» Archive for 2020
Finished reading “Edge World (Undying Mercenaries Book 14)” by B.V. Larson, first published December 18th 2020.
Goodreads A lonely planet circles a star on the very border of Province 921. Critical resources produced there are claimed by both the Mogwa and the Skay. War between the Galactic giants becomes more likely every day. James McGill and Legion Varus are deployed to protect Edge World, a planet that rotates at a walking pace.
Finished reading “Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries Book 2)” by Martha Wells, first published May 8th 2018.
Goodreads It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.
Finished reading “Ready Player Two (Ready Player One Book 2)” by Ernest Cline, first published November 24th 2020.
Goodreads An unexpected quest. Two worlds at stake. Are you ready? Days after Oasis founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vault, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the Oasis thousand times more wondrous, and addictive, than even Wade dreamed possible.
Finished reading “The Power of Self-Compassion” by Laurie J. Cameron, first published January 2nd 2020.
Goodreads There’s no denying that life can be difficult. Simply being human means experiencing emotional and physical pain. None of us escapes dealing with pain, failure, and setbacks. But learning how to practice mindful self-compassion can be life-changing. Self-compassion comes from the understanding that every human being suffers, that we all want to be happy, and that this commonality connects us with everyone else.
Finished reading “The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 2)” by Patrick Rothfuss, first published March 1st 2011.
Goodreads In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of his family, and travels into the Fae realm.
Starship is a minimal, blazing-fast, and infinitely customizable prompt for any shell.
Finished reading “Alien III: An Audible Original Drama (Alien Series)” by William Gibson, first published May 30th 2019.
Goodreads Audible is bringing William Gibson’s lost Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien Franchise. Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.
Finished reading “Heaven’s River (Bobiverse Book 4)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published September 24th 2020.
Goodreads Civil war looms in the Bobiverse in this brand-new, epic-length adventure by Audible number-one best seller Dennis E. Taylor. More than a hundred years ago, Bender set out for the stars and was never heard from again. There has been no trace of him despite numerous searches by his clone-mates. Now Bob is determined to organize an expedition to learn Bender’s fate - whatever the cost.
yay -S paru-bin
Finished reading “More Bedtime Stories for Cynics (Bedtime Stories for Cynics Book 2)” by Dave Hill, first published May 2nd 2019.
Goodreads Nick Offerman and his posse of high-profile guests present this series of 12 short stories written in the style of classic kid’s tales, but with a decidedly adult approach. If children’s literature is any guide, we should all be able to magically fall asleep simply by saying goodnight to the things we can see from our beds.
Finished reading “It”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published September 15th 1986.
Goodreads It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real… They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness.
Finished reading “The Minimalist Way: Minimalism Strategies to Declutter Your Life and Make Room for Joy” by Erica Layne, first published July 16th 2019.
Goodreads Discover how to apply the minimalist mindset to every aspect of your life by changing the way you think about your home, career, relationships, family, and money. The Minimalist Way will help you take it one step at a time with simple exercises and activities.
Finished reading “Terminus (Threshold Book 4)” by Peter Clines, first published January 30th 2020.
Goodreads Murdoch’s past has finally come crashing down on him. His former girlfriend. His Family. He’s been happily avoiding them for ages, trying to live something close to a normal life. But now he’s been drawn back into another one of their ludicrous attempts to bring about the end of all things. Chase has spent the past year just trying to get away.
The next thing to setup is my system backups. For this (for now) I’m using a more weekly manually approach.
sudo pacman -S borgsudo pacman -S borg
Finished reading “The Girl Who Lived Twice (Millennium Book 6)” by David Lagercrantz, first published August 22nd 2019.
Goodreads Lisbeth Salander–the fierce, unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo–has disappeared. She’s sold her apartment in Stockholm. She’s gone silent electronically. She’s told no one where she is. And no one is aware that at long last she’s got her primal enemy, her twin sister, Camilla, squarely in her sights.
