Introducing Write!

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by the makers of Write!; a new app developed specifically for writers who wish to avoid Word’s or Scrivener’s clutter and distractions. I have tried it out and it works as advertised. If you’re on the lookout for a new writing app, check it out!

Write! – No-Distraction Writing App for Your Productivity

Write! app | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThere are over 100 different kinds of text editors available on Windows and macOS. There are some alternatives to Microsoft Office for Linux OS, while Linux users do not have such a wide variety of choices when it comes to finding a light minimalist text editor.

Being a professional or an amateur writer, a student, a person who just needs to make some notes, there is always a need to write down some important stuff. For this purpose, there’s a new app you can install on any of your machines and…

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Soy Stained Eggs Recipe

Sounds good, different, but thinking they omitted the “peel the eggs” part

Vancouver Bits and Bites

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending an event at Fable Kitchen in Kitsilano. Egg Farmers of Canada and Chef Trevor Bird curated a special menu pairing eggs with local, seasonal ingredients and local wines. While food trends may come and go, eggs are always in style and in season. And something else, eggs are so easy to work with. I will be sharing some of my favourite recipes from that dinner on the weeks to come. 

If you’re looking to make a fun and easy dish that is not only guaranteed to please but also will look phenomenal at your next gathering, look no further than this:

SOY STAINED EGGS:

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Serves 8

Soy Stained Eggs:

4 eggs

1 cup (250 mL) soy sauce

1 cup (250 mL) rice wine vinegar

2 tbsp (30 mL) Sriracha sauce

Boil water…

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Cold Brewed Coffee Started Long Ago

The history of cold-brew coffee

Cold brew perhaps found its first dedicated audience with the Japanese in the 17th century, who had already been cold-brewing tea when Dutch trading ships introduced the beverage as a way to transport and make coffee that did not require dangerous fire. In the industry today, Japanese or Kyoto-style coffee is made by dripping water one drop at a time through glass apertures suspended like a tower. At a modern artisanal shop, to produce a batch of Kyoto-style coffee in five hours is considered fast.

THE DERVISH HOUSE by Ian McDonald

like Ian McDonald`s books too

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

Did you ever read a book just because you liked the cover?  Yeah, me, too.  That is why I sometimes comment on the cover, especially those I think are awful, or cheesy or didn’t fit either the quality of the writing or the atmosphere of the work.  Well, here is a book I started to read because of the cover.

It is set in 2027 in Istambul, the Queen of Cities.  Good start.  Lots of robots, and especially nanobots and the police use swarms of them for surveillance and crowd control.

But the problem for me is that it is set in Istambul.  With all that entails, which is lots of references to things I have no knowledge of, lots of Turkish words tossed in, but the atmosphere!  The Atmosphere!  Really great atmosphere building, and gives us the feel of this ancient city, with its ancient neighborhoods and its ultra…

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Banned Books: 500 years worth

Soon the world will have a massive physical monument to censorship. This year, Argentine artist Marta Minujín will open an installation built from books, all of which were banned around the world at some point in history. The “Parthenon of Books,” a re-creation of her 1983 installation in Buenos Aires, will be unveiled in June…

via Access a database of 70,000 books banned around the world going back to 1575 — Quartz

Zunum Aero, based in Kirkland, Washington announced Wednesday that it is developing a hybrid electric airplane with batteries stored in its wings. The company hopes to have its new planes in the skies by the early 2020s. The goal is to drive down the cost of short-haul flights with distances of up to 1,000 miles.

A small aerospace startup is trying to bring electricity-powered airplanes to the world’s skies, a technology it says will save time, money, the environment, and perhaps our hearing. Zunum Aero, based in Kirkland, Washington announced Wednesday that it is developing a hybrid electric airplane with batteries stored in its wings. The company hopes to have…

via “Tesla for the air”: JetBlue taps an electric airplane startup to make short-haul air travel cheaper — Quartz