I had a dear friend email me today and say that she intended to create and send me a gift. What a sweet woman. I really didn’t know what to say and, as I thought about it, I kicked around the concept of gratitude.

I think that one of my personal failings is that I don’t fully express myself as I should. I don’t accept gifts and express my gratitude very well.

Still polishing my ashlar…



“Something Out There” – A Conversation with Bryan Sykes

Enjoy the conversation below with Bryan Sykes about the search for Bigfoot and his book, Bigfoot, Yeti and the Last Neanderthal.

Why did you, a well-known scientist, embark on the project in the first place?

Basically, like a lot of people, I was curious to know the answer to the question–Do these creatures exist? And I had the DNA tools to answer it.

Why did you risk your reputation by working in such a murky field?

I agree it is an eccentric topic to pick, but I always thought it fell well within the sphere of proper scientific enquiry. I would not have embarked on this project when I was younger.

What did your colleagues think of your decision?

Some thought I was crazy, but a reassuring number of very senior colleagues, like me, it fell well within the realm of science.

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Finished “Roses and Rot” by Kat Howard

Finished “Roses and Rot” by Kat Howard
My thoughts … Meh

Product description:

51271hq1ugl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love in this haunting debut novel from “a remarkable young writer” (Neil Gaiman).

What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of?

Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.

I want to thank Saga Press and Simon & Schuster for providing me with this free advanced reader copy. This book will hit the bookstores around the middle of May (17th).

While I have seen some very good reviews of this book, “Roses and Rot” was not my cup of tea. I really struggled to finish it and I have to admit that I was actually counting down the pages to the end of the book. I didn’t care about the characters and I found the pace of the book hard to push through.  I did like the setting and the mood but, for me, that just wasn’t enough.  All in all, I found the book to be “meh”.

Give this one a pass at the bookstore and check this one out at the Library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Saga Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Living with Linux:Ubuntu, Ubuntu, Ubuntu

As most of us who love Linux know, Ubuntu has upgraded to a new LTS version. This version will be good for, I believe, three years so it’s probably a good idea to begin the process of backing-up your data and upgrading. Having said that, you might take your time while some of the bugs are being worked out. While I am not currently using any of the ‘buntus, I have used Lubuntu for a while and really enjoyed it.  Currently, I am using Manjaro and Peppermint.

frankenstein-iconThat being said, Peppermint is based on Ubuntu so when Ubuntu flexes it’s muscle I am effected. I suspect that, after the Ubuntu dust has settled, Peppermint will have a nice new shiny upgrade this Summer reflecting some of the Ubuntu improvements.  I hope that they do not indulge in a radical change to the already awesome Operating System.

My Manjaro system has been awesome as you might expect from an Arch-based distribution. I had a minor hiccup when Steam wouldn’t run (I had to purge the libraries) and Manjaro had an easy fix for that issue. I also noticed that my Linux Kernel wouldn’t update but with a little reading in the Manjaro forums and the Arch Wiki I found an easy solution. All in all, I am really in love with my Manjaro system. By the way, if you are interested in learning more about this OS take a look at ( Spatry’s beginner’s tour, you’ll get a lot out of it. You might also try out Spatry’s Cup of Linux (http://www.cupoflinux/) it’s a really good community of Linux enthusiasts of all levels.

I suppose that I can’t end this post without expressing my sadness over the loss of Prince. What an incredible talent. With that sad note, I will say have a happy and safe weekend. Life is too precious to waste.

Libertarianism For Beginners

A timely addition to the Red Wheel. Weiser, Conari titles.

by James Canfield, For Beginners

Seavey provides a thorough and easy to read explanation of libertarianism and its history. Full of examples and nuance, the book offers a balanced context for understanding this philosophy.

Ann Lee, NYU Stern School of Business professor

9781939994660Chapter one of Libertarianism For Beginners opens up by defining a Libertarian as being both socially liberal, “not wanting the government to interfere in their personal behavior,” and fiscally conservative, wanting low taxes, low government spending, and few regulations.” It’s hard to imagine why anyone would believe in anything other than Libertarianism, right? If you agree, the first page of this book is bound to surprise you. According to the Libertarian Cato Institute, approximately 5% or less of the population actually consider themselves to be Libertarians.

It is a common misbelief that our government, the one we entrust virtually everything to, is in fact operating with the citizens’…

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A broken heart

The chemistry of mind is different from the chemistry of love. The mind is careful, suspicious, he advances little by little. He advises “Be careful, protect yourself” Whereas love says “Let yourself, go!” The mind is strong, never fells down, while love hurts itself, fells into ruins. But isn’t it in ruins that we mostly find the treasures? A broken heart hides so many treasures.

~ Shams Tabrizi

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