Thursday, December 28, 2006

2006 Reading List

This is was a bad year for me on the reading front. For some reason I was unable to sustain my usual reading speed and didn't even come close to hitting my numbers from last year. One reason for this I believe is that I've been very busy with work, and when I come home at night I tend to sit in front of the TV rather than pick up a book. This is something that I wish to work on for 2007. Below is my list. It is organized by Title-Author-Date finished.

A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin (01/08/06)
Once A Hero - Michael A Stackpole (01/25/06)
The Joiner King - Troy Denning (02/18/06)
The Unseen Queen - Troy Denning (03/04/06)
The Swarm War - Troy Denning (03/11/06)
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman (04/03/06)
Red Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson (04/29/06)
A Secret Atlas - Michael A Stackpole (05/10/06)
Cartomancy - Michael A Stackpole (05/27/06)
Forty Signs of Rain - Kim Stanley Robinson (06/24/06)
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (07/02/06)
The Big U - Neal Stephenson (07/22/06)
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson (09/10/06)
Betrayal - Aaron Allston (09/17/06)
Bloodlines - Karen Traviss (09/24/06)
Zodiac - Neal Stephenson (10/05/06)
Manta's Gift - Timothy Zahn (10/08/06)
Conquerors' Pride - Timothy Zahn (10/12/06)
Conquerors' Heritage - Timothy Zahn (10/14/06)
Conquerors' Legacy - Timothy Zahn (10/16/06)
Interface - Stephen Bury (10/29/06)
Jim Cramer's Real Money - James J. Cramer (11/06/06)
The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy (11/20/06)
American Gods - Neil Gaiman (11/26/06)
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (12/09/06)
The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson (12/24/06)

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I took the GREs last night. I didn't do great, but I did better than I expected to. I still haven't gotten my score for the writing section, but I am pretty sure that I did okay on that. Not entirely sure how grad schools can expect someone who hasn't been in school for 3-4 years now to do well on this type of test. Especially as I haven't done any geometry like this since high school. But at least it is done now. I'm one step closer to completing my applications. Now I just need to find that second recommendation and I should be set. Its too bad really that my Wheaton advisor has been out of the country for what amounts to "forever" now. I guess I'll try her again and also one other but if that doesn't work I'm going to have to figure something else out.

It feels like my vacations is over already. And I haven't even done anything yet.

Friday, December 22, 2006


I go home this weekend for the holiday. It will be a short stay as I have much to do back in Providence. The good news is that I have a week or so off. I'm also taking the GRE's next week as well. In need of some serious study time I guess.

Anyway, thats pretty much it for the moment. Just another short update to prove that I'm still alive.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Celebrate the Numbness.

It's officially the holiday season and I'm just not at all in the holiday spirit this year. Maybe its the fact that I've just been too busy to even think about it, or its the fact that I haven't stepped inside a mall yet, but I just am not ready yet to think about all that shit. Haven't even heard any Christmas music yet this year...That's how out of it I am. There is just under 2 weeks and I still haven't gotten anyone anything. I'm just a mess this year I guess, and am feeling rather numb about it all. Oh well, at least I have a 5lb chocolate bar to eat. That might cheer me up.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

5 Pounds of Chocolate

I got this chocolate bar in the mail yesterday. Yes, that CD is there for size reference. This thing is 5lbs! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

There is hope for the world afterall. For a little while at least...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

And the fate of the world will be decided.

Fate is finicky sometimes.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

15 Days

Counting down until my vacation. It's amazing how slow time is passing when you are only two weeks away from something exciting. I still have to go buy some cranberry sauce then make sure everything will fit into the suitcase. I'm looking forward to this.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Death of Youth

I was at Wheaton a week ago and ran into one of my old professors. I never really liked the guy but I did take several classes with him and he was incompetent thesis advisor, so to be polite I stopped and said hello. Turns out that this was the worst thing I could have done as he had no clue who I was. Can you say awkward now? I gave him my name, and a list of classes that I took with him(small classes mind you), and the best he could come up with is that my face looked "familiar".

I guess its finally happened now. I'm officially no longer a post-college grad. I think I've transitioned into a "twenty-something". I find this rather depressing honestly. I miss my youth and the joys of irresponsibility. Since I don't see anyone inventing a time machine any time soon, I guess I'll just have to accept this loss. Good for me.

Sunday, October 29, 2006


This has been a Halo weekend. I've played more Halo with Simon than I've done since Greg moved out this past summer. It's a nice change of pace actually from sitting around the house bored in my free time. Beside Halo, I've been submerged in the world of Firefly. Yesterday, as the weather was too terrible to actually leave the house I spent most of the day watched Firefly's first and only season. I finished it up today and then watched Serentiy as a finally. There are so many places this show could have gone and I feel that its time was cut way to short.

I failed this weekend to actually do some of the stuff I need to always get done on the weekends, such as grocery shopping and laundry. I'll be able to do the laundry tomorrow I guess, but not sure if the food shopping is likely as by the time I get home from work I'm usually much to tired to do much of anything. Only 2 more days until November. I can't wait.

