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

Home

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