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A number of my friends have blogs, podcasts, photo feeds and create other content on the web. Instead of a traditional blogroll, I have created a list of links to their content. This list is updated automagically as they post to their blog. None of the content here is mine, nor is it owned by me. It does not necessarily reflect my opinion nor the opinion of my clients, employers, family, friends, or entourage. Share and Enjoy!

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Marissa Meyer’s popular Renegades trilogy wraps up with Supernova, an action-packed, emotionally satisfying finale to Nova and Adrian’s complicated story. Marissa Meyer’s ambitious Renegades trilogy comes to an end with Supernova, an action-packed, positively massive (the novel clocks in at over 500 pages) sequel that gives fans pretty much everything they could possibly want in a series
1 day 20 hours ago

The Raytracing Episode: A Confession, What Raytracing Is, DKBTrace, The Overnight Render, DKB and POVRay, The Pac-Man, Anything for a UNIX Prompt, Gandalf, Supermarket Gang, Pixar's Tools, A Missed Boat With No Regrets. DKBTrace/POVRay has a website here: http://www.povray.org/ The original creator of the POVRay Pac-Man Render: http://vs.iki.fi/raytrace/ Here's the Pixar Presto demonstration I'm
2 days 7 hours ago

Will & Grace Season 3, Episode 3“With Enemies Like These”Posted by Sarah Sports and I don’t mix. I refuse to play them, there’s a 90% chance I will fall asleep while watching them, and there’s a 100% chance I won’t follow anything you say when you talk to me about them. I was just not […]
2 days 18 hours ago

This Is Us Season 4, Episode 7“The Dinner and the Date” Posted by Shannon Here’s a fun fact about tiny child me: I absolutely LOVED when my parents had people over for dinner. I’m an only child and I grew up without much in the way of family nearby. I kept to myself and didn’t […]
3 days 14 hours ago

TL;DR: There are a lot of winnable votes in the 40 percent who are likely to vote for Trump. Some elections reconfigure the balance between the two parties. Like Nixon, his southern strategy flipped the south from Dem to Repub. He saw an opportunity, took it, it worked, was transformational, and that reconfiguration is still in place 50 years later. Well never imho has the country needed to
4 days 20 hours ago

Culturess got the chance to chat with Winterwood author Shea Ernshaw about her (excellent) new novel, her love for its main character and why we all should side eye any forests near our homes. This November is positively full to bursting with great YA and fantasy reads, and if Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood isn’t on your reading list for […] Author Shea Ernshaw on Winterwood, creepy forests and what
5 days 22 hours ago

Did you miss us? We missed you. And we wish we could say that to you in a foreign language. But since we’re proud Americans the grew up in the ‘80s, we don’t speak any other language but one. And poorly at that! That’s the issue we’re tackling today: The differences in language education in America vs what it’s like overseas. Full episode details: https://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog
1 week ago

This week, John and Stewart sit down with Dan Korneff. Dan has spent the past few decades producing, recording and mixing some of the biggest names in new rock including Paramore, Pierce the Veil, Breaking Benjamin, Sleeping With Sirens, and My Chemical Romance. For the past eight years, he’s operated out of Sonic Debris, his 2000 square foot multi-room recording studio in West Babylon, NY. Dan
1 week ago

Dickinson’s fourth episode is the series’ first truly lackluster installment, a boring half hour that doesn’t offer much in the way of character development or overall plot. Well, not every series can hit it out of the park all the time. While the first three episodes of Dickinson were loads of fizzy fun, its fourth is […] Dickinson episode 4 review: A dull meditation on nature - Culturess -
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Need some help deciding what to read this month? We run down 10 of the most exciting science fiction and fantasy books hitting shelves this November – from sequels to debuts and more! As November rolls in, the days get darker, the temperatures get colder and we all want just one thing – to hide […] 10 must-read SFF books to cuddle up with this November - Culturess - Culturess - Women's Pop Culture
1 week 1 day ago

