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Book: “The Stars Like Dust” by Isaac Asimov


“The Stars Like Dust” by Isaac Asimov is a fascinating addition to his Galactic Empire series, offering a glimpse into the universe’s pre-Galactic Empire era, long before the prominence of Trantor. Just finished reading it today. The story unfolds with a promising young protagonist, Biron Farrill, who hails from the influential Nebula Kingdom of Nephelos. However, the tale takes...

Thrawn’s Late Entrance in ‘Ahsoka’: A Missed Opportunity


Last night I watched the latest episode of ‘Ahsoka’ Part Six: Far, Far Away. Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of Star Wars’ iconic villains, has finally arrived in live-action form in the series. However, his late appearance raises questions about whether it can salvage a show struggling with storytelling issues common in recent Star Wars TV productions. Thrawn, known for his intelligence...

Book: “The Magician’s Daughter” by H.G. Parry


Finished reading it today! It was an interesting book and full of surprises I didn’t expect… Recommended ! In the enchanting world of 1912, magic has become but a faded memory, a long-lost wonder. Yet for Biddy, a young woman raised on the enigmatic island of Hy-Brasil by a reclusive magician named Rowan, magic is her everyday reality. This is the premise of H. G. Parry’s captivating...

Silent Extinction: Human Impact on Genera and the Tree of Life


The world is no stranger to stories of species extinction, from the haunting tales of the passenger pigeon, the Tasmanian tiger, to the tragic loss of the Baiji, the Yangtze river dolphin. These poignant stories capture the dire consequences of human activities leading to the sixth mass extinction. However, a recent study conducted by Stanford University and the National Autonomous University of...

The Factory: A Mesmerizing Exploration of Identity and Purpose


Just finished reading “The Factory” by Hiroko Oyamada! It is a thought-provoking and enigmatic novella that takes readers on a surreal journey into the depths of a mysterious, self-sufficient industrial complex. Oyamada’s work, brilliantly translated into English by David Boyd, offers a unique narrative structure, switching between the perspectives of three central characters...

Exploring South Korea’s Kimchi Culture: A Journey with ‘A Nation of Kimchi’


Watched something different this weekend on Netflix and I loved it! South Korea has a rich and vibrant culinary heritage, and at the heart of its cuisine lies an iconic dish – kimchi. On September 10, 2023, Netflix unveiled a tantalizing new documentary series, “A Nation of Kimchi,” created by Baek Heon-seok and produced by Cho Jeong-hoon and Lee Jee-hwi. This captivating show...

iOS 17: The Fun-Tastic Update That’s Changing the iPhone Game!


The wait is over, and iOS 17 has just landed, bringing with it a treasure trove of over 100 shiny new features and upgrades to jazz up your iPhone experience. From personalized phone calls to futuristic audio tricks, get ready to have a blast exploring what this update has in store for you. Personalized Phone Calls: Dial Up the Fun! iOS 17 kicks off the party with “contact posters”...

Kabocha Squash (Japanese Pumpkin) Salad Recipe


Made another batch of Kabocha Squash Salad, which is our Fall tradition. I make enough for the week for as a long the pumpkins are available from a local farm. Usually into late October! Our Kabocha Squash Salad recipe: Ingredients: 3 small Kabocha squash (about 2 pounds) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 or 2 spicy red peppers 1 large onion For the dressing: 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise Soya sauce to...

A Thought-Provoking Journey into a Surreal Future: “The Emissary” by Yoko Tawada


Finished reading “The Emissary” by Yoko Tawada last night and I have enjoyed it and highly recommend it if this is the type of book you enjoy, but it may not be for everyone. It is a remarkable piece of speculative fiction that transports readers into a surreal and thought-provoking future. This novel, originally written in Japanese and expertly translated into English by Margaret...

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