Book Review: Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

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From internationally bestselling icon Jeanette Winterson comes her most highly anticipated new book about the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire.

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Book Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Lee Israel

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A shady looking woman makes a phone call.

Now a major motion picture starring Melissa McCarthy - Lee Israel's hilarious and shocking memoir of the astonishing caper she carried on for almost two years when she forged and sold more than three hundred letters by such literary notables as Dorothy Parker, Edna Ferber, Noel Coward, and many others.

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How to rescue blocked files from Gmail

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Show Original option in Gmail.

Six years ago, I developed Android apps (APKs) which I emailed to myself. When I try to download them from Gmail today, I get this rather annoying error. Anti-virus warning – 1 attachment contains a virus or blocked file. Downloading this attachment is disabled. Google, in its efforts to protect me from myself, have retroactively…

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Book review: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

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A woman stands in front of diagrams.

A meteor decimates the U.S. government. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated timeline in the earth’s efforts to colonize space. One of these new entrants in the space race is Elma York. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why women can’t go into space, too...

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Quick and Dirty Self-Hosted Alexa Skills (2019)

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I hate creating Alexa skills. What should be a 3-click process inevitably ends up requiring trips to multiple websites, to set up weird parameters, and reading outdated tutorials for obsolete libraries. So this is how to create a self-hosted Skill, using PHP. It runs on your own server and doesn't require any interaction. The Skill…

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Book Review: Playing With Fire

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A successful entrepreneur living in Southern California, Scott Rieckens had built a “dream life”. But underneath the surface, Scott was creatively stifled, depressed, and overworked trying to help pay for his family’s beach-town lifestyle. Follow Scott and his family as they devote everything to FIRE. Playing with FIRE is one family’s journey to acquire the one thing that money can’t buy: a simpler — and happier — life.

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Episode 29: The Pod Delusion Strikes Back!

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After five long years, The Pod Delusion is back! This is a quick chat with host & producer James O'Malley. You can listen to back-episodes at https://poddelusion.co.uk/blog/ and I thoroughly recommend sticking it in your podcast app. https://shkspr.mobi/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Jame-OMalley-Pod-Delusion.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:16 — 851.2KB)Subscribe: Android Google Podcasts RSS

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The Usability of Unboxing

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Home Signal Box.

I review a lot of tech kit. It is amazing just how bad the consumer experience is when you have a brand-new box in your hands. It can be as simple as difficult to open packaging, to the existential horror of a poorly translated manual. The first time a customer holds your product in their…

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Book Review: Do No Harm - Henry Marsh

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A boring book cover.

What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences when it all goes wrong? Henry Marsh reveals the exhilarating drama of surgery, the chaos and confusion of a busy modern hospital, and above all the need for hope when faced with life's most agonising decisions.

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Book Review - Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula

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Sherlock Holmes stands smoking his pipe - a bat flaps in the background.

After a mysterious schooner runs aground in an English harbor with no human passengers -- only the dead captain, drained of blood -- a series of bizarre nocturnal crimes takes place in London. It can only be the work of Count Dracula, and only one man can save the city: the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.

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