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Wordless Wednesday: True Story

Burning Up with a new Dragon Kin Book

Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken My rating: 4 of 5 stars Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As the eighth book in the Dragon Kin series, "Feel the Burn" could easily read as a formula-generated book. But the author, G. A. Aiken, manages to make this book read as well as any standalone, actually better than some. I have only read the first book in this series so far, but I never felt like I missed a thing while reading "Feel the Burn". Of course, I do plan on reading the other books now that I've read this book. "Feel the Burn" thoroughly introduces us to Gaius, the One-Eyed Rebel Dragon King, and Kacka, a Daughter of the Steppes and a warrior woman who makes the Amazons look like wannabes. Gaius currently travels around, locating and killing treacherous family members. But Kachka is safely ensconced at Annwyl's palace and bored - BORED I tell you - out of her mind. Queen Annwyl solve

Wordless Wednesday: Smoking Animals???

Victims of ISIS

Everyone's talking about the attacks on Paris.  About 129 people have already died, and I don't know if that number is stable or if more people are sitting in hospitals on the edge of death.  But this is not the first attack perpetrated by ISIS.  A Russian airline downed, bombs in Ankara, Turkey, and the attacks on Lebanon and Tunisia  - ISIS has made a clear statement through their actions.  They are not afraid of killing people to achieve their goals. But ISIS is not the Muslim religion.  I fear for Muslims when I read quotes and articles that act as if what ISIS is doing reflects the majority of Muslims.  I fear for the refugees who now have to face prejudice because of actions by the group they are running away from, because some people now think all Muslims are potential terrorists. But calling all Muslims potential terrorists because of ISIS is like saying all Christians are potential terrorists because of the KKK.  Both ISIS and the KKK are fringe organizations that

"Desert Wolf" by Heather Long

Desert Wolf by Heather Long My rating: 5 of 5 stars Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Desert Wolf" by Heather Long is a rare kind of book. The blurb on the back cover explains quite succinctly the lead up to this book, and also describes what happens in about 85% of the plot. Cassius needs an Omega to unify his pack. He asks Sovvan to come. It took her several months, but she decided to help. Now Cassius is traveling to the New Mexico-Texas border to meet Sovvan and her guardian, Faust. I love how Ms. Long takes what might have been a page of narration and stretches it across several chapters. As a reader, I learned about the hell Cassius has endured to become alpha and hold the position. I also learn how much he wants to help his pack become better. I also learn what an Omega is, and who Sovvan is. She is gentle and strong, curious and calm, and exactly what Cassius needs. Ms. Long includes mayhem, be

Freaky Friday News: November 13, 2015

Funny Responses to the Starbucks "Controversy" Dog Shoots Owner On Monday, October 26, Allie Carter of Avilla, Indiana went hunting with her dog, Trigger.  The 25-year-old woman had an apprentice hunting license, and had not been through hunter safety training.  It's the only excuse I know for what happened next.  Ms. Carter put her shotgun on the ground to reposition herself, only she didn't aim the barrel of the gun away from herself and she didn't engage the safety.  Trigger, a 12-year-old chocolate Labrador, stepped on the trigger and BOOM!!  Ms. Carter had a load of bird shot in her left foot. The lesson for today - if you are hunting or target shooting or whatever, the safety should always be on until you are about to pull the trigger.  And never aim the barrel towards something you don't want shot. Dekalb Jail Inmates Make Music Video - From Jail! Some guys in the local, Dekalb county jail managed to make a rap musi

"Witches Protection Program" by Michael Phillip Cash

Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash My rating: 3 of 5 stars Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I admit, I got excited when I read the title "Witches Protection Program". All sorts of questions popped into my head. First and foremost, who could threaten witches enough that they need their own protection program? The obvious answer is ... other witches. Okay, it could also be witch-hating zealots or other close-minded people. That is the premise behind "Witches Protection Program" by Michael Phillip Cash. There are two groups of witches out there, and they have been at odds for a long time. For those who hate spoilers, I'm not going into details here. The author actually covers this information fairly well in the beginning chapters. This story centers around a guy named Wes. He comes from a long line of ridiculously talented and famous people. He father currently

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Wordless Wednesday: How Did They Build It?

