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Review: Titan: Fortune of War

Titan: Fortune of War Titan: Fortune of War by David Mack
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pretty interesting adventure. I had completely forgotten about the Husnock and needed to look them up on Memory Alpha. In many respects it reminded me a lot of the hunt for Alteran, or even Goauld tech in Stargate once the Goauld had fallen. He who controls the powerful ancient tech controls the galaxy.  I wonder what the next Titan adventure will bring.     

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Review: Engaging in Narrative Inquiry

Engaging in Narrative Inquiry Engaging in Narrative Inquiry by D. Jean Clandinin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Informative. Worthwhile reading if you're interested in Narrative Inquiry as a research method. I read this book after the book I posted about yesterday.  This book seemed to go a little more in-depth as to the how-to of a narrative inquiry but it's still not a recipe.  Time to read another book.  One of the things that I started wondering about was about the difference between Narrative Inquiry and Phenomenology while reading this.  I guess it's time to dive more into that difference.

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Review: Narrative Inquiry: Experience and Story in Qualitative Research

Narrative Inquiry: Experience and Story in Qualitative Research Narrative Inquiry: Experience and Story in Qualitative Research by D. Jean Clandinin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This isn't a book where you are told how to do Narrative Inquiry in a step-by-step manner. That said, it's probably the best book to introduce you to Narrative Inquiry because it's about what Narrative Inquirers do, and the forms that takes. It really helped frame the research approach for me before moving to my next book on the topic. This made sense to be read first, which I discovered inadvertently after reading a subsequent book that references it ;-)

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Review: When Someone You Love Suffers from Posttraumatic Stress: What to Expect and What You Can Do

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More Tardigrade news...

email update from STO - for those like me who got Lt. Tardigrade as their nouveau tomagochi ;-)


Thanks to some generous donations from the local shipyard, the Lieutenant now had his very own starship bridge, of sorts, in his enclosure. We managed to secure three decommissioned consoles, and his very own Captain's chair. It's a little beat up, to be sure, but he doesn't seem to mind, and he's been running between consoles and posing dramatically all day. On his walk today, we stopped by the shipyard today, and some of the engineers there were absolutely taken with him. More next week.
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Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery

 
Last fall, in what seems like the heels of  the "Victory is Life" expansion some new content dropped on STO, titled "Age of Discovery" which seems to be content for the game that runs concurrent with the show that started yesterday evening, and perhaps with the on-going IDW series on Star Trek Discovery.  With this new content you start off as a cadet in the Discovery era of Star Trek (10 years before TOS).  This particular mini-expansion doesn't have the usual hallmarks of expansions, such as temporal beacons, completing missions for account-wide rewards and so on.  It also seems like the content for this expansion will be released periodically over 2019 in conjunction with the show; and perhaps when the show concludes in the spring we'll come back to the Victory is Life story-arc.

With this expansion, one thing that went away was the availability of "Red Alerts" which were relatively easy queues for multiple players to join on a common goal.  These queues had a 30 minute cooldown, which means that once you concluded a game you needed to wait 30 minutes before you started another one.  And, there as an accolade associated with it: Kill an insane amount of borg, earn medal (Defender of the Quadrant).  The problem was that each Red Alert only got you 4-8 borg...so getting to 2000 took forever.  Now, before they retired the Red Alerts they got rid of of the cool down period, so I was able to grind through the remaining 200 kills to earn the accolade



Defender of the Quadrant

Another thing that changed was that Random queues where introduced, and counters (for how many people were queued up for something specific disappeared).  Many seem to have hated this, but in all honesty I can finally find people to play the Khitomer Accords with.  After 7 years playing I finally was able to get the Quadra Service Medal (play a Khitomer Accords mission 100 times).  Yes, lots of grinding, but it goes MUCH faster when people actually queue up for these things.

Quadra Sigma Service Medal


Finally, something  fun before the end of 2018 - After you completed a silly little quiz on the STO website (sort of like those web-based personality quizzes from the late 90s) you got matched up with a specific Tardigrade.  I got Lieutenant Tardigrate (as opposed to Party Tardigrade or Scientist Tardigrate).  Cryptic said they would send periodic updates about these via email. I wonder how long they'll keep it up.



The first email: Folks, I don't know that I've ever seen a Tardigrade as happy as the Lieutenant when he saw his new uniform for the first time. I've heard these magnificent creatures vocalize several times, but never quite so high pitched of a....well, squeak is the best way to describe it. It was nearly impossible to hold him still to get the uniform on, but once it was on the Lieutenant was the absolute picture of calm, standing at perfect attention and scanning the room. We think we may need to get his enclosure some more decorations.


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GoodReads 2018 year-in-review

I had forgotten to have a look at the nice infographic that Goodreads prepares for its users at the end of each year. I read more than I intended to, even though quite a few are comics ;-)




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Review: Persepolis Rising

Persepolis Rising Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Woah! Will this universe ever know peace?

Jump forward 20 years, Duarte is back, he is now emperor or some sh*t like that (I know, high council Duarte, just go with me). He is part protomolecule. He sends his protomolecule technology fleet to colonize the remaining human colonies. Just as Holden "retires" and sells the ship to Bobby all this happens. Can't the universe catch a break? The only bummer is that the next book is months away. I'll need to find something else to read on my commutes at the moment :-)

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Swarm Year-In-Review



Well, here is another year-in-review, this time from Swarm (aka Foursquare).  Not surprisingly most places visited and mayorships have to do with every day life ;-)

I guess in 2019 I should contribute some photos to the places that I am a "trendsetter" ;-)


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Adieu Tumblr

Another one bites the dust - at least for me. 

In 2018, after 10 years of using Tumblr I decided to stop using this service (it's questionable how long it will be around anyway).  Initially, early in September I lost access to my account.  I had enabled 2FA (2 factor authentication) but none of the the security tokens on my 2FA application would work.  Argh...   After contacting support to try to get my account cleared so I can log-in again, the support folks asked me to take a photo of myself holding the day's paper (well, not really, but they did ask me to write down the date when I photographed myself), and point them to a photo of me on my blog so they can compare.  I don't often post  pictures of myself on Tumblr, but as luck would have it, there was a photo of me in the office.  I took a photo of me in the office, wearing almost the same thing, and holding a sign saying "Hey Tumblr! It's me!" along with the day's date.  Apparently they couldn't verify me (a photo of me, in the same place, wearing almost the same thing, from a verified email and you couldn't verify me? come on!). They did suggest that I open another account! (WTF?)

I did try appealing this with support, but those **&*&** have ghosted me.  So, goodbye Tumblr.  It's too bad because the platform was pretty nice. I loved the interface, I liked that you could just post a link, a quote, a random video, and not have to create a full blog post with text and such. It was perfect for a photoblog.  I guess from now on Instagram will have to do.


Tumblr user interface



Adieu Tumblr Website

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