Saturday, July 11, 2020
No matter how you categorize series, movies, books, you will always find examples that do not fit in. That refuse to respect certain borders. That are... different.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Remember the old Bubblegum Crisis? Well, here's the remake, brought into a slightly newer era (we want rock, we want roll). It's nice, in its own way, but I preferred the original series, which was somewhat more fresh.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Another typical disaster flick. The first half is actually fun, with airplanes flying between, under, and even thru crumbling buildings. However, once it gets past the visual extravaganza nothing can hide the flimsiness of the story. Fast forward to the next CGI / SFX scene... Dumb popcorn stuff, yes, but sometimes that's what the doctor prescribes...
Sunday, June 28, 2020
What is your opinion on fanfiction / fanfiction authors? I don't mind, but I've never written a fan fiction, I once tried a little Farscape but it just wasn't my thing. I prefer to work on original stuff. Does that mean fanfiction is bad?
Monday, June 22, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Re-watched this one after a long time, and realized perhaps it's not as bad as most people (critics) said it was. Perhaps a little flat, but so are most K-pop girl bands after you take away foam and silicone 😊.
Monday, June 8, 2020
Old fashioned hard SF. Not too bad though severely outdated, and sometimes loses the pace.
Still an enjoyable read (if you can handle old fashioned stuff written in the golden age of SF) about programmed biological stuff that the Jovians release upon us.
Monday, June 1, 2020
Words Worth will have the old poet crying in his grave. Anyway, no idea what the title has to do with this short series. Not a clue either what the authors of the hentai anime series were trying to accomplish.
Monday, May 25, 2020
A re-read. I pretty much managed to forget about most of the book, except for the stasis field and the cloning aspect near the end. But it's a good read, military scifi with a twist, and seen by many as the best anti-war novel ever. Dunno about that, but still a good read.
Sunday, May 24, 2020
For the whole of my life, I've been dreaming about becoming a writer. I never thought I would ever write in first-person present tense. But actually, the longest (if not the best) story I've written so far is in first-person present tense. Scary.
Monday, May 18, 2020
The first book clearly starts out as a YA, but by the end of book 6 we've partially left YA territory. Young (not so magical) boy mage flees his family and wanders the outlands, accompanied by an drawling Argosi, a squirrel cat, and hunted by all.
But boy, are these good! All 6 of 'm.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
People appear to assume the worst is over. Yes, the numbers appear to be on the way down, so the government has relaxed the restrictions a bit...
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020
Starts with lots of sword and little sorcery, slowly moves into more sorcery then sword. Then ends in a rush.
Actually not bad, but the author was getting a little tired near the end, and decided to skip book 4.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Monday, May 4, 2020
Nou zijn er zogenaamde AMP en FASTON. De FASTIN-FASTON zijn niet perfect (je kunt met een beetje moeite (en geweld) de steker 180 graden draaien, met alle gevolgen vandien) maar voor mijn toepassing zijn ze goed genoog.
Horrible. Yet another book (series) about some Larry Stu figure, kidnapped by aliens, to become yet another soldier, sergeant, captain, general, hero, savior.
Who writes this stuff, and who reads it?
Friday, May 1, 2020
But if you are convinced the Chinese government did know, or knew more then they told the world, then that would be easy to prove.
Monday, April 27, 2020
Space opera, but in spite of some good ideas not great stuff. Frankly the narrator (yeah, an audio book yet again) gets it right... which doesn't help. Duh?
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Assume you want to create a backup copy of your Windows boot drive. Or you want to replace that old hard disk with a new SSD, or replace your current boot drive with a larger one. Then it's time to jump through some hoops.
Or is it?
Friday, April 24, 2020
Things could have been worse though...
Sunday, April 19, 2020
I've updated my post 'Fortuitous Space Battles' and added micro jumps, transformation cannons, missile payloads, shield types, and short range engagements.
Monday, April 13, 2020
Ja... die laadpaal boefjes toch...
Even ongeacht de discussie of electrisch en / of hybride rijden schoner is voor het millieu of niet (ik dank van wel, maar dat is even niet het punt)... de vraag is of het voordeliger is.
Pirate captain becomes officer in the (space) navy of the king of Avalon, of course against her will. Throw in some space vikings, and a monstrous race of alien avians hell bent on consuming everything, and a sub plot of a noble who made a career of running away.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Dapper, a few months after TellTales! #100, and I have no idea in what state we all will be the end of April, when we reach T Minus Zero.
