So one of the "joys" of upgrading hardware is inevitably you have some sort of legacy component that still needs to work with the new system. For us it was our barcode scanners as legacy components as I upgrade our staff computers. Computers that work are awesome, even more so when they work well. Unfortunately we have a slew of barcode scanners with PS/2 connectors intended to share a port with a PS/2 keyboard.
Simple solution, right? Just get a PS/2 to USB adapter, plug tab a into slot b, and go! As it turns out, not so much. I can connect everything, the scanner is powered, but when I scan a barcode I get only a few characters printed to screen. Now, in the past I was provided with several $30 adapters from Staples that worked like a charm. This time around I am in the position of making most technology purchase recommendations, and I went for a generic adapter from Monoprice. At $6 total for shipping and two adapters, I hold the brief hassle of figuring this out…
Sunstone is a beautiful story about two women who fall in love with each other, as well as some of the misunderstandings that get in the way. When I say beautiful here I mean that in more than one way. The artwork itself is stunning and sexy, and for all of its erotic content, manages to appear more like exotic pin-up artwork than erotica. The story is just so human in its emotions and developments.
At the risk of a spoiler, the story arc does have a happy ending, but they have to work to get there.
The story starts with Ally and Lisa going from an online friendship (and flirtation), to meeting in real life to explore their kinks and fetishes, to navigating the difficult transition from friends-with-benefits to an emotional relationship. Along the way we meet new and old friends, learn about skeletons in the closet, and get to learn Ally and Lisa beyond the faces they present to the world and each other.
Gaiman has put together a lovely little introduction to Norse mythology in this collection of cleanly written tales. The narrative voice is one that you could imagine belonging to a storyteller, sharing stories. Some of my favorite myths are found in these pages, and several I had not yet read. Overall the selection reads like a continuing story, rather than simply a collection of individual stories. An enjoyable read for both those new to and familiar with Norse mythology.
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