Finished reading “Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark” by Stephanie K. Smith, first published October 3rd 2019.
Goodreads Tourmaline Larou lives an idyllic life of learning by day and partying by night. An aspiring poet, her future promises nothing less than brilliance. Then, Vignette Stonemoss walks through the door, and Tourmaline’s world is upended. As she struggles to understand the effect this stranger has on her, Tourmaline and her fellow fae face a looming threat from the human world.
Finished reading “The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence” by Amir Husain, first published November 21st 2017.
Goodreads The future is now. Acclaimed technologist and inventor Amir Husain explains how we can live amidst the coming age of sentient machines and artificial intelligence—and not only survive, but thrive. Artificial “machine” intelligence is playing an ever-greater role in our society. We are already using cruise control in our cars, automatic checkout at the drugstore, and are unable to live without our smartphones.
But I’ve also been looking to a more open source way to listen to my podcasts.
Finished reading “Head On (Lock In Book 2)” by John Scalzi, first published April 17th 2018.
Goodreads John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi’s trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports. Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers.
Finished reading “How We’ll Live on Mars” by Stephen Petranek, first published October 7th 2014.
Goodreads Award-winning journalist Stephen Petranek says humans will live on Mars by 2027. Now he makes the case that living on Mars is not just plausible, but inevitable. It sounds like science fiction, but Stephen Petranek considers it fact: Within twenty years, humans will live on Mars. We’ll need to. In this sweeping, provocative book that mixes business, science, and human reporting, Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity and explains in fascinating detail just how it will happen.
Finished reading “Space Force” by Jeremy Robinson, first published October 27th 2018.
Goodreads Five years ago, the US Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn’t follow the rules, or…slept with the wrong general’s daughter. Three times.
I’ve been using a mix of my own scripts with tar/gpg and duplicity to manage my backups (local and remote).
For some time now duplicity has been my choice, but lately it seems that every time a backup is interrupted it doesn’t restart at the archive it was at, but it starts from the beginning.
I was investigating and issue with duplicity when I stumbled with
So I started to see what was contributing for my boot time and after that I started too see how to improved.
This is by no means a guide, but just what I changed to improve.
Finished reading “Carmilla” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, first published in 1872.
Goodreads One of the very first vampire thrillers, this audio adaptation follows 18-year-old Laura as she recounts the story of her mysterious, intriguing and beautiful house guest Carmilla, who is stranded in the forest after a carriage accident and taken in by Laura’s widowed father. The girls develop a friendship which turns into a passionate meeting of souls.
Finished reading “Lock In (Lock In Book 1)” by John Scalzi, first published August 26th 2014.
Goodreads A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi. Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.
Finished reading “The Burnout Generation” by Anne Helen Petersen, first published March 10th 2019.
Goodreads In January 2019, culture writer Anne Helen Petersen set the Internet on fire with her viral BuzzFeed essay diagnosing “millennial burnout”—a chronic state of stress and exhaustion that’s become a “base temperature” for young people today. Now, she continues this generation-defining conversation in a brand-new format, interviewing millennials around the country about their own deeply personal experiences with burnout and the culture that creates it.
Finished reading “Dead Moon (Threshold Book 3)” by Peter Clines, first published February 14th 2019.
Goodreads In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one.
yay -S reflector
Finished reading “Body of Proof” by Darrell Brown and Sophie Ellis, first published September 5th 2019.
Goodreads Body of Proof, a true crime podcast, examines the many unanswered questions surrounding the disappearance and death of Suzanne Pilley in Edinburgh in 2010 and the subsequent conviction of David Gilroy. Journalists and TV producers Darrell Brown and Sophie Ellis spent two years investigating the case and spoke exclusively to David Gilroy, who was convicted of murdering Suzanne Pilley and disposing of her body.
Finished reading “Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles Book 1)” by Anne Rice, first published April 12th 1976.
