Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Books in 2013

So last year I (foolishly) broke my resolution to not make resolutions at New Year, and resolved to read 200 books in the year. I started well, faltered and never came close to recovering. I think this past year was the lowest total for me in a year since I started keeping track of such things. On the other hand, it was the year with highest percentage of new books read by a wide margin. Huzzah, I suppose? To aid you in your participation in my narcissistic review of my reading habits, here are links to previous years' accountings. Yes, I know years 2009-2011 are missing; I didn't keep track those years.

2006 - 178 (some basic stats)
2007 - 161 (some basic stats)
2008 - 165 (some basic stats)
In 2009 I stopped  blogging for a while and stopped keeping track of the books I read. I started logging books again in 2012, but I didn't post that year's list anywhere. After the jump I'll list the books from 2012 and 2013.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Still Shamefully Neglecting the Blog

Still haven't posted about all the baseball games from my trip 4 months ago. Pathetic, really. I don't make New Year's resolutions, but if I did I'd resolve to be better about actually posting things here this year. We'll see.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Okay, you may now listen to Christmas music.

Thanksgiving is concluded, it is permissible to think about Christmas decorations and listen to Christmas music. That is all.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wicked Awesome Hockey

I was lately in Boston for reasons of business and, while there, was able to take in my first NHL game. First hockey game at all, at all, in fact. It was well enough in its way, but I can't see it catching on.

Baseball Phanatics

So, clearly I'm not being very diligent about reporting on my baseball trip from *ahem* two months ago. Where were we? Oh, yes. The last post was about the Nationals, so this one will be about the Phillies. This was another good game, but the home team went back to their losing ways unfortunately. The game was still great fun and had some interesting plays.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year is like all the others in that there is much for which one ought to be thankful, but unlike others in that this year we have just bought a house. Seems crazy, but it's true. May you find many things to be thankful for and remember to give thanks for them the rest of the year as well.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

A Capital Day for Baseball (Capitol?)

So the day after my dad and I went to see the Pirates, we ventured to Washington DC to see the Nationals take on the Braves. It was the second of two games that day (apparently, due to a technicality, it was not considered a doubleheader) because the first game was postponed from Monday after the shooting at the Naval Yard in DC that is just down the street from the ballpark. The atmosphere was a bit somber, but a good time was still had. Because my parents live pretty close to DC, we took the Metro in a bit early and took a look at the World War II memorial which wasn't built the last time I was there. Pictures and more reminiscences after the jump.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

So Tired

Turned out that I wasn't able to keep up with posting from the road for the baseball games. I will get some more of the pictures and such-like up here soon, but there is laundry to be done, naps to be taken, kids to be cared for and... you get the idea.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pirates Narrowly Avoid Being Perfect Victims

Monday evening was the Pirates hosting the Padres. It was a bit of a drive, but I think worth it. Here's a slightly crooked shot of PNC Park from the Roberto Clemente bridge at 9th in Pittsburgh.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I Hate Airports

The flying itself isn't so bad, but all the things that go along with it are incredibly annoying. Dealing with what Mark Steyn calls the TSA's Gropenfuhrers, planes that are packed to capacity, dismal food, short connections in illogical cities. If it wasn't so much quicker, no one would bother. Anyway, after the jump, here's a picture from the airport.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

It Begins

My vacation, that is. I just left work and I'm not headed back until October. Saturday I fly out to meet my dad for a tour of baseball where we'll see six games in six days at six different parks. (We'll actually see seven games at seven parks, but the seventh game isn't consecutive with the others.) We're going to see the Pirates, the Nationals, the Orioles, the Phillies, the Mets, the Yankees, and the Red Sox all on their home fields. I'm going to try to be good about documenting the trip here with pictures and posts, but we'll see how it works out in practice.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Aubrey-Maturin First/Last Lines

I've been thinking about first and last lines from books. Some last lines are famous (The Lord of the Rings) and some first lines are famous (Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice). But often times books are famous without their first and last lines being famous. So, maybe we'll have some first/last lines posts. Or maybe I'll be lazy and just do this one. We'll see. Below the jump are the first and last lines to every book in the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. Despite having read them all several times, I was surprised by how long some of the first lines are. The first line from The Far Side of the World is particularly long. If you haven't read any of these books, I can scarcely recommend them highly enough.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

You'll Have the (Most Miserable) Time of Your Life

I'm dropping my kids off at camp today. I hope and expect that they'll have a good time. But I'm afraid that they won't. My first summer camp experience was one of the worst weeks of my life. I was painfully shy, knew next to no one and spent most of the week by myself. It was better the next year, but if I'd had my druthers I wouldn't have gone. Ultimately, I'm glad my parents made me go, but I do hope that my younger daughter (who is shy much like I was) has an easier time than I did.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Large Mob Is Still A Mob

I've been on Twitter for a little while now, and it seems that there is a consistent bias (I don't mean to pick on Mr Geraghty specifically, his was just the tweet that sent me to my soapbox) against paying any mind to people with few followers. Now, granted, it can be very hard to pay any mind to someone you don't follow, since you won't see what they say most of the time. But I'm not just talking about the fact that folks with few followers tend to be harder to find and their words are seen by fewer people.

When replying to someone who has thousands (or even millions) of followers on Twitter, there is a tendency among folks of all stripes to denigrate any offering from someone with only a few hundred (or dozen!) followers. The unstated assumption seems to be that if you had anything worth saying, or if you were at all correct, more people would be paying attention to you.