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Scott McNulty
Philadelphia, PA
A techie with an English degree.
Interests: macs, reading, writing, technology, scifi
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Seth, the man behind the Hugos There Podcast, emailed me awhile ago to invite me onto his podcast. While I appear on a number of podcasts (and have one of my own!) I am rarely asked to appear on other... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Blankbaby
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I’ve been slacking on my book reviews, but I haven’t been slacking on my reading! Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions is the 3rd in the Kopp Sisters series which follows the exploits of the first woman to be a deputy sheriff... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Blankbaby
TNG has impacted my life in many ways. On my desk at work sits the mug above, waiting to be filled with the hot beverage of my choice. Usually that means hot chocolate, however, whenever I get it in my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Blankbaby
The House Hunt Continues: We tried to buy a house in West Philadelphia this week. After nearly three years of looking and we finally found a dwelling that we both liked enough to offer vast sums of borrowed money for.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Blankbaby
The above video documents something that you've probably never noticed, and yet when it is pointed out you can't unsee it. This, my friends, is known amongst those in the know as the "Riker Maneuvuer." Word on the Internet is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Blankbaby
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Mot the Barber! He's everyone favorite Bolian and the best barber in StarFleet (according to Riker). I have no idea why the Enterprise has a barbershop which employs several barbers, but I'm glad it does. Not only does Mot suggest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Blankbaby
Quick, name all three TNG movies! Trick question, there were four. Sadly, most of them weren't very good but First Contact is probably my second favorite Star Trek movie period (Wrath of Khan is number one, and may be my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Blankbaby
"All Good Things..." is the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation and one of my favorite episodes of the series (and without a doubt my favorite season 7 episode). The fear was real. The fear that the final... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Blankbaby
There! Are! Four! Lights! This is a bit of a cheat, but my favorite episode in season 6 has got to be Chain of Command (Part 1 and Part 2, though I think Part 2 might edge it out if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Blankbaby
Season 5 is another season chockfull of great TNG episodes. In fact, it has what many consider to the best episode of TNG ever: Darmok. I really like Darmok, but it isn't even my favorite episode of season 5. That... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Blankbaby
Remember Me has a lot going for it as a Star Trek episode. This is one of the rare Dr. Crusher centric episodes, and I enjoy that. It also involves a lot of technobabble (warp bubbles and what have you),... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Blankbaby
Season 3 is when TNG really gets cooking. Given the large number of good episodes this season you'd think I would have trouble picking my favorite, but the choice is clear: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1." How could... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Blankbaby
Man, season 1 of TNG is not so good. Season 2 is an improvement. In fact, I actually had to pick my favorite from a handful of episodes. But without a doubt The Measure of a Man has got to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Blankbaby
I figured an easy 7 posts for this series would be to name my favorite episode from each season of TNG. Seems like a great idea, right? Well, I forgot about season 1. It is not so good. I mean,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Blankbaby
On Random Trek I always ask my guests what their favorite Star Trek series is, which seems like a good way to kick off a conversation about Star Trek. Often, the guest will answer and then ask me the same... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Blankbaby
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Readers of this blog might assume that I earn a living being almost Internet famous, what with my podcast, my several tech books, and this website. Sorry to burst that bubble, but I do have a day job (which I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Blankbaby
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Robin Sloan’s work (his previous book was Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore) tends to teeter on the edge of twee. Though his is a very modern twee set, generally, in a version of San Francisco that is both recognizable and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Blankbaby
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Right after I finished Dead Woman Walking I wanted more from Sharon Bolton. Luckily she has written a bunch of books, though most of them are in a series. I didn’t want to jump into a series, so I bought... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Blankbaby
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I suppose this is more of a thriller than a mystery, though there are some mysterious elements to it. You know who the bad guys are (for the most part), but it is unclear why each of the characters are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Blankbaby
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Recommending a book that is the 6th in a series isn’t something one should do, however, the Craft Sequence isn’t a normal series. If you read the series in publication order, as I have, you’re actually reading them out of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Blankbaby
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I ran my second 5K race ever yesterday! You can read all about my first experience in 2008 (so young!) on this very blog. Mayor Nutter (who was the mayor of Philadelphia at the time) was there, and I met... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Blankbaby
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Adam Roberts is one of those authors who writes whatever they want, and damn the marketability. Generally I enjoy his work, and he is a very talented writer. This book wasn't his best work, though I did think it was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Blankbaby
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Trilogies can be tough. The first book is exciting because you're discovering a whole new world populated with interesting characters (at least in good ones!), the second book generally moves the story along and not much more, and the third... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Blankbaby
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The world is anything but cozy at the moment what with severe weather, missile launching madmen, and more than one Trump in the White House (I know, some of you are happy about that… though I have no idea how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Blankbaby
I was examining the crotch of my jeans and I got to wondering: how many pairs of jeans should a person own? I probably have too many (which is ironic since there was a time in my life were I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Blankbaby