A pleasant surprise.

Finally got around to reading The Martian. This was a pleasant instance of the book being as good a book as the movie was a movie. Perhaps slightly better, as the the text version allowed more detailed descriptions of what exactly was happening; the movie had to dance a tightrope of expository dialogue versus just hoping the viewers picked up on what Watney was doing. It did it well, but the text is better. Quite a page-turner for as tech-heavy a piece as it is.Incidentally, this is another one ...
Tags: Books, Space, Guns, Ships, SF, Tam, Watney


Good post by Bobbi today, worth reading in its entirety. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Bobbi, A walk on the slippery rocks, Doing The Right Thing

Broken screen?

Sadly, I dropped my Kobo Aura H2O from the height of a lounge chair. It fell onto the wooden leg of the chair. After the fall, the screen was frozen on the page I had been reading. Nothing looked amiss, until I started pushing the power button repeatedly. After that black vertical lines appeared on the right side of the screen. More frantic pushing of the screen and power button resulted in two blank boxes. The usual trouble shooting has not worked. The only odd thing I can see is a bit of a won...
Tags: Books, Kobo Reader

[Indo Defense 2018] Shrunk Down: Profense’s Minigun in 5.56

Profense has been shaking the Minigun game up since introducing their competitor to Dillon Aero’s domination of the international market in 7.62x51mm NATO M134 Minigun platforms manufactured in the United States. Taking things up (or down) a notch, Profense introduced a 5.56x45mm NATO variant of their 7.62x51mm NATO M134 while at AUSA in April this […] Read More … The post [Indo Defense 2018] Shrunk Down: Profense’s Minigun in 5.56 appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: News, Guns, United States, Nato, Daily News, Machine Guns, 5.56x45mm, Minigun, AUSA, Dillon Aero, Profense, MIL/LE, Indo Defense, Indo Defense 2018, Microgun

New DeepCover EDC System Brings Military Style Functionality To Your Bag

MIDRAT DPCVR EDC Starter Pack : The combined weight of the DPCVR EDC Starter Pack in under 700 grams. USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- MIDRAT DeepCover isn’t your typical everyday carry bag. In fact it’s not even a bag, it’s an insert that fits into your bag and greatly increases its functionality without upsetting your daily routine.It’s been designed to be discreet, yet highly functional. Inside the unassuming exterior resides a MOLLE compatible frame that can hold an entire EDC loadout. This wouldn’t...
Tags: Usa, Guns, Gear, Everyday Carry, Edc, MOLLE, Ammoland TV, MIDRAT

Daily Gun Deals: Umarex Steel Force .177 cal Black Rifle $103.19 w/ Code & FREE S&H

Umarex Steel Force .177 cal Black Rifle Deal USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Airgun Depot is having a sale on the Umarex Steel Force .177 cal Black Rifle that with the coupon code “14OFF” you can game their cart to get the price down to $103.19 with & FREE shipping.Note the Coupon Code is good for 14% off most everything on their website (Ends Monday, December 10, 2018. Coupon excludes map items), check it out.The Umarex Steel Force is a great shooting air rifle and retails for $140.00 and this rifle ...
Tags: Amazon, Guns, Coupon Codes, Firearm News, Daily Gun Deals, AmmoLand News Editors, Airgundepot, Umarex Steel Force

ImageMagick for 2.5.8 DXG anyone?

