We’ll Miss You Terry Pratchett

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite Terry Pratchett books:

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)

Goodbye Politics

The name calling and ridiculous hyperbole of another presidential campaign cycle is already starting to show up on various social media.

Fortunately, most of the social media services have ways of dealing with it. For example, reddit stuff gets down voted, so it isn’t seen, with twitter, depending on the client, certain topics or accounts can be hushed, and on facebook, sites and people can be ignored, or blocked completely.

I’ll be doing a bunch of this over the next couple of years, and here’s why: I base my voting preferences on facts, not commercials, or social media posts.

The whole process has become so pedestrian and insulting that I have a hard time stomaching most of it. The ad hominem attacks get worse and worse each year, and the bottom line is, I don’t want that shit in my head.

So if I don’t see your funny cat post, or miss some quip about a coworker or relative, sorry. I may have blocked you. Try email.


“The Silver Ships,” by S.H. Jucha

S.H. Jucha’s debut novel, “The Silver Ships,” introduces a future universe where colony ships from old Earth have settled in different, distant systems, and worked to make a life for themselves.

Two of the groups, with very different experiences and opportunities, meet again after centuries. The now, very different cultures must work through some challenges and face a common alien threat.

The main character, Alex, while out asteroid mining, snags what appears to be an alien ship entering his solar system. The ship appears dead at first, but Alex soon makes contact with the ship’s AI, who reminds me a little of Mike from “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.”

The adventures soon put Alex in a leadership role and challenge his abilities and force him to grow up.

“The Silver Ships” is a fun read, good science fiction with interesting characters. There are a few plot coincidences (right person in the right place at the right time…), but the story doesn’t suffer and I’m eager to see what’s next from S.H. Jucha.

Besides, the universe is a big place and coincidences are bound to happen. :-)


Clutter and The Ten Year Plan

I have a lot of stuff. Not nearly as much as some, but still plenty. I’m not a hoarder, so don’t expect to see me on any reality TV shows anytime soon. During my last move, I took the opportunity to slim down how much stuff I cart around, and I have a pretty good handle on the clutter, but I still have a ton of stuff. Far more than I need and far more than will work for my 10 year plan.

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