10Q #1: Describe a significant experience that has happened in the past year. How did it affect you? Are you grateful? Relieved? Resentful? Inspired?

Describe a significant experience that has happened in the past year. How did it affect you? Are you grateful? Relieved? Resentful? Inspired?

This year has been one of massive changes–beginning with my Popie and my Big Mama passing on the same day just after New Year’s. There’s been quite a bit of controversy in my family in recent years, and this is the sort of thing that has caused it to really come to a head. I shan’t go into details, but suffice to say that being physically removed from the rest of the family is a nice position in which to be at this point. On top of this, my Granny suffered a stroke just after Thanksgiving last year, and having these happen in relatively quick succession has had a large impact on my life in general. I’ve taken a vow to stop procrastinating and wishing I could do certain things. I’m at a point in my life where I’m not waiting for things to happen anymore, and I am actively pursuing them. As such, I have made strides to improve my production work and monetize as much as I am able to as quickly as I am able.

To wit, this year I have enjoyed the opportunity to produce content in conjunction with element14 and Newark electronics, appearing on The Ben Heck Show, and ultimately becoming a host on the newly rebranded element14 Presents channel now that Ben has left the show. I have made many new friends through this endeavour and am well on the way to full-time creative entrepreneurship. I have reduced my hours at Bird Barrier in order to focus more on my sidelines, and I am transitioning into the lifestyle that I have always wanted to enjoy. There’s still much work to do, but I am on the right path!

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For Your Eyes Only (James Bond, #8)

For Your Eyes Only (James Bond, #8)
author: Ian Fleming
name: Matthew
average rating: 3.64
book published: 1960
rating: 4
read at: 2018/09/06
date added: 2018/09/06
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After the disappointing experiences with Goldfinger and Dr. No, Fleming seems to come back around to what made James Bond special in the first place. This collection of short stories, curated under the title For Your Eyes Only reads like Fleming revisited his fundamentals after two disappointing outings–focusing instead on the quintessential Bond tropes and those storytelling techniques that made the early works so great. The stories are tight, the action is gripping, the stakes are high, and Bond is really Bond–not some sub-par interloper traipsing through the French countryside or enjoying a quiet game of golf, making mistakes for the purpose of advancing the plot.

The one outlier in this collection is “Quantum of Solace”, a sort of story-within-a-story where the governor of Jamaica delivers a tale of woe and revenge between a goldbricking young woman and her milquetoast husband. It’s a comedy of life wrapped up in the mundane drudgery of white-collar Edwardian colonial politics, but it reads with sincerity and a polish that keeps you wondering just what will happen next to the unhappy couple. I feel like it serves as a subtle turning point in the Bond literary franchise. Bond learns a little something about “real” people, and we’re treated to a gossipy tale about the hidden despair in outwardly happy life in colonial Jamaica.

There’s a definite attitude change in the way Fleming treats Bond through these stories. Instead of just pushing Bond through another lackluster travelogue, Fleming plays with him in the way he does best. The stories are vignettes, rather like a “best of” collection, displaying the most interesting and exciting attributes of a Bond novel. Fleming has the luxury of dropping us into the middle of an adventure, without wasted exposition, and reinvigorates the interest both he and the reader have in this legendary character.

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Goldfinger (James Bond, #7)

Goldfinger (James Bond, #7)
author: Ian Fleming
name: Matthew
average rating: 3.81
book published: 1959
rating: 3
read at: 2018/09/03
date added: 2018/09/03
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review:

If Dr. No was Fleming’s “rusty Bond”, Goldfinger‘s Bond is downright incompetent.

On a lark, a tired and irritable Bond (possibly a reflection of Ian Fleming’s interest in writing at this point), takes an easy job to help a side character from Casino Royale uncover a card cheat by name of Auric Goldfinger (very creative, there, Ian). Bond disrupts the game and identifies himself as a threat–the first in a series of mistakes that sees Bond stumbling over every conceivable plot device in his eventual crash into the anti-climax of the raid on Fort Knox.

The plot makes little sense and the action scenes are unexciting. Fleming spends several chapters droning on about the intricacies of golf in an attempt to recapture the tense, exciting anticipation of the card game in Casino Royale that simply comes off long-winded and dull. Fleming then takes Bond on a leisurely drive across the French countryside disguised as the least-thrilling car chase in fiction. I hate to say it, but this Bond is simply boring. Even the big set piece production of the raid at Fort Knox has no teeth–it builds and builds, but is over too quickly and with too little action.

