Thursday, July 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Sweetheart

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Having surpassed me in maturity a long time ago, you finally caught up to me in numbers :)

Happy birthday.

I love you!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Something funny something cool

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The Soon To Be 6 Years Old

- Is Minnesota somewhere where they drink a lot of soda?

Now this was picked up by me on accident on the youtube.

It's a cover of System of a Down's BYOB by a group of celloists called Break Of Reality. Pretty cool

Friday, July 23, 2010

100 SF book list

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There is a list at Byzantium Shores of books all SciFi fans should read. Since I have nothing else to blog about, I'll do it.

Bold denotes read books, red denotes books I'm thinking of reading. I will also put some comments here and there.

The Postman – David Brin
The Uplift War – David Brin
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Foundation – Isaac Asimov
Foundation and Empire – Isaac Asimov
Second Foundation – Isaac Asimov
I, Robot – Isaac Asimov (to comment on all of them ,Azimov is the staple of Sci-Fi and all of his books should be read IMHO)
The Long Tomorrow – Leigh Brackett
Rogue Moon – Algis Budrys
The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (too young when I read it to have any significant effect, maybe I should revisit)
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
The City and the Stars – Arthur C. Clarke
2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke (I remember reading it, and that's it)
Armor – John Steakley
Imperial Stars – E. E. Smith

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card (Good first book, messed with my head,I don't remember reading the rest of them)
Speaker for the Dead – Orson Scott Card
Dune – Frank Herbert (Awesome books, love the whole Dune series done by F. Herbert, later works by his son are just OK)
The Dosadi Experiment – Frank Herbert
Journey Beyond Tomorrow – Robert Sheckley
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (the same as Dune, the later books are less fun, but the Guide and .. The Restaurant are extreme fun)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick (I should at least read that)
Valis – Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch – Philip K. Dick

1984 – George Orwell
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut (Should I read Vonnegut?)
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut (I've never read Vonnegut either. What a hole in my literary life.)

The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells
The Time Machine – H. G. Wells
The Island of Doctor Moreau – H. G. Wells
The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells (Yes, I read all of Wells' works, another great story teller)

A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Alas, Babylon – Pat Frank
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
A Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
From the Earth to the Moon – Jules Verne
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne (How can you possibly be a Sci-Fi lover and not read Verne?)

Old Man’s War – John Scalzi

Nova Express – William S. Burroughs
Ringworld – Larry Niven
The Mote in God’s Eye – Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The Unreasoning Mask – Philip Jose Farmer
To Your Scattered Bodies Go – Philip Jose Farmer
Eon – Greg Bear (actually a very very very interesting book)
Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
The Andromeda Strain – Michael Crichton (Yes, I've read most of Chrichton's works)

Lightning – Dean Koontz
The Stainless Steel Rat – Harry Harrison
The Fifth Head of Cerebus – Gene Wolfe
Nightside of the Long Sun – Gene Wolfe
A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson (I only wish it wasn't so long, I am still third into the Quicksilver four months after starting)
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
Solaris – Stanislaw Lem (The same as Verne and Herbert and Azimov, LEM should be read!)
Doomsday Book – Connie Wills
Beserker – Fred Saberhagen
Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
The Word for World is Forest – Ursula K. LeGuin
The Dispossessed – Ursula K. LeGuin
Babel-17 – Samuel R. Delany
Dhalgren – Samuel R. Delany
Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
Star King – Jack Vance
The Killing Machine – Jack Vance
Trullion: Alastor 2262 – Jack Vance

Hyperion – Dan Simmons

Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon
A Time of Changes – Robert Silverberg
Gateway – Frederick Pohl (Loved this book.)
Man Plus - Frederick Pohl
The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham (My first ENGLISH book I read, meaning not a Russian translation)
Mission of Gravity – Hal Clement
The Execution Channel – Ken Macleod
Last and First Men – W. Olaf Stapledon
Slan – A. E. van Vogt
Out of the Silent Planet – C. S. Lewis
They Shall Have Stars – James Blish
Marooned in Realtime – Vernor Vinge
A Fire Upon the Deep – Vernor Vinge
The People Maker – Damon Knight
The Giver – Lois Lowry
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Contact – Carl Sagan
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

Battlefield Earth – L. Ron Hubbard

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain
Little Brother – Cory Doctorow
Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Jack Finney
Planet of the Apes – Pierre Boulle

I think I should reread some of the classics, or touch up on things I haven't read.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Getting old

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I am getting old.


Proof?

yesterday, instead of going to a late evening Iron Maiden concert, I have purchased tickets already, I decided to stay home and go to the movies with the 5-Year-Old.

And I enjoyed it.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mozl Tov!

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For those of you in the loop will know what I am talking about, for those who don't, apologies but if you new my connection to them you'll figure it out pretty fast.


Congratulations you guys! We are very happy for you!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Lazy is as lazy does...

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I've been neglecting my duties as a host, largely to the fact that I have life going on on the other side of the keyboard.

WE are still dealing with the after effects of thunderstorms. The latest victim, that was falling in a two week long agony, is garage door opener. It failed yesterday morning with a burnt out logic board. Another $120 to the appliance service industry. We are still unclear what to do about the stove top, whether or not replace it ($600 at least, with a need to widen the marble counter top hole). The Wii I will take take tomorrow for repairs. That's another sum I am not sure about.

At least the TV is coming today and the furniture already came. Furniture was not a lightning storm victim, we've just decided it was time to utilize living room space in the house a bit better.

The furniture cam with it's own problem. We've asked the sales person in the store to separate the sectional so we can take a look. They said they couldn't. It seems that the chaise has hooks on the front to connect it solidly to the love seat. We have a strange configuration in the living room. We've purchased an L shaped two pieces and another chaise. What we did not know is those hook are located right there where they can bee seen, and that part is made of the ugly gray material.

Just another thing to fix.

Friday, July 2, 2010

A nice walk in the city

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My company yesterday hsoted a Townhall meeting addressing the impending merger. The meet and greet was held at the Catalyst Ranch, a pretty interesting place by itself, but this is not what this post is going to be about.

I took a shuttle bus (given to us) from our O'Hare office to the Merchendise Mart Office. After that we should have taken the bus over the place, but the weather outside was beautiful, it was only a half mile away, and I don't get out to the city as much now. I have decided to take a nice leasurely walk, and took some pictures along the way with my new HTC EVO.

A view from the Orleans/Franklin St bridge east, including a passing L,Corn Building, a part of Mart, and I believe the building witht he Wall is Encyclopidea Britannica Building.



A view from the Mart. That building does not have a specific name I think.



This is Mart's main entrance from across the river.



A vew from Wacker onto the new Sun Times building.



A view from Lake street bridge onto the river.



A view from the same bridge but with Sears (willis) Tower (black with white horns), Marchantile exchange and the Lyric Opera House (the big building).



This is a view from Lake street with Metra train pulling into the union station with L overhead.



And finally a view onto I90/94, nothing glamorous.