Girls of Storm and Shadow is a sequel that suffers a bit from being stuck in the middle of the story, but its fast pace, new characters and final twists will leave you wanting more. Girls of Storm and Shadow, the follow-up to Natasha Ngan’s fantastic debut Girls of Paper and Fire, is an exciting […] Girls of Storm and Shadow is an exciting follow-up that will leave you wanting more - Culturess -
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You want to know what's to blame for all our ills? Evolution. It got us to a place where nothing about us makes any sense. We evolved to survive in a world that no longer exists. If you think one generation did that to us, you're not very smart imho.
1 week 1 day ago

So much discussion in the news about impeachment, and they never talk about the #1 reason to impeach, asap. So here's a reminder. He's running the presidency as if he was a monarch. Ignoring the Constitution. And the longer he gets away with it the worse it gets. They should make a song about this. How the president is not a king. We could change the words to the Star Spangled Banner.
1 week 2 days ago

As AppleTV+’s Dickinson continues, Emily and her siblings throw a house party while their parents are out of town, and the result is an episode that perfectly mixes the old and the new. In just two episodes, AppleTV’s Dickinson has already established itself as a series that likes to play with established tropes and expectations. And it’s […] Dickinson episode 3 review: Wild nights, wild nights -
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via GIPHY Will & Grace Season 3, Episode 2“Pappa Mia”Posted by Sarah Here we are, another episode deep into Grace’s Pregnancy Part Two: The Sequel, and I’m still conflicted as hell about it. I still really want to believe that the writers have something else up their sleeve, because I’m holding onto the part of me […]
1 week 2 days ago

Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood is a dark, haunting romance with everything from a family of witches and a mystical forest to a mystery surrounding a missing boy. Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood may be only the author’s second novel, but the story has a richness, depth and maturity that will likely surprise many readers. The haunting tale of […] Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood is a lush and haunting winter tale -
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A couple of years later, I've yet to see a JsonFeed in the wild. And if such a thing existed, I suspect there would also be an RSS 2.0 version of the same content. In the group where developers discuss it, which I follow, most or all of the feature requests are things that have already been done in RSS or Atom. There was, provably, no reason to do this. At this point, is there a language or
1 week 3 days ago

This Is Us Season 4, Episode 6“The Club” Posted by Shannon Wheeew. It’s been a minute since an episode went straight through me, and to be honest it hadn’t happened yet this season. I guess we were overdue. It’s no wonder, either, since this hour is filled with some of our most emotionally vulnerable characters […]
1 week 3 days ago

HBO’s lavish period drama Catherine the Great continues as troubles brew between Catherine and Potemkin. Here’s how you can watch online. After two episodes of Catherine the Great, the Russian Empress has consolidated her power, and embarked on a new love affair with military leader Grigory Potemkin, but as the series continues this week, we’ll get the […] Catherine the Great episode 3 live stream
1 week 3 days ago

The final season of Mr. Robot continues as the series promises us an episode “unlike any other” – whatever that means. Here’s how you can watch “Method Not Allowed” online. The final season of Mr. Robot has been taking us through a dark and weird holiday season, and its fifth installment sounds as thought it will […] Mr. Robot season 4 episode 5 live stream: Watch online - Culturess - Culturess -
1 week 4 days ago

You know the Steve Jobs ad about how geniuses think differently. He was on to something. There is a big difference between the way innovators think and everyone else. And I think I can finally put the difference in words. If you're going to innovate you do it first, and look for funding when you've got something working. You don't wait for anyone's approval, or investors nagging you about when you
1 week 5 days ago

AppleTV+’s fizzy, anachronistic period drama Dickinson continues, as Emily fights against the gender restrictions of her time, and learns a few new things about herself along the way.. AppleTV+’s Dickinson is a weird, fizzy romp that often feels as much like a CW drama as it does a prestige period piece. This anachronistic combination is […] Dickinson episode 2 review: I have never seen ‘Volcanoes
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As Catherine the Great continues, two years have passed and the messy flirtation between the Empress and Grigory Potemkin finally turns into something more. Catherine the Great is a period piece that has to serve a couple of masters. In theory, it’s a drama recounting the story of one of the famous – and successful – […] Catherine the Great episode 2 review: An Empress in love - Culturess -
1 week 6 days ago

