Book Log

Dec. 28th, 2011 01:40 pm
mikekn: (Books)
43. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones *

Young adult fantasy and the inspiration for the movie of the same name. Love the movie, and really enjoyed the book and while they share a lot they are different stories.
 

Book Log

Dec. 23rd, 2011 11:45 am
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42. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline *

Set in the not too distant future, where the planet is going to pot and most folks spend all their time in the virtual world of the Oasis. This is the story of one boy and his quest to discover and unlock an easter egg left by the creator of the Oasis, thus earning himself vast wealth and control of the company which runs the Oasis. Chock full of 80s references (maybe a little too full at times) it made for a fun and engaging read.
 

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Dec. 13th, 2011 11:27 am
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40. Snuff - Terry Pratchett

Vimes goes on a nice relaxing vacation to the countryside. Yeah, right!

41. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes *

Excellent classic SF about an experiment which raises the IQ of a retarded man to beyond genius levels.
 
mikekn: (Just me)
As the seasons change
we must say goodbye again.
Our time together
is short but next fall I know
there will be more BooBerry.
 
mikekn: (Just me)
The calendar fills
up faster then I would wish.
Both too much and too
little makes me unhappy.
Must strike a balance some where.

So we've got my "holiday" schedule:

3rd - Bhakail Yule
4th - Erin McKeown concert
10th - Valley Forge Beer Fest, Philly Fit Party
11th - Cabaret Red Light's Nutcracker
12th - Science on Tap (maybe)
15th - Philly Area Gamers
17th - Seize Your Turn, Peek-a-Boo Revue
18th - Dinner with Dad
24th - Christmas eve
25th - Christmas
26th - Day off from work
31st - Clutch concert

And then next year things get really busy...

EK 12th Night
Iron Bog Investiture
Birka
K&Q Rapier (maybe)
Noisemakers
Cooking Thynge (maybe)
Mudthaw (maybe)
Raze a Village
Spring Thynge
Dining with Lorenzo
St. Luke's Half Marathon
Balticon (maybe)
Origins
Pennsic
...

Book Log

Dec. 4th, 2011 12:43 pm
mikekn: (Books)
39. The Dying Earth - Jack Vance *

With his superous
descriptions and fancimus
style of writing prose
I bet that Jack Vance would have
no problems writing tankas.
 

Cat Tanka

Dec. 3rd, 2011 09:37 am
mikekn: (Tyr)
I wish I was there;
cool technology lets me
view the cats at home.
But what if they feel the same
as they gaze out the window?

More )
mikekn: (Just me)
So many topics
waiting to take written form:
health, life, frustration.
Instead you will get books and
cats, and maybe a poem.
 

Book Log

Nov. 29th, 2011 01:51 pm
mikekn: (Books)
36. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin."
Classic surreal short story.

37. The Meowmorphosis - Franz Kafka, Cook Coleridge
Quirk Classic version of the above - this time Gregor wakes up as a kitten. Did nothing for me.

38. A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin *
Latest but not last book in the Game of Thrones series. There are many final twists at the end of the book which made me wish I saved those last few chapters until the next book shows up. Still a great story.
mikekn: (Just me)
This Sunday I will be participating in the Philadelphia Half Marathon as part of a team raising money for the Alzheimer's Association.

My grandmother Mary (Stauffer) Knauer passed away from Alzheimer's in 2009, but the person we knew had left long before that. Alzheimer's kills the people you know while leaving behind their shell. The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

I'm about half way to my goal, and every little bit helps. Please join me in supporting a great cause:
http://PhillyR2R2011.kintera.org/mikekn

Book Log

Oct. 28th, 2011 12:20 pm
mikekn: (Books)
35. A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin *

I finished listening to this a week or so ago, just never got around to writing it up. This book only covers a few of the characters we are following in the previous books. The afterward explains that the book got too larger so only the stories from half the characters were put in. Fortunately for me I didn't need to wait 5 years between this book and the next one.

Book Log

Sep. 29th, 2011 04:47 pm
mikekn: (Books)
33. A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin *

Epic book is epic! A few things I guessed at, and a few were surprises. The epilogue was a complete surprise.

34. Tiassa - Steven Brust

Not my favorite of the series - felt too disjointed, but still enjoyable.
mikekn: (Just me)
A week or so ago I finally got all the information I needed to turn in the Kingdom 2010 EOY report. Yeah, 2010. In four months I get to start the 2011 one. Needless to say, I'm not getting to all the exchequer stuff that I want to work on and instead seem to be dealing with one problem after another.

At some point early in the year, my beard was getting a bit long and I joked that I would trim it when I got the EOY report done. I actually let it go this whole time, and now I need to decide what to do with it.

A few pics )

Anyone got suggestions? :)

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The other day I mentioned that I might be trying something new this past weekend. During our Saturday run two weekends ago, one of the coaches said that she was unable to participate in the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon because she was having knee surgery. She offered up her registration if anyone wanted to give it a try. I thought about it and asked a few people about it - last thing I wanted was to wind up injuring myself again. Eventually I decided to go for it and gave her a call. I finally heard back late Thursday evening and we arranged to meet on Sunday morning at the race. (So I only had two days to get used to the idea that I was going to do this.)

It took me longer to get out of the house then I planned, and then longer to find parking once I got into Philly. Then I had the mile walk to our meeting place at the Rocky statue. I got there too late to get into our group picture, but I got there. There was about another hour of waiting before I had actually started the run (and to be clear, I still mostly walk, running only about a third of the race). Every so often along the course there would be a band or a group of cheerleaders, as well as water stations.

