage to catch up.

In the left toolbar, you currently should be able to find a Facebook Social Plugin, a Google Friend Connect, and a Twitter stream for this webpage, down under the “Social” category – feel free to do with those whatever it is one does. (For some reason, the Google Friend Connect thing is having a devil of a time working… I […]

kindle woes resolved

Thanks to a helpful hint from commenter Lynn H, our Kindle woes appear to have been resolved.

Short answer: it was the official Amazon case‘s fault.

Longer answer: we were not alone.

Even longer answer: We called up Amazon, explained the whole sordid story to the customer service rep on the other end, and then noted that theKindle had been behaving just fine ever since we […]

kindle woes

So back in September, before our European vacation, I gave Better Half a WiFi-only Kindle (“newest”/3rd version) and since then, I have lost track of the number of books she has read on it, and it has accompanied us on that aforementioned trip, out to visit my parents in Seattle, and all over the country as she uses it during her business travels.

Unfortunately, this is also the third unit we have had […]