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Jim MacLachlan

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I grew up on the family farm with horses, sheep, cattle, fowl, dogs, cats, & a lot of other critters in north central Maryland. While the farm paid for itself, the family remodeling business was the steady income. I worked at that for about 15 years until an injury forced me to change my computer hobby into my career. It was tough at the time, but a great career move from an economic standpoint.

Now I'm the entire IT department for a small manufacturing company in Louisville, KY. My wife of 35+ years & I have a small hobby farm with horses, goats, dogs, & a cat. Taking care of the farm, woodworking, & various fiber arts take up my free time.
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Jim MacLachlan I love meeting another Modesitt fan, but I don't have a good reading order for them or even remember which titles fit together & some seem to. Lee's W…moreI love meeting another Modesitt fan, but I don't have a good reading order for them or even remember which titles fit together & some seem to. Lee's Wikipedia page has some helpful lists.
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The first 4 Ecolitan novels feature 2 different main characters & I think the 2 omnibus editions put them in proper order. I can't recall if that's published order or not, though. There's a more recent 5th book that goes with the Secession MC, Jimjoy, I believe.

There are 2 Archform & 2 Parafaith books plus 3 Silent Warrior books which are all SF. Several of his standalone SF novels seem to fit into that universe pretty well. There's enough similarities that I thought some went together. You might try asking him on his web site.
https://www.lemodesittjr.com/
He's always been pretty fast to answer & very helpful. Good luck & if you do get a better answer, please let me know.(less)
Jim MacLachlan I haven't read it & none of my libraries have it at this time, but I did recommend they buy a copy since it looks interesting. I'm not sure how much I…moreI haven't read it & none of my libraries have it at this time, but I did recommend they buy a copy since it looks interesting. I'm not sure how much I buy into the inadequacies of mass manufacturing, though. It's made so much so affordable for so many that I find it hard to knock it generally.

I don't understand "Can't make the elision between "a & e"."

IMO, "craft" has always straddled the lines between utility & art while remaining something of a special skill. It's one of those areas where the tyro can often make a utilitarian item, but a master can raise it to an art form. Showing the difference can often be difficult since it's a matter of degree & taste along with a big dash of style. Quite often, only someone who has actually done the work can appreciate the difference in quality, too.(less)
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Looking For A Suitable Mount

The turn from the single lane road into the narrow driveway was too sharp to make with the horse trailer, but there was supposed to be a big parking lot ahead where I could turn around & come back at a better angle.  The church was there, but the big lot was blocked by construction debris.  I managed to snake through the roundabout with only a slight scratch.  Heading back, I turned into the drive Read more of this blog post »
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message 41: by Joy

Joy Hey Jim! To answer your question about the GIMP book - I don't remember. I read the book in chunks over time. The start/finish date isn't accurate. Also, I would have skimmed any bits about using it with a tablet or with a drawing pen device like a Wacom since I don't use them.

We do have books/genres in common! I look forward to reading your reviews! :)


message 40: by Jim

Jim Thanks, Luffy. You, too!


message 38: by Jim (last edited Jul 17, 2018 10:42AM)

Jim Crocker Thanks for liking my review of The Road to Ruin!

Cheers!
Jim in MT
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message 37: by Luffy

Luffy Happy holidays to you, Jim!




Beyond Birthday Hi, Jim. Thank you for your friend-vite, and for joining our buddy read! Your input will be very much appreciated.


message 35: by Jim

Jim Thanks, Luffy! Merry Xmas to you, too.
:)


message 34: by Luffy

Luffy Merry Christmas to you!




message 33: by Booky

Booky thank you for accepting my friend invite :)


message 32: by Jim

Jim Luffy wrote: "Hey Jim, thanks for the like!"

Glad to, Luffy. Good reviews have me reading a lot of good books. I can now find more good books than time, even with audio books.


message 31: by Luffy

Luffy Hey Jim, thanks for the like!


message 30: by Jim

Jim Damn GR, I didn't add 500 books, but changed the shelves on over 1000. I used to use 'fiction' as 'general fiction' so didn't check that box if the book was on another fictional genre shelf. It only got checked if it might be nonfiction, like it was historical.

I told GR not to shout it out, but it listens as well as my teens did. It was probably that batch edit that hung up & kept giving me an error. I finally went through & just changed them individually. Turned out to be faster.

I went through & made sure they were all on fiction, nonfiction, or 'sort-of-nonfiction' shelves. Then I exported them to an Excel spreadsheet & ran a macro that broke out the shelves for each book & counted them up. I was curious to see my trend in reading & this allows me to graph it quickly.


message 29: by Rindis

Rindis "Jim MacLachlan added 500 books"

Dang! You've been busy. Even when I was going through adding the bulk of my collection, I never got that much in a day!


message 28: by Jim

Jim Tish wrote: "Thanks for liking my reviews, Jim. It's nice to know somebody actually reads them! Some people write marvelous reviews and I'm not one of them, but I try!"

