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Pause for a moment and ponder this…
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12/22/2011   13 comments
As we are poised to enter the holiday season, let’s take a moment to pause for thought...
It looks like the joke is on me!
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12/22/2011   12 comments
Way back in the mists of time, I wrote a blog about a Free Cellphone Locator Website…
What are the best “unknown” gems of science fiction? (Part 1)
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12/21/2011   20 comments
There are some books that completely “blew my mind” when I was younger, but very few people I talk to about this sort of thing have heard about them...
Beware of church ladies with typewriters!
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12/19/2011   4 comments
Have you ever seen any of those wonderful church bulletins replete with Freudian (sorry, I mean typewriter) slips?
What were they thinking: gift exchange?
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12/9/2011   6 comments
What do you do with all of those unwanted gifts, well this patent has the answer, except that Amazon so far has chosen not to implement it…
What’s the best Generation Ship science fiction book / film / song?
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12/7/2011   46 comments
In previous columns we’ve explored the best Time-Travel and the best Post-Apocalyptic books, films, and TV programs… now it’s time for Generation Spaceships…
Why? Why? Why?
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12/6/2011   19 comments
Gary Smith just sent me a bunch of “Why xxx” questions, so this is all his fault…
Eeeek! Flying Sharks!
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12/2/2011   7 comments
Did you ever see those helium-filled, radio-controlled flying sharks and clown fish? I really wanted one but they were unavailable, until…
What were they thinking: Baby butt painting
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12/2/2011   2 comments
Instead of sending pictures of your new born this holiday season, why not send something more personal, like a butt painting…


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