Monthly Archives: June 2013

Article: Westar Energy plan would raise rates on residential customers, decrease those of large businesses

Westar Energy plan would raise rates on residential customers, decrease those of large businesses http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/29/4320683/westar-energy-plan-would-raise.html One of the many reasons l left Wichita in the mid 90s was the sky high electric rates. Today the rate in the KC metro … Continue reading

Posted in Mutterings | Tagged | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Apparentice by King (3.5 Stars)

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King 3.5 out of 5 stars Read in August 2010 An enjoyable variation on the Holmes theme.  I discerned the major mystery and hidden mastermind behind it early (as I usually do), but missed … Continue reading

Posted in 3 Star, Books, Fiction, Ratings, Reading, Reviewing, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Big Sleep by Chandler (4 Stars)

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 4 out of 5 stars Read in June 2009 My first foray into the crime fiction genre.  I liked private investigator Philip Marlowe.  An intelligent, patient, witty guy treading water in the morass of … Continue reading

Posted in 4 Star, Books, Fiction, Ratings, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Unbroken by Hillenbrand (4 Stars)

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand 4 out of 5 stars Read in June 2013 Unbroken was the May (and unexpectedly June) 2013 selection for Stranger Than Fiction book discussion group sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library. I covered all the … Continue reading

Posted in 4 Star, Biography/Memoir, Books, Non-Fiction, Ratings, Reviews | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Reporting Harassment at a Convention: A First-Person How To

Originally posted on Whatever:
My friend Elise Matthesen was creeped upon at a recent convention by someone of some influence in the genre; she decided that she was going to do something about it and reported the person for sexual…

Posted in Musings | Leave a comment

Article: Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change

Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/06/28/196355493/economists-have-a-one-page-solution-to-climate-change A carbon tax + a reduction in income tax = an enthusiastic Yes vote from me.

Posted in Musings | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Article: NASA’s Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier of Our ‘Solar Bubble’ – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA’s Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier of Our ‘Solar Bubble’ – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-209 To go where no one has gone before.

Posted in Astronomy, Galaxies, Solar System | Tagged | Leave a comment