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If you like The Princess Bride, or Doctor Who, or HHGG, or Star Wars, or Firefly, you should take a peak at this new sci-fi romantic comedy novel The Dread Space Pirate Richard, the first in a planned series. Written by me:

http://www.amazon.com/Dread-Space-Pirate-Richard-ebook/dp/B00DIAYCLW/

Some of the many good reviews from early fans:

"Star Wars meets A Princess Bride in this fun rollick from Earth through space. A dashing space captain, a damsel in not-so-much distress, a quirky talking ship, and looming threats from Earth and the great beyond makes this a book you don't want to miss. Sexy, smart, and hella funny! My only real complaint is that it ended and now I have to wait for the next one."

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"This book is truly entertaining! The humor is great (meta at times) and the writing style is very nice. Just enough details. Not describing every last blade of grass, not just saying "there was a ship on the roof". A happy medium that a lot of writers miss. This is a hilarious book which met and surpassed my expectations. I look forward to reading more."
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I raise a glass in toast to the Boston police, Mass state police, FBI and the National Guard for getting this business done.
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The Walking Dead series on TV: I want to like it. Zombies. Apocalypses. I normally like that kind of thing. I've made an entire game about it. (http://DeadByZombie.com)

Except everytime I've watched the show, I was repulsed by how bad I thought it was, in terms of the craft. The acting was poor. The people all had unrealistic Hollywood hair. Visually it was too obvious they were trying to make each character really stand out. But in real life, there aren't as many bold differences between people, in terms of clothing, hair colors and styles, etc. Also the acting or at least the character behavior/dialogue was way too much optimized to be as shallowly melodramatic and whiny as possible. I found it hard to like anybody. Actors that acted like actors, and not like real people. It may seem counter-intuitive but in a zombie apocalypse movie, which obviously is make-believe, you really really need the characters and situations to seem as realistic as possible. Because it helps the viewer suspend disbelief enough so he/she can believe in the really big creative conceits that the creators are trying to pull off.

In summary: wanted to love it. Couldn't. I've seen the zombie genre done much better in other movies and books.
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Season 1. I find the main guy harder to believe because I know him from UK stuff. The comic is about as whiny as the show but it doesn't feel as bad in comic form. It usually seems to be going somewhere whereas tge show sometimes seems to be filling for time. The art can be annoying to keep track of people especially early on, though.
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RIP Aaron Swartz
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hello everyone. not sure if this is for folks needing help or offering help, but i'll give it a go.

if anyone needs help programming with the Arduino, or programming anything else, whether hobby or for your job, or a contract project, I can help. More so if pay is involved ;) Long-time programmer, since childhood. wide variety of experience. Web dev, games, some embedded. C, Python, Java. Linux and Mac. More info in my profile.
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will do +Gary Rudd 

ooh. i haven't played with LCDs yet. on my list. and servos
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Principle of Normal Use

due to recent events today I'm reminded of one of the ideas I apply in everyday living. I've come to name it The Principel of Normal Use. It's the idea that any given thing, object, item, piece of furniture, process, etc. should be designed such that it stands up under normal human use. If you make a doorway, it should be doorway-like, and work fine under normal human use. Opening and closing the door, etc. It should have reasonable leeway and buffer taken into account for small mistakes, imperfections, that occur under normal daily use, though not necessarily under extreme intentional abuse. Something near a sink? Expect that it will get wet. Not necessarily by intent, but by accident, imperfection, etc. You drive a car on public roads? It will get dirty, a bird will crap on it -- the car should not be designed such that it will explode or fail if it gets a little dirty, or a bird craps on it, etc. because that means it was designed to fail under what any reasonable person would consider normal typical use and range of circumstances.

I've come to abbreviate this as PONU. And when something's clearly been designed to not stand up under PONU, I call that a DTF (design time failure) or PONU DTF.

The idea extends both to a thing, and to people (owners, user) in how they think about that thing. If you place a coffee table in a room, you should expect that, say, cups of drink shall be placed on it, and under reasonable range of normal use the table should not fail, should not explode, should not experience some horrible change of state, in those circumstances, otherwise it's been designed wrong, or a human's expectations around it are wrong. Clothing should be expected to be worn. Most clothing both inside and outside. If a piece of clothing that any reasonable person would expect to be worn outside, like a coat, is worn outside and say will become "ruined" if some raindrops hit it, then that is a clear case of PONU DTF.
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painted aluminum bumpers wtf?
of course they will get scratched and bumped. Its a bumper
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I hereby declare that this man deserves to get laid every day for the rest of his life. (In all seriousness.) Ladies? It's up to you now to deliver:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/07/us/ohio-cleveland-ramsey/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
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Interesting Boston related news for fellow Computer geeks:

The shooting occurred in/near the Stata Center building on the MIT campus.
This is the building which has the offices for Noam Chomsky, Tim Berners-Lee and Richard Stallman.

The odds of any of them being there tonight, and being effected by this, are slim, and therefore are probably safe. But let's all hope that's the case.
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RIP Roger Ebert

He was the best within his field. And among the best of all of us. He will be missed.
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Old movies are like pizza. Are like sex.
When they're good, they're really good.
But when they're bad, they're still pretty good!

where "old" is say 1930's thru 1970's

(Whereas when a new/modern movie is bad, it can be really really bad.)
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I for one welcome the coming of our SpaceX overlords.
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About 10 years ago or so I tried writing a novel called Sporktrooper that was intended to be something like a sci-fi sucessor to Alice in Wonderland. I never really finished it because it was huge and exhausting and I didn't know what the f*ck I was doing at the time. Still reached about 200 pages. But anyway.... I have a few fragments from it up on my website. From time to time I'll post a link to something.

In today's episode, Susan meets the Wallomen inside a wrecked starship named Superperverticon:
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I'm a software engineer, semi-pro game designer, and hobbyist writer with an interest in science, science fiction, economics, sustainability, political reform, computers, renewable energy, engineering, invention, innovation, comedy, robotics and LEGO.
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