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12 August 2012 @ 10:32 pm
Been quite a while since I've posted here. A lot has changed since then. I've been promoted at work. I got married. Even had a kid, a baby boy. Still playing in WCB. No longer the Business Manager or on the Board. Still in the Pacific Brass Band. Stopped playing Eb cornet and switched to Bb. And just last week back on Eb. No longer with the German Band.
15 September 2011 @ 09:49 pm
Convergent Series: Summertide & Divergence by Charles Sheffield

A good sci-fi story. Or two, as it were.
13 September 2011 @ 09:23 pm
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss

A fun grammar book. No, really. It's not a dry listing of rules for punctuation, it's an insightful, sometimes comical, look at how various punctuation marks are used and more commonly misused.
20 August 2011 @ 01:44 pm
How the Barbarian Invasions Shaped the Modern World by Thomas J. Craughwell

This one was a mixed bag. Although I liked the concept of the book the execution was lacking. Oftentimes the sidebars were mixed up with the main text and the font and backgrounds were insufficiently distinct to readily keep them apart. You'd stop part ways through some text, be immediately thrown into a sidebar, come out of that and be taken right back into the main text. It would leave you thinking, "Wait, where were we?" This is especially true since the sidebars weren't necessarily chronologically in order with the rest of the text. Additionally, the editing was rather poor in that there were a lot of mistakes in spelling, word choice, grammar, etc. That and the somewhat simplistic treatment of the subject really made the book seem dumbed down.
11 August 2011 @ 10:04 pm
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

This book delves into Fundamentalist Mormons, specifically Ron and Dan Lafferty. The two brothers plot and carry out the murder of their sister-in-law and her baby daughter believing they were on a divine mission ordained by God. Krakauer examines how their faith leads them to carry out their horrible actions and explores how the history of Mormonism provided the backdrop that facilitated their actions.
25 July 2011 @ 09:52 pm
The Reign of Arthur: From History to Legend by Christopher Gidlow

Gidlow traces the origins of the Arthur legends back to the original sources. Gidlow argues that Arthur was an actual person, perhaps more war chief or general than king, and that he played a key role in the Britons' defense against Saxon invaders.
25 July 2011 @ 09:42 pm
Love Hina by Ken Akamatsu

Keitaro Urashima is a bit of a loser. He's failed his college entrance exams and been kicked out of his home ending up bumming a room at his Grandma's inn. Unbeknownst to him the inn has been converted into an all-girls dormitory. Keitaro immediately finds himself in uncomfortable situations but manages to convince the residents to allow him to stay on as manager/landlord. (grandma Hina's intervention doesn't hurt)

Keitaro starts off as an unlucky idiot who lacks anything resembling confidence. Throughout the 14 volumes of the series he grows and matures into someone who actually garners respect. The residents at the inn all at some point are disappointed in him or hate him or find some way to fault him. Ultimately they all end up loving him and even falling in love with him. While this is to be expected of this harem type of manga the way it comes about makes him an endearing character.
26 May 2011 @ 08:49 pm
The Games That Changed The Game by Ron Jaworski

An interesting recap of pivotal games in NFL history that redefined how the game was played.

Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately

Not a bad read. It tells the history of alcoholic beverages. Around the world. From the beginning to the modern times. It made me thirsty.
26 May 2011 @ 08:36 pm
So I think the extra service observations are over. I haven't had any handed back to me for review since last Thursday. Naturally, there was no announcement or notification. They just...stopped. We'll see what happens.
02 May 2011 @ 10:42 pm
I'm still wondering if the overabundance of service observations will continue. I had some 36 service obs in March and 39 in April. So far two in May. That I know of. We'll see what happens the rest of the month.