I'm pleased to report that I survived and completed the 13.1 mile course, and at a pace that I don't think I've ever done during my other "runs".

More pics )

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General Schedule (because how else will you be able to stalk me...)
- Saturday morning runs with USAFit/Philly.
- Sunday morning walks when I'm not doing something else.
- Board games on 1st and 3rd Saturdays, and 3rd Thursdays.
- Gaming on Fridays.

09/24 Pirate Cabaret
09/30 TMBG w/JoCo
10/01 Coronation
10/02 Downingtown Fall Festival, or some other Oktoberfest like thing
10/08 Kennett Square Brewfest (have a spare Connoisseur ticket too)
10/09 Mae West show
10/22 Shire Wars
10/23 Voltaire show
10/29 Too many things to choose from
10/30 Rasputina show?
11/05 Artisan's Challenge
11/18-20 Philcon
12/03 Bhakail Yule
12/10 Valley Forge Beer Fest
12/11 Nutcracker (cabaret)

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Book Log

Sep. 22nd, 2011 04:53 pm
mikekn: (Books)
32. Cursor's Fury - Jim Butcher

Finished book three of the Codex Alera series. Loving this series, but I found it mixing with Game of Thrones. Both follow multiple characters across a world filled with war and politics. They have different feels to them, and different focuses, but I kept expecting character from one to appear in the other :)
 

Fitness

Sep. 13th, 2011 03:34 pm
mikekn: (Just me)
Today I turn 41 and a half. I'm not where I expected to be at this point, but that is probably a post for another day.

For the past several months I've (finally) been making an effort to get into better shape. Exercise and weight loss have been on the "things I should do" to help cholesterol, sleep apnea, and depression. I've tried several times in the past to start something, but I was never able to get to the point where it would be part of my schedule.

But this one seems to be working. )
 

Book Log

Aug. 31st, 2011 09:01 am
mikekn: (Books)
31. Ghost Story - Jim Butcher *

The latest Dresden book - yay! I won't say anything about the story, other then - I really liked it :)

Book Log

Aug. 22nd, 2011 05:16 pm
mikekn: (Books)
30. Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan

A very well done cyberpunk detective novel. The main tech they have is the ability to digitize people and load them into different bodies (sleeves). Punishment for crimes is being put into storage for a number of months or years (while your body may or may not get rented out). This is book one in a series, though they may all be stand alone stories.

Book Log

Aug. 16th, 2011 04:09 pm
mikekn: (Books)
28. Hounded - Kevin Hearne

Free LibraryThing ARC. Book one of a three part urban fantasy set in the Phoenix area. The main character is the last Druid - several thousand years old and in hiding from a God. The easy comparison is to the Dresden stories, but this is a much lighter read. All the characters throw around lots of power, so we won't have the progressive building that the Dresden series had. It has a good deal of humor, mostly from the dog, and was a quick enjoyable read.

29. A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin *

Book two of A Song of Fire and Ice (yes, this is as far as I've gotten in the series - will listen to the rest of it after Ghost Story).

Book Log

Aug. 8th, 2011 11:42 am
mikekn: (Books)
27. King Rat - China Mieville

King Rat is an early work (first?) of China Mieville, and just as interesting/weird as his other works. This one takes place in London, but on the inner edges (think Neverwhere). The Pied Piper has returned and is on the hunt for the King Rat.

Cat update

Jul. 25th, 2011 10:31 am
mikekn: (Tyr)
It has been a while since the last update, but all the news is good. The gate came down maybe 6+ weeks ago. Tyr promptly explored everywhere settling into a few different hiding spots in the living room and dining room. Eir did some exploring as well, but only when I wasn't around. By the time I went to Origins, he was regularly wandering about. During the week I was gone, Kim and Derek took care of them. They got to play with Tyr some, but didn't spot Eir the entire time. After I got home we made a detailed search of the house with no luck. Then later that evening as I was typing stuff up in the dinning room, I spotted her heading upstairs from the family room.

Eventually I tracked down Eir's main hiding spot - behind a laundry basket filled with fabric and sitting in the corner. I didn't realize there was space back there, but she found it with no problem. Currently it is the only place I see her. Once or twice I spotted her running back into the spot, but never hanging around outside of there.

Tyr is interacting with the girls more and more, and getting closer to me, but keeping out of touching range. I figure a few more months and I'll be able to pet him a little :)

This past weekend, I moved the cat cam downstairs and was able to catch Eir and Tyr playing on the cat tree - I was very happy to see that, since it meant Eir was just hiding from me, and not everything else.

Pictures )

Book Log

Jul. 12th, 2011 11:55 am
mikekn: (Books)
26. Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson *

A math heavy fictional history which covers two time periods intermixed through out the book. The early period is set in and around WWII while the later is basically modern times. Well voiced characters and lots of little gems of humor keep what could have been a very slow story moving along nicely.

Book Log

Jun. 30th, 2011 02:10 pm
mikekn: (Books)
25. Academ's Fury - Jim Butcher

Book two in Jim Butcher's other big series. This book picks up several months after the end of book one. Everything I like about the Dresden books (good characters, well thought out world and magic, leveling challenges as the characters grow) without me getting annoyed at Dresden being (in my mind) an idiot :) Time to track down a copy of book three.
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