Author Archives: jamesdmacdonald

Another Movie: Midsommar

Since we were talking about movies, here’s another I saw recently: Midsommar, written and directed by Ari Aster.  I’d previously commented on another of his movies, Hereditary. My review of Midsommar: A group of young adults are too stupid to … Continue reading

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My New Favorite Movie

A while back I had some computer problems.  As in Black Screen of Death computer problems.  As in Called-MicroSoft and the Level-One-tech-couldn’t-help-me problems.  So that is how I wound up on the phone with a Level Two tech, a nice … Continue reading

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Maine Champagne

Believe it or not, the great state of Maine has a local cocktail. I learned this recipe from my good friend paramedic Jerry O’Neil of Northstar Ambulance in Rangeley, Maine.  (Strangeley is also the home of the Wilhelm Reich Museum.  … Continue reading

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Altered States

A nice review over at https://jlgribble.com/ Story I’d Like Expanded Into a Novel: “Gertrude of Wyoming” by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald. This action-packed spy thriller had all the intrigue of a Bond story, but Gertrude had no need … Continue reading

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COVID Near You

Modeled on Flu Near You, this is a crowd-sourcing site for COVID-19 infections.  Sponsored by Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, it seems like a good idea.  The more people who participate the more useful it will be.  https://covidnearyou.org/#!/

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Book Sale

There’s a sale going on over at Smashwords, and all of the reprinted backlist that we have there is 75% off (that takes a bunch of ’em all the way down to free). Now through March 7th. Complete your collection! … Continue reading

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Puppet Theater Magic Contest 2020

Best of Boston Magic Contest Wednesday, February 12 at the Puppet Showplace Theater 32 Station St Brookline, MA 02445 Contest starts at 7:30 pm The Contest Assembly Nine’s traditional Best of Boston Magic Contest takes place on Wednesday, February 12. … Continue reading

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Vermont Winter RenFaire 2020

@WinterRenaissanceFaire2020 So there you are in Vermont this weekend, and it’s cold, a nor’easter coming in, and you feel the need to do something evil.  Come do something Medieval at the Vermont Winter RenFaire.  I’ll be there, doing magic.  You … Continue reading

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On the Variability of Symbols

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
It’s always dangerous to assume that the meaning another person attaches to a word or a picture or a gesture is the same one that you do. Consider, for example, the hand sign…

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A Totally Disinterested Recommendation

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
(And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.) I just want to say that the latest episode of the No Story Is Sacred podcast — only coincidentally produced by…

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