I love the way Gibson weaves together ideas and puts his spin on them in The Peripheral (both technological ideas such as combat-haptic-hypovibrochondria-PTSD, and economic ideas such as Gold Farming). This novel grabbed me first with its ideas, and soon after with its characters and their relationships. For people … » 10/23/14 3:32pm 10/23/14 3:32pm

"Roger Miller's Allan-a-Dale is particularly discordant, because he's clearly singing in the American country and western tradition rather than anything medieval..."

I totally disagree. My father was a folk musician from the same generation as Roger Miller. He pointed out the genius of choosing Roger Miller because of… » 9/20/14 1:47pm 9/20/14 1:47pm

I did enjoy it. In fact, I read a graphic novel based on the movie first, then read the book, then saw the film. However, I missed it in theaters. I first saw a director's cut. However, I also found myself explaining the movie to my high school friends who were watching it with me. » 8/16/14 5:36pm 8/16/14 5:36pm

Silver chair, yeah, I didn't remember the plot till I reread it to my daughters. But to say that about a living author is rough. For the last few years I've worked on the same campus as Nalo Hopkinson. I have only read Sister Mine, so far, and loved it. I have been to one of her readings, and I also think she's very… » 7/23/14 1:43am 7/23/14 1:43am

I didn't know about this principle, but it is something I am always looking for when I query relational databases, and something I'm trying to prevent when I design databases for applications. Accurate reports require selecting data joined from multiple tables, and it's often possible to join sets of data on criteria… » 7/07/14 5:00pm 7/07/14 5:00pm

I learned a lot about Spanish grammar in my classroom experiences, but never found them very helpful for speaking the language (it was my minor in college). When I immersed myself by working in the Spanish-speaking call center department, my speaking skills improved more in one week than in four years of study.… » 7/03/14 1:31pm 7/03/14 1:31pm

GRRM said at the 2011 WorldCon that the novels and the HBO series might even have different endings. Not sure I've read him saying that since, but I do remember him making that remark in one of his sessions at the con. (Might have been at the screening of "The Pointy End," where he gave a running commentary). » 6/25/14 1:35pm 6/25/14 1:35pm