Saturday, September 12, 2009


The year I decide not to try and read 50 books is the month I finally do it. Funny.

I recently have been trying to find some deals on some nice reading copies of vintage sci-fi. I've made a few good finds.

Rendezvous with Rama
Stand on Zanzibar
Lord of Light

And several others. Yey.


Sunday, July 05, 2009

15 Books....

Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Copy the instructions into your own note and post it on your facebooks, myspaces, and blogs.

1. Lord of the Rings
2. Ender's Game
3. The Road
4. Harry Potter
5. A Confederacy of Dunces
6. Mr. Popper's Penguins
7. The Giver
8. Captain Blood
9. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
10. The Walking Dead
11. Stranger in a Strange Land
12. The Deed of Paksenarrion
13. Old Man's War
14. Women
15. Tarzan of the Apes

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

It's Not Just Dogs

Another funny kid story. Joss has been doing a really good job helping get herself up in the mornings and then down at night. She really is a fantastic helper. That's not to say that there haven't been some minor setbacks. Take tonight for example.

Joss really wanted this small bag of generic brand fruit snacks. Not being above bribing a three year old I told her she could have them only if she got herself ready for "night night". She changed her panties, read her books, counted, and sang her ABCs all with no fits and with minimum parental help. She even got her own drink of water from the bathroom. When we got through singing our songs and she was all tucked in and ready for sleeps I gave her the cup she prepared. A second before she got the cup to her lips I noticed a odd shadow through the brim of the cup. It was toilet paper. I asked her where she got the water and she said the potty!

It must have had a small amount of paper floating in the bowl. That small scrap must have been scooped up when she dunked in her little cup. If not for that I would never have questioned where she got her night night drink of water. I guess we need more work on the night time routine.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Joss' First PC

Okay. So maybe it isn't a real computer, but I'm still incredibly happy with this. Joss got a Leap Frog computer for her third birthday. She played it for over two hours tonight. I don't think she has ever done anything for over two hours straight before.

I'm very proud of her. She is learning basic keyboard and mouse skills, but more importantly she is having a great time using her brain instead of mindlessly watching TV. She is now one step closer to being the rare and wonderful nerd princess. Watch out!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Funny Kid Story

Tonight Kris made pudding cup things for dessert. Joss loves pudding. She started in on her cup with the zeal of a little girl who hates meat, beans, and potatoes but who loves pudding. She soon found a slice of banana in her pudding. This was concerning. She told Kris that there was something in her pudding. Kris did her best to explain to Joss that it was just a slice of banana, and that Joss likes banana, and that it was SUPPOSED to be in her pudding.

Joss couldn't get passed the fact that there was something in her pudding and the two girls finally agreed that Joss would just not eat the slice of banana. Joss was soon once again devouring her portion of pudding but then soon came to a layer of crumbled grahmn cracker at the bottom of the cup. She again logged a complaint with Kris stating that there was poopy in her pudding. Kris once again tried to explain that it wasn't poopy but grahmn cracker, and that Joss liked grahmn cracker, and that the grahmn cracker was SUPPOSED to be in her pudding.

Joss simply said that these things didn't belong in her pudding and took her cup to the sink.


I have a really awful case of summeritis. I want to hang out in a garden somewhere. I don't want to be in this four story cube farm. I want to play fetch with my dog. I don't want to send yet another nasty email. I would like to feel a cool breeze on my face. Not watch the breeze blow through the trees from the window.

I watched some group of people start their golf outing today. Golf cart after golf cart speeding away full of shorts wearing, beer enjoying, smile beaming ass clowns. I only wish I was one of those ass clowns.

Vacation is a myth. I have to go send a nasty email now.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Used Books

So, I recently blogged about what a great find I made at the bookstore with the hardback edition of Ringworld. However, what I failed to recognize at the time is that I actually made two great finds that day. The same day I also purchased another book. Its an older paperback copy of Heinlein's Time Enough For Love.

There are three things that made this book a great find. The first is that it was ultra cheap. They charge half cover price for their paperbacks. So my copy having been printed in January of 1974 made the price more than reasonable. the next two things I didn't notice until today when I started to read the book.

In the inside front cover is an inscription to a previous owner. These are not unheard of, but this one is written in french. A quick google search led to believe that the presenter, who signed her brief note Mary, gave the recipient this book in addition to all the love in the world. A more than generous gift if you ask me.

Although I don't know for sure who the previous owner was I do have a clue as to the persons name. Between pages 342 and 343 was a small rectangle of thin pink paper. The paper is a demerit. A fine for having ones uniform out of place. That infraction had cost one Toni Tribulato $0.50 on January 24th issued by A.M. Horneroom. Poor Toni!

Call me sentimental but I feel much more attached to this thick paperback after finding these clues about the novels previous owners. I hope the story will live up to the character of the physical book!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

To Boldly Go...

Ok, I saw Star Trek tonight. Overall rating: Fantastic!

I don't think there are any spoilers following this but just in case - SPOILER ALERT!!!

  1. The effects were indeed special
  2. Kirk got with a green skinned chick
  3. Pacing was exceptional
  4. Also acting, direction, and writing were all good
  1. Lens glares - my eyes hurt
  2. A hokey "I'm a doctor, not a..." line
  3. Leonard Nimoy narrated the last 30 seconds for no apparent reason
I also agree with some of my friends. This is NOT a prequel.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Best Kid Ever!

Yesterday I didn’t feel well.  I stayed home from work.  Kris had a thing she was going to late morning so she took Joss to daycare so I could have a bit of rest.  Kris then made plans to have dinner with her folks.  I opted to stay home.  This meant that Joss was going to go straight to Grandma and Grandpa’s house after daycare.
When Kris picked her up she apparently asked where I was.  Kris told her that I was staying home because I didn’t feel good.  She asked if Joss would like to call me.  She did. 
When Joss called she asked if I was feeling better.  I told her that I’d feel better the next time she saw me (the next morning).  She told me “No, I’ll see you tonight and give you body slams to make you feel better!” What a sweet kid.
I stayed up and cashed in my body slams before Joss went to bed. I felt a lot better afterwards.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Shhh! Sleepy.

This morning I found these two passed out on the couch. The sun was just starting to come in through the window to shine upon them.

What a lucky guy I am!