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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Date: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 14:01
The best Android experience I've come across so far: the Samsung Galaxy S3 running CyanogenMod.
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.
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.)
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...
Date: Monday, 17 Dec 2012 15:29
Taxi drivers are among some of the most interesting people I come into contact with on a regular basis. Most of the drivers I encounter in the cities where I travel are immigrants, and many have unique and very interesting perspectives on the United States. While traveling last week, I had conversations with two such drivers which, together, I believe really capture the ethos of this country.
Date: Thursday, 01 Nov 2012 14:15
Thanks to the WebKit Web Inspector, the Chrome Dev Tools, and the openness and transparency of the web, I'm now rolling through Northern Virginia representing all my space-enthusiast and web-developer homies.
Date: Sunday, 30 Sep 2012 05:02
I spend almost all my time working with, contemplating, or writing about technology, however I do occasionally get away from the computer. Now that the weather is getting cooler, I thought I'd reflect back on a few adventures we've had recently that were decidedly not technology related.
Date: Friday, 21 Sep 2012 13:49
The other day, I noticed my Canon 7D with a 100mm macro lens on it sitting right beside my MacBook Pro with a Retina display, so I decided to see what 220 pixels per inch looks like blown up. The...
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