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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 13:22
Most of the reviews I've seen of the new Android Wear smartwatches have been from device early adopters as opposed to true watch enthusiasts, so I figured I'd provide the perspective of someone who is decidedly both. I've always been...
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Devices, Technology"
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Date: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 18:04
In an attempt to make my iPad more useful, I'm going to intentionally limit it.
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Bright Ideas, Devices"
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Date: Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 18:36
As soon as I started using SSDs, I suspected they would eventually have an impact on PC sales. I expressed as much in an email to the Daily Tech News Podcast which elicited a good discussion. If you'd rather just read the message, here you go...
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Bright Ideas"
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Date: Wednesday, 25 Dec 2013 16:02
I'm happy to announce that Kingmaker has been optioned by Mark Canton, the producer of 300 (and the upcoming sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire). The agreement was recently announced in Variety, and essentially means that Canton is actively putting...
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Writing"
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Date: Sunday, 08 Dec 2013 21:48
I'm very pleased that two of my stories -- Brainbox and Farmer One -- were part of the initial launch of Amazon's new short fiction imprint, StoryFront.
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Writing"
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Date: Monday, 23 Sep 2013 13:52
I recently took a two-month break from engineering management at Adobe Systems. We're currently spending a lot of money on education (graduate and private schools), and I'm going to Comic-Con in New York for all three days next month, so I definitely had more time on my hands than money. With a fairly limited budget, here's how I spent my sabbatical.
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Loose Ends"
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Date: Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 20:30
A few months ago, I finally bought a bike that I've had my eye on for years: the BMW R 1200 GS. My initial plan was to upgrade from an older Ducati Hypermotard (fun street bike) to the new Ducati...
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Reviews"
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Date: Friday, 06 Sep 2013 19:59
Update: Unfortunately, we've run out of free copies, but I'll make more available as soon as I can. Thank you for your interest! I'm giving away ten free paperback copies of my new novel Kingmaker, and five audio copies. All...
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Writing"
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Date: Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 13:37
Getting around the New York Times paywall is a typical cat-and-mouse game. After a recent update to nytimes.com, the utility NYClean stopped working, so I put together another solution. Drag the bookmarklet blow into your bookmarks bar, and the next time you're told that you have reached your monthly limit of free articles, simply click.
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Bright Ideas, Devices, Media"
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Date: Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 02:39
The other day, my good friend Mike Chambers mentioned that he was planning on building a closed-circuit phone system as a toy for his kids. Since my kids already think his pancakes and popcorn are better than mine, I decided...
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Bright Ideas, Devices, Writing"
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Date: Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 16:00
With civil liberties finally making its way into the public discourse, now is the perfect time for the launch of my new novel, Kingmaker.
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Writing"
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Date: Monday, 17 Jun 2013 15:28
At the National Geographic 125th anniversary gala the other night, I had the opportunity to meet one of my favorite science fiction storytellers: James Cameron. There are several science fiction movies that I re-watch on a regular basis, three of...
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Loose Ends, Writing"
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Date: Saturday, 25 May 2013 17:43
There are plenty of reviews and op-eds out there on Google Glass by now — even plenty from people who have never even worn them — so I'll make this succinct, and try to cover observations that I haven't seen...
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Devices, Reviews, Technology"
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Date: Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 17:55
The proverb "truth is stranger than fiction" comes to mind when you consider the course of events that led to the postponement of the trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law.
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Loose Ends"
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Date: Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 15:05
Climate change led to larger brains in humans. And what did we subsequently do with all that intelligence? That's right -- we created more climate change.
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Science, Technology"
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Date: Monday, 11 Feb 2013 16:37
The world has much more to fear from weapons that can -- without due process -- target buildings, vehicles, and even individuals than indiscriminate warheads that can destroy entire cities.
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Technology"
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 14:01
The best Android experience I've come across so far: the Samsung Galaxy S3 running CyanogenMod.
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Reviews, Technology"
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Date: Saturday, 26 Jan 2013 04:20
Since information didn't exactly flow freely between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, it isn't widely known that the Soviets took quite an interest in Venus in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. In fact, thirteen Venera probes successful transmitted data from the atmosphere of Venus, and ten probes successfully landed on the planet's surface.
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Space"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 05:51
Turns out the iPhone 5 can do vertical panoramas as well as horizontal. The camera app complained the whole time, but the shot turned out exactly as I was hoping. (See more panoramas I shot here.)
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Technology"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 15:09
Last year, I decided to design and build a Lego monitor stand. Several people have asked me about it, so I figured I would finally post not just pictures, but the LXF (Lego Digital Designer) file, as well. If you...
Author: "Christian Cantrell" Tags: "Legos"
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