Review: 750 Words

Posted on Sat 09 April 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with reviews, software, writing • 5 min read

There’s a well known theory that keeping a journal, or at least writing daily, improves your day-to-day life. My anecdotal experience has shown that to be the case for me as well. That being said, it’s not always easy to keep up with it. I can’t tell …


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Review: Linode

Posted on Tue 07 December 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, hosting, linode, linux, reviews, webfaction • 4 min read

Well, after many years of posting my nonsense on the internets, I have finally made the transition from shared hosting to a VPS. This last week, I migrated this site over to a Linode VPS, and I must say that the whole experience has been pretty painless.

A Little History …


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Review: Chew: Taster’s Choice by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Posted on Tue 16 November 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with comics, reviews • 3 min read

My wife gave me Chew: Taster’s Choice as a gift, and having never heard of either the comic or the creative team before, I had no idea what to expect. I was intrigued by the description on the back though, and eagerly sat down to read it the next …


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Review: The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

Posted on Sun 14 November 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, horror, reviews • 5 min read

I recently read The Strain by the creative team of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan on a recommendation from a friend. I didn’t know anything about Chuck Hogan but I was of course familiar with the films of Del Toro, which I had enjoyed. It took me a …


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Review: I Am Not A Serial Killer & Mr Monster by Dan Wells

Posted on Wed 10 November 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, horror, reviews • 3 min read

A review double-feature! Excitement abounds!

I just recently finished reading the second book in Dan Wells’ clever and compelling John Cleaver series, and since I’ve had an unfinished review of the first book sitting in my draft folder for the last few months, it seems like a fine idea …


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A Very Lovecraft October

Posted on Sun 07 November 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, board games, books, games, lovecraft, reviews • 4 min read

There’s something about Halloween that always draws me back to H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. I’m not alone in this, of course. My good friend Quentin Lewis has taken to releasing recordings of himself reading stories from Lovecraft each Halloween as a podcast, which I highly recommend …


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Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Posted on Sat 02 October 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, books, epic fantasy, fantasy, reviews • 5 min read

What’s that you say? Another epic fantasy by Brandon Sanderson? Sold.

I swear, the rate at which Brandon Sanderson produces his massive books is a bit intimidating. The added fact that they are so consistently good marks it as an indicator of an almost terrifying amount of talent and …


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Review: Sandman Slim

Posted on Fri 19 March 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews, richard kadrey • 3 min read

What do you get when you combine the genres of hard-boiled detective noir, spaghetti-western and urban fantasy set in L.A.? You get Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey.

This book was recommended to me by my friend Quentin, and my fiancé had also mentioned to me that she had read …


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October Braindump

Posted on Thu 22 October 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with braindump, development, django, personal, reviews • 9 min read

I have not been posting here much of late, which is partly due to the amount of stuff I’m working on, and partly due to the fact that I’ve been writing and posting stuff in other places around the web, since it is easier. Some of this will …


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Quest for Organization: Not Really a Review of Things

Posted on Sun 16 August 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with apple, productivity, reviews, software, things • 8 min read

I am not naturally a very organized person, which is something I’ve always struggled with. My tendency, from an early age, has always been to try and hold all my responsibilities, appointments and tasks within my head. I was fairly successful at it, which led to my developing an …


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