Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s The Wheel of Time book # 13: Towers of Midnight

Just waiting… I can wait … yes I can
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time)
Here is the book cover courtesy of Dragonmount.com:

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Started reading “Foundations of Qt Development”

When I purchased Foundations of Qt Development (Expert’s Voice in Open Source) by Johan Thelin a few months back, I hoped to get to it right away but work and life diverted my attention. Today at lunch I dived into it. Even though I’m still going through chapter 1, I think I can give a hint of it:

Foundations of Qt® Development (Expert’s Voice in Open Source) is well written. He assumes that you have a little bit of C++ knowledge, avoiding into the trap that so many other authors do. You wouldn’t believe how many technical books I have where the first half or more of the book is simply a rehash of the basics. Forget that!

What I really like is that when he shows you an example of code, he explains why you would want to write it this way and how it differs from the Standard Template Language (STL – see C++ Programming Language, The (3rd Edition)). Where there are performance gains or penalties of using Qt instead of STL, he demonstrates it.

I never realized just how easy it is to write C++ using the Qt framework! Just the Signals and Slots alone make it very very powerful and that’s just the beginning. I’m completely blown away 🙂

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Podiobooks.com: Earth Core review

Earth Core
Earth Core

I’ve been listening to the free audio book, Earth Core, by Scott Sigler on Podiobooks.com.

The premise is when a mysterious double sided platinum blade is found in a cave,  the largest deposit of platinum (multi billion $$$) on the planet is discovered three miles under a mountain.  A mining company, called Earth Core, needs not only to stake a claim but find a way to extract the platinum.   The miners have their hands full when the platinum ‘deposit’ fights back.

From the super ex-CIA agent to the spelunking uber-geologist, the story is a wild one.  I’m very impressed with Mr. Sigler’s ability to make the characters and the scenario seem very real.

If you are into adventure stories and a little gore won’t phase you, treat yourself to a good time by reading or listening to Earth Core.  You won’t forget it. 🙂

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Fast Foward Radio – a positive take on the future with Phil Bowermaster & Stephen Gordon

I recently came across Fast Forward Radio by Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon.  I hope you enjoy their podcast as much as I do 🙂

Tune in every Sunday evening for a positive take on the future with Phil Bowermaster, Stephen Gordon, and some of the most fascinating people helping to shape the world that’s coming.

Fast Forward Radio
Fast Forward Radio

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The Perl Review magazine: SUBSCRIBE!

Four years ago, brian d foy, created the magazine, The Perl Review, dedicated to the Perl programming language.  Unlike what you may have heard on Slashdot a few days ago, Perl is far from dead. 

I’ve learned more about the Test modules than from Perl Testing: A Developer’s Notebook (Developers Notebook) alone.

Every quarter, I play a little game.   When I receive the email from Brian informing me that the latest issue is available for download, I check my US Mail box to see if the printed issue was already delivered.  Most of the time, I receive the printed issue within a couple days of the email.  One day, I’ll receive the printed issue first.  Observed time can be loopy like that.

I am an avid follower of the magazine and hope to have our MyDatabases as popular as The Perl Review.

Kudos to brian d foy and the article writers!

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AudioBook Review: AmerIndian 2192 by J. Scott Garibay

I just finished the audio book AmerIndian 2192 by J. Scott Garibay while commuting to work.  Garibay is a new author and I have to say I’m very impressed.

The story is easy to follow with the exception of the flashbacks to 20 years prior (during the White Earth massacre segments).  There wasn’t a clear transition between the present and the flashback.  I assume there was in the printed book.  Perhaps a 5 second delay in the audio or similar could be performed in future audiobooks.

I had trouble with dialog of the Admiral Lye character.  He appears to be a cross between Captain Ahab, General Custer and Darth Vader.  I believe that the point of view of such a butcher is alien to the author… making it difficult for the dialog to be largely believable.  Fortunately, the dialog of Admiral Lye is short.  I’m hoping Garibay is able to revisit Admiral Lye in future novels…  the character has a great deal of potential (how did Lye become what he did?).

The AmerIndian Confederacy (AC) was created by the AmerIndian tribals to regain their homeland.  The problem, albeit a minor problem, is that we’re not given any real incite on how they became a power in the universe – it was created twenty odd years prior and now is able to take on Earth?  The AC is a utopian society, a highly successful business, a mercenary group, and a terrorist group.

The premise:

AmerIndian 2192 is a science-fiction novel that explores the intriguing possibilities of Native Americans in mankind’s star flung future. AmerIndian 2192 presents the story of two brothers, Wovoka and Keokuk, restoring the Native American people to a Homeland where their vibrant culture can thrive. Lodge ships, Cybershaman rituals and Tsimshian high technology are all elements in this action-oriented tale of interstellar politics and personal struggles.  — Podiobooks.com

I would put it differently:

AmerIndian 2192 is the story of the rebirth of pre-Columbian Native American culture and a homeland in a far flung galaxy.  The price required by the Grand Fathers nearly destroys the homeland after the Ghost Dance ritual is performed.

The narrator, LeighAnn Garibay, performed quite well but it is obvious she isn’t a professional narrator.  She doesn’t have to be for this novel.  Kudos to her!

The audiobook on Podiobooks.com easily leaves room for a sequel (please let there be one!).  What happens to the UDA, the clones, and the Admiral Lye (sp)?  Does Wovoka ever find peace?  How many of the tribals fail transition to the new life even though they try?  The author has the opportunity to make a “Garibay” universe here.

I would love to see short stories related to AmerIndian 2192 by Garibay and other authors (fan fiction).

I definitely recommend this audiobook! 🙂

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REVIEW: 5-in-1 White Charger/Holder/Fm Transmitter/LCD/Audio for 2.5mm and 3.5 mm/Usb Charger

5-in-1 White Charger/Holder/Fm Transmitter/LCD/Audio for 2.5mm and 3.5 mm/Usb Charger

I was more than a little skeptical at this iPod/mp3 player/cell phone/usb charger & FM transmitter.  There weren’t any reviews that I could find whatsoever on this contraption.  After looking around and seeing other combo units at about $90, I figured, that I would get one of these and worst case, I’d be out $20.

Well, it arrived today when I was working at home.  Of course, I had to take a little time and try it out.  Since I’ve been sick all week, I’m more than a little stir crazy to get out of the apartment even if it was just a jaunt to Starbucks and back.

Hooking it up was simple:

  • slide the side grips apart
  • insert ipod
  • attach ipod cable to bottom of ipod – it is the only cable to attach 🙂
  • plug into cigarette lighter

To turn it on, you hold down the power button for about 3 – 5 seconds and tune the fm transmitter to the desired channel.

That’s it.  The only downside I’ve found is that the FM tuner doesn’t retain the channel frequency so you will have to tune the FM channel everytime you turn it on.  I consider this a minor downside and one that I can live with.

Hooking up other mp3 players is done by attaching the usb cable to the mp3 player and the audio cable to the mp3 player.   Both cables are provided.  Charging a cell phone will work as long as you have the (not provided) usb <=> cell phone cable.

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