Quote of the Day: "If wishes were horses, then we'd all be eating steak!"

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


This morning Izabela reminded me that I haven't posted anything here for a long while. Yes, I did post some pictures here and there, but nothing really of substance. I guess I've just been way to busy lately, or possibly I've lost the ambition to write here regularly. So what is new with my life? I've completed a full year at Collette Vacations and am looking forward to that raise they promised me. October is is basicly over with less than a week left. I'm looking forward to my vacation next month. Yet another trip abroad, again this time to visit Iz in England. Since I will be there for thanksgiving I've been put in charge of pie making, cranberry sauce, and bringing as many seasons of West Wing as I can.
At work they anounce several trips for next year, and I promptly signed up to be considered for 4 of them. We shall see if I can get onto one or not. I've been told I have a good chance. My fingers are crossed. I'd love to go back to Spain, but England, Sicily, or China would be great too.

This is a picture from a couple of weeks ago when Greg and Laura visited. It's really the only one I think I have that didn't turn out too terribly, although they both look like they are about to pass out.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Out and Away

This will probably be my last entry for a few weeks as I'm off to Oceania for my first business trip. Nothing like an free trip "DownUnder" to make the summer fly by. I can't believe it's August already...and I can't believe that when I return its going to be almost over.

While I might miss my friends while I'm gone, I'm sure not going to miss the god awful weather we've been having. 100 degree heat plus humidity is just plain wrong. It feels a little off packing sweaters and coats in my suitcase in this heat...but at the same time the chance to enjoy winter in August isn't common this far north.

Anyway, just wanted to write here a bit before I left.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Saturday, July 29, 2006

I'm sitting here on Saturday morning trying to figure out what I should be doing. I know there is something the back of my mind saying "you need to do X" but for the life of me I can't figure out what it is. Instead I've spent the morning finishing a book and watching a little of Season 3 of West Wing. The only thing I "know" that I need to do today is shoot a role of film to test my new lens filter with. Last night Greg and I went ou to a nearby park so that he could take some pictures of the sunset. At one point I handed him my lens with the filter on it and then we went back to the house as the mosquitoes were biting. A quick look at the pictures he took with the filter did show some promise. I'm still going to have to play around a little today then take it to get processed sometime tomorrow.

Might go to Boston today...although I haven't heard that this plan is final yet...

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Something about Tuesdays

Tuesdays are funny things. They aren't like Mondays which you dread as it is the beginning of the week, but aren't quite like any other day either, as with the exception of Mondays they are the furthest day away from Saturday.

Today is promising to be as unlike a Saturday as can be. I've somehow been swindled into working until 8pm tonight with a bunch of other people to catch us all up on our work. Of course, this doesn't mean I won't go into work early as I do every other day. No, I'm the guy who is going to claw out ever bit of overtime that I can possibly achieve while I can. The last few weeks I've been averaging about an hour and a half a day. Last week I worked 48.75 hours. I'm going to get a good paycheck this week.

But someday soon, this is going to wear me out. I normally wouldn't kill myself through work of I didn't have to, but as I'm leaving to Australia and New Zealand for 2 weeks, I really need to clean my desk. So what do I do? I work longer...harder...and tire myself out so that by the time I get home I'm toast.

But until then I will continue as I have been, as in truth, I have little else to occupy myself now anyway. I'm up early everyday as I am naturally a morning person and I could sit there in front of the TV for an hour...or I could go to the office and get paid for sitting there...

Easy decision...

Monday, July 24, 2006

I just wrote something very thought provoking and interesting on the state of Mondays...

Then I deleted it somehow with the Blogger interface.

Instead of rewriting it...I'm just going ask that you consider this thought provoking and interesting...

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Wishing for Winter

I'm tired. More than anything else right now I think I'm just plain tired. I slept in today longer than I have in months...and I feel more tired than I have in months. I'm not entirely sure what the deal with that is, but I think there is something wrong with the situation.

The weather has just been plain nasty now for several days...or is it weeks now? I can't remember...

I'm wishing for winter in almost every breath, as at least I can control how warm I am...and the very air won't choke me to death.

Today I have only a few things to do.
  • Buy Food for the week
  • Do some Laundry

Actually...thats all. Another lazy day ahead of me, but after the week I've had I deserve it. And I have another one in the works as well it seems.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A New Begining

This is my first attempt. I've been using LJ for a few years now, but never have I been satisfied with it. It seems cheezy and just doesn't look good. This morning a Blogger friend of mine convinced me to try this out. So here I am...I'll probably still be using the LJ until I get this up and running, but if it turns out that I like this more...then well...'nuff said.

To answer your question I know you are all thinking...."What the Hell is CrytoGnomicon?"

Well..thats easy....and no my friends...I'm not a Gnome who lives in a Crypt.

Favorite Book: Crytonomicon
And Gnomes are just fun.

Besides...sounds beter than CrytoDwarficon doesn't it?

And for your own amusement...