Monthly Archives: February 2013

February Writing Round Up

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Review: Hammerfall by C.J. Cherryh

I read Hammerfall when it first came out in hardback.

Read this review on Rena’s Hub of Random

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 90: Writing Dreams

I like reading (and writing) dream/nightmare sequences.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Reading Homestuck Part Thirty Four:==>John: Continue to be really gullible!

We cut briefly to a scene where John is heading off in his rocket pack.

Read this on Rena’s Hub of Random.
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Article: Cleaning up posts imported to WordPress from Blogger

If you are importing anything from your Blogger or other blogging platform to WordPress, the formatting you had on your original posts will not always translate. You will have to replace cut tags, fix the formatting, and in some cases re-embed videos and replace images that did not carry over to the new blog. You will also have to do some extensive proofreading of your posts. The following are some simple techniques to correct any problems you find.

Get rid of any code from Blogger

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Reading: Telempath, by Spider Robinson, Part Two

31955smallSo far, our mental image of Carlson is of a radical mad-scientist type. The guy who worked with him (Our Hero’s Father) has Carlson pegged as a somewhat pathetic anarchist would-be rebel without a clue, an ivory tower liberal who desperately wants to be a social justice ally. (Who is primarily frustrated by not being considered a social justice ally of the groups he wants to defend.) Someone we are primed to dislike intensely because he is an ivory tower academic liberal.

Our Hero’s Father, Jacob Stone on the other hand, is self-defined as an absent minded professor and a slightly pompous, distant authority figure. The elder Stone has basically turned his son Isham into a weapon to be directed at the villain of the piece! Isham doesn’t mind very much, as he is completely on board with the entire killing Carlson thing.

This is going to be important later. Continue reading

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Article: Stripping code from Word after pasting to a Blog manually and why you’d want to

If you copy and paste your blog posts from Word instead of writing directly to the posting block you will end up with a lot of unnecessary code that will appear at inconvenient times (such as when you cross post to Tumblr, or when you share the post to some other social media site). Some blogging platforms have posting blocks specifically for Word documents but these blocks sometimes also strip out any formatting or text colors you specified in the Word document.

If you want to keep your formatting or text colors, it is relatively simple to remove the extra, unwanted code.

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Book Review: Forge of Heaven by C.J. Cherryh

405 pp.

Forge of Heaven takes place hundreds of years after the events of Hammerfall, and takes place on a space station above “Marak’s World,” a planet being “remediated” after having been bombarded from space in an effort to destroy extremely dangerous “First Movement” nanotechnology. The political and social situation in the satellite is extremely complicated, a delicate balance of three governments and two species. Our Hero is Jeremy Stafford, who prefers the name Procyon. He has a very secret, very classified job–he is one of the “taps” who communicate with the inhabitants of the planet. Specifically, he is the youngest and newest of Marak’s taps. Continue reading

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Article: Choosing a Color Palette for Your Site

Part of the design process is deciding what colors you are going to use. You are not just choosing the color of the background, but also the links, headers, footers, sidebars and text. You want a site that will be legible, professional and eye-catching. As with most aspects of the design process, you should take a look at the color schemes for other sites, both for inspiration and also to see what works or doesn’t work for you.

There are several methods for combining colors.

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Reading: Daybreak 2250 A.D. by Andre Norton, Part Eight

This is one of the few non-horrible covers.In my opinion, it really blurs the message when you have a theme of “prejudice is bad” and you also have what are essentially orcs. Lura reacts to Beast Thing spoor and presence the way animals do in monster movies, Fors senses something deeply wrong and unnatural about them. They cannot really be reasoned with and we do not really get a sense of them as people. Even when the narrative mentions that the Beast Things are probably descended from foreign soldiers that did not have the sense to get the heck out of Dodge when the cities were bombed, or city dwellers who had been trapped in the cities, we have no sympathy for them. The Beast Things are basically Gollum. (Compare and contrast with Fors encounter with the little lizard people. There is never a moment of doubt that the little guys are sentient people, even when they seem determined to kill Fors.) Continue reading

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