Book Review: The Red Empire

I don’t even remember who suggested that I read Joe McKinney’s “The Red Empire and Other Stories”, but I owe that person a drink and a high five. McKinney is an established author whose credits include a 7-novel apocalypse series called, “This is the End.” and a 10-book undead series called, “The Zombie Apocalypse Best Seller’s Box Set.” With all that, I still managed to get introduced to his work through his most police-centric, horror-meets-noir anthology. “The Red Empire” is a collection of previously published stories, along with three newly released works, like a greatest hits album with some new tracks. McKinney covers the gamut, from straight sci-fi, to historical fiction, to truly inspired gritty cop noir stories. I found his mix of styles delightful, and often wanted to read more about some of the characters in the stories

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Geek Ghostbusters

This September, we had a chance to head up to the Big Apple for a couple of days of business and fun. The travel arrangements were a little rough, with fashion week, the United Nations in town, and Adele in concert at Madison Square Gardens. The change to our arrangements actually created a pretty interesting coincidence, where we seemed to run endlessly into all things related to Ghostbusters.

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Tech Review: BB-8

Like everyone else a year ago, we totally fell in love with the new Star Wars movie, and the brand new droid, BB-8. So, for Christmas, our son got a BB-8 remote control droid. Made by Sphero, the BB-8 is an absolute riot. It comes programmed with a number of features, and recently, the latest firmware upgrade introduced some new features. So, here’s a quick recap of some of the fun things you and your kids can do with a BB-8.

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The Geek Wolfpack Podcast

I started listening to a range of podcasts last year and I have to say that podcasting is seriously addictive. I blogged in the past about my favorite geek podcasts here and here, and my latest favorite is the Geek Wolfpack Podcast. It’s my favorite because it’s the first podcast my family and I actually created and record together. Why podcast? I’m glad you asked.

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The Apple Event Recap Part 3

I had a chance on Wednesday to watch the live stream of the Apple announcements, including CEO Tim Cook “riding” to the event with James Corden from Carpool Karaoke. That intro set the tone for Apple’s usual comfortable, Silicon Valley style presentation, which included several executives but also plenty of third party faces. These outsiders helped underscore the partnerships that Apple is working to extend and create. In earlier posts, we covered the software announcements and additions to the Apple Watch. In this one, we tackle the flagship offering, the iPhone 7.

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The Apple Event Recap Part 2

I had a chance on Wednesday to watch the live stream of the Apple announcements, including CEO Tim Cook “riding” to the event with James Corden from Carpool Karaoke. That intro set the tone for Apple’s usual comfortable, Silicon Valley style presentation, which included several executives but also plenty of third party faces. These outsiders helped underscore the partnerships that Apple is working to extend and create.

In our last post, we covered the software updates. In this post, we’ll review the product announcements for the Apple Watch.

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The Apple Event Recap Part 1

I had a chance on Wednesday to watch the live stream of the Apple announcements, including CEO Tim Cook “riding” to the event with James Corden from Carpool Karaoke. That intro set the tone for Apple’s usual comfortable, Silicon Valley style presentation, which included several executives but also plenty of third party faces. These outsiders helped underscore the partnerships that Apple is working to extend and create.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the announced product and software updates. In the next, we’ll write specifically about the new iPhone 7 and new Apple Watch.

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Book Review: Dama X by JT Bock

The long-awaited second novel in the UltraAgent series is here, and “Dama X” by J.T. Bock was worth every minute of the wait. This novel is a heartfelt, personal romance story that centers a massive world-threatening epic battle. It’s emotional. It’s adventurous. It’s magnificent, and it’s filled with characters and story that will turn many readers into instant fans.

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