With Grading Done, I’m Preparing for a Hot Summer with a New Attic Fan

I am trying to get a jump on a hot-hot summer, because last summer was a scorcher. While there are a lot of things that I would like to do to our house, some things are more affordable than others. My attic fan installation project today was one that had potential to help out without costingContinue reading “With Grading Done, I’m Preparing for a Hot Summer with a New Attic Fan”

A Few Reading Strategies for the Science Fiction Novice

Underlying many definitions of science fiction is the fact that reading science fiction requires some level of apprenticing and learning of the key concepts, tropes, and concepts that appear in much of the genre’s works. Damien Broderick formalized this in his book Reading by Starlight, in which he argues that there is a ‘science fictionContinue reading “A Few Reading Strategies for the Science Fiction Novice”

Increasing Your Battery Life on a MacBook

Laptop batteries are a fascinating work of engineering. They live, they die, and then they are resurrected. I have always struggled with prolonging each brief recharged life in my laptop batteries ever since my first Powerbook 145B back in 1993. Now I have a late 2008 aluminum unibody MacBook (MacBook5,1). I am a little displeasedContinue reading “Increasing Your Battery Life on a MacBook”