If Moonraker is the maximum ratio of the book being better than the film, Goldfinger is the maximum ratio of the film being better than the book. Skip this novel and just watch Sean Connery make the most of the source material.

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Doctor No (James Bond, #6)

Doctor No (James Bond, #6)
author: Ian Fleming
name: Matthew
average rating: 3.77
book published: 1958
rating: 4
read at: 2018/08/27
date added: 2018/08/27
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Fleming’s Bond may have gotten in over his head in this Jamaican outing. After sufficient rest following a near-fatal wound, Bond is sent “on a holiday in the sun” to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his friend Commander Strangways (from Live and Let Die). This book serves as sort of a “reset” for the Bond character, miraculously surviving a fatal blow at the end of From Russia With Love. Bond is rusty, careless, and seemingly fed-up with his lot, but he grudgingly flies off to one of the last vestiges of the crumbling British empire, reconnects with his friend Quarrel and ruminates about the time that has passed since his last visit to the island.

Dr. No is a love letter to Fleming’s Jamaica, replete with exquisite detail of the high and low societies of the tropical island where he spend so much time writing. Bond, like Fleming, grudgingly picks up his next job and re-familiarizes himself with the tropes that made him great. This is the return of the great adventure novel in all its swashbuckling glory–a mystery, a megalomaniacal villain, and solitary dangers to test our hero to his very core. The climactic battle, though, is not with the titular baddie, but with something even more typical of the genre (and done with a self-aware flourish) that serves as a new direction for the Bond series. It’s not the best in the bunch, but it’s certainly worth a read!

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Little Rock Arkansas Helicopter Crash Accident Analysis

Let’s take a look at the Little Rock Arkansas helicopter crash and see what likely happened. Above all, let’s be glad that the pilot–Bill Danio–is alive and was last reported in stable condition. The NTSB has stated that they will not be investigating the crash, so in this video, we’ll do a little armchair accident investigation to see if we can glean any knowledge as to why this helicopter crash happened. Let me know if you agree or disagree. Through open discussion, we can all learn from each other!

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element14 Presents: Project Caroline — Raspberry Pi Pirate Radio Station

Matthew relives some of his youthful hacking by dabbling in a little “pirate radio” broadcasting. In this video, he builds a handheld FM transmitter from some salvaged parts and a Raspberry Pi. The Pi uses a piece of software to convert wav files to frequency-modulated signals emitted from GPIO pin 7. To improve transmission quality and prevent undesired signals, Matthew also designs and builds a band pass filter and seals everything in a shielded case.

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From Russia With Love (James Bond, #5)

From Russia With Love (James Bond, #5)
author: Ian Fleming
name: Matthew
average rating: 3.89
book published: 1957
rating: 5
read at: 2018/08/21
date added: 2018/08/21
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After creating a rather winning formula with his James Bond novels, Ian Fleming uses his 5th book as a departure from the norm. The book is really divided into two distinct parts: the first, a deep look at the operations of SMERSH within the greater Soviet party bureaucracy as well as an intimate portrait of their best assassin–a bipolar sociopath whose disillusion with western society led to his defection during the early years of allied occupation in postwar Germany. The second, a romp around the gleefully sinister city of Istanbul where daily jabs in spycraft put the “game” in “The Great Game”. This romp, following James Bond and led by his new friend and ally Kerim Bey, is a love letter to the near Orient of Fleming’s time. The area was in transition to modernity, and Fleming attended those growing pains with interesting details and flourishes such as the juxtaposition of modern film advertisements alongside traditional institutions like the spice bazaar.

In true Fleming fashion, the writing is verbose and colorful when describing the scenery, then tight and frenetic when describing action (such as the climactic fights with Red Grant and Rosa Klebb). Kerim Bey is a wonderful character and brings a joie de vivre to the introspective action of a typical Bond adventure. Bond himself seems more flippant in this adventure, possibly owing to the fact that he feels that the whole assignment is rather daft (a beautiful Soviet cyphers technician wants to defect because she has fallen in love with Bond’s file), which leads to a series of missteps and miscalculations that build to an intense climax aboard the legendary Orient Express.

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