Monday, October 9, 2017

Stranger Things

Review.

This series must be tailo- made for the 40+ crowd, as its situated in the 80's. I remember those bicycles! Promising, but I wonder how long it will last, as the target audience might be a bit too small...

Write it down: October 27, season 2 of Stranger Things!!!

Neo Yokio smells like a space station


Review.

I just watched some Neo Yokio on Netflix. And didn't like it at all. But...

Some animator, designer, script writer or show runner must have been watching more than anime, some 20 odd years ago. There's a very special kind of perfume in a key role...


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Chicken Samurai

How much Ninja Theory does a Chicken Samurai need?

Kip Samoerai Salade, aka Chicken Samurai Salad.

Which either means it's a salad for Chicken Samurai, or (shudder) it is made of chicken and samurai... Which probably requires a trip to Japan, and a very, very, very large blender.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Genevieve Cogman - The Invisible Library / The Masked City

Review. 

Triggered by (again) one of Jan’s reviews, I think. Keep them coming :-)

Both books are good reads If you like some interdimensional travelling, the fight between chaos and order, some intrigue, action, a heroine with flaws and you like books then you’re in for a treat.

I’m not sure it is the setting or writing style, but both books reminded me somewhat of Zelazny’s work.

Friday, September 29, 2017

C J Cherryh - Foreigner / Inheritor / ...

Review.

C J Cherryh calls this the 'First Contact' series, but most websites refer to it as the 'Foreigner' series.

Inspired by a comment from Jan (of Dapper fame) I decided to chew my way through a couple of these.

It's a long series, but the main story is delivered in batches of three, and most of those would work as stand alone titles. I would strongly advise not to read them out of order though...


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Marko Kloos - Fields of Fire

Review.

In this universe the humans have encountered a (literally) giant enemy called the Lankies. And they (the humans) are loosing...

Marko Kloos writes military SF, and is the author of the Frontlines series. Currently (2017) this series contains 5 books, with a sixth one coming up.

Roaming voor dummies (Dutch)

Bellen en internetten in het buitenland is nu gratis! Of toch niet?

Misschien toch niet helemaal...


SQB

SQB is a small tool to modify playlists, and helps identifying and correcting missing files in your .MPU3 playlists.

SQB uses SOX to export all entries in a playlists (including .FLAC) to .MP3 for use on mobile players, in cars, or for use other devices only supporting MP3.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Xbox 360... Go for the (g)old

The Xbox 360 is dead.

So, let's buy one.

Seriously? Buying an Xbox 360 when even its successor the (first generation of the) Xbox One is dead and gone?

You do know you can buy some great games starting from 2 bucks?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

I want more Jessica

Review.

Jessica is back. So are the others.

In spite of many poor reviews I actually liked this 8 episode mini series. Yeah, there are quite some issues, but my primary complaint is simply this: not enough Jessica.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Orphan Black

Review.

And so, it ends. 5 (small) seasons of Orphan Black, and it was good. There were some poor episodes, but even when the plot got thin the actors carried the show, especially Tatiana Maslany.

A must watch.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Gaming on a shoestring

I own a PS3. A PS4. There's a Wii gathering dust, a Vita lies somewhere for the incidental Final Fantasy X session, next to a DS. There are games on my phone, on the kid's iPads, and both PC's run (of course) Steam.

And still I claim gaming is cheap these days.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

De Kobo Aura 2 E-reader (Dutch)

Dutch.

Heb ik net een uitgebreide handleiding geschreven voor de Kobo Glo met de oude software (hier te vinden) komt Kobo met een nieuwe versie 😏 En gelukkig is deze nieuwe software beschikbaar voor alle E-readers, dus niet alleen voor een reader als de Aura 2 maar ook voor de oudere Glo!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Wifi en de buren voor Dummies (Dutch)

Dutch.

Wifi problemen?

Deze uitleg helpt je Wifi problemen op te lossen en te voorkomen, voor zover mogelijk. De belangrijkste regel: 1+6+11=20...

Blame!

Review.

Blame! is a new anime on NetFlix, and proudly proclaimed to be a 'NetFlix Original'.

I'm not too sure what that actually means...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ads add up, so do the right thing


Column.

