Eyeballs please!

I need to know which of these 3 images is the easiest to read. Could you please rate all three with 1 being the best, 2 being second best and 3 being the worst. THANK YOU!

Image A

Image B

Image C

cheers

Meeks

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The City of Bones by Martha Wells

When asked, I’ve always said I prefer science fiction to fantasy because of the possibility, however remote, that some part of the story might be true. Or become true. Some day. Yet if I’m honest with myself, I have to admit that I do love sci-fan as well.

To me, sci-fan is pragmatic fantasy in which the real and the unreal blend seamlessly to create impossible worlds that we nevertheless accept as possible. Dune, by Frank Herbert is probably the best known example of sci-fan, closely followed by Tad Williams’ Otherland. And then there’s Robin Hobb’s Farseer saga. It’s more fantasy than science, and yet the life-cycle of the dragons is no more unbelievable than the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies.

Well now I have a new sci-fan author to add to my pantheon – Martha Wells.

In The City of Bones, Wells tells the story of a young Krismen called Khat. He’s part of a species that was biologically engineered to survive in the Wastes after the land burned and the seas boiled away. But there are human survivors of the destruction as well, and the two species exist in an uneasy alliance against the deadly creatures of the Wastes.

Khat lives in Charisat, a human city, making a precarious living as a relic trader. Relic traders are like a combination of archeologist/palentologist/anthropologist, with a bit of a conman/thief added in, and relics are fragments from the lost world of the Ancients.

That would have been more than enough to grab my attention, but Wells weaves in history, politics, conspiracy, intrigue and a bit of classic who-dunnit to make the story an absolute page-turner. I loved it.

If you like sci-fan too then I strongly recommend The City of Bones.

The Kindle version is $2.25 on Amazon and there’s a paperback as well. 6/5. 🙂

cheers

Meeks

 


Coal vs solar? No contest in China

The world is quickly abandoning coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels. But that’s not the end of the road for coal mines—in many countries they’re coming back to life as solar farms. Over the weekend, the world’s biggest floating solar project began operating in the eastern Chinese city of Huainan, which accounted for nearly 20%…

via Dead coal mines everywhere are being reincarnated as solar farms — Quartz


Lest I forget – Thursday, December 7, 2017

I’m hopeless with dates so I wanted to commemorate the day on which marriage equality became law, here in Australia. I’m so proud. 🙂

-hugs-

Meeks


Neural network needs help with novel writing

I couldn’t resist this one. A neural network [human brain-like computer] needs thousands of ‘first sentences’ from novels to learn how to write a first sentence of its own. Think of this as teaching baby to become Shakespeare. 🙂

In order to feed baby with enough first sentences, Janelle Shane of ‘Ai Weirdness’ is asking netizens to donate first sentences from their own novels, their favourite novels, or any novels on their bookshelves [or Kindles]. These first sentences will be fed to baby to improve its current, um, not-so-creative efforts. Some of its first sentences are hilarious.

I’ve donated first sentences from my books so why not jump in and donate some from yours? No need to register or even leave an email address so it’s super quick and easy. You can read the article and find the form here:

http://aiweirdness.com/post/167049313837/a-neural-network-tries-writing-the-first-sentence

Go on, do it!

Meeks


Awesome NZ police video

I stumbled on this hilarious recruitment video via Twitter today – thank you Twitteratti! It made me laugh and feel good. Hope you enjoy it too. 🙂

cheers

Meeks


Elon Musk wins his bet in South Australia!

As a long time fan of renewable energy, the latest news about Elon Musk fills me with glee. He bet that he could install a megabattery in South Australia in 100 days, and he’s come in ahead of schedule!

The story began last year when South Australia suffered a massive storm that destroyed infrastructure meant to allow Australian states to ‘share’ energy on a huge network. Due to some market manipulation on pricing, and a toothless watchdog asleep at its post [yes, AEMO I’m looking at you] South Australia suffered crippling blackouts, off and on, for weeks.

As the South Australia government is Labor and had invested heavily in wind farms, the Liberals in the national government went on a renewable energy bashing spree without offering up one, single practical solution. And then Elon Musk spoke up and shamed them all. He said that he could create a mammoth battery capable of storing the energy from the wind farms until needed. Then he bet the cost of the battery – $50 million dollars – that he could make good on his promise in 100 days. If he lost, he would carry the cost of the project.

Well guess what? -big grin- South Australia has a $50 million dollar bill to pay!

More importantly, all the dinosaurs in our government advocating for dirty coal power stations have been silenced, at least for a while.

You can read the whole story here:

https://futurism.com/elon-musk-megabattery-australia/

Today really has been a good day. Thank you, Elon Musk. 🙂

cheers

Meeks


The Golden Hour just as a storm breaks

Sometimes I get lucky. I caught these photos on my phone a couple of hours ago, just as the storm that’s been threatening finally broke. The weird light you get with storms combined with the Golden Hour and for a few seconds, no more than that, my garden lit up.

The last one is a close-up of a section from the previous photo. An eerie trick of the light makes the tree trunks look as if they really are on fire. And all the photos are of gum trees – khaki green and brown.

This is not the first time I’ve seen the Golden Hour from my deck, but it is the most spectacular. Makes me realise how inadequate words are when compared to this glory.

cheers

Meeks

 


Thank you Amazon!!!

It’s 7.30am in Australia and I’ve just read an email from Amazon support that says:

‘…Please note that, it is necessary that the Title Name should match exactly for the reviews to be transferred (linked).

However, since the interior of both the eBook editions are same, I’m happy to inform you that, I’ve linked the customer reviews of your older eBook edition, “Innerscape: Episode 1” with the current eBook edition, “Miira”.

Please note that, it will take at least 3 days for the ‘Reviews’ to be reflected on the books’ Amazon page…’

I’m so happy I feel as if I’m floating a couple of inches off the ground. Have a wonderful weekend. 😀

-hugs-

Meeks

p.s. I’ve just unpublished all the Innerscape Episodes. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who read them and left reviews. Love you all!


More captcha?

Okay, can someone please tell me which of the captcha pics I should have ticked???

This is why I hate captcha so much. 😦


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