I am a little scared.
I am a little scared.
Friday, April 3, 2020
As you may have noticed I do like (some) military SF, and it’s fine if that borders on not all too realistic Space Opera. However, regardless of the believably of the generic concept I still like to see some consistency. Or at least stick to certain mechanics and principles.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Unfortunately, no matter what you try, Windows 10 may suddenly become very forgetful of your icons and their positions. I tried many different solutions from the Internet, and nothing worked. Well, almost nothing...
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Two months ago Wuhan was a remote place, and nobody was paying all too much attention to Corona / Covid-19. Now, the world is in a near lock-down, and we’re all waiting to see what happens next. Scary.
Monday, March 30, 2020
Well... I dunno. Typical conscripted lonesome soldier fights on some remote world, then becomes hero against all odds, then leader of the rebels, then fights the oppressive United Nations. Predictable fare.
Some like it, some won't. I wasn't impressed.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
We're all going to be sick. Some of us are going to die.
And yet... isolation and social distancing will save lifes. How? Read on...
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Of course, it is an advice. So many people simply don't listen. Or are forced to ignore the rules, by circumstances, or by their employers...
Sunday, March 15, 2020
So. A historical moment. TellTales #100, my little contribution to Dapper, an APA. (The APA 😇)
For 25 years I've been unloading my rambling on the other innocent members, and they haven't booted me out. Let's look some of the statistics and facts...
Friday, March 13, 2020
I made a quick estimate when the impact of the Corona virus would be largest, and that would have to be in 42 days.
The world is changing. Yet again. And though I am worried I'm an optimist: we've survived MERS, SARS, Justin Bieber, and even Trump (so far). We should be able to handle this one, though it might get hard
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
But especially for cheating me out of all the hours I could have spend more productive. Instead, you released the glorious Windows 10, followed by the even more glorious Windows 10 version 1909. And trying to get that thing to run on my Dell M2800 has been lots and lots of fun.
Though I did get it to work in the end...
Monday, February 10, 2020
My first Stross novel deals with the Singularity, a 'hypothetical moment in time when any physically conceivable level of technological advancement is attained instantaneously'. (Yeah, that explanation isn't mine, it's too intelligent.)
Saturday, February 8, 2020
In FireFox that's pretty easy to fix. (Though it doesn't solve everything.)
Monday, February 3, 2020
Netflix doesn't get it right all the time. In fact, there's lots of rubbish, and Netflix added their fair share to it.
Still, sometimes there's just something that's worth binging. Take, for example, The Witcher.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Not well known, and certainly harder to get over here (that is: Europe) it tells the tale of a young girl who found herself in another more magical realm.
Well, nothing spectacular thus far, we've seen that before. And yet...
Monday, January 20, 2020
Marines in space. 'Nuff said. Will appeal to some, but I found it a little flat. His work under the alias 'William H Keith' (or the other way around), for example the Warstrider series, seems to be a bit better.
Monday, January 13, 2020
Most of the times I remember a book, movie or series. Perhaps not in details, but at least in some way.
Browsing through my old Dapper installments I found a reference to a television series called Blade. 13 years ago, 2007. And I cannot remember a single thing of it...
But... Here is what I wrote at the time...
Monday, January 6, 2020
Monday, December 30, 2019
Lalonde continues, but I think the last two or three books in the Spinward Fringe series haven't been as good as the earlier ones. In fact, the best books of the series might have been the free First Light Chronicles omnibus, as well as The Expendable Few. He's losing a bit of steam, perhaps things got too big?
Let's hope he gets the story back on track for book number 10.
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019
I should change the title of this blog to 'reviews of old novels everyone already read'...
I was never a big fan of Neal Stephenson (but neither is he a big fan of mine, or so I assume 😄) and I never was much into 'present tense'... I tried some of his other works, and couldn't 'get into' them.
Monday, December 9, 2019
We're at books 17, 18 and 19 of the Foreigner series. It looks like Cherryh isn't giving up. And, to be honest, these are quite readable, though perhaps a little slow.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Not very useful, but still fun 😇
Monday, December 2, 2019
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Here's the MiLight (FutLight) FUT014W. It's not listed on the Futlight website, probably because it is an older product. It has been replaced with the (almost identical) FUT014.