I don't go through friends reviews often enough, Tish. I'd like to more often, but too many groups & other stuff to do. It's friends' reviews that make GR so great for me, though. I rarely read a bad book any more.


message 27: by Tish

Tish Thanks for liking my reviews, Jim. It's nice to know somebody actually reads them! Some people write marvelous reviews and I'm not one of them, but I try!


message 26: by Gemma

Gemma Jim wrote: "Gem H wrote: "Jim, I can't stress how great Deadworld is! I have books 0.5 and 2 on my kindle AND I've pre-ordered book 3!!!"

I've put it on my list to get. Thanks."


If you don't like it I'll eat my hat. :D


message 25: by Jim

Jim Gem H wrote: "Jim, I can't stress how great Deadworld is! I have books 0.5 and 2 on my kindle AND I've pre-ordered book 3!!!"

I've put it on my list to get. Thanks.


message 24: by Gemma

Gemma Jim, I can't stress how great Deadworld is! I have books 0.5 and 2 on my kindle AND I've pre-ordered book 3!!!


message 23: by Robert

Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, Jim.


message 22: by Jim

Jim Thanks for noticing. It's just been a slow reading time. Lots of real life going on & I was reading the first of Martin's Fire & Ice series, A Game of Thrones. Finished it last night. It was almost like a re-read due to watching the HBO series, but now that I've started the second, I don't want to put it down.
;-)


message 21: by Simeon

Simeon Y u no reviewing as many books lately...


message 20: by Jim

Jim It's dry as a bone here now, Nina. I'm sorry you won't get a chance to drop by & say hello. Please plan better next time!
;-)


message 19: by Nina

Nina What's the weather like in your neck of the woods, Jim? We'll be in Frankfurt, hopefully tomorrow night at a motel. It will be a long drive and my husband will probably drop into bed once we readh there. And we leave early next morning as we need to get to my brother in law's home in the Shenandoah Valley, VA before dark otherwise I would try to find you and say"hello" to you/Marg/and the animals. I love horses, goats and Jack Russells, but not quite as much as Irish Setters. nina


 Danielle The Book Huntress *Pluto is a Planet!* Thanks for the friendvite, Jim.


message 17: by Rebecca

Rebecca Thanks for the add! I love your quotes, George Carlin :(..



message 16: by Jim

Jim I'm blushing! Must be the hat, but thank you! At my age, I'll take any compliments I can get.

;-)


message 15: by Karla

Karla Hi Jim I was just looking at your profile pic and Harrison Ford popped into my head am I the only one who has thought this? Hope you are not offended but I think with the hat he wore in Indiana Jones would really do it :) Anyways I'm off to read you'r review of Million little pieces, I had a hard time reviewing that one cause of the lies Frey told Grrrr...I did enjoy the story it was deep and well written but....the end ya know what I mean!!


Christine Hi Jim,just dropping by for a visit. I'm really busy with SFA at the moment. Getting a little writing done, but not much. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ


Christine Hi Jim, stopped by to see what's new on your page. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
Mariard Volume 2 Glass Pawns by Christine Jones

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message 12: by Jim

Jim LOL! Thanks, Dan!


message 11: by Dan

Dan Schwent Just read the nail gun/radio story. You are now on my list of heroes.


Christine Hi Jim, stopped by to see what's new with you. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
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Bradley Hello Jim, thank you for adding me as a friend. =)

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Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson


Christine Hi from down under Jim. Stopped by to see what’s new with you.
Please take a look at SFA.
http://www.shadowforestauthors.com

Blessings CJ


message 7: by Alan

Alan Baxter Hi Jim. Nice to know you here. Happy New Year!



message 6: by Jon

Jon Merry Christmas Jim and Family!


message 5: by Jim

Jim It's my honor, Joy. You've done an amazing job of setting up your new group. Wow! A ton of work.


Joy H. Jim: Thanks for becoming my Goodread's friend. I'm honored. -J.


Christine Thanks for your friendship and help Jim, it is much appreciated. Keep in touch.
Blessings CJ [image error]


message 2: by Jim

Jim Interesting. I posted my answer on your "Philosophy in Every Day Life" topic. This is one of my core beliefs.


message 1: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Thank you, Jim. I added "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". Good morning.

Regarding Robert A. Heinlein's "A human being should be able to.... Specialization is for insects."

Polymaths, like Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Jose Rizal, are a rarity. Two of the advantages of living in a good society are division of labor and trade.

An individual with a mind capable of producing a cure for cancer should be concentrating on such a task.


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