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September 23rd, 2008 - Phil's Rambling Rants

September 23rd, 2008

September 23rd, 2008
11:36 am

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Weight
I was at Carle yesterday where there's a working scale.  I weighted 214.8, which is about 7 lbs. less than 17 days ago (the last time I was there) and about 5 lbs. less than I've weighed in at least 20 years.  Keeping myself too busy to snack has much to recommend it.

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12:06 pm

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Blanket permission
In reply generally to a couple of comments about my recent photo posts:

I retain copyright to all of my images; they are not in the public domain.  You may use the images I post publicly here for your own personal use, such as wallpaper on your computer.  If you want to email copies to friends or make LJ icons, give me credit, and tell them that if they pass them on again they need to pass along the credit.  If you want to put them on other web sites or publish them in print, ask permission first.

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02:47 pm

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Book review: The Way to Glory
Today's book review is The Way to Glory by David Drake.

This is book 4 in the ongoing Lieutenant Leary series.  The characters probably make more sense if you start from the beginning, but there's not very much reference to earlier events in the series.

This book, like the rest of the series, is pure space opera, mere fluffy entertainment.  There are some scientific howlers, but in a universe where sailors climb in the rigging of the starship's sails, who's going to worry about velocity changes that would take days at the described acceleration happening in minutes?  There's a time for silly space opera.  The writing engages me.  The characters seem to be self-consistent.  Some of them have very odd personalities but they do have personalities, and they are consistent in them -- there is some slow evolution in the characters but no unexpected sudden changes.  The plot has some minor surprises but no big tangles.  Nothing profound or deep here, just fun.

8 out of 10.

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