AppleTV+’s new period comedy/drama about the famous American poet Emily Dickinson is charming, weird and absolutely worth your time. For period drama fans, 2019 has already been a pretty great year. We got a Downton Abbey movie, for starters. And on the small screen, there are more diverse, intriguing and genre-defying costume dramas than ever […] Dickinson premiere review: A show worth kindly
1 week 6 days ago

I thought today I’d share with you some tips for long-blooming flowers for window boxes. These are flowers that bloom from spring through late fall and look better over time. My choice? Petunias. Long-Blooming Flowers for Window Boxes I know some people who change their window boxes with each season, but I can’t be bothered. […] The post Long-Blooming Flowers for Window Boxes appeared first on
1 week 6 days ago

Most journalistic pieces about Facebook view it as an online bulletin board with nightmarish advertising that's getting worse every day. For what it's worth, that's not how I experience it. The only political ads i see are from Democratic candidates who want money. Harmless and easily ignored. In the last year I've started using a private group for Woodstock residents. It's a very civil place
1 week 6 days ago

Yesterday I learned that Rep Jackie Speier (D-CA) was an aide to Rep Leo Ryan and was with him when he visited Jonestown where he was murdered and 909 members of a cult committed suicide. Speier was shot five times and left for dead . In a recent debate, when a Repub blowhard called the impeachment a cult, Speier was righteously outraged . A few days before, I caught the end of a Speier interview
1 week 6 days ago

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the folks behind the megasuccessful Sherlock, are adapting another classic story for the small screen: Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Good news: The folks behind Sherlock will be back on our TVs very soon! Bad news: It’s not going to be with a new season of Sherlock. If we’re honest, it’s not clear that we’ll ever […] The team behind Sherlock is bringing us a bloody, dark
2 weeks ago

I wish journalism would consider that it's not Dems v Trump rather it's Trump v Constitution. The Constitution needs protecting. The Repubs are for some reason willing to let the Democrats carry the ball alone. But when it gets to the Senate they won't have that luxury.
2 weeks ago

NPR isn't reporting the news, they're reporting Republican spin. For example this morning they talked for a half hour about the impeachment inquiry as a partisan issue, repeating the Republican claim that it's bad for the inquiry to be private. They said the Democrats in 1998 had the same objection, which wasn't true, because then there was a special prosecutor, Ken Starr, who did his inquiry in
2 weeks ago

Kelly Coon’s Gravemaidens is one of the most intriguing and original YA stories you’ll read this year – but the series’  frustrating heroine is difficult to love. Kelly Coon’s Gravemaidens is a YA historical fiction/fantasy novel with a wonderfully original premise and setting. In fact, it’s one of the best conceptualized novels you’re likely to find this […] Gravemaidens has an amazing premise,
2 weeks ago

Okay Tulsi is going to do a third party run. No one knows who or what she is. So before she has a chance to position herself, do it for her. That's straight out of the Repub playbook and it's smart. Make it so she takes votes away from Trump not the Demo. Something like this. If you like Trump, vote for Trump. Don't waste your vote on Tulsi. That would do it. Blast that message everywhere. $1
2 weeks 1 day ago

Dreams are so funny. One of my recurring dreams all through my life is not being able to find my way home. I'd start going there, but realize I wasn't getting anywhere. It would go on and on, and I'd never get there. Well last night I had a weird variant on that. I was still trying to get home. I had parked my car somewhere, and was trying to get there, so I could begin my journey, but first I had
2 weeks 1 day ago

These are the Trumpers who imho are going under the bus. Mike Pence. Mick Mulvaney. Rick Perry. Mitch McConnell (aka #moscowmitch ). Rudy Giuliani and all his cohorts. And..?
2 weeks 1 day ago

Will & Grace Season 3, Episode 1“Eat, Pray, Love, Phone, Sex”Posted by Sarah We’re back for one final round, kids…and a full three months early, too! The end is nigh once again, and we’re counting down the weeks until we have to say another goodbye to our Fab Four. It’s definitely going to be a […]
2 weeks 3 days ago