Goodreads In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life - the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood. Anne Rice’s compulsively readable novel is arguably the most celebrated work of vampire fiction since Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897.
Finished reading “Understanding Complexity” by Scott E. Page, first published in 2009.
Goodreads Recent years have seen the introduction of concepts from the new and exciting field of complexity science that have captivated the attention of economists, sociologists, engineers, businesspeople, and many others. These include tipping points, the sociological term used to describe moments when unique or rare phenomena become more commonplace; the wisdom of crowds, the argument that certain types of groups harness information and make decisions in more effective ways than individuals; six degrees of separation, the idea that it takes no more than six steps to find some form of connection between two random individuals; and emergence, the idea that new properties, processes, and structures can emerge unexpectedly from complex systems.
Finished reading “Starship Troopers” by Robert A. Heinlein, first published December 1959.
Goodreads The historians can’t seem to settle whether to call this one “The Third Space War” (or the fourth), or whether “The First Interstellar War” fits it better. We just call it “The Bug War." Everything up to then and still later were “incidents,” “patrols,” or “police actions.” However, you are just as dead if you buy the farm in an “incident” as you are if you buy it in a declared war…
I’ve waiting to upgrade to Seafile 7.1 because I keep my installation mannually and I wasn’t finding the *x86-64.tar.gz option to download. After asking in the forums, I discovered it’s just a change of name.
Don’t forget to read the release notes from Seafile.
Finished reading “Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic” by Nick Carr, first published August 1st 2019.
Goodreads A teenage genius with a big imagination, Wally just moved to Savannah, GA from Maine with his mom, who adopted Wally when he was an infant. In this charming and sweet solo show, Wally investigates a hiccup in the spacetime fabric of his neighborhood which is causing a number of strange events and occurrences.
Finished reading “Level Five (Killday Book 1)” by William Ledbetter, first published July 17th 2018.
Goodreads In the mountains of Pakistan, a high-tech mission aimed at preventing another nuke on US soil goes off the rails - with deadly results. At a Wall Street investment firm, a computer intelligence takes the first tentative steps to free itself from its digital restraints. In a basement workshop, an engineer sees visions of a god who instructs him to defend the human race - by any means necessary.
Finished reading “Reverse Transmission” by Param Anand Singh, first published October 24th 2018.
Goodreads Reverse Transmission is a darkly comedic story that combines elements of science fiction and dystopian thrillers, centering on a murder spree involving a self-driving car. Jay, a starving artist, gets the only day job she’s qualified for: “Experience Enhancement Specialist” for a self-driving car at the rideshare company Awooga. The job turns from hilariously awkward to intensely frightening when the car runs over a pedestrian and manipulates Jay into disposing of the body.
Finished reading “The Darkwater Bride” by Marty Ross, first published September 29th 2018.
Goodreads Late Victorian London. When the most respectable of Scottish businessmen is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption and leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride. An epic drama combining the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.
Finished reading “The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time Book 1)” by Robert Jordan, first published January 15th 1990.
Goodreads When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Finished reading “The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon” by Todd Zwillich, first published July 4th 2019.
Goodreads The story of John C. Houbolt, an unsung hero of Apollo 11 and the man who showed NASA how to put America on the moon. Without John C. Houbolt, a junior engineer at NASA, Apollo 11 would never have made it to the moon. Top NASA engineers on the project, including Werner Von Braun, strongly advocated for a single, huge spacecraft to travel to the moon, land, and return to Earth.
Finished reading “Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light” by Stan Lee, first published June 27th 2019.
Goodreads Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light introduces listeners to a mysterious young woman, Nia, whose fate is intertwined with a seemingly ordinary Midwestern teenager, Cameron Ackerson, whose quest for YouTube stardom takes him to the heart of the Great Lakes Triangle where he is imbued with the power to “see” and “hear” a new reality.
Time to setup my new NUC7i3BNH.
