Quick Book Review: “Severance” by Ling Ma

A really great debut novel by Ling Ma. It’s a post-apocalyptic zombie novel about a millennial workaholic, Candace Chen, who works for a book publisher in Manhattan.  When Shen Fever (a fatal plague that causes people to become non-violent zombie versions of themselves) begins spreading throughout the world, Candace, one of the fortunate few who manages to not become infected,…

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"I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right" by John Lydon

Quick Book Review: “I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right” by John Lydon

I’ve been a Sex Pistols and a Public Image LTD fan from day one.  I read Lydon’s first two books.  This book is a limited edition (only 10,000 copies printed), autographed, individually numbered, in a clamshell box.  The paper quality and graphic design are great.  The content… that’s another story.  The book is a random collection of Lydon’s thoughts and…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 12, The Last Day. Pt15

Well, it’s upon us: the last day of the project.  Hard to believe how quickly this project has flown by.  Despite all of the Covid-related logistical nightmares that Mission Rabies has had to put up with, the project has been a remarkable success, with the vaccine numbers about to exceed last year’s numbers.  In fact, Mission Rabies is sending the…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 11, This Vaccination Drive is Coming to a End. Pt14

Great day today.  We were roaming again, in an area called Singisi.  It’s a pretty area, with lots of lush green foliage.  Many interesting pathways and homes.  Courtnie had to get her pre-flight Covid test this morning, along with several other volunteers who are flying to the UK on Thursday, so I was by myself in the morning.  I had…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 10, More Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats. Pt13

Our assignment today was to roam in two areas.  In the morning, we were covering a new area, and we saw a reasonable amount of dogs and a surprisingly high number of cats.  When we set up a static point clinic, the vast majority of the pets are dogs, because they can walk their dogs over relatively easily.  People here…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 9, The Second Week Continues. Pt12

Well, it’s confirmed.  Our KLM flight is definitely a no-go.  Initially, KLM sent me an email saying that our flight was a Covid-Tested corridor flight and is therefore exempt from the new Netherlands regulations.  Now I’ve received an email that said that the first email was sent in error.  Our flight is NOT a Covid-Tested corridor flight.  It was just…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 8, The Second Half of the Vaccination Drive Begins! Pt11

Today could only be described as exhilarating.   We started this first day of our second week with what we thought would be a quick trip to the medical clinic to get my second post-exposure rabies vaccine (I got scratched by a kitten last week).  Well, today is Saturday, and the doctor doesn’t arrive until 9:00.  We couldn’t wait that…

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"Elephants: Birth, Life, and Death in the World of the Giants" by Hannah Mumby

Quick Book Review: “Elephants: Birth, Life, and Death in the World of the Giants” by Hannah Mumby

After my recent safari to the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania where I saw many elephants, my fascination with them was rekindled, and I thought I’d read a book about them.  Unfortunately, I found this book a little disappointing.  I was hoping for a more scientific book, with a lot of detail about their biology and their social structure.  This book…

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