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Fiction Read During 2009

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  • Saturday, January 09 2010 @ 04:17 PM UTC
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Here is the complete list of fiction that I read during 2009 (total of 84 works, mostly Speculative / Science Fiction):

 

Verizon Motorola Droid... in my hands!

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  • Saturday, November 07 2009 @ 12:55 AM UTC
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I'm sure that other sites will do a better job of reviewing the Droid in-depth, so I will just give some impressions and post a few pictures.

Here are the first pics (note: Jabba is not to scale):

The Droid sitting next to my semi-ancient work-provided BlackBerry:

What NOT to do in your server room

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  • Thursday, November 05 2009 @ 04:14 AM UTC
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Fun Stuff @ Work

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Leave unused cables in-place.  Do not use cable management.  Label no cables.

 

Use cables of inappropriate length (this is a SCSI cable!):

Amazon.com Advanced Book Search cannot "NOT" anymore

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  • Monday, November 02 2009 @ 11:44 PM UTC
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It all started with me wanting to find "Science Fiction books published last month that were not about vampires."

According to the Amazon Advanced Search page, the minus sign "-" is supposed to indicate a "NOT" search.  I started by searching the books section for "-vampires".  Amazon says:

Your search "-vampires" did not match any products in: Books

Now I know that vampire books are popular these days, but I'm fairly certain there are at least a few Fantasy/SciFi books at Amazon.com that are not about vampires.

I tried again using the Advanced Search book search page (http://www.amazon.com/b/?node=241582011), making sure that "-vampires" was in the keywords field.  Again, no matching results.

I tried the "books written by Malcolm X but not an autobiography" search listed on the Advanced Search page as a Real-world Example... again no matching results.  Clicking the link to "See the results" of the example Malcom X search finds no matching results.

I looked all over the Amazon.com site for a way to report a web site problem.  None of the information at http://www.amazon.com/help was useful to report this kind of issue, at least as far as I could tell.  I was unable to locate any email contacts or web forms to submit feedback on the site itself.  I googled for other reports of this issue and didn't find anything. 

I resorted to emailing the generic webmaster address.

Here is the reply I received from Amazon:

My Reading Place

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  • Sunday, November 01 2009 @ 11:26 PM UTC
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Thank you, IKEA (Poang chair and stool, Expedit book shelf).

El Yucateco chipotle hot sauce is smokin

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  • Sunday, November 01 2009 @ 10:54 PM UTC
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Dan Stoner and Family

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It was a beautiful day to take the family to the Micanopy Fall Festival. I picked up a bottle of El Yucateco chipotle hot sauce from one of the booths selling bottled sauces and live pepper plants.

I mixed some of this hot sauce with regular bottled barbecue sauce. I just finished grilling (and eating!) chicken breasts and turkey kielbasa. Man, this made for some good and spicy grilling.


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