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My comments on Rail Vision

I attended the meeting of the Rail Vision Advisory Committee on Wednesday, and summarized what I saw in an interminable Twitter thread, which I’m not going to repeat here. After writing all that, I spent another few hours composing an … Continue reading

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Interlude: Physics of train acceleration

This past week I’ve been working on a slide deck that people can use to present the Regional Rail concept to non-transportation-nerd audiences, and one of the things that I wanted to include, just as an aside, was a couple … Continue reading

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Still here

I have worked up quite a backlog of posts that need to get written. I was hoping to make some progress on that this weekend, but that didn’t pan out. Neither did the 55-mile bike ride I was planning on … Continue reading

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Administrivia: service interruption

Hi, folks. Just wanted to note that I’ve been blogging less this summer by intention, due to a combination of increased travel, the regular summer bike commute (finally!) and decreased baking (due to increased weight :-( ) Expect regular service to … Continue reading

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Administrivia: Promised posts delayed somewhat

I promised another post about Helsinki (which has somehow turned into three posts) and one about Reykjavik, and these are still in the works. Unfortunately, the trees in this part of the world are very busy having sex right now, … Continue reading

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Reflections

Sitting here after spending another late morning abed with a book, I came to think for a moment: those authors whose books meant so much to me when I was growing up, they are as much older than me now … Continue reading

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Are cookbooks taking over publishing?

Cookbooks are said to be the hottest category in trade publishing right now, but it’s probably a stretch to say they’re “taking over”. However, I wasted quite a bit of time creating the following (somewhat silly) table, counting the number … Continue reading

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Holiday Baking 2016

This year’s holiday baking, for a variety of reasons, will consist of things that I’ve done previously and have already written about, so I won’t be posting any more recipe walk-throughs for the rest of the year. See you in … Continue reading

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Travels

This past week I missed what was probably my last chance this year for a week of bike commuting, because I spent much of it traveling instead — and, as I found out from the bike shop when I got … Continue reading

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Advice for fantasy writers

Advice for fantasy writers, from a reader (Originally published as a sequence of tweets in slightly different form.) Let the story go where it needs to go. Don’t fill in too much of the background. Remember that, if you’re successful, … Continue reading

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