About Kathy E. Gill

I'm a writer and web developer ... motorcycle instructor ... transplanted southerner living in the damp Pacific Northwest. Love mysteries and science fiction -- philosophy and psychology. Also drawn to technical books on web design and usability.

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  • Kathy shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000N8V3EQ/ref=r_soa_p_i
    In Egyptology, the Rosetta Stone was one of the greatest of all finds—a tombstone-sized slab of granite inscribed with a decree issued in 196 B.C.E. by Egyptian king Ptolemy V. Not that the decree itself was important. What mattered was that it had been written in three languages: two previously unreadable Egyptian ones... and Greek. Since ancient Greek was well understood, it was the key that eventually allowed scholars to decipher vast numbers of other ancient Egyptian inscriptions. In space science, Rosetta is a spacecraft. Launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2004, it was designed...
    Note: Google this! Not just for science/space geeks. Think about what it mesns that this exploration originated in Europe.
  • Kathy shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000N8V3EQ/ref=r_soa_p_i
    Dorsey Parr had seen her share of lawyers and their offices. An office made its statement fast and first, before its owner spoke his first word. There was a kind of shorthand here—sometimes calculated, sometimes not—for those who could read it. Dorsey walked toward the desk and the man behind it and looked beyond him to the walls. They bore several framed prints and pencil sketches of subjects in motion: boats, runners, racing cars. All line, no color, as if that would distract. The only color lay in some photos of a lean, hard athlete in running or cycling gear. The man behind the desk. She...
    Note: Split SignalJoel Richards Delightful near-future short story from the January Lightspeed. That mix of tech-and-society with a dash of law.
  • Kathy shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000N8V3EQ/ref=r_soa_p_i
    According to data from the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (an industry group), coal mining has already occurred on 5 million acres of U.S land (about 7,800 square miles), with another 450,000 square miles of coal seams yet to be touched. Compared to that, 12,000 square miles of solar collectors is small potatoes. There are, however, two important caveats in this calculation. One is that according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, electrical power is only about 40% of total energy needs. So if we want to use solar power for all of our energy needs, that 100 x 120 mile array becomes...
    Note: Solar collection versus coal mining...
  • Kathy shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HO5TCO/ref=r_soa_p_i
    Once you’ve invested in something, in anything, any idea, it can be traumatic to change your mind, and it can be unsettling to other ideas that you have in your head because they’re all linked together. I think that’s why a major conversion, whether it’s religious, political, social, always shakes a person all the way down to their foundation.
    Note: More Nancy Kress
  • Kathy shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HO5TCO/ref=r_soa_p_i
    I don’t know if you’ve ever found yourself trembling on the verge of depression, and then gotten angry, and that has reenergized you. Anger has that ability. That’s one reason we get some of the demagogues in the world that we get. Anger can be preferable to despair on an individual level. It is not, however, very good on a societal level.
    Note: Nancy Kress interview from the summer. Prescient.
(Seattle, WA United States)
Kathy E. Gill