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by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor October 9, 2012 Announcements

Yes, it’s been a while since our last review went live. Sometimes it gets like that, with new revisions coming out right when you think a review is ready, or discovering some problem that knocks a promising candidate right out of the water. And sometimes, life gets in the way. This post is about some of that life.

If you’ve ever taken time to visit our Meet the Staff! page, you’ll know that both Scott and I write fiction in addition to writing tech reviews. We’ve each had our own projects from time to time. Now we’ve got a new project  where we’re both going to be participating. It’s not a Nifty Tech project, but I thought I’d share it with you and let you decide if you are interested.

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#FollowFriday – @WritersPodcast: Mining the pyrite of speculative fiction for Literary Gold!

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor July 13, 2012 Follow Friday

It has been a while since I’ve done one of these. It isn’t that there aren’t plenty of folks out there worth following. Quite the contrary, there are a lot of them. The fault has been mine. I’ve simply been trying to work too many projects.

But this isn’t about me. This is about someone who has bent his creative energies to finding new ways to helping others discover and develop their own creativity. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the man behind the Roundtable Podcast. I give you Dave Robison, aka. @WritersPodcast.

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The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor June 6, 2012 Personal Stamp

Fastens your seat belts, folks, this one is one hell of a ride.

If you read last year’s review of Phoenix Rising, you probably either already know what I’m about to say, or you’re already nose deep into the book and not reading this review. For those of you who are coming late into the game, or just enjoy reading my reviews, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris are at it again! On May 29th, 2012, Harper Voyager released their second Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, The Janus Affair.  Once again, Wellington Thornhill Books, and Eliza D. Braun have emerged from the Archives of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences to uncover a dastardly plot that endangers Queen Victoria’s England, and possibly the rest of the world.

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Free Will (and other compulsions), Book 2 of the Antithesis Progression

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor April 4, 2012 Personal Stamp

Once more, I’m visiting the Time Waster’s category, providing a new review with my personal stamp on ways you can fill up that excess personal time you have from using the Nifty Tech reviewed on these pages.

Free Will (and other compulsions) is the second book in J. Daniel Sawyer’s Antithesis Progression series, which manages to combine science fiction and noir elements into a fascinating future setting. The first book in the series is Predestination (and other games of chance). If you’ve read Predestination and enjoyed it, you’re sure to want to pick up Free Will, and no doubt look forward to the next time J. Daniel Sawyer publishes a book with a short title (and a long and contradictory subtitle). At the time of this writing, Free Will is only available in electronic formats, but is available for KindleNook, and a variety of other formats via Smashwords.

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#FollowFriday – @NaNoWriMo: The official voice of National Novel Writing Month!

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor October 28, 2011 Follow Friday

I know things have been pretty quiet around here in the past few months. Things have been pretty chaotic for me this summer and The Nifty Tech Blog has pretty much taken the brunt of it. Scott has also had a tough time of it, with publishing a Young Adult novel and a collection of Horror short stories. We do have some folks lining up to do some guest reviews for us, but that still doesn’t get me out of my share of editing duties.  So where am I going with all this? We have more content coming, it is just going to take a little bit to get it out to you. Part of the reason for this is this week’s Follow Friday pick: @NaNoWriMo.

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#FollowFriday – @Americas911: Honoring First Responders, their families, and the victims of the September 11th attack.

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor August 19, 2011 Editorial

I am not a big one for politics. Really, I’m not. A lot of the time I see politics as the opportunity to choose a side between two incorrect answers to an irrelevant question. There are problems inherent in the system, and all the energy goes to choosing sides instead of actually attempting to solve the problems. I just can’t get that worked up over answers to the wrong questions. So, that said, I hope you’ll forgive me if this post comes off as more politically inclined. I will admit that I am a bit ticked off over it, which is why this article is under the Editorial category too. So please indulge me, as I’d like to tell you a little about @Americas911, and what they’ve been doing.

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Ghost Ship

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor August 18, 2011 Personal Stamp

Summer this year has interrupted the normal flow of things here at The Nifty Tech Blog. While we haven’t been giving you the normal flow of content, that doesn’t mean that we have been completely idle. Unfortunately, we have put a bit of time into researching some tech that didn’t measure up to or standards, but really wasn’t bad enough to rant about. And Scott and I have both had work and family issues to deal with. But sometimes you come across something that is review-worthy even when you’re not looking for it. In this case, I feel like I just have to share some of my summertime reading with you. I recently finished reading Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. This is one of their Liaden Universe novels and it holds a special place in the collection. It is the third book in one series and the 8th book in another series, and… it’s kind of complicated.

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#FollowFriday – @Dansr – Mama, Musician, Goddess of Perk, and a damn fine person.

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor August 5, 2011 Follow Friday

I follow a lot of different creative people on Twitter. I follow a lot of creatively different people on Twitter. And I follow some people who are just good folks. But sometimes you find someone who is creative, different, and still good folks. To demonstrate my meaning, I give you @Dansr.

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#FollowFriday – @cmdln: Hacker, podcaster, hacktivist, home brewer.

by Scott Roche July 29, 2011 Follow Friday

This particular Follow Friday was one I was sure had already been snapped up. Thomas Gideon aka cmdln is as geeky and podcaster-y as it gets. He’s hosted the Command Line podcast and blog for quite some time, talking about open source, security, and programming. He’s also a part of the Living Proof Brewcast with John Taylor Williams (probably my next Follow Friday victim).

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#FollowFriday – @PauleyP: Actress, NoH8 Activist, Civil Right’s Champion, and Captain of #TeamInsomnia

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor July 22, 2011 Follow Friday

This week we have a special late night #FollowFriday to honor one of my favorite late night stars. In this case, the star in question isn’t known for late night television, but is instead a television star who is usually up late at night. Folks, I give you the official Twitter of Pauley Perrette, @PauleyP, probably best known as Abby Sciuto, the quirky and sexy forensic scientist on CBS’s “NCIS.”

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