One of things I've always admired about Cubs fans is that when an opposing team hits a home run, the Wrigley Field protocol demands that the fan who caught the ball throw it back on the field. It's a sign of disrespect. Basically fuck you and your home run. In baseball, that's cool. And it is in politics too, to throw back at a president who crosses the line of propriety every waking moment, to
2 weeks 3 days ago

This Is Us Season 4, Episode 5“Storybook Love” Posted by Shannon Moving is the worst. Everything is out of place, boxes seem to multiply on their own no matter how much you unpack, and on top of all the logistical nightmares, there’s the pressure of feeling like this moment of transition must be honored as […]
2 weeks 3 days ago

HBO’s lavish period drama Catherine the Great continues as the Russian Empress continues her consolidation and expansion of power. Here’s how you can watch online. HBO’s Catherine the Great follows the story of one of the greatest female rulers of all time – a woman who rewrote the rules of female power, and who established much of […] Catherine the Great episode 2 live stream: Watch online -
2 weeks 3 days ago

Emily Roberson’s Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters puts a fun, fresh spin on a familiar Greek myth, turning a classic tale into a frothy, social media-fueled romp. Greek myths are so hot right now. Technically, they’ve never really gone out of fashion, but right now, it feels like these stories are everywhere. Madeline Miller’s Circe was one of […] Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters is a charming
2 weeks 4 days ago

The first trailer for Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey follow-up is here – but can Belgravia live up to the success of its more famous period drama cousin? If you’re missing Downton Abbey and the recent release of the theatrical film wasn’t enough for you, well – mark your calendars for 2020. Creator Julian Fellowes next project, a […] Could period drama Belgravia be the next Downton Abbey? -
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The final season of Mr. Robot continues as the series offers us its take on what appears to be a Christmas episode. Here’s all the info you need to watch “Not Found” online. The final season of popular USA Network hacker drama Mr. Robot continues tonight and, once again, we don’t really know what to expect. Last […] Mr. Robot season 4 episode 4 live stream: Watch online - Culturess - Culturess -
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Kyrie Irving doesn't understand NY sports if he thinks the Nets are going to "take over" the city. He shouldn't say stuff like that if it's really his intention. More likely he'll be traded in two years to Chicago as a backup point guard. People will say, "Remember Kyrie Irving? He had such a promising career. What happened to him?" He should remember how NY chews up players who think they're
2 weeks 5 days ago

The NAID Episode: Jim Says It's Happening, North American International Demo Party, A Very Ill-Advised Travel, Border, Exchange Rate, The Actual NAID, Classrooms, Jacket for Blanket, Cow Suit, Walking the Halls, Font Throwing, The Competitions, A New Idea about Conferences, A Wild Success, Synchrony, Thanks. A mirror of NAIDorabilia: http://cd.textfiles.com/naidorabilia/ Memories of NAID: https:/
2 weeks 6 days ago

Novelists draw from many sources for their inspiration. I draw from my childhood growing up on Long Island, New York. The Dalinger Estate, White Oak Hall, features prominently throughout I SEE YOU my new novel. I draw from three estates on Long Island to create the unique setting for much of the mystery in I… Continue reading The Inspiration Behind I SEE YOU
2 weeks 6 days ago

I watched Game 6 of the 1986 World Series at my brother's apartment in Palo Alto, with our father. At the moment the ball went through Buckner's legs, I remember vividly my father rolling around on the floor. It was the one time in a lifetime I saw my father let go. It was wonderful.
2 weeks 6 days ago

Rosaria Munda’s Fireborne is a dystopian tale of what happens when the dust from a revolution settles, only set in world full of dragons, political intrigue and impending war. Let’s be honest: Now that Game of Thrones is over, we’re all looking for something to fill the gaping hole in our life that the series […] Rosaria Munda’s Fireborne will fill the Game of Thrones-shaped hole in your life -
3 weeks 2 days ago

