Archive | October, 2014

Review: Cataclysm

27 Oct

It is not often that a book will make you say “Wow! I didn’t expect”. Karice Bolton’s Cataclysm is such a book. Cataclysm is the aptly named conclusion to Ms. Bolton’s supernatural adventure Watcher’s trilogy. In the book we continue to follow fallen angels/white demons Ana, Athen, Arie and Cyril as prepare to lead their fellow white demon into the climatic battle against Azazel and his army of dark demons. From the very start of the book you be hooked as there is a seamless transition from the end of the previous book Legions. There is plenty of action that keeps your attention as our heroic group uncover and attempt to thwart Azazel’s plan of building up hs army while raising their own forces.

As always Ms. Bolton adds a cast of rich vibrant characters to an ever-growing cast. One of these new characters is Noah, a white demon that lost his soul-mate to the forces of darkness, who proves himself as a valuable to the group with his skills at intelligence gathering. Returning is the evil seductress Lilith who we first meet in the Awakening in one of Ana’s vision. Topping off this cast is our heroine Ana the eternal optimist that finds the power to make her visions come true.

One of my favorite scenes is when Ana first discovers the way that the dark demons are building their army by turning humans. At first she is shocked and horrified at the sight she is witnessing. She later realize though that with the help of the other white demons they can use this to their advantage.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone that has read the other two books, likes romance, adventure, supernatural or believes in the existence of angels & demons.

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Air Force space plane returns from its latest mission

14 Oct

From 8 a.m to 5 p.m Vandenberg Air Force base in California will be closed as they prepare for a special visitor. It is not a politician or some high ranking military officer. It is the return of the United States Air Force’s secretive unmanned space plane.

“Team Vandenberg stands ready to implement safe landing operations for the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, the third time for this unique mission,” Col. Keith Baits, commander of the 30th Space Wing, said in a statement.

Today’s landing will complete the third mission of the two Boeing built x-37 series space drones. The mission began in December 11, 2012 when it blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. When the craft launched it was suppose to be a 9 month mission that would have had it coming back to Earth in July or August of 2013. The unknown mission was later extended to the current 22 month long journey.

The X-37B “is designed to demonstrate reusable spacecraft technologies for America’s future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth,” an Air Force statement said. They later added, “Technologies being tested in the program include advanced guidance, navigation and control, thermal protection systems, avionics, high temperature structures and seals, conformal reusable insulation, lightweight electromechanical flight systems, and autonomous orbital flight, re-entry and landing.”

The previous mission for the x-37 lifted off from Cape Canaveral on March 5, 2011. That mission lasted 469 days until the space plane landed at Vandenberg Air Force base on June 17, 2012. Prior to that mission the x-37 was launched on April 7, 2010 and returned to Earth on December 3, 2010. Both of those missions were also a closely guarded secret by the U.S. Air Force.

Speculation of the purpose of these missions have ranged from repairs on our satellites to spying. What is known is that the equipment the x-37 carries can easily be re-calibrated for each mission. The drone can also be maneuvered to change its orbit during its missions.

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Hewlett-Packard gets set for big re-organization

8 Oct

With the rise of the mobile generation several of the well established technology giants have seen their once powerful empires in a downward spiral. Much of that spiral can be attributed to stubbornness about sticking with the way they have been doing business for decades. Even the companies that thought they were doing a good job at keeping up with current trends have seen a down turn.

“There’s a significant transformation going on in that industry, and maybe now HP can make its move,” said Forrester tech analyst Peter Burris, one of several analysts who say the iconic tech giant will need to get better at building and selling mobile gadgets if it wants the new spinoff to succeed.

This caused several of these once giants of the industry scrambling to right their ships. Some of the strategies that companies have been trying over the last few years are changing CEOs, re-organization, privatization and even selling off part of the business. The latest of the companies to join the trend is Hewlett-Packard as they get set to split the company into two businesses.

“The decision to separate into two market-leading companies underscores our commitment to the turnaround plan. It will provide each new company with the independence, focus, financial resources, and flexibility they need to adapt quickly to market and customer dynamics, while generating long-term value for shareholders,” said Meg Whitman, HP chief executive officer, in a press release.

Current Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman will retain control of the business software & cloud storage parts of the business. The part of the business will be renamed Hewlett-Packard Enterprises. She will then split the PC &mobile devices along with printing into a second business that current Vice President Dion Weisler will become CEO. Mr. Weisler’s new business will be called HP Inc.

Hewlett-Packard hired Ms. Whitman in September of 2011 to resurrect the struggling company. Before Ms. Whitman was hired by Hewlett-Packard she had proven herself as President & CEO of Ebay where she over saw 10 years of growth before leaving in 2008 to run, a failed campaign, for governor of California.

Mr. Weisler was hired by Hewlett-Packard in December of 2011 as a Vice President. Before coming to HP, Mr. Weisler spent almost 5 years with Levono where he was both a Vice President and COO.

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Review: Beyond the softness of his fur part 3

5 Oct

The third and final of TammyJo Eckhart’s Beyond the Softness of His Fur series is even better than the previous two. In this last installment of the series you will want to take your time and savor every word. Once again we are captivated by the attention craving Fox morph Wynn. This time Wynn amazes us with the way that he blossoms by overcoming his jealousy, his eagerness to learn and re-awaken abilities that are discouraged in most morphs. You will further into the book as you follow the growing relationship between Emily, Lindsey and Wynn as they grow into a caring family. There also plenty of other situations in this book that will keep your eyes glued to the pages.

Once again Ms. Eckhart does a great job of giving voices to Emily, Lindsey and Wynn giving us a better understanding of how each of them view the various situations they face on a daily basis. A good example is how the three of all have a differing view when it is Lindsey that into all the details like the color scheme, Emily is more focused on the wedding overall and Wynn isn’t quite sure what they are discussing but it is cutting into his time with his Mistress.

I would recommend this book not just to those that enjoy erotica or romance but also to those like self help books on building better relationships, in or entering into a management role. There is something for the person that falls into any of those categories.