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I read a lot when I was younger, and there are a number of books and book series which I remember enjoying immensely, but I can now only remember bits and pieces from the stories, and of course can never remember anything useful like titles or authors.  This makes it awfully difficult to track them down when I get the desire to do so, but I had some success tonight.

What I could remember:

1.  It was a trilogy.
2.  The main characters were kids or teenagers, and the books came from the 'young-adult' section of my local public library.
3.   There were some alien creatures that roamed the earth in tripods.  I remember thinking of them as Martians, because they remind me of War of the Worlds at the time, but I wasn't sure their origin was ever given.
4.  The main character and a friend were intentionally captured, so they would be taken to the main alien city, where they would act as spies.
5.  The city was not very conducive to human life, but many special steps were taken to make sure the human slaves could live anyway.  One of the problems was the incredible heat; the humans were given salt sticks to suck on because they would lose too much salt from sweating otherwise.
6. The main character had a very kind and generous master, while his friend had a cruel master.  The main character felt guilty because his friend seemed to acquire a lot more information inspite of his unfortunate condition.  While I certainly knew a little about slavery, I hadn't ever had any serious thoughts on the subject.  This was my first experience of the 'likeable slave master', where you can almost forget that the slave master is commiting one of the worst possible crimes.  The main character kills his master when the two make their escape attempt, and I remember feeling sorry for the creature, and wondering whether or not I 'should 'feel that way.

That was about all I remembered, which makes me wonder if I actually read the whole trilogy, or just the second book from which all of that comes.  Anyway, after a silly amount of time I found this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tripods

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bob
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Today's echo chamber results:

  • 03:27 Late night coffee after 1.5 weeks of no coffee is causing problems #
  • 09:26 @skitime49 nah. Just that combined with nasty cough I didn't get any sleep last night #
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Today's echo chamber results:

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Today's echo chamber results:

  • 13:24 @sometimesdee you certainly did! but, I'm about as 'southern' as I am 'Irish' #
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Today's echo chamber results:

  • 09:59 github for lesbians? xkcd.com/624/ I would commit to that #
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Today's echo chamber results:

  • 12:26 annoying tidbit of the day: portmanager wont let you update a single port before running portmanager -s and will instead core-dump with ... #
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Hmm, guess I should cross 'stab with screw-driver' off of list of trouble-shooting steps ...
bob
hirokache
One of the biometric scanners at work has been behaving poorly lately, and in looking up suggestions on how to clean the sensor, I found a one page document from the manufacturers of the sensor device itself. The document ended with this useful information.

Caring for the Fingerprint Sensor

The FPS110 is designed to perform well even under harsh conditions; nevertheless, some
precautions should be taken to avoid damaging the sensor:

The FPS110 can withstand a large amount of surface impact energy. However, we recommend
that users avoid striking the array surface with sharp metallic objects.

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Today's echo chamber results:

  • 18:07 I am simply mind-bottling [from twittershell] #
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Today's echo chamber results:

  • 12:09 fsquirt.exe you baby! [from twittershell] #
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Today's echo chamber results:

  • 10:55 watching a spacewalk live: so mundane, yet so awesome at the same time #
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