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P. D. James, Novelist Known as ‘Queen of Crime,’ Dies at 94

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When she began writing, Ms. James chose the detective-story form because she enjoyed reading such novels and because she thought she would have a better chance of getting published if she wrote in a popular genre. She told The Paris Review in 1995 that she “thought writing a detective story would be a wonderful apprenticeship for a ‘serious’ novelist because a detective story is very easy to write badly but difficult to write well.”

I still think her novel, The Children of Men, and its resulting movie, is one of the best ever.

NY Times obit, here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 27th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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A New Microsoft Office for iOS

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This morning Microsoft announced the release of a new version of Office for iOS and Android devices that now offers access to editing and content creation tools without requiring an Office 365 subscription. My review of Word will be up at Macworld sometime next week, but in my brief time with the apps, it looks like Microsoft has hit a pretty sweet spot.

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November 6th, 2014 at 11:48 am

Radiotopia

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You should be backing this, if only for a buck. Seriously… Please. Do. This. Now.

Radiotopia Kickstarter

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October 29th, 2014 at 11:54 am

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Wunderlist 3 Review

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Great app for managing to-do lists, whether they be personal or for large workgroups. While I found the the Mac app a little frustrating to work with, overall Wunderlist is one of the best list management tools I’ve ever used.

My review here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

October 11th, 2014 at 10:38 am

Number 2

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I started following the Yankees because of this guy. Going to be very hard to follow them after he’s gone.

Derek Jeter’s Final at bat at Yankee Stadium.

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September 25th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

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Screenshot FX Review

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Clever little screenshot tool that lets you make precise image selections when taking a screenshot. Kind of like Photoshop, only you can use it before you try to capture an image.

Quite nice!

My review at Macworld.com.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

September 17th, 2014 at 9:21 am

From One Second to the Next

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Very compelling no texting while driving documentary from Werner Herzog. Must see…

From One Second to the Next

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September 17th, 2014 at 9:14 am