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Leslie Michael Orchard

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serially enthusiastic, caffeine-dependent {web,mad,computer} scientist and {tech,scifi} writer working for the Mozilla Corporation and living near Ann Arbor / Detroit in Michigan

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Hacking RSS and Atom

3.09 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2005
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Hacking del.Icio.Us

3.14 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2006
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The Concise Guide to Dojo

3.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2008
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Robert J. Sawyer
“Not darkness, for that implies an understanding of light. Not silence, for that suggests a familiarity with sound. Not loneliness, for that requires knowledge of others. But still, faintly, so tenuous that if it were any less it wouldn’t exist at all: awareness. Nothing more than that. Just awareness—a vague, ethereal sense of being. Being . . . but not becoming. No marking of time, no past or future—only an endless, featureless now, and, just barely there in that boundless moment, inchoate and raw, the dawning of perception . . .”
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“And Wolfram knows about cellular automata?” “Oh, my goodness, yes,” said Anna. “He wrote a book you could kill a man with—twelve hundred pages—called A New Kind of Science. It’s all about them.” “We should totally ask him what he thinks!” Caitlin said.”
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“The sky above the island was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel—which is to say it was a bright, cheery blue.”
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“He had a collection of science-fiction films on DVD and Blu-ray discs, and although he said he’d seen most of them before, Caitlin was surprised to discover how many of the cases were still shrink-wrapped. “Why’d you buy them if you weren’t going to watch them?” she asked. He looked at the tall, thin cabinets that contained the movies and seemed to ponder the question. “My childhood was on sale,” he said at last, “so I bought it.”
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“Mr. Lockery—my biology teacher—says if dinosaurs were magically brought forward in time today, we’d have nothing to worry about. Dogs, wolves, and bears would make short work of tyrannosaurs.” She nodded at Schrödinger, who was now padding across the floor in the opposite direction. “Big cats, too. They’re faster, tougher, and brighter than anything that existed seventy million years ago. Everything is always ramping up, always escalating.”
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