Hello, Does anybody have ImageMagick binary for 2.5.8 DXG? :blink: My goal is to do e.g a (primitive) countdown clock on my jailbreaked DXG. Best case scenario would be to do it in javascript and Web Launcher, but WL does not seem to be supported for this old device. Plan B is to combine together 2 or more .png images with a script, and use EIPS for viewing them. In order to merge 2 .png files on the device i have so far tried: - python (failed to install PIL or Pillow modules for image ma...
Tags: Books, Kindle Developer's Corner

Third Circuit: Second Amendment is a Second Rate Right

Standard Capacity 223 Magazine  U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- In a split decision, a three judge panel at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals effectively ruled the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights is a second-rate right, not entitled to the full protections of other enumerated rights.  The opinion was filed on 5 December, 2018. The case is Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc. v. Attorney General New Jersey, No. 18-3170 (3rd Cir. 2018).The two majority judges followed the trend...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, Department Of Defense, New Jersey, Arizona, Circuit, Second Amendment, Trump, First Circuit, The Supreme Court, District Court, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, Heller, Gun Rights News, Dean Weingarten

Mystery Surrounding the Very First AK-47 Rifle

The very first Kalashnikov rifle that received the AK-47 model designation is displayed in the Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps which is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This rifle has always been somewhat mysterious because its appearance is quite different from the AK-47 that was actually adopted. If you look at the images […] Read More … The post Mystery Surrounding the Very First AK-47 Rifle appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Editorial, 1, Saint Petersburg Russia, AK-47 / AK-74 / Everything AK, Ak 47, Ak-46, Zaytsev, Kannel, Lyutiy

Featured Deals of the Week – 12/7/18

Weekly Deal Roundup AR-15 5.56 pistol-length stainless steel barrel – $86.25  What the deal is: Ballistic Advantage is closing out one of their products, a stainless steel AR-15 barrel for 5.56. It is a pistol-length barrel at only 7.5″, and has a QPQ corrosion resistant finish. The barrel’s twist is 1:7, and it does have […] Read More … The post Featured Deals of the Week – 12/7/18 appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Editorial, Ammo, Ar-15, Handgun, 9mm, Pistols, Other Gear & Gadgets, Ammunition, Mats, QPQ, 22 WMR, 40S&W, 270 Winchester, Ballistic Advantage, Gun Deals

My Two Favorite Christmas Apps for Organizing and Budgeting Gift Giving

Hey there, thanks for stopping by! If there is an easier way to stay organized over the holidays I want to know about it. I’m guessing you feel the same way since you are here reading this post. Well today I want to talk about my two favorite Christmas apps for organizing and budgeting gift giving. If you’ve read my blog for awhile you will already now about these apps. I’ve mentioned them before separately but I don’t think ever in the same post. I’ve been using both of these apps for years a...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Holidays, Christmas

Spreading Holiday Cheer and Making Memories with Homemade Ornaments

The post Spreading Holiday Cheer and Making Memories with Homemade Ornaments appeared first on Skip To My Lou.
Tags: Crafts, Uncategorized

New User with CSS Error

I am new to Calibre and am stuck on a series of errors that I'm getting, and how to fix them. The errors are: ERROR: CSS: Property: Invalid value for "CSS Level 2.1" property: 1.8rem [147:3: font-size]****[base.css] ERROR: CSS: Property: Invalid value for "CSS Level 2.1" property: 1.2rem [156:3: font-size]****[base.css] ERROR: CSS: Property: Invalid value for "CSS Level 2.1" property: 1.6rem [183:3: font-size]****[base.css] I get the message along the lines of the following for each error "...
Tags: Books, Css, Editor, CSS Level

Christmas List For The Knife Addict In Your Life, Knife Review Round Up

OpinionIdaho – -(AmmoLand.com)- As readers know, I love knives and get to test a bunch every year and do a lot of blade related seminars. So, I thought it’d be fun to make a “Christmas List For The Knife Addict In Your Life” article in case you’re having a tough time buying that particular person in your life a Christmas present this year.I’ve gotten to test a ton of knives this year so there’s no way that I can list all of the cool ones. But I’ll list out some of the special ones that caught my...
Tags: Guns, Amazon Kindle, Gear, Smith, Yeti, Nra, Ronnie, Skinner, Stockman, Knife Reviews, Tom Claycomb, Tom ClaycombTom Claycomb, Hunt Alaska Bass Pro Shops Bowhunter, Bill Moran, Dexter Russell, Cordova Coolers

kindle paperwhite annotations export

I'm using my Paperwhite with Calibre and the majority of my ebooks are not purchased from Amazon but rather sideloaded through Calibre. At this point I have a very large amount of annotations. I have used the Calibre plugin to create a clippings file I can access, but I am wondering if there is any software utility out there that will give me more control over the notes in terms of selection and organization, so that it is easier for me to sort through them. For example, say I just want to exp...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Amazon Kindle

