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War for the Oaks — Emma Bull

Bull, Emma. War for the Oaks. Orb Books, 2001. ISBN: 978-0765300348 Buy from Amazon Buy for Kindle “Urban fantasy” is relatively new as a fantasy sub-genre. Certainly my first exposure to urban fantasy was via the deserved popularity of the Borderlands shared universe. Borderlands created a new genre space for…

Sunshine — Robin McKinley

McKinley, Robin. Sunshine. Berkley Trade, October 2008. ISBN: 0425224015 Buy from Amazon Amazon MP3 CD Audio Book It’s not that any of the Others are really popular, or that it had only been the vampires against us during the Wars. But a big point about vampires is that they are…

The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales — Patrick K. Ford

Ford, Patrick K. The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales. Berkley: University of California Press, 1977. February 2008, second edition. ISBN: 0520253964 Buy from Amazon The mabinogi, as the four branches are probably properly called, are a collection of four interrelated Welsh mythological tales. They consist, in order, of “Pwyll,…

Turtle Cookies

Now that I have reached my “Golden Years”, I look back on the years of raising my three children and one of the things I remember as being very special is being in the kitchen with my girls. They were always in the kitchen with me when I made meals…

NYT Editorial on Medicare Costs

There will likely be no real solution until the American health care system moves away from unfettered fee-for-service payments that encourage doctors to perform unnecessary and costly tests and procedures and pays them instead for better management of a patient’s care over time. You can read the rest of the…

Grilled Fresh Pacific Northwest Salmon

I admit that I’m really loving easy access to fresh, locally caught, salmon. At this time of year in particular, when it’s simple to buy a fillet or a couple of salmon steaks, and take them and a bottle of wine to a local park for grilling, it’s pretty hard…

Pompeii and Herculaneum: Abandoned to the Ravages of Time

Peter Popham of Prospect Magazine asks: Pompeii and Herculaneum have been listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites since 1997. So why isn’t the world’s culture policeman keeping the world’s most important Roman sites in order? Popham details the rapid decay of two of the richest and most important archaeological sites…

Whedon, Rimbaud, and Cicero: Introduction to the Angel Rewatch

The central question informing the character of Angel is asked during season 3, first in the episode “Amends.” Angel’s been having really bad dreams. Except they’re also teh sexy and over-the-top with all the blood and pain and dying and the—wait for it—decadence of Angel’s sordid past. So a suicidal…

James Fallows: “If the TSA Were Running New York . . .

James Fallows at The Atlantic writes: The point of terrorism is not to “destroy.” It is to terrify. And for eight and a half years now, the dominant federal government response to terrorist threats and attacks has been to magnify their harm by increasing a mood of fear and intimidation….

EFF on FaceBook’s Eroding Privacy—And Rights Grab

The EFF has published two important discussions of recent changes regarding who controls your data on Facebook; first, a timeline of the changes to the Facebook privacy statements: Facebook originally earned its core base of users by offering them simple and powerful controls over their personal information. As Facebook grew…

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