Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tucson Festival of Books

I’ll be a guest author at the Tucson Festival of Books.  If you happen to be in the area, come by and get yourself some signed copies of one or more of my novels.

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Star Trek Garden Gnomes That Help To Boldly Explore Strange New Plant Life

Star Trek Garden Gnomes

ThinkGeek has released a series of Star Trek Garden Gnomes that comes in handy when trying to boldly explore strange new plant life. The redshirt gnomes, however, will more than likely not put up much of a fight and quickly die. The Kirk, Kirk and Gorn, Redshirt, and Spock garden gnomes are available to purchaseonline.

The perfect statuary to go with your newly-acquired Star Trek plants? Why, that would be the Star Trek Garden Gnomes, of course! They come in four flavors. Here’s how the base reads on each:

– Kirk: To boldly go where no man has gone before
– Kirk and Gorn: I shall be merciful and quick – Gorn
– Redshirt: Join Starfleet they said. It’d be fun they said
– Spock: Live long and prosper

Star Trek Garden Gnomes

Star Trek Garden Gnomes

images via ThinkGeek

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Cosplay Pictures for Your Weekend

Finally recovering some from my bout with EBV/Mono.  So tired…  Glad to be posting again.

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New glass suspension bridge in China is 980 feet long, 600 feet high, and absolutely terrifying

Visitors walk across a glass-bottomed suspension bridge as seen from the air in a scenic zone in Pingjiang county in southern China's Hunan province, Sept. 24, 2015.

Visitors walk across a glass-bottomed suspension bridge as seen from the air in a scenic zone in Pingjiang county in southern China’s Hunan province, Sept. 24, 2015. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Engineers in China recently completed work on a mesmerizing 980 ft. long suspension bridge primarily made out of glass. Dubbed the Haohan Qiao Bridge — which appropriately translates to Brave Men’s Bridge in English — the engineering marvel towers 600 feet above a canyon below and is situated between two cliffs. Located at the Shiniuizhai National Geological Park in southern China, the Haohan Qiao Bridge is clearly not meant for the faint of heart.

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While the notion of walking across glass that high up in the air is certainly a bit jarring, the glass used is said to be exceedingly safe. Specifically, the glass is three-quarters of an inch thick and is treated to be extremely resistant to both bending and shattering. One of the workers who worked on the bridge told China News that the glass used on the bridge is more than 25 times stronger than ordinary glass. Meanwhile, the glass itself is encapsulated by a steel frame to ensure maximum sturdiness.

“The steel frame used to support and encase the glass bridge is also very strong and densely built, so even if a glass is broken, travelers won’t fall through,” a worker recently told the China News Service.

You can check out video of folks walking through the bridge below.

 

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Cosplay for Your Weekend

Cosplayers and cosplay for your weekend.  (I apologize for the dearth of posts.  I’ve been really sick.  Starting to feel better now.)

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