Rants 16 Jan 2015 19:17:04

Abnegating Addiction

Some say “once an addict, always an addict“. When it comes to something as simple as caffeine addiction, that’s definitely not applicable.

Some years ago I became comfortable with the idea that I was most likely addicted to caffeine. When you drink up to a liter of Coca Cola every day, that’s not exactly a big leap to make. As it didn’t interfere with anything in daily life, I had no outward reason to care. However, what I do care about is personal control, and the idea that something was controlling me even to the slightest degree started nagging at the back of my mind.
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Stories 14 Jul 2014 11:34:04

365 tomorrows: Keen Mind

I’ve been a long time reader of 365 tomorrows. Those tiny doses of fun new universes does a mind good, especially when taken daily.

And now I’ve added my own voice to that chorus with the flash fiction Keen Mind. Hope you like it!

Full story follows below, with parts that were removed to fit in 356’s 600 word limit crossed out.

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Rants 11 Jun 2014 21:38:05

Concerning Concerts

On Tuesday 3rd, 2014, I finally concluded that I just don’t enjoy rock concerts or music festivals. They’re just not the kind of emotional experience that they apparently are for many others. I long suspected this, but since I’ve mostly been to concerts where I didn’t really care much about the music, I couldn’t really draw any conclusions.

The Mastodon Sayler

This time, though, Raven and I went to the Metallica By Request mini-festival in Horsens, Denmark – and I really like a lot of Metallica’s music.
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Reviews 22 Apr 2014 10:00:30

Sage of Shadowdale

Sage of Shadowdale book series is awful to meh.

The first two books (Elminster Must Die; Bury Elminster Deep) drone on with pointless action that takes place sneaking into and escaping out of the Cormyr palace so many times I stopped counting, and it doesn’t set up anything interesting either. The two books could be condensed to half a book, without losing anything. The only saving grace is that Ed Greenwood writes very well, so he manages to make it tolerable to read. Rating 2/5.

The last book (Elminster Enraged) is much better, but still not very good. Most of the pointless plotless meandering was left out, so it’s at least working towards some clear goals. Too bad the main goal was a heavily foreshadowed deus ex machina – just because we know it’s coming, doesn’t really make it ok, especially not if you then don’t take the time to flesh it out. The ending that should have been a grand majestic resurrection, instead just falls flat. Rating 3/5.

How people have rated these books as high as Ed Greenwood’s earlier works like Cormyr or the Elminster Ascending series, I just can’t fathom.

Random &Rants 10 Jan 2014 17:25:23

EU Copyright Review 2014

There is an ongoing Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules questionnaire with deadline February 5th, 2014, and here are my answers. I did not answer all questions; some due to lack of opinion, some due to lack of standing, and some due to lack of knowledge about the domain.

Type of Respondent

  • End user/consumer (e.g. internet user, reader, subscriber to music or audiovisual service, researcher, student)
  • Author/Performer
  • Intermediary/Distributor/Other service provider (e.g. online music or audiovisual service, games platform, social media, search engine, ICT industry)

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