Starbucks Holiday Cups - What's the Big Deal?

Have you heard about the big brouhaha over the newest Starbucks holiday cups?   For the past week or so, I read headlines about Christians upset over Starbucks holiday cups this year.  I finally decided to read an article to understand what the problem is.  And I was floored by it. The issue is that Starbucks is using plain bright red cups for the holiday season this year.  Previous years saw snowmen and snowflakes on the cups.  So some people have interpreted the lack of snowflakes and snowmen as an attack on Christmas. Seriously. I kid you not. One of these new "Christmas" crusaders even went onto Twitter to crow about how he "tricked" Starbucks into writing "Merry Christmas" on his cup by claiming that was his name. The cups never said "Merry Christmas" before, so I am uncertain as to how this is a trick. I know what you're thinking - how can the lack of freaking snowflakes be an attack on Christmas?  Because the cups DON&q

Was She Tricked?

I first learned about logic and logic puzzles when I was in elementary school.  A friend of my father's gave me a book titled, "What's the Name of this Book?" by Raymond M Smullyan.  Here, I learned about truth tables, reading for details, and using logic to solve seemingly impossible situations. Mr. Smullyan records a story from his youth, though I swear I've read similar narratives other places.  I want to share this puzzle now, and get your opinion. On April Fools Day, a young girl played a prank on her older brother.  Filling the sugar bowl with salt (after first getting her mother's permission), she got him a cup of coffee for breakfast.  The brother added lots of salt to his coffee, and nearly spit out the contents when he tried to drink it!!!  He goodheartedly laughed at the prank, and then told his sister to watch out, that he would prank her later that day.  The young girl spent the day watching out.  She slowly opened all doors, drawe

Does 0.9999999 (repeating) Equal 1?

Okay, so yesterday I watched a video where this guy proposes a proof that 0.99999 (repeating to infinity) actually equals 1.  While his proof appears logical on the surface, it feels like utter nonsense.  Or to use real logic, anything based upon a falsehood is true. Thinking about it, I decided that 0.99999 might be equal to 1.  Here's my logic: 0. 9 = 0. 3 x 3 0. 3 x 3 = ⅓ x 3 ⅓ x 3 = 1 Therefore,  0. 9 = 1 What do you think?  Does this make sense?

Wordless Wednesday: Beware of Dog

Windows 10 and the Missing DLL

I upgraded my desktop computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10 this past weekend.  To be honest, I debated a long time both internally and with my husband before deciding to upgrade, especially because Microsoft doesn't have the best reputation with the latest release of Windows.  But we bought our kids new computers for a combined Christmas/birthday present this year, and both kids are running Windows 10.  So I knew I needed to run Windows 10, if nothing else then to be able to answer questions and help trouble shoot if anything went wrong. The upgrade was surprisingly easy.  Part of the ease is the fact that I have a solid state drive (SSD) to hold the operating system and a 64-bit CPU (this becomes relevant later).  SSD blow away regular hard drives, otherwise known as spinning rust, in terms of speed.  That means that each reboot only took a minute or so, instead of 4 to 5 minutes.  Plus, Microsoft managed to make the installation less painful, though not entirely pain-free

Zombie Houses - Still Haunting New England

Back in 2013, I wrote about the phenomena called zombie houses .  These are homes that had their owners evicted, but the bank never finished the foreclosure.  So the owner's still have the responsibilities of owning a home, such as paying property taxes and upholding neighborhood covenant rules, without the benefit of living in said home. In the past two years, the number of zombie houses has decreased in most states, as rising property values make it worth a bank's time to finish the foreclosure and auction off the empty houses.  But a few states still have a plethora of zombies.  According to RealtyTrac, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Illinois haven't had the decrease seen in places like California, Ohio, Washington, and other states.  Partly this is because these four states have longer foreclosure procedures. The latest statistic I found estimates that New York state has approximately 2.1 zombie homes per 1,000 homes.  New Jersey has approximately 17,000 zo

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