I will install Arch Linux with no window manager and it will act as my home server with Seafile, Plex, Sickchill, sabnzbd, etc..
Finished reading “Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists” by Richard Wolfson, first published in 2000.
Goodreads “It doesn’t take an Einstein to understand modern physics,” says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these twenty-four lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone.
Finished reading “A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs” by Ben Garrod, first published July 4th 2019.
Goodreads Most children go through a dinosaur phase. Learning all the tongue-twisting names, picking favourites based on ferocity, armour, or sheer size. For many kids this love of ‘terrible lizards’ fizzles out at some point between starting and leaving primary school. All those fancy names slowly forgotten, no longer any need for a favourite.
Finished reading “Glass World (Undying Mercenaries Book 13)” by B.V. Larson, first published January 20th 2020.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. More than a century has passed since the glorious day of Earth’s annexation. Struggling to hold on to a handful of planets in the frontier provinces, humanity is at war with Rigel.
I’m moving my homepage/blog from blogspot to a Hugo/GitLab setup.
In the following future a (manual) migration will slowly be taking place.
Finished reading “Alien: The Cold Forge (Alien Series)” by Alex White, first published April 24th 2018.
Goodreads A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs. With the failure of the Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat–the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place.
Finished reading “Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe” by Mike Massimino, first published October 4th 2016.
Goodreads Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night?
Finished reading “The 3-Day Effect” by Florence Williams, first published September 27th 2018.
Goodreads The 3-Day Effect is a look at the science behind why being in the wild can make us happier, healthier and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, backpacking in Arizona’s wilderness or walking through Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., scientists are finding that the more exposure humans have to nature, the more they will benefit from reduced anxiety, enhanced creativity and overall well-being.
Finished reading “Remote: Office Not Required” by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, first published October 29th 2013. This is my second read of this book.
Goodreads The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.
Finished reading “Children of Ruin (Children of Time Book 2)” by Adrian Tchaikovsky, first published May 14th 2019.
Goodreads The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity’s battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Long ago, Earth’s terraforming program sent ships out to build new homes for humanity among the stars and made an unexpected discovery: a planet with life. But the scientists were unaware that the alien ecosystem was more developed than the primitive life forms originally discovered.
Finished reading “2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey Book 1)” by Arthur C. Clarke, first published June 1968.
Goodreads On the Moon, an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications of this discovery that for the first time men are sent out deep into our solar system. But long before their destination is reached, things begin to go horribly, inexplicably wrong… One of the greatest-selling science fiction novels of our time, this classic book will grip you to the very end.
So, my NUC server CPU fan is starting to go.
It has been making a lot of noise. I already tried to clean it and turn off the server overnight. It’s better, but it’s starting to die.
Finished reading “Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch” by Ruth Cowen, first published October 25th 2017.
Goodreads Veteran royal broadcaster Jennie Bond explores the life of Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Wife, mother and head of state, who is the real Elizabeth? What do the headlines hide? How close to reality are the television interpretations? Once a minor royal, she is now one of the most recognisable women in the world.
Finished reading “Junk” by Les Bohem, first published February 28th 2019.
Goodreads Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project.
Finished reading “Permanent Record” by Edward Snowden, first published August 17th 2019.
Goodreads Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down. In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email.
Finished reading “Killer by Nature” by Jan Smith, first published November 30th 2017.
Goodreads Are we born evil, or do we have evil thrust upon us? This is the eternal question of nature vs nurture at the centre of Killer by Nature, a brand-new psychological thriller from Audible Originals. Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder - a body found in a children’s playground.
Finished reading “Annihilation (Southern Reach Book 1)” by Jeff VanderMeer, first published February 4th 2014.
Goodreads Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
Finished reading “The Man on the Mountaintop” by Susan Trott, first published November 9th 2017.
Goodreads The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the single-file path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.
Finished reading “Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 3)” by Liu Cixin, first published 2010.
Goodreads Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation.