Heinlein Novels and Cats

International Cat Day was a few days ago. Being a fan of Robert Heinlein – who frequently included cats in his stories – I started a discussion on Facebook about which of his stories do not have cats in them. While a number of people provided feedback on stories in which they remembered (or didn’t remember) with … [Read more…]

List of Project Gutenberg Contributions

This is a supplemental post to my article on Steemit about my contributions to Project Gutenberg. My Contributions to Project Gutenberg Ebook # Title Author 4368 Flappers and Philosophers Fitzgerald, F. Scott 5669 Considerations on Representative Government Mill, John Stuart 6131 Wonders of Creation Anonymous 6135 When the Holy Ghost is Come Brengle, S. L.; … [Read more…]

My Bookish 2016

As it turns out, 2016 was an exceptionally bookish year for me. According to my Goodreads stats, I read more books in 2016 than any year since I’ve started keeping track (though, not more pages – 2013 has 2016 beat by about 350 pages). But my year in books page only tells part of the book story. Sure, you … [Read more…]

Accuracy, Honesty, and Political Fact Checking

pants on fire

A couple articles have recently been making the rounds about which politicians are the most honest. Using data acquired from PolitiFact — the political fact-checking institute owned by the Tampa Bay Times – American News X has now run two opinion pieces by Charlie Barrel on the topic, and they have both gone semi-viral among the … [Read more…]

Spoiler-Free Star Wars VII review

I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Thursday with a theater full of fellow fanatics, and it was pretty awesome. Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking about it and talking with people. As quite a few people still haven’t seen it yet, I’ve had to tailor my conversations somewhat so as not to provide … [Read more…]