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10 October 2015 @ 07:54 pm
27. Asimov's October/November 2015
28. Richard Adamns Watership Down Had never read it before and actually really enjoyed it.
29. Ernest Cline Ready Player One Not very well written, but will fill any 80's nostalgia deficiency you're feeling. Billed as a dystopian novel, too many people live happily ever after. Some major plot holes.
21 August 2015 @ 06:26 pm
24. Asimov's September 2015 (the You Can't Always Get What You Want edition)
25. Ben Bova The Story Of Light
26. Mark Twain A Double Barrelled Detective Story
26 July 2015 @ 12:31 pm
The other day I looked out the kitchen window and saw a bird which, to me, resembled George C. Scott playing Scrooge. It was the mutton chops and the large down pointing beak. Face on this bird

really does look like Scott. I couldn't find a good shot head on, but you might be able to picture the white swath running down from the beak as mutton chops.

My brain is strange.

The bird is a juvenile Rose Breasted Grossbeak.
21 July 2015 @ 08:35 pm
22. Mark Twain A Dog's Tale AHHH, do not read! I read this because I wanted something short and light. It is short.
23. P.G. Wodehouse The Girl On The Boat
19 July 2015 @ 04:27 pm
Wonder if this explains why I've been having a hard time maintaining my usual summer energy level:

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This could make for a fun time.
19 July 2015 @ 01:22 pm
19. Terry Pratchett Raising Steam This wasn't up to Terry standards. I felt some of the characters wandered quite far from their character and the writing wasn't there. I agree with Rhianna's decision and feel that the best way to honor her father's work is to re-read the prime stuff.
20. Iain Sproat Wodehouse at War Interesting and quiet readable for something that is basically a history book of a very tiny slice of history. Sad that it happened at all.
21. Marilyn Duckworth Pulling Faces Got this through a "random giving". Tries too hard to be art. Written in '87 as near future (1999). At first it was only fun to make fun of the writing, then in the middle I was just waiting to see if anything happened. At the end it did, but an end that could only be loved by a nihilist.
11 July 2015 @ 06:52 pm
Hike Katahdin Mountain on June 18th and was blessed with ideal weather. Overcast on the way up so it was a bit cooler climbing then clearing for the descent. Left Roaring Brook Campground at 5:05AM, took Chimney Pond Trail to Cathedral Trail to Baxter Peak, then across the Knife Edge to Pamola Peak, then down Helon-Taylor Trail. Reached Baxter Cutoff at 9:30AM, Baxter Peak at 9:55AM, Pamola Peak at 11:10AM and the campground again at 2:05PM. I felt better after this hike than any other ascent of Katahdin I've done, no major problems the next day, although I don't think I could have climbed another mountain. 9.3 miles and about 3,700ft of elevation, 9 hours.

No pictures of the peaks because I did the high stuff solo and didn't think to take a camera with me.

Now I've only got three trails on the main part of the mountain I haven't climbed: Abol, Dudley, and Saddle. Abol is closed at present due to a rockslide wiping out the trail. I'm thinking next year I may do Dudley and if the weather is perfect combine it with Saddle. We'll see how I feel.
11 July 2015 @ 06:10 pm
15. Philip K. Dick & Roger Zelazny Deus Irae (this one was earlier but I forgot to put it on my list)
16. Asimov's Science Fiction April/May 2015
17. Asimov's Science Fiction August 2015
18. Philip Pullman The Golden Compass
23 June 2015 @ 12:10 pm
In no particular order because I can't remember what order they came in.

5. Asimov's June 2015
6. Asimov's July 2015
7. St. Jude and R.U. Sirius The Real Cyberpunk Fake Book
8. Edward Lear More Nonsense
9. Francis Gross 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
10. Gelett Burgess The Good Directory of Juvenile Offenders
11. Edith B. Ordway The Handbook of Conundrum
12. Louisa May Alcott Hospital Sketches
13. L.H. Bailey The Apple-Tree
14. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm The Complete Illustrated Stories of the Brothers Grimm

Still not doing much reading, but I've already hit last year's mark. I want to do some re-reads this year if I ever get around to it, most notably Wodehouse and Pratchett.
02 March 2015 @ 06:44 pm
Grace Hopper has been one of my heroes for years. The very smart guy who taught me COBOL back in 1982, in addition to teaching us to use binary searches to get free drinks at the bar, taught us the big role of that tiny woman. Both of those lessons stayed with me. The other day I was explaining her importance to a couple of my peers, who are youngsters and hadn't heard of her before.

Pop on over to youtube and watch her in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-vcErOPofQ .

These days we hear a lot about the lack of women in technology. That sentence is woefully incomplete. It should always end in "at the moment." Remember Grace Hopper, the women working on ENIAC, and at Bletchley Park and consider where we would be today if we were applying all of our technical resources instead of somewhere around half.

We are wasting a whole lot of nano-seconds.