Kirk Got Something Right

According to io9, Captain Kirk is right when it comes to diplomacy, despite (or because of) his bad press.

Kirk, in particular, comes in for a lot of bad press, as a captain whose life gets horizontal in ways that have nothing to do with gravitational anomalies.

Chortling aside, the article above had some interesting observations.  Enjoy!

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The Red Knight by Miles Cameron (5 stars)

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This us next up in my ebook reading queue, after I finish Red Seas Under Red Skies.  In the meantime, enjoy my uncle’s thoughts on The Red Knight by Miles Cameron, which also comes highly recommended by Stefan Raets at his Far Beyond Reality blog.

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The Red Knight by Miles Cameron

(Five stars out of five.)

“Do well. Act with courtesy and dignity … because it is the only way to live. And that is as true for my kind as for yours.”
The best fully realized high Medieval fantasy since Tolkien. Chivalry, courtly love, feudal politics, the art and logistics of Medieval warfare. So detailed it borders on fussy. But wait, there’s more. Complex, deeply realized adversarial culture, too. (the Wild) Ooo. All seen from the “inside.” Divisions, doubt, love, sacrifice—it’s got them all. (The only things missing were festering wounds and filth. Okay by me. Yes, healing magic is the best.)
The use of Arthurian names is unfortunate because

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Yes, Folks, I’ve Seen Today’s xkcd; Yes, It’s Rather On Point

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If you click through to the cartoon on the xkcd site (click on it above to do that) the mouseover text on the cartoon is worth reading, too.

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Lunar North Polar Region | Astronomy Sketch of the Day

http://www.asod.info/?p=11942

Another awesome sketch courtesy of ASOD.

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2014 LAA Spring Bling Art Show

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My uncle’s art won awards at an art show this weekend.

Congratulations!

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Both of my entries to the Lee Artists Association Spring show at Windemere Art Gallery in Mechanicsville, VA won ribbons. Kim Hall was our judge.

Crabapple Blossom“Crabapple Blossoms” won first among the watercolors.

fall barn

“Fall Barn” won Best of Show. (I only have this out-of-focus image from the show.) I’d better photograph it before it sells.

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Article: Report: NSA Knew About Heartbleed Bug for 2 Years and Said Nothing

Report: NSA Knew About Heartbleed Bug for 2 Years and Said Nothing

http://mashable.com/2014/04/11/nsa-heartbleed-report/

Not sure what to think about this one. On one hand I’m not surprised.  On the other …

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Article: Open source software is more secure, right? So what happened with OpenSSL?

Open source software is more secure, right? So what happened with OpenSSL?

https://gigaom.com/2014/04/11/open-source-software-is-more-secure-right-so-what-happened-with-openssl/

Thoughts on open source initiative.

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