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The Monarch: A Thriller, a novel by local author, Jack Soren, is on sale on Amazon.ca for $2.99. The blurb says: “Fans of thrilling adventures and international suspense will love Jack Soren’s whirlwind debut novel—a tale of two thieves detoured on the road to redemption.”
Normally, I wouldn’t be interested (I like thrillers, but given the number of SF novels I’ve bought but haven’t read yet, I just (more)
I was recently upgraded from Word 2010 to Word 2013 at work and generally, I like it. But I have found one annoying change that I first thought was a bug.
In earlier versions of Word, turning on text boundaries showed you the overall text boundaries for your page – in other words, the area bounded by your margins. This was handy for judging the layout for things like tables that might extend past the margin boundaries. Now, in Word 2013, the text boundaries show for each paragraph. This is essentially useless information and can be visually distracting to the point where (more)
The nominees for the 2015 Aurora Awards have been announced. The Aurora Awards are for Canadian science fiction, fantasy, and fan achievement and will be announced at SF Contario 6 in November. The novel category is particularly strong this year – at least three of them would have been legitimate contenders for the Hugo this year had not the Puppies peed in the dish.We are proud to announce the 2015 Aurora award ballot for work done in 2014 by Canadians. Voting for the awards will begin for members of C (more)
On Monday 27th July we’re running a full-day workshop in Sydney, on API technical writing. It’s free, and you’re invited. There’s free food too!
The workshop is happening in collaboration with the Australian Society for Technical Communication (ASTC), also known as the TWIA. Anyone interested in learning about this role is welcome to attend – you don’t need to be a member of the ASTC/TWIA.
Quick signup link: (more)
By Karl Montevirgen, special to The Content Wrangler
As content creators and consumers, we’re all aware of the multiple dynamics at play when it comes to viewing and creating content. Content has a kind of flow. It directs movement within and between pieces of content, exhibiting diverse rhythms, densities, and forms. Content flow, as we perceive it, plays a significant role in shaping the reader/viewer’s experience. Ultimately, the impact of this experience can be critical, as it often (more)
Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End is one of my favourite books – I’ve read it at least six times and when I taught an SF course years ago, it was the movel I used as an example of 1950s SF. It still holds up and hasn’t dated badly at all. Now SyFy is making it into a three-part mini-series and the first trailer is out. And it looks promising. I am cautiously optimistic, although the comments on the SF Signal site are much less so.
Well, the Hugo controversy has hit the big time – it’s come to the notice of the Wall Street Journal.
The success of the Puppies stunned and outraged many authors and fans. They say the Puppies’ claims are nonsense and that their real beef is with science fiction’s move toward greater diversity, with growing prominence in recent years for women, minority and gay authors and an increased focus on social and gender issues. To them, the Puppies’ supporters are carpetbagger (more)
Gizmodo points out that you can use gaming keyboards and mice to increase your productivity with business applications. As well as being more ergonomic than the (typically junky) keyboards/mice found on most business PCs, they come with extra keys, buttons, and software that you can you to automate common tasks.
Here are some of the key advantages I’ve discovered:
This is a follow on to a post on opensource.com about using git and GitHub for technical documentation. In the OpenSource.com article, I discuss reviews and keeping up with contributions. This post talks about fixes and patches.
In OpenStack, we (more)
Movie and television shoots are a common sight in downtown Toronto, especially during the summer. I almost made it into a scene in Red a few years ago, as I was walking by the Royal York. Occasionally they take over an entire street, as happened this weekend on Yonge Street with the movie, Suicide Squad. I’ll have to see this one, just to see how many of the locations I can identify – although it’s harder than you might think.(more)
This is the first in what will be a series of posts recording my thoughts on this year’s Hugo nominations. As a result of the hijacking of the nominations by the Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies (yes, really), I registered as a supporting member in Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention, which administers the Hugo voting. As part of the voting process, recent Worldcons have been electronically distributing a voters packet to registered members, containing most of the short fiction, novels (either full or ex (more)
Here’s an article from the Chicago Tribune comparing the two Soos, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario. Being from the Ontario Soo, I could quibble about a few points (like poutine being one of the Soo’s main dishes – it’d be several spots down in the list behind pizza, lasagna, whitefish, cabbage rolls, and perogi) but otherwise, a good overview of the area.
These two communities are twin cities by name but not appearance, attractions or size. (more)