The Maxwell Saga is coming to audio books as well!

I’m very happy to announce that my first military science fiction series, the Maxwell Saga, which has so far reached five books (with more to come), is going to be available in audio book format.  The first in the series, ‘Take The Star Road‘, is now published, and the others will follow over the course of this year. Castalia House will be producing the audio books, and also new print editions that will be more professionally set up and laid out than my own efforts.  I’m very grateful to them for taking on this workload.  They’ve been pretty successful in

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The simple joy of being able to put on your own socks

Following my work-related injury in 2004, I underwent two spinal surgeries, culminating in a fusion of the lower vertebrae.  I was left with a very stiff back and a damaged sciatic nerve on my left side, resulting in permanent partial disability.  One of the effects of this injury was to make it almost impossible to put on socks.  Bending down to do so was very painful;  and I couldn’t bend far enough, particularly on the left side, to easily pull the socks over my feet.  I had to work it over the foot and ankle inch by inch, often holding

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Doofus Of The Day #949

Today’s award goes (a little belatedly) to the driver of an airport tug in Copenhagen, Denmark. On December 16th last year, he was tasked to tow an X-ray trailer to another part of the airport.  The tractor already connected to the trailer exhibited problems, so he switched to a second tractor – but failed to ensure that the trailer was properly connected.  At 40 kph, he hit a bump, and the trailer disconnected from the tractor.  Here’s a frame from an airport security video taken just after the separation. The trailer swerved to the right, towards an SAS flight loading

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Tom Rogneby’s latest book is out

Tom’s third book in his ‘Minivandians’ series, ‘Lost Children‘, has just been published. The blurb reads: Elsked’s adventure continues! In the second of three stories, the Minivandian’s son trades tales of his pets and their misadventures for another story from his parents past. After escaping the frozen north, Daddybear and Ruarin find refuge with the magical kin of an old friend. Before they can make their way home, treachery will strike the city, leaving death and disappearances in its wake. In an idyllic lakeside city harboring the ancient evil that drove its people from their ancient homeland, can the Minivandian

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How to truly fix the federal government

Jon Gabriel has some good advice. I recommend everyone step back, take a few breaths from a paper bag, and ask why control of the government is so damn important to partisans of both sides. A few years ago, protesters feared that President Obama would sideline school choice, kill off their existing health insurance and make them violate their traditional beliefs. Today’s protesters fear President Trump will defund public schools, take away their health insurance and persecute LGBT citizens. Despite being on opposite sides, protesters on the right and left can end their fears the same way. If you’re afraid

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About that inauguration crowd . . .

Mr. B. points out that according to CNN’s own gigapixel photograph of President Trump’s inauguration, there appear to have been many more people in attendance than the news media have claimed.  Here’s a portion of that image, reduced in size to fit here (click it for a larger view). I can only suspect that other images were taken either a long time before, or a long time after, the actual inauguration, so that much of the crowd would have either not arrived, or dispersed.  That would allow CNN and other news media to claim (as they have) a smaller attendance

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Ace and Iron Mike say it all, for many of us

Ace of Spades has posted a truly magnificent rant about how the author feels concerning the fuss over Donald Trump.  Here’s part of it. “He’s thin-skinned and petty!” shrieks the left. “He takes everything personally!” Good, I say. I want him to take attacks personally and deal out payback. I know I won’t be the target, you will be. “He’s unpresidential! He’ll destroy the integrity of the office!” No, that’s already happened. Remember, you elected a s***-talking jackass who takes selfies at state funerals when he’s not giving stealth middle fingers to his opponents during debates. There is no dignity

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Last weekend’s women’s marches in perspective

I found the tweet below, referring to last weekend’s women’s march in Washington, via a link on Instapundit this morning.  Regrettably, the picture accompanying it is, at best, not safe for work;  personally, I found it disgusting.  I’m not prepared to post it here.  If you’d like to see it, follow either of the links above. Can you imagine how the women in these other countries must feel?  Watching us parade ourselves around in the nations capital, wearing vagina costumes with our nice, clean clothes underneath, drinking our clean, bottled water, with a stomach full of food, while protesting how horrible

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Remember that drug dealer murdered in a halfway house?

The one who was shot after having his sentence commuted by former President Obama?  Turns out there’s a lot going on underneath the surface. For a start, he wasn’t exactly a choirboy during his life of crime.  A report of his arrest noted violations of several state and Federal laws, even though he was only convicted of one (dealing in crack cocaine).  Given the timeline of gang activity in Saginaw during the same period, it’s highly likely (although never proven in court) that he was involved in other criminal activities as well.  He clearly did enough to make at least some

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