Watch Microsoft’s Xbox One X Gamescom conference live right here — TechCrunch

Microsoft is about to share the last details on the Xbox One X with a press conference ahead of the Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. You can watch it live right here at 12 PM on the West Coast, 3 PM on the East Coast, 8 PM in the U.K., 9 PM in Germany. The company…

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NEKROPOLIS by Maureen F. McHugh

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

The cover blurb says ‘A literary novel in sci fi clothing.’  Well, no.  Literary, ok, if you mean a smidge preachy and a bit lead-footed on the metaphoric racist aspect. Sci fi, not much.  More like sci fi light.  Set in Morocco in some kind of near future,  we do have harni, which are biological creations made to look like humans, although they are not, and are manufactured for specific tasks.  Kind of like DIY servants.  And we do have the process of jessing,  which is an implant that makes a person bonded to whoever pays for them…. buys them.   This is voluntary, kind of a guaranteed job program.

It leans heavily on the idea that harni aren’t ummm well people, and of course they are not.  So they are looked down upon, and looked upon as I guess we would look at robots.  So anyway, the protagonist…

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SNL’s “Weekend Update” spinoff wants to reclaim the throne as political comedy’s king — Quartz

Between the late-night offerings of Comedy Central, HBO, TBS, and the major networks, there’s plenty of political satire for US viewers to choose from. But Saturday Night Live wants to add one more option to the mix. Saturday Night Live‘s spinoff series, Weekend Update, premieres at 9 pm EST on Thursday, August 10th on NBC.…

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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:


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.