Book update

Here’s a quick update for those wanting to know what’s happening with my forthcoming books. I’m hard at work on revisions to my Western novel.  It’s an interesting experience working with an editor for a publisher – something I haven’t done before.  I’m learning a lot, and enjoying it.  I’ve promised to send the corrected manuscript to him by the end of next week, God willing, and publication should follow shortly thereafter.  I’m excited, particularly at the prospect of more books in the series if it sells well. Maxwell Volume 5 is also progressing, albeit on the back burner for

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Technology and toilets – not an ideal mix?

I was rather taken aback by this report. In 2014 a … study by researchers from the University of Leeds found that airborne germ counts were 27 times higher around jet air dryers [in restrooms] in comparison with the air around paper towel dispensers. Research lead Professor Mark Wilcox said: “Next time you dry your hands in a public toilet using an electric hand dryer, you may be spreading bacteria without knowing it. You may also be splattered with bugs from other people’s hands. “These findings are important for understanding the ways in which bacteria spread, with the potential to

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Remember what I said about the political establishment?

A couple of months ago I postulated that the political establishment in the USA equated not so much to left- or right-wing inclinations or ideologies, but to riches.  The real political ‘establishment’ in America is wealth. The Washington Post has just provided evidence to confirm my hypothesis. A small core of super-rich individuals is responsible for the record sums cascading into the coffers of super PACs for the 2016 elections, a dynamic that harks back to the financing of presidential campaigns in the Gilded Age. Close to half of the money — 41 percent — raised by the groups by

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A spectacular musical display

This footage was released in January, but I missed it at the time. A spectacular display of drone technology by Intel Corporation (USA) involving 100 small aircrafts being launched skywards in formation has earned a new world record title for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously. Controlled on the ground by a crew using PCs with Intel software, the mass of drones lit up the night sky in sync to a live performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and executed a stunning light show resembling a fireworks display. “Drone 100” took place at Flugplatz Ahrenlohe, Tornesch, Germany, in November

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Doing something about sex trafficking

I’m not a follower of professional sports at all – or most amateur sports, for that matter.  In the past I’ve thought that most professional sportspersons are in it for the money alone.  However, people like recently retired baseball player Adam LaRoche make me think twice about that.  I was startled to read this in a recent article about his decision to retire. But what if the origin of LaRoche’s decision can be found in early November, in — of all places — the red-light districts of Southeast Asia? Working through a nonprofit called the Exodus Road, LaRoche and Boyer

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A cute little flying toy!

I’m sure many of us remember James Bond flitting around in a tiny Bede BD-5J microjet, playing tag with a ground-to-air missile in the film ‘Octopussy‘. With the failure of Bede Aircraft Corporation, it seemed for some time that the era of the microjet was over.  However, Sonex had their own ideas about that.  Courtesy of the latest entry in Earthbound Misfit’s ‘Sunday Jet Noise’ series, I learned of the latest iteration of Sonex’s SubSonex single-seat build-your-own jet aircraft.  AVweb says of it: The kit with engine costs about $130,000, so by the time you throw in the avionics, paint

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