Frankfurt airport: purchase Tolino eReader? (long shot question)

Kind of a long-shot, but maybe I'll get lucky... We are flying into Frankfurt airport in a couple weeks and then immediately driving to Poland to spend Christmas with friends. We originally thought we'd have a couple of days in Germany to do some shopping beforehand, so I had planned on finding a bookstore somewhere to purchase a Tolino eReader (which our friend's wife wants for Christmas - seems to be the best eReader for German libraries). So any chance someone here would know if I have a c...
Tags: Books, Germany, Frankfurt, Poland, Which one should I buy

Forma Standalone Forma setup?

I'm trying to do a standalone Forma setup as I've done with every previous Kobo I've owned, but it isn't working like it used to. Does anyone have any insight? There are some extra columns in the User Table in Sqlite... Every time I've tried it, the Forma comes up and says I've made a "Critical Error," and that I haven't synced any books yet. I can load an ePub via Calibre, but then it doesn't show up under My Books on the Forma... I'm essentially illiterate when it comes to understanding thes...
Tags: Books, Kobo Reader, Forma

The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

Packed with nearly 100 years of New Yorker cartoons, The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-Serious A-to-Z Archive is a two-volume collection of thousands of the wittiest, most cutting and relatable blips of social commentary. Organized by long-tenured editor Bob Mankoff, this encyclopedia is less an index than it is insightful commentary on the past 20 years of life in the Western world.
Tags: Art, Books, Design, Encyclopedia, Cartoons, Humor, Illustrations, The New Yorker, Bob Mankoff

Bring Your Christmas List Into the 21st Century by Using an Amazon Wish List

Are you still using handwritten lists, Word documents, or emails as your Christmas list? Sure, it may be tried and true, but that’s the old-school way of doing things. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and use an Amazon Wish List instead. There are a handful of benefits to using an Amazon Wish List as your Christmas list: The gifter will probably buy your gift on Amazon anyway: Coming up on last year’s Christmas, 76% of shoppers said they would do most of their Christmas shopping on Amaz...
Tags: Amazon, Crafts, Amazon Wish List

Gun-Control Fails in California… and We All Lose

Gun-Control Fails in California… and We All Lose U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- Sociologists and criminologists rendered their verdict. Gun-control in California doesn’t work. That should have been obvious in hindsight. Unfortunately, these failed laws will probably not be rescinded by lawmakers nor be overturned by judges. Since Californians won’t change things at the ballot box, they are going to have to vote with their feet to restore their rights. What we now know about gun-control- This recent r...
Tags: Guns, California, Gun Control, Nra, Ammoland, California California, Gun Rights News, Shooting Industry News, Rob Morse, Slow Facts, Violence Prevention Research Program, Polite Society Podcast Rob, Rob MorseThe

Basket Collection by Sifas

Basket Collection by Sifas revels in texture. The design of Éric Carrère, Basket combines braided polyester bands with streamlined aluminum frames. The Basket Collection includes dining and lounge chairs, sofas, tables, and a chaise lounge. Basket offers a lovely sense of balance and tactility, especially in the world of outdoor furniture. Like all Sifas furniture, Basket pieces are designed to withstand harsh weather, including UV, sea fog, water-humidity, and freezing. Get more information ...
Tags: Books, Outdoor, Basket, Texture, Aluminum Frame, Weather-resistant, All Weather Chairs, Basket Collection, Braided Polyester, Éric Carrère, Loutdoor Furniture, Luxury Outdoor Furniture, Polyester Bands, Sifas

