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Now available: a Rubik’s Cube solution booklet!

My pages about solving Rubik’s Cube are among the most popular on the site. By popular demand, I’ve created a downloadable PDF version of these pages. If you prefer to work from a paper version, get yourself the PDF and print it!  

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Six Million Dutch Don’t Believe In Childbirth

It’s a miracle I’m not pounding my head against a wall, moaning in despair. Bas Roelman, a journalist for Trouw newspaper, published today about a report by marketing research firm Motivaction, claiming that a majority of the Dutch believe in miracles. Upon reading that, I sat up in shock: are the straits of Dutch superstition […]

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Lightailing Review (**): Beautiful, But Disappointing

UPDATE: Lightailing has updated their product page to include both a clickable link to the product reviews, and my own review. This prompted me to update this post to include only my product review. Suppliers should <em>never</em> lie. Ever. And fake or suppressed reviews? Those are lies. I’m basically a kid with extra decades on the […]

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Editor Roselinde Bouman, myself, and Maarten Boers at the contract signing

A Dream Come True: My Publisher Bought My Thriller

Even the title of this post is a dream-come-true: being able to utter the words “my publisher”. But this is more than that. I’ve dreamed of being a published author since I first understood that such a thing exists, so at least 40 years. I’ve been working towards that dream for almost a decade. I […]

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Why I Don’t Debate Climate Change Deniers Anymore, But Unfriend Them

Earlier today, I came close to unfriending a guy on Facebook over climate change. He wasn’t even too rabidly fundamentalist about the topic. Nevertheless, his way of arguing his climate change point of view had all the hallmarks of the widespread climate change denial disinformation strategy. Which is why I refuse to engage in this […]

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SurveyMonkey Business

Some twelve hours after I blogged about SurveyMonkey’s theft of 60 euros of my money, and a couple of hours after I mentioned in these pages that they’d doubled down by changing the price for everyone, SurveyMonkey has apparently relented. Late Thursday night I received an email from Kaleigh with apologies, an explanation, the announcement […]

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The Shamelessness Of Monkeys

Update 2: SurveyMonkey has caved under the pressure of hundreds of page hits, shares, and retweets of this blog post, and granted me a full refund and a 6-month complimentary subscription. In zoos, I’ve seen monkeys fornicate and masturbate in public, eat their own vomit, and even dine without the benefit of cutlery–or clean hands. […]

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SurveyMonkey Steals Your Money

Update 2: SurveyMonkey has caved under the pressure of hundreds of page hits, shares, and retweets of this blog post, and granted me a full refund and a 6-month complimentary subscription. Update: SurveyMonkey has reacted to my complaint by restructuring their entire pricing model. Repeat after me: Sur – Vey – Mon – Key Steals […]

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Even Science Mags Murder Science

When even a scientific magazine like Wetenschap in Beeld (Science in the Picture) makes huge errors like this, errors in their thinking as much as in their facts, it’s no wonder that less and less people really understand science, and more and more people lose faith in it. In their April issue, WiB printed an […]

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George And The Winged Dragons?

A very extensive review appeared in The Levant yesterday of Robert N. Stephenson’s anthology Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Vol.IV. The reviewer had some surprising things to say about my story The Life and Death of George Hayes: This is a very good story. It’s beautifully written and deals with the Faustian choice […]

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