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Matthew Graybosch
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    Author, 1997 - present
    Androids unaware of their nature fight demons from outer space.
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All you need is a day job and a dream.
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I'm a Romantic science fantasy novelist from New York who codes for a living. I'm also a gamer, a long-haired metalhead, and a geek who passes for normal by not talking about the nerdy stuff that excites him. I live in central Pennsylvania with my wife, two cats, and a bicycle that nags me whenever I don't meet my daily word count. I'm hard at work on the next Starbreaker novel.

I've been a Google+ user since July 2011. You can also find me on my own site, A Day Job and a Dream, where I write about books, music, games, and the writer's craft. Please take a look.

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    A bit of everything, 1984 - present
    As Mark Twain advised, I try not to let my schooling get in the way of my education.
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So, I've got lightsabers of a sort in +Starbreaker called "dev'astras", which are inspired in part by the astras of Hindu mythology. They're used by flowseekers as personal weapons, since they can be brought into play with less effort than  more elaborate sorceries and with less risk.

Eddie Cohen has seen them in action, since he worked closely with Desdinova during Nationfall, and has the following to say about them: "You remember those movies that supposedly happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? A dev'astra is different. Their blades don't cross, but pass through each other."

When dormant, they resemble often resemble crystal rods. However, the one Desdinova gives Morgan is more phallic, leading Naomi to joke that Desinova gave Morgan "Darth Vader's glass dildo".

However, it turns out that Morgan can't make it work (at least not yet). The one who gets it to work is none too pleased, however.

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Morgan offered the preternatural weapon. "You want to try this out?"

Naomi brushed her fingertips against the crystal, but did not yet take it from Morgan's grasp. "If I can make it work, doesn't that mean I'm the one with the magic?"

"I've suspected that ever since I first heard you sing in person, Nims. There's something intimate about the way you sing that feels like you're doing it for me alone."

"I'm glad Elly [Sid Schneider's wife] isn't around to hear you turn such flattery on me. I daresay she'd get jealous." Naomi took the dev'astra from Morgan's hand. Her eyes slipped shut, and her eyelashes became a touch of frost against her skin. She stood still for a minute, holding the weapon before her, before a scarlet glow began to fill the crystal rod. It extended outward until it reached a length of ninety centimeters, and intensified until looking directly upon it felt akin to staring into a setting sun.

Naomi opened her eyes, and gasped. The crimson plasma blade winked out of existence as the crystal rod fell from her grasp. Morgan caught it before it shattered against the concrete. "Naomi, you did it. You made it work."

"Sorry I dropped it. I was just shocked." Naomi held out her hand. "Could I borrow it again? I want to be sure it wasn't a fluke."

Morgan nodded, and handed over the rod. Naomi closed her fingers around it, and the radiant scarlet blade extended from the rod's tip as she exhaled. "It's real. I'm some kind of flowseeker. But I don't know any magic."

"Maybe it's all in your voice?"

Morgan glanced at Sid, and considered his comment. "Sid might be right, Naomi. What if you possess some preternatural talent that you intuitively channel into your singing?"

Naomi shook her head, and deactivated the dev'astra. "You weren't there, so I don't blame for you for not understanding how hard I worked to train my voice and become the musician I am today. I refuse to consider the possibility that some sorcery I had no reason to believe possible until now is involved."

#amwriting #magic #lightsaber  
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The price we pay for the surveillance society is that more people start thinking like Repairman Jack and trying to have as little to do with "officialdom" as possible.
Fear of the criminal justice system can lead to negative health, financial, and educational outcomes.
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Well now that's depressing, but the lack of a socially mobile society is a desirable outcome for many in power.
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[Chuckle] With any luck, that'll be one less idiot who hates video games in public office.
State Senator Leland Yee championed law restricting minors' game access.
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+Matthew Graybosch that almost counts.  My theory is that if one thinks that violent video games create violent kids then the violent behavior is really only inherent in the one doing the complaining. So it would have been far more gratifying if he had performed some hands on badness rather than paying other people to do his misdeeds.
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This is one of the reasons I like the multiplayer in Dark Souls and Dark Souls II. Player communication is limited to messages pieced together from pre-defined words and phrases, and pre-defined gestures. Unless I turn on voice chat in the second game, I can play without having to deal with a sore loser of a player calling me a "faggot" if he invades my game and dies on my sword.
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can still chat freely to people on your friends list at least.  I like that you can evenmute players if they over emote
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Reading incessantly isolated me as a kid back in the 80s, when only stockbrokers had mobile phones. As the article points out, boys who read were always considered less-than-manly in America. However, I'm not impressed by arguments against reading that suggest reading is bad because it isolates readers from the wider culture.

What's so good about the wider culture, anyway?
Clinging to print can isolate kids and alienate them from the digital world of multitasking
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I would argue that "wider culture" they're referring to isn't actually "wider".  Reading books allowed me to experience cultures that I never would have encountered in person.  Reading books allowed me to gain knowledge I never would have encountered if I'd been restricted to my own searches on the internet, because I never would have thought of it.  Reading books broadened my horizons in ways that trawling facebook (or even G+) could never do.  Reading took me on trips around the globe, through time, across the universe and back.  

I think that training our replacement generations to be unable to read whole books because their attention span is so short term, and their focus is near to nonexistent, is a problem.  A big problem.  A massively colossal problem.  Because knowledge, complex concepts and ideas, cannot be adequately communicated in 140 character Twitter snippets.  You need something book length to fully explore them.  So we're going to end up with an entire generation that not only can't read books, but is also unable to absorb complex concepts and ideas.  

That's a pretty dreary future, in my opinion.
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+Thomas Sorensen, nobody gives a damn about MeeWork, so stop spamming every demon-ridden community on Google+ with your copy-pasta.
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I mentioned the New York reload while working on a scene for The Blackened Phoenix. Morgan's at a shooting range with his friends, testing firearms manufactured by Murdoch Defensive Industries, a company notorious among Adversaries for making weapons possessed of a distressing tendency to jam at the worst possible moment.

While a semiautomatic pistol can fail to feed the next round, fail to extract the empty case from the chamber, or fail to eject the case after extraction (http://www.northcarolinasportsman.com/details.php?id=485) because of user errors like a loose grip (called "limp-wristing"), Adversaries are as rigorously trained in the use of firearms as real-world police officers and military personnel. Their training lets them handle higher-quality firearms manufactured by companies like Nakajima Armaments without as many problems as they experience with Murdoch equipment.

Malfunctions aside, the New York reload was originally a revolver technique. Without access to speedloaders, many New York police officers found it quicker to grab a second revolver than to spill empty brass from the cylinders of their primary revolvers and swap in loose, fresh rounds -- especially while under fire.

It's often much faster to just swap in a fresh magazine -- unless you're packing Murdochs, so in the Starbreaker setting the only people you see doing a New York reload are people who aren't willing or able to buy decent-quality firearms.

#amwriting #firearms #newyorkreload  
The fabled New York Reload is a technique attributed often to Jim Cirillo, famed member of the NYPD Stakeout Unit and one of the most experienced LE gunfighters in history.  This technique was favored back when the revolver was the … <a href="http://modernserviceweapons.com/?p=5130">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>
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Gotta keep my facts straight, +Lisa Cohen, especially on subjects where knowledgeable people can call me on it when I screw up.
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I have the power to make a great many people happy, but it would require that I commit suicide, so fuck 'em. :)
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