Friday, September 15, 2017

Harry Dean Stanton has passed away

He was 91.  He was a great character actor, and he livened up everything he was in.

R.I.P., Mr. Stanton, and thanks for the excellent and memorable work.  :(

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I survived Irma

I was never in much danger, being in north Georgia, but, just the same, I thought y'all would like to know I'm okay.

Power was out for about fifteen hours.  Internet was out for a few hours longer than that.  A neighbor had wind damage to his roof.  Leaves and limbs were everywhere, but nothing destructive happened nearby.  A tree fell on a nearby road, but that was it.  The birds didn't seem to notice the weather.  They congregated at the feeders in spite of the rain and wind.  Tough little critters.

As far as writing goes, I didn't make any progress on proofreading Cities of Mars.  I've been using my Kindle to read the book for this purpose, and my Kindle was low on battery power.  My laptop was fully charged, though, so I used it for the only thing I could: writing a draft.  I rattled off about 2500 words like it was nothing, and I finished the first draft of Silver Mountain, a 7k-word short story.  So "yay" for that.

I haven't done much today.  After a day without internet, I just felt like getting online and doing some old-fashioned internet surfing.  Lazy, I know.  What can I say... I'm a flawed man.  :(

So that's that.  Goodbye, Irma.  Be gentle with Alabama and Tennessee, and please don't circle back.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Migraines suck

It's been a while sine I've had one, but I had one tonight.  They're pretty crippling, and I can never get any writing-related stuff done.  I just can't think well enough, even when I'm not nauseous or shaking, and I just can't trust myself to make decent decisions.

It's mostly subsided now, which is why I'm capable of using the computer at the moment.  But the final polishing of Cities of Mars will remain postponed until tomorrow.

I had hoped to release the trilogy this week, but I might wait until this hurricane stuff has passed.  I want to release at a time when I'm fairly confident the power won't go out.  My location in the northern part of the state means I'm not in any real danger, but the power goes out around here every time a squirrel farts, so a little caution won't hurt.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Not sure...

...what Buzz is wearing on his head.  It looks dangerous, though, and possibly illegal in some states.

But he's Buzz Aldrin, so as far as I'm concerned, he can wear whatever he wants. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Jerry Pournelle has died

One of the living legends of science fiction has passed away.  He was 84.  He was a brilliant man, with actual scientific accomplishments to go along with his literary ones:

He worked in operations research at The Aerospace Corporation, and North American Rockwell Space Division, and was founding President of the Pepperdine Research Institute. In 1989, Pournelle, Max Hunter, and retired Army Lieutenant General Daniel O. Graham made a presentation to then Vice President Dan Quayle promoting development of the DC-X rocket.

I've only read a couple of his books.  I always meant to get around to reading The Mote in God's Eye, but have yet to do it.  Some day, hopefully.

R.I.P., Mr. Pournelle.  :(

Not sure about Pale Moon :(

I made the switch to Pale Moon, and I added the add-ons I wanted.  I've got it configured.  Unfortunately, there are still issues.  I can't embed youtube videos on kboards.  Also, PM seems to hang more often than Firefox.

Will I switch back for good?  Hard to say.  I'm on Firefox right now, but I've still got PM set as my default browser.  :|  I just don't know.  If the developers can get my favorite add-ons available as WebExtensions, then that would be great.  I could stick with Firefox.  At the moment, though, it looks like most Firefox add-ons will self-destruct in November.

I just don't know what to do.

A generous move by Audible

They're offering free audiobooks to victims of Hurricane Harvey.  They'll still pay the authors, though.  :D  Here's the email I received from them:


My colleagues at Audible, ACX, and I watched the terrible news about Hurricane Harvey with the same sense of "What can we do to help?" that so many others had. We've noted publishers making books available to schools, libraries and shelters in the area and applaud their efforts. We wanted you to know that we've contacted the tens of thousands of Audible members in the greater Houston area to let them know their memberships are on Audible for the next three months and that they won't be billed during this time. Our hope is that this makes life a little bit easier for our customers who are impacted by Harvey. We did something similar after Hurricane Katrina and try to extend the same spirit of "do the right thing" in working with school kids in Newark (more on that soon).

While we won't be billing our Houston-area members for their audio over the next three months, we will continue to pay you your royalties on their selections. We've already gotten a few notes from members in Houston who are grateful for our offer. Let's hope that listening to some high quality audio may brighten a bleak situation for some people.


Beth Anderson
EVP & Publisher
Audible, Inc.

That's a nice gesture, guys.  Cheers.  :)