I managed to finish The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly last night and read 174 pages of Neal Stephenson’s new book, Seveneves. I’ve been waiting for this book for a while. I get the feeling that I will finish it quite quickly.
It was with great trepidation that I heard that Neal Stephenson was going to write another science-fiction novel, finally. I still regard Anathem one of his best novels (of which I have at least 3 different versions, 2 physical, 1 digital), but he has written so many great ones over the years.
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It was with slight misgivings that I started reading Blood Work again. I had read it after the movie based on this book was released. I wasn’t that impressed with Clint Eastwood’s interpretation of Terry McCaleb, but there was something about the plot that was stirring. Clint Eastwood’s portrayal of someone who had a heart transplant boiled down to him rubbing his chest a lot, where the scar would have been.
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Published May 10, 2015
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Tags: books, bosch, detective, fiction, harry bosch, hieronymous bosch, michael connelly, mickey haller, reading
It’s not like Michael Connelly is a new name in detective novels, but it took the Amazon TV series Bosch for me to take another look at this prolific author. Years ago, I had read Bloodwork. It must have been around the time that the Clint Eastwood movie came out. Since I had enjoyed the TV series Bosch, I decided to start reading the Harry Bosch novels. I enjoy complex mysteries, like Hercules Poirot, and right from the start, Bosch was my kind of detective.
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Hydration hasn’t really been an obsession, but it’s nice to have a nice water bottle, and to use it daily. Ever since I first started buying Camelbak bottles a few years ago, I’ve been keen to finding the best ways to keep drinking water all day. Ensuring that your water bottle is also BPA free is a must. That way, you’ll keep the ingestion of harmful chemicals at bay, at least those coming from your bottle.
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Published April 9, 2015
Tags: aeroloft, down, jacket, Nike, reversible, review, running, tech fleece, tech pack, vest, windrunner
Last October, Nike released the Tech Aeroloft pack for Men and Women, which included this 2-1 reversible tech fleece jacket that combined a down vest with a tech fleece Windrunner jacket. The design was quite striking, but the high retail price ($350 US) made certain that it would hit the Nike Factory Outlets eventually. Women got the Aeroloft Parka, which looks even more striking.
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I have worked at both of these kinds of schools in the last few years, and this is what I think about them. For those of you who aren’t aware, these are the two main kinds of schools that you can get hired to as a foreign ESL teacher in Taiwan. I will be talking about elementary school teaching, not high school, university, or other types of adult teaching jobs that are also available. With a Master’s, you can teach in universities as lecturers, outside of Taipei City (but in New Taipei City). You need a Phd to teach at universities in Taipei.
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Published March 11, 2015
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Tags: Apple, computers, event, iOS, MacBook, OS, technology, watch
Just like almost everyone in the technology world and beyond, I spent time watching the liveblog of the Apple Watch event a few days ago. First things first, the new 12″ MacBook looks great. It fits in great with the current product line, and it will be a great replacement for my MacBook Pro 17, when combined with an iMac 27 Retina.
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