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Book Review: The Invisible Mind

July 27, 2018 Leave a comment



The Invisible Mind (Murder by Munchausen #3)

By M.T. Bass

Genre: Sci Fi, TechnoThriller, Police Procedural

A police procedural sci fi thriller ripped from future headlines!

Now unleashed, the “Baron” is resurrecting history’s notorious serial killers, giving them a second life in the bodies of hacked and reprogrammed Personal Assistant Androids, then turning them loose to terrorize the city. While detectives Jake and Maddie of the police department’s Artificial Crimes Unit scramble to stop the carnage with the Baron’s arrest, the cyberpunk head of the Counter IT Section, Q, struggles to de-encrypt his mad scheme to infect world data centers with a virus that represents a collective cyber unconsciousness of evil.

“…he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention.”

                                                                          ~Adam Smith, 1776

When wireless…

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Review: The Invisible Mind by M.T. Bass

July 13, 2018 Leave a comment

Frank Frisson

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I began The Invisible Mind the third book in M.T. Bass’s Murder by Manchausen Mysteries, with a beating heart drowned in a tornado of conflicting emotions. It is mostly as a result of the events that transpired in the last pages of The Darknet, the second book in this futuristic technothriller mystery series that ends on notes that leave readers itching to find out what happens next. Jake, the Geek Squad cop and former partner of Maddie, a homicide detective, is in a coma where he remains among the living due to machines.

The patient lying next to a comatose Jake dies. Amy, a little girl, is shackled to a metal bed frame somewhere. Sitting with Maddie in a deli, Jake’s partner EC gets a call from a fellow Geek Squad member called Q. Jake, meanwhile, drifts through his own…

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Review: The Darknet by M.T. Bass

July 6, 2018 Leave a comment

Frank Frisson

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The Darknet by M.T. Bass is the second book in the Murder by Munchausen Mysteries series, offering readers of the very first book a brand new outlook on Bass’s futuristic synthetic humanoid filled world. A world in which people can murder other people by getting a reprogrammer to get an android to do the deed. In the first book, the first person narrator was Jake of the malfunctioning android hunting Geek Squad. His former Robbery/Homicide detective partner, the attractive Maddie, takes over the wheel here.

The Baron is still at large and he is hidden somewhere in what is called the Darknet. Much to her dismay, Maddie is partners once again with Jake since the killer killing her victims might be one and the same. The victims that turn up seem to be replicas to victims murdered a long time ago. As…

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Review: Murder by Manchausen by M.T. Bass

June 29, 2018 Leave a comment

Frank Frisson

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

It’s a shame, really. The world we live in. No, not the world, but the people who live in it. Some of them, you know – let’s be frank – you wouldn’t mind taking out. And by taking out I do mean kill. Perhaps if you had a lot of money you’d hire a professional assassin to take care of the people who cause you grief. That’s, if you were serious enough, what you’d do in this world and in this time. But what if you existed in another time? A time like that which is found in M.T. Bass’s Murder by Munchausen? In this futuristic murder mystery thriller that is the first of an entire series, you’d not hire some assassin to get rid of that foe of yours. No, there is another, much more cleaner way to get the job…

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Pine Tree on Sand Dune / charcoal and chalk

June 27, 2018 Leave a comment

The Plein Air Experience


Life isn’t easy if you’re a pine tree on a sand dune. If a sensitive person saw this tree from far away, they might think it was dying, it looks so sad. It doesn’t have a lot of needles and the ones on top are an orange brown.

But when you get closer, you see how it’s filling in the leeward dip in the dunes with greener branches. It looks like the branches came back down to the dune and rerooted, which I heard some trees can do on sand. I didn’t test it for roots because I didn’t want to mess with it.

Then you notice it’s kind of graceful in the way it leans and twists. Is that how it is in the life of a human too? Can a hard life give a soul some kind of stark graceful beauty not seen in the lives of those…

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Magnificent Monument Valley – 46 Fantastic Photos – Navajo Nation Part 2

June 13, 2018 Leave a comment

The Navajo name for the valley is Tsé Bii' Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks). Monument Valley Power

The Navajo name for the valley is Tsé Bii’ Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks). The photographer called this shot of Monument Valley “Power”. Photo #1 by Wolfgang Staudt

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the great divide

June 6, 2018 Leave a comment
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Star Trails around Bodie Island Lighthouse

May 16, 2018 Leave a comment

Photos by Ravi

An attempt to capture the star trails around Bodie Mountain Lighthouse, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Star Trails around Bodie Island Lighthouse

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F-35 Lightning II Update

April 11, 2018 Leave a comment

The Clockwork Conservative

Found a cool video catching up on some of the latter developments with the F-35 Lightning II.  Cool stuff.

And first video of the F-35 at Yuma.

And a few pictures to go with it.

f-35b flight line

f-35 takeoff

F-35 flyover

f-35 preps for takeoff

F-35 Joint-Strike-Fighter demonstration team

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