Author Archives: Tim Dodge

Classic Moments: Monty Python — ‘Pet Shop’ (a/k/a ‘Dead Parrot’)

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Speculative Fiction and Sports

It’s 11:00 p.m. and I’m watching a baseball game between my beloved Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. This is my 41st season as a Red Sox fan (see prior blog posts for my current age), and this … Continue reading

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Music Review: ‘Something Fierce’ by Marian Call

Ever since Dragon*Con earlier this month, I’ve been listening to Marian Call’s Something Fierce CD, which I purchased from the artist herself right after the Parsec Awards ceremony. I first heard her music at the 2010 Parsec Awards, and I … Continue reading

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Make the Box Larger

Jennifer Povey offers an interesting perspective on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series: It’s my opinion that The Hunger Games and its sequels are the best anti-war novels of recent time. They deserve to stand next to Joe Haldeman’s Forever War … Continue reading

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About Social Media, Employers and Employees

                Reporter Michael Doyle describes some disturbing actions by a few public employers: “Like” the First Amendment? Then prepare for a fight, as courts and employers figure out whether a simple click on … Continue reading

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Guest Appearance on ‘The Functional Nerds’

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending a few minutes chatting with John Anealio and Patrick Hester of The Functional Nerds podcast. It was a lot of fun, and they were very gracious hosts. John has been a guest … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts For a Thursday in Mid-August

What does one think about while sipping coffee at 6:00 a.m. on a mid-August morning (aside from, “I’d rather be asleep right now”)? To state the obvious, this has been a brutally hot summer. The last few days have brought … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts Upon Returning From Vacation

I got home a few hours ago from a very quick trip to New England. We left Saturday morning for Boston, met up with my oldest son (who is a law student there), and started eating. With intermittent breaks, we … Continue reading

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My Backlog of Books To Read

People tell me that life allegedly slows down during the hot summer months. Given that I have yet to eat dinner before 8 p.m. this week, I feel a bit skeptical about that statement. However, let’s stipulate that it might … Continue reading

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…Where I’ll Be

This weekend is Balticon, the annual convention of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. It’s held every Memorial Day weekend at the Marriott in Hunt Valley, Maryland. It’s a really nice, small convention where I get to hang with some of … Continue reading

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