Review: Borrowing Books

I Read this Blog Post which makes the case against borrowing/lending books. I understand completely the stress of lending. I let someone borrow Mistborn, didn’t write down and who and now…. I have a hole in my collection. I will probably end up spending the $5 at a used book store to replace it, but I know I lent it to a “friend” and that “friend” never returned it. Thankfully, I also can’t remember which friend so I can’t be annoyed with them. I’ll still lend in the future, I’ll just try to remember to write down who borrowed so I can get my book(s) back! And the part about disliking libraries…. I have a confession to make: I haven’t had a library card since college. And that was for my college library. I disagree with the word “tease” that writer chose, but the pain of knowing I have to work ten-times harder if I want to re-read (which I do. Regularly) a new

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Review: Valor’s Choice (Tanya Huff)

I needed to do some work this weekend and didn’t feel like listening to “just” music, so I went to Scribd and found Valor’s Choice (it actually recommended a later one in the series and I went and dug for the first) and listened to this audiobook… Overall: 7.75/10 Firstly, let me say I thoroughly enjoyed this story of soldiers/aliens and their journey through both diplomacy and danger. One of the reasons I can’t give it a full 8/10 is the quality of the narration: one of my huge challenges was in the Point of View. It would change main character perspective (third person, but still) without always denoting that I was in a different location paying attention to different characters easily.  This is a problem with the audio version that I don’t think would exist in print: but definitely something I (a) noticed and (b) plan to keep in mind in my own writing. There was also a bit of an

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Politics: Innocent until proven guilty

There was a really interesting piece on NPR about Hillary Clinton’s email server.  There were a few things I found fascinating, but one that stuck out is “innocent and ‘not guilty’ are not the same thing.” – and this is just such an important subtlety of our justice system that I don’t think you should be allowed to vote unless you can manage this concept. S Let’s start with the historical perspective of guilt.  The phrase “innocent until proven guilty” is quite new in the western legal world (assuming ~2500 years when you go back the legalism of Greece & Rome – and I limited to “western” because I can’t speak on Imperial Chinese or Japanese legalisms…) – it was part of the great American Experiment. A perfect example of how legalism worked pre-revolution is the Salem Witch Trials. IF a case made it to court, it was presumed the accused stood guilty. The burden of proof was then on the accused to

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Life Memory: Star Trek 50th

Today is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s premier on TV. I think it is a perfect day for some self-reflection and future-focused thought. Who do I want to be in 50 years? Or 500 (I mean, obviously, who do I want to be remembered as in 500 years since there is no current method confirmed for living forever)? Star Trek showed a universe of people trying to live in a utopia of acceptance, understanding, & morality. The original show really tackled some very difficult issues through the lens of aliens – sometimes with the aliens being “wrong” and sometimes showing how humans might still need improvements ourselves. TNG continued this theme, talking about ethical issues as well as social – personal responsibility and loyalty. I grew up with these questions. I love Star Trek because it helped me create a safe place to always go and explore issues that might be too scary or painful to explore in my own

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