The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Lately it feels like I’m reading books by my favorite authors that are just, I don’t know, anticlimactic. “The Long Earth” was another book by Terry Pratchett, this time co-authored with Stephen Baxter, that began with enormous potential, but rambled along and then stalled. The ending made it clear there’s a continuation, but since the first book failed to capture my attention, I doubt that I’ll read the second.
Sorry, Sir Terry, seems we’ve lost that lovin’ feeling.
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This year’s seasonal seance has brought my Halloween Menagerie back from the dead. (Sadly, can’t say the same for Ulead’s PhotoImpact, since Corel gleefully drove a stake through its heart!)
In case you’ve missed the annual visitation, I started this Menagerie back in 2003 using PI v8 and have enjoyed creating each new creature from leftover body parts from the year before (Vanessa’s hand is up there in my site’s header). So don’t lose your head, but if you work with any version of PhotoImpact, make sure to take apart these UFO files. They’re hiding a few surprises. Click on the image caption above to download any or all of the ZIP files containing the full-figure UFO (not just a head-shot). But just like a good Halloween Trick-or-Treat, these files will disappear on November 1st.
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So you wanted to know what it’s like living under fire from Gaza?
Yesterday evening, straight from Netivot (speakers on)
5 Historical Attempts to Ban Coffee
Sweden: Banned! (Death by coffee?! Speaking as an expat Minnesotan, this has me scratching my head.)
Prussia: Discouraged. (Think about that for a minute.)
Italy: But for Pope Clement VIII, Italy might have banned coffee. (Yes, his record on matters concerning the Jews wasn’t enlightened, thereby proving he was a man of his time.)
(via Mental Floss)