**Spring Reading Challenge – 2014**

****Spring Reading Challenge – 2014** (01-Sep-2014 – 30-Nov-2014)
The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the **Spring Reading Challenge – 2014** ;

❝ Finally, with Spring almost upon us, we can feel a little warmth creeping into the air!! Time to pull out those spring-related books for our next seasonal challenge! ❞

❝ With a total of fifteen books for this challenge, you had better SPRING into SPRING for a colourful season of reading! ❞

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** September Challenge – Sparkling Spring **

The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the September Challenge – Sparkling Spring;

September is the beginning of SPRING, so we’ll have a month full of SPARKLING SPRING ROMANCE! That’s right, for everyone who loves reading a good romance, and even those who don’t, there’s lots to interest you all. From romantic thrillers, love and romance, romantic suspense, historical romance – romance in all shapes and forms!

Not my favourite genera by a long shot. Considering that I lemmed my last choice, namely Diana Gabaldon – Outlander (Outlander #1) back in the November 2013 challenge, this may be more challenging than usual.
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Wednesday WIN (2014-Aug-20)

Travailen – Official Trailer

–> Travailen – full version [Red Bull]

On the Road [Full Version] – a Salomon Running TV Special

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #175 – Postmodern Jukebox

postmodern-jukeboxIn looking for creative inspiration, Scott Bradlee began reworking popular music as an exercise. In 2009, he released “Hello My Ragtime ’80s,” in which he incorporated popular music from the ’80s with ragtime-style piano. After playing and experimenting on stage at his regular gig at Robert Restaurant, Bradlee released the compilation Mashups by Candlelight. He would finally begin to gain popularity with his release of A Motown Tribute to Nickleback in 2012, a collaboration with local musicians which arranged Nickleback’s songs in the style of ’60s style R&B music.
In 2013, Bradlee began to work more seriously on forming Postmodern Jukebox, a rotating group of musicians producing covers of pop songs in the styles of jazz, ragtime, and swing. The group broke out onto the public radar with their doo-wop cover of Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop”. Several artists have publicly noted their appreciation for the group’s work. As the viral surge grew, Bradlee was interviewed by news outlets such as NPR and also performed live on Good Morning America and Fuse. The group capped off their meteoric year with a visit to Cosmopolitan Magazine’s New York office for a year end review of their work and popular songs from the year.

Postmodern Jukebox at Cosmopolitan

My goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get my audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of silly putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities–just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours–and it is through this exploration that the gap between “high” and “low” art can be bridged most readily. — www.postmodernjukebox.com

And now for some music …
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T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot unlock

Some poking at a T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot that I was given over the weekend.


According to the wisdom of Google, DC-unlocker is the weapon of choice for unlocking the ZTE modems, the latest version available was (dc-unlocker_client-1.00.1125.exe).

For correct ZTE modem detection, please plug modem with invalid operator SIM inserted. Wait till software starts the modem, close ZTE software and then you can detect modem with DC-Unlocker

Having installed the drivers and running an auto detect we get the following;

DC - Unlocker 2 Client 1.00.1125

Detecting modem :

selection :
manufacturer - ZTE modems
model - Auto detect (recommended)

Found Applications port COM8
Found Diagnostics port COM7

Found modem         : T-MOBILE 4G MOBILE HOTSPOT
Model               : T-MOBILE 4G MOBILE HOTSPOT
IMEI                : xxxx
Firmware            : BD_MF61V1.0.1B04
Compile date / time : Oct 15 2012 15:36:40
Chipset             : Qualcomm MSM8200A
SIM Lock status     : Locked (Card Lock)

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This weeks links (2014-08-18)

In brief:

* Travailen – full version – Video (2014-Aug-18) [Red Bull Adventure]
You’ve seen the teaser, now watch the full edit playing exclusively here for a limited time only.

* In Conversation with mountaineer Andrew Lock (2014-Aug-20) [The Conversation]
Andrew Lock is the most accomplished high-altitude mountaineer in Australian history. He is the only Australian, the first person in the Commonwealth, and just the 18th man in the world to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000-metre mountains, including Everest – twice. …


* The Week in Bike #31 – 15 August 2014

* Stybar Crash Eneco Tour 2014 (Stage 4 Sprint)
Race directors; enough with the barrier legs protruding into the courses already!

Some reading/listening:

* Gwyneth Jones – The Grass Princess (2014-Aug) [LightSpeed Magazine]
It was April, and down in the orchard the first flashing blades of the new year’s growth were pushing aside the old, worn, winter stuff. The sky was blue and very clear, but the wind was cold. So the nursemaids put the little princess down under an apple tree, wrapped in her shawls, and ran away to play tag under the twisted apple branches, to keep themselves warm.

Something from Bandcamp:
Postmodern Jukebox, Season 2 by Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox

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Jim Butcher – Codex Alera

Codex Alera
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