I emailed my (Democrat) senator about this urging him not to vote for it, and I got back an infuriating form letter with the usual buzzwords: job creation, energy "security", property owner's rights, "highest safety standards", etc. He sounded like he took the whole thing word for word out of the Republican playbook. » 2/24/15 3:41pm Tuesday 3:41pm

Still working my way through the first four Assassin's Creed games, which I picked up super cheap just to see what the hype was about. I'm still really disappointed in the writing; it's very, very predictable and you probably shouldn't think too hard about the scifi framing device since it makes almost no sense. » 2/24/15 3:20pm Tuesday 3:20pm

Library skills. I had large chunks of elementary school devoted to learning how to use a library catalog - something that digital catalogs have made entirely obsolete. Now you can not only search more responsively, you can search a library's collection from halfway around the world and oftentimes "check out" a… » 2/24/15 7:19am Tuesday 7:19am

It's so "warm" here right now the trees are starting to get leaf buds (or whatever the technical name is). It's going to be a terrible year for fruit trees, because all those poor trees are going to freeze solid in a few weeks, killing off a large number of their branches. It'll be even worse if this "heat wave"… » 2/20/15 4:10pm 2/20/15 4:10pm

Is Halo part of Amazon's Kindle Worlds program? If it is, then if the original author had submitted it it wouldn't be 'stealing' even to those who consider fanfiction stealing, since the IP owners have granted permission not only for the work to exist, but for the author to sell it. » 2/18/15 10:21am 2/18/15 10:21am