Saturday, December 31, 2011
Dune - Frank Herbert (01/05/11)
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert (01/10/11)
Children of Dune - Frank Herbert (01/20/11)
The Tomb and Other Tales - H.P. Lovecraft (01/29/11)
The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell (02/02/11)
The Pale Horseman - Bernard Cornwell (02/06/11)
Lords of the North - Bernard Cornwell (02/10/11)
The Fall of Reach - Eric Nylund (02/13/11)
The Flood - William C. Dietz (02/16/11)
Frist Strike - Eric Nylund (02/20/11)
Ghosts of Onyx - Eric Nyland (02/26/11)
Contact Harvest - Joseph Staten (03/08/11)
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (03/16/11)
The Cole Protocol - Tobias S. Buckell (03/20/11)
The Silmarillion - JRR Tolkien (04/05/11)
Crossfire - Matthew Farrer (04/12/11)
Legacy - Matthew Farrer (04/17/11)
Blind - Matthew Farrer (05/01/11)
The Diamond Throne - David Eddings (05/07/11)
The Ruby Knight - David Eddings (05/08/11)
The Sapphire Rose - David Eddings (05/12/11)
Domes of Fire - David Eddings (05/15/11)
The Shining Ones - David Eddings (05/20/11)
The Hidden City - David Eddings (05/25/11)
Pawn if Prophecy - David Eddings (05/28/11)
Queen of Sorcery - David Eddings (05/29/11)
Magician's Gambit - David Eddings (05/30/11)
Castle of Wizardry - David Eddings (06/01/11)
Enchanters' End Game - David Eddings (06/03/11)
Guardians of the West - David Eddings (06/05/11)
King of the Murgos - David Eddings (06/07/11)
Demon Lord of Karanda - David Eddings (06/10/11)
Sorceress of Darshiva - David Eddings (06/12/11)
The Seeress of Kell - David Eddings (06/13/11)
Belgarath the Sorcerer - David Eddings (06/18/11)
Polgara the Sorceress - David Eddings (06/25/11)
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin (07/03/11)
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin (07/14/11)
A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin (07/21/11)
A Feast For Crows - George R.R. Martin (07/31/11)
A Dance of Dragons - Geroge R.R. Martin (08/08/11)
At the Queen's Command - Michael A Stackpole (08/18/11)
Fifteen Hours - Mitchel Scanlon (08/21/11)
Knee Deep - Mitchel Scanlon (08/21/11)
Death World - Steve Lyons (08/25/11)
Rebal Winter - Steve Parker (08/27/11)
Rogue Squadron - Michael A Stackpole (08/28/11)
Wedge's Gamble - Michael A Stackpole (08/28/11)
The Krytos Trap - Michael A Stackpole (08/30/11)
The Bacta War - Michael A Stackpole (08/31/11)
Wraith Squadron - Aaron Allston (09/02/11)
Iron Fist - Aaron Allston (09/04/11)
Solo Command - Aaron Allston (09/05/11)
Isard's Revenge - Michael A Stackpole (09/09/11)
Starfighters of Adumar - Aaron Allston (09/12/11)
Dead Men Walking - Steve Lyons (09/18/11)
Heir to the Empire - Timothy Zahn (09/21/11)
Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn (09/23/11)
The Last Command - Timothy Zahn (09/26/11)
Reamde - Neal Stephenson (10/19/11)
Gunheads - Steve Parker (10/27/11)
Ice Guard - Steve Lyons (11/06/11)
Desert Raiders - Lucien Soulban (11/12/11)
Royal Babylon - Karl Shaw (11/24/11)
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (11/26/11)
Dawn of the Dreadfuls - Steve Hockensmith (12/07/11)
Manta's Gift - Timothy Zahn (12/09/11)
Angelmass - Timothy Zahn (12/26/11)
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
A couple of years ago I was stuck on a plan for more than 4 hours sitting at the gate. The airline, U.S. Airways wouldn't let us off, let us get out of our seats, or even give us water to drink. This was officially the worst flight I had ever been on and consequently the last time I ever flew on U.S. Airways.
It looks like the new rule that the Department of Transportation instituted is finally coming into effect. Read about it here...
The results of the new rules prove that regulation isn't always a bad thing. A lot of people would complain that the government shouldn't be meddling and that companies can and should regulate themselves. Well to those people out there I say look at the stats. The airline industry had plenty of time to regulate themselves and didn't do anything. Instead it took an act of government and for that I am thankful.
Now only if we can get them to do something about the those health insurance companies.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Are you sick of highly paid teachers? Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage. ... That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET'S SEE.... That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries). What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is! The average teacher's salary (nationwide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student--a very inexpensive babysitter and they even EDUCATE your kids! WHAT A DEAL!!!! Make a teacher laugh; re-post this to show appreciation for all educators!!!
Sunday, November 06, 2011
I was impressed with how good natured everyone was. While I did notice a selection of what I like to call "the crazies" most of the people I saw seemed pretty much like myself. One interesting moment was when I walked by two guys debating about what the government and corporations should be doing. While both were obviously coming from different sides of the issues they seemed to be having fun with it.
Overall I'm glad I went. I think the movement is trying to do something good. My concerns are that the radicals will either take over or that the media will focus on them. Not that I have any personal problems with what I consider the radical side of the protest(Pro Communism/socialism camps) but I think that the stigma associated with them will scare away the "average" american. I think that when I get a chance I want to go back Occupy Boston again and see how it changes as the weeks go by.
|No idea if this is true. I'm not a coke drinker anyway.|
|Yup...that is me!|
|Wall of Signs|
|I really liked this one.|
|The QR code on this one caught my eye. Must be the marketer in me.|
Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
"You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP,
all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th
amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months
& 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in
1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to
the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the
land...all because of public pressure.
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of
twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the
message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office
and receives no pay when they are out of office.
2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All
funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for
any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay
will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen
made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor,
not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours
should serve their term's), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take
three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Description from Amazon.com:
In 1972, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, fled to the mountains of British Columbia to avoid the draft. A skilled hunting guide, he eventually amassed a fortune by smuggling marijuana across the border between Canada and Idaho. As the years passed, Richard went straight and returned to the States after the U.S. government granted amnesty to draft dodgers. He parlayed his wealth into an empire and developed a remote resort in which he lives. He also created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game with millions of fans around the world.
But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe—and Richard is at ground zero.
Racing around the globe from the Pacific Northwest to China to the wilds of northern Idaho and points in between, Reamde is a swift-paced thriller that traverses worlds virtual and real. Filled with unexpected twists and turns in which unforgettable villains and unlikely heroes face off in a battle for survival, it is a brilliant refraction of the twenty-first century, from the global war on terror to social media, computer hackers to mobsters, entrepreneurs to religious fundamentalists. Above all, Reamde is an enthralling human story—an entertaining and epic page-turner from the extraordinary Neal Stephenson.
My only real complaint about this book is that believe it or not, I think story could have been longer. I don't want to give anything away so I wont give specifics, but another 200-300 pages about events in the world of
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
But winter is coming and soon I will need to start thinking about getting myself a pair of new gloves. I used to have a nice pair of grey merino wool knit gloves. I got them while traveling in New Zealand a few years ago. I loved those gloves. Unfortunately, while one a work trip in Columbus, Ohio I sadly left them in a cab while I was paying. Not some cabby has my gloves and my hands get cold. Hopefully I'll find some new pair soon...before it gets too cold.