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Duoling Push

Another of my favorite April Fool's fake announcements from this year's crop of April Fool's Jokes, the persistent, real life, owl notification that keeps pestering you to practice your language skills on Duolingo ;-)
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Honda Pastport

Continuing on with the April Fool's theme for this week, here is another one:  An ad for the Honda "Pastport" (pun on their passport line of SUVs...) that rolls back the ameneties of the car to what existed in the 90s ;-)
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STO: The Gorn Discovery

Along with the "artisanal" soundtrack for the game this year (something that seems to have become an annual tradition in STO), there was an announcement for a new (April Fool's) expansion of the game titled "The Gorn Discovery"There are a lot of humorous puns here (see announcement below) , but in all seriousness this would have been an interesting expansion.  At the very least it's another starting
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Google Tulip & Google Wind

This year's Google April Fool's joke...or at least one of them, is Google Tulip: using AI to translate plant communication to allow for human-plant communication.  It was pretty funny ;-).  While watching this yesterday, I also came across Google Wind from a couple of years ago, also from the same Google Netherlands team.  The Netherlands team seems to have quite a lot of fun making
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Καλό μήνα!

Και καλή πρωταπριλιά!  Προσοχή εκεί έξω σήμερα ;-)
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Review: Star Trek: Discovery: The Light of Kahless

Star Trek: Discovery: The Light of Kahless by Kirsten BeyerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Not a bad comic, and one that brings forth a bit of prequel mythos into Star Trek Discovery. In this one we see the origins of the Sacrophagus ship, and T'Kuvma and Voq themselves, and other Klingons who are acting...dishonorably...to say the least. I am wondering if there will be any references to this
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Review: Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach

Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach by Colette DaiuteMy rating: 3 of 5 stars 3.5 stars. Not a bad book, and not bad in structuring a methodology for researching a narrative inquiry. The approach given, however, makes me a little perplexed as to what separates this type of narrative inquiry from something like Discourse Analysis. View all my reviews
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Review: Artemis

Artemis by Andy WeirMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Since I liked the Martian, I decided to follow it up with Artemis.  I wasn't sure if this was going to be a sequel, or something totally different.  Basically: Moon smuggler, on a moon base, fitting the "young professional" category of employee tries something new. Royally messes up but survives. Walks away an entrepreneur.Fun novel.
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Review: The Martian

The Martian by Andy WeirMy rating: 5 of 5 stars After a lot of hype I decided to read this book. It was quite a fun book to read. MacGyver, on Mars, becomes a potato farmer to survive until he can get rescued. Snarky MacGyver on Mars - which makes it more fun. Now that I've read this I do want to see the movie version, just as a comparison.View all my reviews
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Review: Rosetta

Rosetta by Dave SternMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Back to Star Trek novel reading.  This was the last novel before the 'relaunch' of the enterprise series. Not a bad story - plus brownie points for some contemporary linguistics peppered in. That said, it felt a bit slow to begin (so much so that I lost the plot a bit while listening to it via TTS).View all my reviews
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