Making an Iron Throne Phone Charger || DIY

I’m always looking for something to serve as a holder for my Kindle. My last Kindle died when I plugged it in to recharge ( shortly after the warranty had expired — of course ) and I’m always a little concerned when I plug in this Kindle. Sometimes I use a holder for displaying plates but that’s an accident waiting to happen.

I’m interested in this little project. The build looks inexpensive and it appeals to my nerdy side.

In my mailbox: Keepers by Brenda Cooper

Picture 30I want to thank the folks at Pyr  for the free review copy. It’s always nice to find something in the mailbox other than bills.

“Keepers” by Brenda Cooper

51ei7qvujcl-_sy346_Two sisters, one from a megacity and one from the wilderness, work together to protect the wilderness and the reintroduction of wolves from a group more interested in private property than public good.

In a future Earth that’s run by brilliant green cities separated by open land held in common for the good of wild things, two sisters must work together across and between the vastly different environments to root out dangers to both. They must protect the cities and the wild from the Returners, who prefer the toxic past to the difficult present. The older sister, Lou, her protector Shuska, and biologist friend Matchiko have reputations as successful rugged environmentalists. They must stay safe, listen, work, and sleuth out hidden nests of Returners. Oh, and save a few wolves along the way. In the meantime, Lou’s younger sister, Coryn, is learning that working for the most powerful woman behind the scenes in a megacity is far harder than it looks. When the Returners threaten the city, the sisters must find a way to preserve both their ways of life.

Keepers asks, Do humans have enough creativity, responsibility, and generosity to survive?

Amazon mouse followup

Last Christmas my sister and nephew gave me a new mouse. I don’t know why computer mouses die in my hands but they do. Sadly, this mouse has died as well. The left click button doesn’t work.

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Currently, I am using one of my nephews second-hand mouses. Does this mean that Amazon products fail? In this case, I think it’s me… I’m left handed so maybe that has something to do with it.

Awww … Well have a great weekend everyone.

AnreaNet let go two writers after Social Media squabble

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As many of you know, I am a big fan of Guild Wars. That being said, some people, including AnreaNet employees, can’t play well with others. In this case, Jessica Price and Peter Fries ( writers ) responded inapporpriately to some criticism.

As you might imagine, Social Media was aflame with egos, harassment, and outrage. The result, Jessica and Peter are looking for jobs.

Something I learned a long time ago … the customer is always right.

This weeks book haul from Weiser Books

This weeks book haul:

Picture 28Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seanes, and Tales of True Hauntings
https://amzn.to/2KfyKJo

From shimmering specters to mysterious tricks, Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor includes original supernatural tales, classic ghost stories, legends, hauntings, séances, superstitions, and death customs.

This book showcases a chilling collection of startling ghost stories as told to the author as well as legendary ghosts and haunted locations and an overview of the paranormal parlor games that rose to popularity in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It also includes hidden history such as the story of Mark Twain’s ghost, and the quiet horror writings of the architect who started the Gothic Revival movement (Ralph Adams Cram).

Feng Shui Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need (Plain & Simple Series)

Picture 29https://amzn.to/2rBmGuh

This simple guide to the art of feng shui provides easy-to-use tips and techniques for improving the energy in your life. You will learn to harmonize and lay out spaces in your home to enhance your personal energy, improve your overall wellbeing, and bring good fortune and balance into your life.

This plain and simple guide discusses how to:

  • Declutter to clear the energy in your home
  • Use the Chinese bagua (number square) to map out rooms to enhance energy
  • Employ the five elements to harmonize the energy of your home
  • Use feng shui for the exterior of your home and outside landscaping

This wonderful primer will be hailed by anyone interested in interior design, Chinese legend and lore, and the creation of healing and harmonious living spaces.

From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao: The Essential Guide to Chinese Deities

Picture 27https://amzn.to/2KQ8vdz

China is an immense land with a history spanning thousands of years, and its needs and problems are perhaps too many for a single deity to watch over. This book begins to explore the veritable army of gods, immortals, and deities to whom the Chinese have turned for help, support, and intervention—not just in the annals of history but also in the bustling modern world.

From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao offers fascinating insight into the complex interweaving of China’s main religions and folklore and the way the gods themselves have evolved to meet changing challenges, finding their way from scriptures and statues to vouchers and video games. Author Xueting Christine Ni recounts the stories of 60 Chinese gods and goddesses, selected from across the spectrum of China’s mythical beings, deified heroes, gods, goddesses, and immortals. They derive from Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and folklore, as well as revered sages and protective deities from other traditions. Get to know Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy; Zhong Ku, the demon slayer; Tian Hou, the goddess of the sea; the beloved Monkey King, and a host of other Chinese deities, both ancient and modern.

In addition to exploring the origins and rituals of this eclectic pantheon, this book also looks at how, in a country that has undergone a myriad of changes and upheavals, its gods and goddesses have never been more than a whisper away.

I want to thank Weiser Books and Hampton Roads for these free reviews copies.

Fox to create division for horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres

Shape-of-Water-kissThis new division will be headed up by Guillermo del Toro. I guess Fox sees an opening left by the Syfy channel.

“For the longest time, I’ve hoped to find an environment in which I can distribute, nurture and produce new voices in smart, inventive genre films and channel my own. In Fox Searchlight, I’ve found a real home for live action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith,” del Toro said in a statement.

source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/guillermo-del-toro-signs-deal-fox-searchlight-1099280