A Tale of Two Teen Dramas

December 30th, 2018

I binged two teen-focused series while visiting my brothers house this Christmas, Riverdale and Runaways. The difference was striking. Runaways is everything Riverdale isn’t. Complex, conflicted, imperfect characters who aren’t stereotypes in dramatic, not melodramatic, situations. It almost completely avoids monologuing. (Frank Dean does monologue his motivations at one point early in Season 2, a scene that is jarring only because it’s so out of place with the subtext and show-don’t-tell that reveals the other characters in the series.)

In many ways this show surpasses the comic book series it’s based on, especially when it comes to the parents, who were a little cardboard in the original. This show alone will get me to sign up for Hulu at least long enough to finish watching Season 2.
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What Does a Time Machine Cost?

March 15th, 2018

Abyss & Apex has published my latest science fiction short story, “What Does a Time Machine Cost?” in their March issue.

This story will also be reprinted in the Timeshift anthology later this year. (Kickstarter now live.)

New Video Card

January 2nd, 2018

My circa 2010 Mac Pro tower has been dying for a month. More specifically the video was failing, and I could only boot into safe mode. I swapped out the stock ATI Radeon for a Sapphire HD 7950 which appears to have fixed it. I’d rather have a new computer, but after all these years there’s still nothing else that will do the job this model does unless I build a Hackintosh; and that’s more effort than I want to spend right now.
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2017 The Year in Birds

January 1st, 2018

eBird tells me I saw a moderate 287 species last year. There are probably a few here and there I didn’t report. 169 of those were in Kings County. I didn’t travel to any new locations this year, so I only managed four life birds (and three if you don’t count the invasive Pin-tailed Whydah) but they were all really good ones:

  • Hammond’s Flycatcher Central Park–The Ramble US-NY 02 Dec 2017
  • Corn Crake Cedar Beach, general area US-NY 08 Nov 2017
  • Parakeet Auklet Land’s End–seawatch US-CA 25 Jul 2017
  • Pin-tailed Whydah Canyon Park US-CA 17 Jun 2017

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Now Also on App Engine

November 24th, 2017

If you can see this, then the migration of the site from pair.com to App Engine Standard worked. This was more complex than the equivalent migration of cafe.elharo.com due to the subdirectory and static files.

I still need to repoint the DNS. So far I notice one bug. http://www.elharo.com/blog/ works but http://www.elharo.com/blog doesn’t. Probably need to fix a handler in app.yaml.
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Why I Don’t Let My Kids Go Trick or Treating

October 28th, 2017

Just in time for Halloween, Unnerving has published my latest short story, “Why I Don’t Let My Kids Go Trick or Treating”, in their Extended Halloween edition:

Unnerving Magazine Issue #4

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