Reading books in this modern world...

I'll admit it.  I'm a technophile.  The more gadgety goodness I have in my life, the more exciting gadgets I want, and the more I think about the ways in which we can improve the functionality of the gadgets that are out there, setting arbitrary thresholds at which point I plan to dive into the technology, dreaming of the cool stuff we could do if only gadgets would do what I want them to.


Book Review: Callahan's Crosstime Saloon

I like to think of myself as an avid reader, and sometimes I even follow up on that.  Over the last couple of weeks, I've finally been reading a series of books that I've heard quite a bit about, but never actually started until this attempt.  "Callahan's Crosstime Saloon" by Spider Robinson.

This isn't serious sci fi by any stretch of the imagination, and in the author notes it's clear that he wasn't even really trying for sci fi when he started, and some people even wrote him nasty notes about wanting to cancel their subscriptions to the magazine they were published in since they weren't publishing science fiction anymore.  But it's still good.

Over the course of the 9 books that are loosely a part of this series (many of them taking place at Lady Sally's brothel, or in the bars that took over for Callahan's after it was destroyed in the nuclear blast), we meet a few time travelers, witness them all "getting telepathic," get an inside view of things at the weirdest sounding brothel ever, move to Key West, stow a toddler aboard the space shuttle, take on the mob, and generally deal with a lot of weirdness.


About a year of riding

I picked up cycling as a hobby and a habit in 2010.  I started out riding a beat up 10 speed that was so much too small for me that my 12 year old son rides it now, just back and forth to work.  After a month of that I was certain I needed to buy a new bike, and after another month I actually did.  My beautiful Trek 3700 and I did quite a bit of riding, but I wasn't really keeping track of it, and that annoyed me.


30 seconds with the Mac App Store

I realize that everybody and his brother is probably out there writing about the Mac App Store even as I type these words, but what's the point of blogging if it has to be unique? :)

Apple released their Mac OS App Store today, in an effort to annoy IT workers everywhere, and so I restarted my trusty iMac after running the update and gave it a spin.  The first thing I noticed is that it looks an awful lot like the iTunes Store inside iTunes.  Keeping the interface familiar is likely a good idea for this sort of launch, but I'll be curious to see if it evolves away from that model.


First Weird Dream of the New Year

I was living in an apartment building, but it was set up more like a hotel.  I was out to dinner, but we couldn't pick a theme restaurant, so we were driving around with the radio on. The news broke in...  some tyrant had just managed to take over the world, largely due to concessions granted their company by the major nations of the world.

They were going to thin out the unwanted, those who had no place in the new world they were fashioning.  The power was shut off, people were relying on fires, talking about leaving to go to Japan where it was imagined to be different.  Kevin seemed to be close to this tyrant, or at least nearby to this tyrant, and various other people appeared briefly... Phil was a zeppelin pilot, mostly covered in soot and speaking with a sort of cockney accent, Thane popped his head out of a ventilation thing on the side of a building, said "damn, still not the right one," and popped back down.  Sherri called me on the phone, and we made plans to meet the next day...


Spotted a rider...

I saw this guy out riding on New Year's Eve, as I was heading towards the sporting goods store to return a gift.  I'll admit to being jealous that he was on a bike and I wasn't :)