I. Do. Not. Like. Bing.

There you have it. I'm biased, so this isn't going to be a fully objective review. But it actually isn't about search engines, to be honest. It's about 'free' services that cost nothing.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Calibre + E-reader (Dutch)

Dutch.

Wanneer je een bibliotheek hebt van duizend(en) boeken is het beheer op een (trage) e-reader eigenlijk onmogelijk. Het is dan beter om alle e-books op de PC te bewaren, en daar te kiezen welke je naar de e-reader wilt kopieren om later te lezen.

Calibre is een porgramma wat je daarbij helpt. Het is een e-book reader, manager en converter. Met Calibre is het makkelijker een bibliotheek van e-books te beheren.

Monday, May 15, 2017

De Kobo Glo (Refurbished) E-Reader (Dutch)

Dutch.

MediaMarkt en allerlei andere adressen hebben nu een 'refurbished' Kobo Glo E-reader, met 2 jaar volledige garantie, voor 69 / 79 euro.

Voor de kopers wat hints en tips, want het werkt toch net even weer anders dan een (Android) tablet...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Right-sizing a home-server PSU

I am running a small, Windows 7 based home-server in my home. Its primary function is to serve music to my Squeezebox music player(s), but it also serves as my file server and movie transcoder.

I needed to replace the PSU, but what is a proper size?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Duplicate events in Google Calender

I ran into a problem with Google Calender. On my device (phone) I saw 'duplicate' events, ie. the same event twice, but in a browser the web version of Calendar showed no problem.

Root cause: renaming a calendar......

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Force SqueezeBox Duet to wired operation

I'm still using a SqueezeBox setup to play my music...

If the Squeezebox Duet gets disconnected from it's LAN cable it will move to Wifi... and will not move back automatically! To restore to wired operation the player needs to be reset. Here's how to do that.


Four weeks of Wattpad, one day of Scribophile

On March 4, 2017, I joined Wattpad.

I'm a month older now, and my life still sucks 😊 On the other hand, I actually wrote 40 to 50 thousand words. (After several rewrites I'm probably 30% into my first novel, yeah!)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wattpad isn't funny (but BTS is worse)

Probably the two most difficult to answer questions ever: what makes people laugh when reading, and how to attract readers on Wattpad?

Monday, March 27, 2017

A tree hugger goes Faktum

DIY.

About paper, plastic, and re-purposing Ikea kitchens... I would never call myself a 'tree hugger' (and I have a PS3, PS4, and too many airmiles to prove that) but even I think sometimes it pays to be smart... either for the environment, or just for the money.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Iron Fist

Review.

With over 90 million subscribers (and probably twice that many viewers) NetFlix stll isn't profitable yet but that doesn't stop them creating their own interesting shows... This time Iron Fist enters the MCU...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Aspiring Artist

DIY.

Over the years I've been painting a few murals on the walls of the bedrooms of the kids.

Me and my youngest daughter (who is already more of an artist than I will ever be) set out to create something new...

Archive

The old website is gone, but some materials may be useful (if only to me 😂, so I added a little section and will move some pages / files in there. It's not complete so more stuff is coming...

Strictly for nerds, obviously. Link: http://www.ninelizards.com/archive

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dapper

The next installment of Dapper is coming up...

Dapper is an international APA (Amateur Press Assiociation), written by and for SF & Fantasy fans. You can still join!

Obviously my poor attempt at a cover is a photoshop of the original DC comic The Flash number 22... all rights reserved etc. etc.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Have Hat Will Travel

Fiction.

"THEY CALL HER THE SPACE WITCH. But not to her face. Jennifer knows the universal laws of conserving energy and diminishing returns also apply to space (and love and aliens). But that is not going to stop Cadet Healer Third Class Parsons bringing her own kind magic to space..."

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Inverarity - Alexandra Quick

Review.

There is a lot of bad Fan Fiction out there. Alexandra Quick, though, isn't one of those. It is, in fact, very, very good.

Did I mention the Alexandra Quick stories are very good?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

NightLive Memorial



Once upon a time (1994 or so) there was this idiot that had a dream: he would create a nice, well visited, popular well known bulletin board system.

NightLive was my attempt.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Where are the other eight?

I haven't got a clue 😏

This blog is about subjects that interest me: SF & Fantasy, books and movies, computers, home automation, music, DIY... Which effectively means things may get a little... nerdy.