Friday, June 17, 2016

Follow Friday - Benjamin Franklin Created the Franklin Magic Square with a Magic Constant of 260

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and a single Follow Friday Featured Blogger each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the Featured Blogger of the week - Novel Knight.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: Five websites you love to lurk around that are not shopping sites.

Only five? This is going to be difficult. With apologies to great sites like Clarkesworld, Whatever, and io9, here are my top five:

File 770: This is the best place to get day to day news about what is happening in the science fiction and fantasy community. Run by Mike Glyer, the site posts daily round-ups linking to and providing excerpt from an array of blogs, award sites, convention sites, and other places. File 770 also posts other articles on various topical issues ranging from interviews with Chinese science fiction authors to information about scholarship being done with respect to the works of authors such as Ray Bradbury and J.R.R. Tolkien.

LibraryThing: LibraryThing is my favorite book cataloging site. In practical terms, it is the only book cataloging site that I use. While I do have a Goodreads account, I have used it so rarely that it may as well not exist. I have my entire book library cataloged on LibraryThing and I use their review writing function to create the4 first drafts of all my book reviews.

Locus Online: While reading File 770 will keep one abreast of the news of the science fiction and fantasy community, reading Locus Online will keep one informed of the doings of the science fiction and fantasy publishing world. With articles about awards and interviews with authors, editors, and publishers, this site has all the news anyone could ever want about the doings of the genre book publishing world.

TwentySided: Originally created by Shamus Young as his personal website, TwentySided has grown into a shared blog with a half-dozen contributors. The website primarily features articles about computer gaming and game design, but it also features articles about tabletop gaming, extended analysis about how computer games work and how their stories are put together, as well as humorous deconstructions of several different video game tropes. This site is home to the Spoiler Warning YouTube show and the Diecast podcast. It is also the home of the DM of the Rings webcomic. was originally created by the genre fiction publisher Tor, but has since been spun off into its own quasi-independent entity. Although has a very well-written blog with articles on a wide variety of topics, the best part of the website is the fiction, which, by and large, is top notch work. is also home to the Rocket Talk podcast.

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