Can one ‘hack’ true love?

I must confess to irrepressible glee when I read about Ravijour’s ‘True Love Tester’ bra. The “True Love Tester” bra can’t be masterfully unhooked by some skeevy player who hit on the wearer at a club. No, this bra only comes undone when sensors embedded inside it that are connected wirelessly to a smartphone app detect a particular heart rate. According to the Victoria’s Secret-like company that made the bra, Ravijour, a particular heart rate over time indicates “love.” And what do you know, they even have a graph comparing the effects of jogging, shopping, eating spicy food and watching

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Have we reached the tipping point?

Folks, I’ve been warning for years now that our economy can’t continue on its present path.  Government over-spending (at an insane level), the Fed printing money like there’s no tomorrow (with nothing whatsoever backing it up), and a bunch of other factors have been piling up trouble for all of us.  The response of the authorities has been to ‘kick the can down the road’ at every opportunity, borrowing and/or printing more money to take care of short-term problems while ignoring (not to mention exacerbating) the long-term issues that have caused, are causing and will continue to cause the real

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MSgt. B. needs our help

He’s asked me to share a link to this post on his blog.  Briefly, the son of one of his dearest friends was murdered early this month, but no suspects have yet been identified.  Police and the family are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward. The family has donated their son’s insurance money to the college he was attending, and have appealed for donations to support the same cause.  More details at MSgt. B.’s place.  Please click over there, read his article, and consider whether you’d like to help a worthy cause. Thanks, y’all. Peter

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Writing about military service, war, and killing

I have a question (or a series of questions) for my readers, particularly those interested in military science fiction and other military fiction, but also to everyone interested in this topic in general. Recently I wrote about the problems of character development, etc. in a guest post over at Sarah Hoyt’s place.  In that article, I mentioned in passing: I’ve been annoyed by a great many military SF books that are quite obviously written by people who have no military background themselves (or, if they have some military background, don’t have combat experience). It shows very clearly. In a comment

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“Life as a non-violent psychopath”

That’s the title of a truly fascinating article in The Atlantic.  A neuroscientist, James Fallon, discovered that his brain patterns matched those of a psychopath – and learned that during his youth, some had considered him to be one.  The article is an extended interview about his book on the subject and what he’s learned.  Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite. While I was writing this book, my mother started to tell me more things about myself. She said she had never told me or my father how weird I was at certain points in my youth, even though

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The funniest table-tennis match ever?

Apparently this was a real table-tennis tournament, where the two players just got into the spirit of the thing and egged each other on to new heights of ridiculousness.  Funniest game I’ve ever seen! I recommend watching it in full-screen mode.  I apologize for the banner links that appear on the video playback almost at once, but if you hover your mouse cursor over them, you’ll spot the little ‘X’ that lets you shut them down. Peter

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Marko’s second book is out today

Many of you know of Marko Kloos, fellow blogger and long-time acquaintance, who self-published his first book last year.  It was a smashing success, so much so that 49North, Amazon’s SF imprint, signed him to a two-book deal. In the intervening months, he finished the manuscript for the second book in the series, and also re-worked his first book with the help of one of 49North’s editors.  It’s been republished along with his second book, both still very reasonably priced.  Click on the images below to go to their book pages on Amazon.com. His first book‘s cover now looks like

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‘How our world would look if you were a bird’

That’s the title of a photo essay at Pixtale.net.  The introduction notes: Famous landmarks like the Arc Du Triumph, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Sagrada Familia have been photographed countless times by photographers from around the world, and they are recognizable to most, if not all, of us. But this collection of stunning aerial photographs gives us a bird’s-eye-view of these places, casting them in a totally new light. Most of the pictures are of places or things that most of us could easily identify right away. The images illustrate just how much a change in perspective can alter.

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Can community intervention really solve the crime problem?

There’s a very interesting article at the Huffington Post claiming that increased profiling of the places where violent crime is most likely to occur, and the individuals and groups most likely to commit it, is having a dramatic effect on serious crime in US cities.  Here’s an excerpt. A growing body of criminological evidence shows that serious violence (and much other crime) is concentrated among remarkably small numbers of “hot” people and places. We now know that homicide and gun violence are overwhelmingly concentrated among serious offenders operating in groups: gangs, drug crews, and the like representing under half of

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Around The Blogs 2014-01-26

Here goes with another blast from the blogosphere. # # # Murphy’s Law has a great video of Jimmy Stewart looking over a venerable DC-3.  I’ve flown uncounted thousands of miles in those planes across Africa . . . many, many memories. # # # Matthew over at Straight Forward In A Crooked World has some excellent advice for teachers (and students, for that matter) over how to cope with a threat in the school environment.  Excellent stuff, and well worth reading – particularly if you, or any of your family, works or studies in that environment.  This man knows

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