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Jul.09.2011
Of course, the publishing industry isn't the only field guarded by the Knights who say "Ni!"  The craft and trade guilds of the Middle Ages were probably the first formal gatekeepers of knowledge, at least in Western civilization.  Secret societies and fraternities of many sorts derived...
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Jul.08.2011
I'm officially official now!   After several years of pining on the back porch of Red Room, I am now officially an author, whereas before I was, presumably, an unauthorized author.  Or perhaps an authorized non-author.   Or something. What does this all mean? While we ponder this matter, allow me...
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Jun.01.2011
The Opus of Amateur Radio Knowledge and Lore
The Opus of Amateur Radio Knowledge and Lore, published by CQ Communications is now in print!  I had a wonderful time at the Dayton Hamvention, in Dayton, Ohio, signing the book and schmoozing with all the big names in Amateur Radio.  The Dayton hamvention is the largest such convention in the...
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Mar.27.2011
CHAPTER TEN To Baldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before (2 Kings 2:23-24) 23And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.  24And he...
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Mar.25.2011
CHAPTER THREE Gimme Some Skin (Joshua 5:2-3)  2At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. 3And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.        From...
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Mar.02.2011
The Biggest Loser (Judges 3:14-23) 14So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.  15But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel...
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Feb.27.2011
CHAPTER SIX Pillow Talk (Song of Solomon 5:4)  4My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. Ah yes. What’s a good book without some romance? Now, I don’t know about you, but if I were having a romantic moment with the object of my affection and...
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Feb.27.2011
Ya Think? (Judges 4:17-21) 17Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.  18And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me;...
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Feb.06.2011
Someone asked if I am still alive.  This is a good question.  The correct answer is: Yes, buried alive.  In this particular case, it's a good thing.  I've been in the process fo promoting TWO books simultaneously (one still being in the production phase).  So, I haven't forgotten Red Room at all...
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Jan.22.2011
    HIGHWAY PETROL Prologue This is Alaska. Big. Daunting. Cold. Not the place to be stupid. Not the place to run out of gas. This is where I come in. My name is Filter. I carry a can.     Episode One It is a crisp fall afternoon. I am cruising the...
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Dec.24.2010
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Actually, in Interior Alaska, it starts to look a lot like Christmas around the end of August, when the leaves start falling off the trees.  This can be depressing for a lot of people, but for a writer, it's wonderful.  Cabin fever is the best incentive...
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Dec.19.2010
Steel Stonehenge, the "prequel" to Plasma Dreams is now available on Kindle.  Merry Christmas, Everyone!   Eric
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Nov.01.2010
Just a quick note to announce that I've upgraded my website:   http://ericnichols.net The most important revision is that it now presents my latest literary work, nearly ready to hit the presses, The Spirit of the Craftsman.   This is being published by Cupola Press, which is owned by our own Red...
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Aug.31.2010
For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. I worked for the UCLA department of Plasma Physics in various capacities for nearly twenty years, both as a part-time consultant and also as a full time development...
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Aug.30.2010
Quite a few people have asked me about "my" photo on Red Room.   It's actually a statue called "The Spirit of Electricity" (The Original Cable Guy) which as been at AT&T headquarters since about 1916.   It was sculpted by Evelyn Beatrice Longman who died the year I was born...
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