Revenues and customers can still be a hobby

For a few years, I have noted in update presentations and elsewhere that some gig drivers who only drive occasionally, do it for cash generation or to pass the time, or have other income sources, might really have an activity not engaged in for profit ("hobby"), rather than a business. The tax consequences of the hobby designation are tremendous in that no deductions are allowed starting in 2018. No self-employment tax is owed either, but loss of tax deductions for a gig driver is costly.  Follo...
Tags: Business, Taxes, Ford, Tennessee, Irs, Hobby, IRC, Gig Economy, Tax Court, Professor Nellen, Nellen, TCJA, 162, 183, Bell Cove Club, Joy Ford

6 Books That Will Get You in the Christmas Spirit

There are plenty of ways to get into the Christmas spirit. For those who enjoy reading, undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable is to pick up a Christmas-themed book! But where to start? This time of year, bookstore shelves are littered with cheesy holiday romances and chintzy gift/gag books that are merely taking advantage of the shopping season. To really get you in the mood for Christmas, pick up one (or more!) of these 6 books over the next few weeks.   A Christmas Carol by Charle...
Tags: Books, London, Life, America, Travel & leisure, Nasa, Earth, Santa Claus, Charles Dickens, Jesus, Lois Lowry, Tolkien, Jonas, Carol, Scrooge, Robert

3D printable Walkaway bookmarks!

Joel Bonasera liked my novel Walkaway so much that he made a 3D-printable bookmark based on Will Stahle's amazing cover art!
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, News, Makers, Fanac, 3d Printing, Thingiverse, Walkaway, Will Stahle, Ak-3dp, Joel Bonasera

Found an excellent Oasis cover

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I got this in red leather and just love it. It compliments the champagne gold. It has a small sticker that helps the magnet stay in place. Makes my Oasis look real classy and thin and makes the back even with that thick edge or what ever you call it so it feels better in your hand when you read
Tags: Books, Amazon Kindle, Oasis

T-Mobile CEO Legere serves up slow-cooker recipes with a side of leadership advice

T-Mobile CEO John Legere's cookbook is a spinoff from the success of his Facebook Live show "Slow Cooker Sunday."
Tags: Books, Business, Technology, News, Food & Drink, Facebook Live, John Legere, Legere

Excellent Evergreens in the Enclosed Garden

Walking along the garden path in early December, I notice most of the world has fallen asleep. The last leaves have gone past and are ready to drop, the air gives a slight burning sensation to my lungs, and the hollow forest gives way to sightlines across the property. It would be true to say the world lacks the beauty it had even a couple of weeks before, but beauty once hidden in plain sight now sticks out, a diamond in the rough.     Longstalk Holly (Ilex pedunculosa) making its presence fel...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, Gardens, Blithewold, Enclosed Garden, Longstalk Holly Ilex, Asia Longstalk Holly, Cherry Laurel Prunus, Asia Cherry Laurel

Seriousness Muse: Meditation Made Easy

Has anyone here tried Muse? My Muse-2 arrived on Monday and I've found it... interesting. I've tried various meditation techniques for years, and for one reason or another (mostly laziness) have drifted away. Perhaps Muse can help. Quote: Muse translates your mental activity into the guiding sounds of weather to help you find focused calm. Busy mind? Stormy weather. Calm mind? Peaceful weather.
Tags: Books, Lounge, Muse

In a new book, photojournalist Barbara Kinney shares a behind-the-scenes look at Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid

For 20 months, photojournalist Barbara Kinney followed Hillary Clinton on the 2016 campaign trail, capturing the first-ever female major-party presidential nominee as she walked rope lines and across stages. In a new book, Kinney's images serve as a fascinating visual document of the grueling, day-to-day world of a presidential campaign.
Tags: Books, News, Entertainment, Hillary Clinton, Kinney, Barbara Kinney

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