MURDOCH MYSTERIES – fascinating police detective show

One of my favorite TV shows is Murdoch Mysteries, a Canadian series. The main character is a Toronto detective in the constabulary in the late 1890s and early 1900s. He is something of a Sherlock Holmes, if Holmes used and sometimes invented all the new forensic tech available to him.

Murdoch is not alone in his endeavors. He is aided by a marvelously realized set of other characters, in particular Dr. Julia Ogden, the coroner. And he often encounters famous (and infamous) historical characters.

The series has become very popular over the years and has fans all over the world.

Here’s a peek at the new season starting September 24th. But best to start at season one, available on Amazon.

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SHUFFLE DANCE – a growing phenom

The Shuffle Dance was inspired partly by Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk. It began in Melbourne, Australia, in the ’90s and grew in Asia, including Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and especially China. At the same time it was spreading to Europe and more slowly the US.

Here are a couple of videos that show it off. The first is of a Chinese grandfather and his very young daughters. I wish I could dance as well as they do!

The second video features Slovakian dancer Nicolette Paxi Paxianova performing to a mix which includes Alan Walker‘s hugely breakout hit “Faded.”

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ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL preview & director discussion

20th Century Fox has just released the latest preview of “Alita: Battle Angel.” Along with it is an interview with producer James Cameron, director Robert Rodriguez, and actress Rosa Salazar.

You might think the youngest of the trio would have little to say. You’d be wrong. The actress shows herself well able to keep up with the two heavy hitters of the movie world. (Which is appropriate, as she portrays a supreme warrior well able to hit very heavily in the fictional world!)

I found the discussions fascinating. They made me even more interested in seeing the movie when it comes out the Friday before Christmas: December 21st.

(You might want to tap the YouTube icon in the bottom of the screen to see the interview on YouTube and thus in a window filling your computer screen. Or you can do what I did.

I downloaded the video and made a DVD so I could see it on my TV via my Blu-ray player. Products used to do that: the Firefox extension Easy Youtube Video Downloader. And Freemake Video Converter.)

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MURDERBOT 3 now available – terrific

The third novella in Martha Wells’ Murderbot series, “Rogue Protocol,” is now available. It is as compellingly readable as its predecessors. It is complete in its own right, but part of a longer story arc which will span one more book till the overall story finishes.

Martha is a prolific writer with several series as well as single books to her credit. I’ve long been a fan of her, ever since I was introduced to her Ile-Rien series, one of my favorite series of all time. Find out more about her extensive works on the Martha Wells web page.

Click on the images to preview or buy the books.

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WOMEN with SWORDS – hypnotic

The title says it all!

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THE EONS-LOST ORPHAN – my latest book

Jane Doe remembered nothing about her past when she awoke naked in a park. She was unhurt and seemed 14 years old, a small pretty blond.

In the hospital and later in an orphanage her intelligence was found to be so high it could not be measured. She liked people and made friends easily. She was also incredibly agile and tough.

She was adopted by a professor and his retired school-principal wife. She liked them and was happy. But sometimes she’d look up at the night-time sky and think she must have come from there. And she decided she must return there.

This story is about how she did it.

Chapter 1 – Entry

Click HERE to get it on Amazon.

Click HERE for background information: the aerospace planes
in the story and spaceships and other such, plus other material.

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TEACHABLE ASSHOLES and the MeToo movement

I was brought up to be an asshole. A lot of men are. The main issue of the #MeToo movement for each of us men is: Are we teachable assholes? Or unteachable?

The unteachables are and forever will be rapists or wannabe rapists, abusers, harassers, sexual bullies.

Many if not most men are taught that being an asshole is the proper way for us to live and relate to other men and to the “weaker sex.” Here are some of the messages that bombard us as we grow up. Few of them are noxious alone. Together they are a poison cocktail.

Big boys don’t cry. (Only weaklings, like gur-uhls, show their emotions.) This makes sense in a warrior or predator culture, where the slightest weakness will be pounced on and exploited.

Women are the weaker sex. They like strong men. They like take-charge men. They like leaders, not followers. Your job is to turn a girl’s No to a Maybe, a Maybe to a Yes. Then fuck ’em and forget ’em.

You’ve probably heard these and similar messages, maybe even (click HERE to continue.)

 

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LATEST JUMPER MOVIE on YouTube

I just finished watching the 10th and final episode of Impulse.” This is the latest movie inspired by Steven Gould‘s four-book series of novels about a family of teleporters, beginning with Jumper. The roughly fifty-minute episodes tell a single story arc with a couple of minor subplots. It ends the arc but leaves enough unanswered questions for a sequel.

I enjoyed it, but must warn you the only aspect of the movie to Steven’s book Impulse is teleportation and a teenaged female main character who discovers her talent when she is frightened by a threat.

For a free view of the first episode click on the THIS link.

The main problem with “Impulse” is the fact that it is only available on YouTube Premium. The only devices you can view it on are computers, mobile phones, and a very few Smart TVs.

To get around those limitations I downloaded the episodes to my PC computer via the YouTube DOWNLOAD button. I then used an app to make a DVD from the episodes so I could more conveniently watch it on my TV. (I use Freemake Video Converter but there are other free but good DVD makers.)

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GRANTVILLE GAZETTE – Athena’s Journey

I’ve long been a fan of the 1632 Universe series. It and the critiques of the alternate universe it describes from many other fans in the Baen 1632 Tech conference inspired me to write my Shapechanger Tales series.

Recently I entered a story, the first of several, into the 1632 Slush forum. Participation in it is required before you submit a story to the editors of the online 1632 publishing site. If you’re not familiar with it, click on this link to The Grantville Gazette. For just $12 you get access to the latest edition and to ALL THE PREVIOUS ONES. There’s lots of good stuff in it.

Stories in the Slush go through several versions. When critiques cease for a particular version I go through all of them and make any changes needed to the story. So far not a single critique has struck me as being off base. As a result my story has improved a lot. Two critiques in particular made me completely rethink my main character and how I portray her.

Athena Sarah Mawusi Akwete Ocampo is a “quarter-blood” or “quadroon” woman living on the west coast of Africa. Her father is a rich merchant there dealing in, among other things, gold and ivory. But not slaves. His wife is half-black. He hates the slave trade but can do nothing about it. As he has no son, she has long been his most capable assistant. She is also a fierce and expert fighter.

Sarah (she prefers that name rather than her prestige name, Athena) hears of the appearance of a magical city from the future called Grantville. At first she discounts the news but too many stories and convincing ones makes her decide the city is real. Like many, she wonders about it. Unlike most, she goes to find out.

Join others in reading the latest version and helping me make it better.

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Latest Vorkosiverse story from LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD

Anything new from grand master Lois McMaster Bujold is a cause for celebration. I hastened to download her latest story in her Vorkosigan Universe series. THEN I celebrated.

Click the image to read an excerpt and to buy the story.

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