The Precious

When the light broke in from a crack in the bunker ceiling, I was not alarmed. I knew it would inevitably come to this, that I could not stay holed up forever. Eventually they would find me. I thought about what this day would be like, off and on, for many years, wondering how it…

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Agile at Microsoft

Disclaimer: The following material is not advised for those who clicked on this link thinking it was something else. Do not operate heavy machinery or drink hot coffee while reading. Remain seated please; Permanecer sentados por favor. I wasn’t always a proponent of Agile development practices. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know…

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Solitude – Part XVI – Conclusion

Read Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV    The metal door was now open and large beastly shapes began to emerge from behind it, shadows stacked upon shadows, claws and glimmering teeth. “Too powerful for Myztics.” Quickly, Oetho reached out and placed his hands over…

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Solitude – Part XV

Read Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV   Before their very eyes the homestead took shape; the forest, the hills and the small babbling brook. The stone took on detail, the field grew a fence.  Colors blended into everything; the rich brown soil, the dark grey…

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Solitude – Part XIV

Read Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII   Oetho stood dumbfounded.  Around him everything seemed fluid and improbable.  The zone of grass flowed outward as new blades lifted up.  In the distance, he saw shapes, tall columns like crudely drawn trees.  Even the ground started taking on…

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Solitude – Part XIII

Read Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII   For a long while no one talked.  Amana heaved with sobs.  Oetho held his eyes closed and tried to concentrate, seeking a solution.  He was certain there was something he was missing, some knowledge from his past that could help…

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Solitude – Part XII

Read Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI   Oetho tried to smile but it was too much effort.  Instead, he closed his eyes and fell unconscious, deep into a sound sleep, dreaming of better things.  He awoke much later to another scream.  His whole body ached, yet he managed…

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Solitude – Part XI

Read Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X   “I’m trying,” he said, lifting himself weakly from the ground.  “I think there is something I can do.”  His voice trembled under the strain.  Of course, he had no idea what he could possibly do.  Mystical forces did not just materialize out…

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Solitude – Part X

Read Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX   The rest was mostly a blur, the memory of the events preceding the nothingness.  For a moment, it was soothing; to be at rest, careless, bodiless in a void, no sensations, only his own thoughts, fluid and meaningless. And then it all came…

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Solitude – Part IX

Read Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII   Oetho trembled.  The pain in his heart was his only sensation.  He allowed the stone to slip from his grip and dangle from the chain.  “Alright,” he shouted.  “Just let her breathe.” The Ban-Tho smiled.  It lessened the grip around Amana’s throat and drew…

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