HBO’s lavish new period drama Catherine the Great begins as the new Empress consolidates her allies and realizes she doesn’t have to share her power with anyone. As a general life rule: If Dame Helen Mirren is playing royalty in a period drama – that’s probably something you should watch. Such is the case with […] Catherine the Great premiere review: An Empress rises - Culturess - Culturess -
3 weeks 2 days ago

A permanent citizen's occupation of DC. We don't leave until Trump does. You sign up for one full day of your choosing. There's room for say 100K people. Once 100K people have committed for a given day, that's it, the day is full. You have to sign up for another day. You arrange to get yourself to DC and back home. Carry a sign or wear a button or clothing that says you're there to demand Trump's
3 weeks 3 days ago

Helen Mirren stars as the Empress of Russia in HBO’s splashy new period drama Catherine the Great. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the premiere online. We truly are living in a glorious time for period dramas involving strong, complex women. In the past year alone, we’ve seen such gems as Gentleman Jack, The […] Catherine the Great premiere live stream: Watch online - Culturess -
3 weeks 3 days ago

This Is Us, Season 4“Flip a Coin” Posted by Shannon Every once and a while, Pearsons across time and space unify their efforts and remind me precisely why I love and identify with them. It’s not that they’re all perfect this (or any) week, though there are plenty of smaller character moments that could have […]
3 weeks 3 days ago

This started out being a review of the new Apple TV but the real story is same as it ever was, the living room networking situation is still a mess. The reason -- too many remotes . This tale started when the Spectrum app for Roku broke, I could no longer access my favorites. That meant every time I wanted to find a program, I had to fish through all the channels. I've learned over the years which
3 weeks 4 days ago

I am having a discussion with an old friend. One of us says driving to Blockbuster back and forth to rent a DVD is more energy-efficient than watching the movie on Netflix. Which do you think is more efficient? Here's the Twitter survey.
3 weeks 5 days ago

Most of the time Dropbox works, but today, sometime just after 11AM Eastern, it got flaky and basically stopped working. Usually it's something I did, so I started checking things out. I have two accounts, neither is close to out of space. One is using 178.85 GB of 2.1 TB. The other is using 11.68 GB of 2 TB. I thought perhaps my desktop computer wasn't synching. I tried creating a folder, and it
3 weeks 5 days ago

Yesterday I posted a query about using git for code distribution. This was a new idea for me. In the past I've done it lots of different ways. Fat pages . RSS feeds, aka codecasting . One-way sync with an S3 location. They all work well and scale since they're static. I did one method that wasn't static, using XML-RPC. That method had problems as the installed base of Frontier grew. Static
3 weeks 5 days ago

As with previous installments, this contains spoilers. I watched the last two episodes of Breaking Bad. I think I had only watched them once, when they first came out, but I remembered almost all of it. And it's amazing that so much happens in the last episode. First I want to say that my previous report is one of the sloppiest bits of writing and editing I've ever done. It's practically
3 weeks 5 days ago

As with previous installments , this contains spoilers. I got up to the episode where Hank dies. A very pivotal scene. Walt loses his money to the Nazis, of course Hank dies as does his friend Gomez. Walter White comes unglued. All logic says, based on previous Walter White choices, that Hank must die. The Nazi, Jack, knows it, Hank knows it. Hank, after hearing Walter offer the Jack $80 million
3 weeks 6 days ago

I'm working on a project using simple-git in Node, and have what I think should be a simple application, not sure how to do it. I have a local called myAppFolder containing the source for an application. Various JavaScript files, a package.json, folders for user data and stats. A location on GitHub, a repo called test2 with a folder whose path is helloworld/ that is meant to have the most up to
3 weeks 6 days ago

I always wonder why people disclaim that they don't like me before they point to something I've written as being relevant or important. So I won't tell you what I think of David Brooks. 💥 His column in today's NYT is worth reading. He asks if it's Trump v Warren, who he, a moderate Republican, will vote for. I'll save you the suspense, it's Warren. Good, Brooks has a soul and isn't an idiot. Four
3 weeks 6 days ago