WEEK 42 2011
Mon- Tue- Wed-
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Saturday - not much to say. doing some video review, went over to a friends' house for pizza and a DVD.
We watched Rango,
which I'd rate as a "B", and a documentary about the first men to drive
a car across country (San Francisco to New York in 70 odd days), Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip, which I'd rate as an "A".
- not a lot to say. Not feeling well the last couple of days.
Book #125 was Island of Exiles, by I.J. Parker. This is the successor to Black Arrow (Sugawara #3), wherein Sugawara impersonates a convict to solve the murder of an exiled imperial prince.
Book #126, P1, actually read some weeks ago, was Simply Sailing,
by Connie MacBride. It's about sailing/cruising in a small boat.
Interesting, and with useful information, though I don't think I'd want
to sail quite as "bare bones" as the MacBride's.
The P1, P2, P3 are books I have read sitting outside, by Phoebe's plot.
I aim to make them "good" books, uplifting and/or educational.
So, books so far, this year:
of the Sea
Longknife #1: Mutineer
Longknife #2: Deserter
Longknife #3: Defiant
Longknife #4: Resolute
Longknife #5: Audacious
Longknife #7: Undaunted
Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden
Wreck of the River of Stars
Troy Rising II
Free or Die
the Irish Saved Civilization
Name of the Wind
Wise Man's Fear
#25 A Galaxy
Clones of Mawcett
Sun, the Genome, and the Internet
My Father's Wake
Hell, and Salt Water
Lion on Tharthee
Passage: Alone Around Cape Horn
Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas
Spirit: The True Story of a
Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop and Unassisted Around the World
Lost Fleet #1: Dauntless
#64 The Lost Fleet #2: Fearless
#65 The Lost Fleet #3:Courageous
Lost Fleet #4:Valiant
Lost Fleet #5:Relentless
Lost Fleet #6:Victorious
Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught
#67 70 The
the Alamo: Davy Crockett's Last Stand
|#73 76 The
Wakes (The Expanse)
#79 The Hot Gate
#80 A Princess of Mars
#82 Gods of Mars
#83 Warlord of Mars
#84 Thuvia, Maid of Mars
#85 The Ocean Waits
|#86 Fifth Circle, The Passage Log
#87 Fuzzy Nation
#88 Full Share
#89 The Ice Diaries:
The Untold Story of the Cold War's Most Daring Mission
#90 Temporary Duty
|#91 Confessions of a D-List Supervillian
#92 In the Shadow of Ares
#93 Brain Cuttings
#98 The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Light in the Dark
#100 Mission of Honor
|#101 Diplomatic Immunity
#104 The Brendan Voyage
#105 The Astounding, the Amazing and the Unknown
|#106 The Lost Gate
#112, P2, Kon-Tiki
#113 A Planet of Viruses
#114 The Book of Dragons
#115 7th Sigma
|#116 The Magician's
#117 The Magician King
#118 The Quantum Thief
#119 The Sagan Diary
#120 The Knights of the Cornerstone
|#121 Neptune Crossing
#122 Rashomon Gate
#123, P3, Portland to Portland
#124 Black Arrow
#125 Island of Exiles
|#126, P1, Simply Sailing,
Thursday 20 October
- R.I.P. Peanut.
Sad news from my sister in the evening, she had to have her old cat
Peanut put to sleep. Very painful for her, but she did the right thing.
He was old and all his systems were failing, he couldn't rise or walk
and so on. Like Phoebe he had only a few hours in pain and confusion
left. Her daughter, only in her early teens, was very upset.
I'm feeling a bit blue myself. I just lost Phoebe a month ago.
Book #124 was Black Arrow,
by I.J. Parker. This is the third book in the Akitada Sugawara series,
and enjoyable. I haven't read the first book, The Dragon Scroll, as the
library here doesn't have it and Amazon wants $13 for the Kindle
Wednesday 19 October 2011
Wednesday - I burned a DVD of the boat pics, and gave them to S, so she has something to give to the agents, who are very insistent on getting current pictures of props.
18 October 2011
- we went over and collected the pirate ship from the guys who have
been working on it. They did a pretty good job, and clearly spent some
time and thought on some of the renovations and upgrades. We completely
rigged it, mast, sails, the sparkly "ocean skirt" around the lower
part, and took a bunch of pictures for the prop agent. Then we took it
all down and trailered it back to it's usual home.
S has been after the Hollywood agent types to get it listed as rent able, so there are hopes for $$ to be made.
The boss called late afternoon, and said due to some other pressing
engagements that there won't be any field work this week. Well, so it
goes I guess.
Book #123,P3 was Portland to Portland,
by Robert and Theresa Russell. This is about a transcontinental bike
trip from the Pacific Ocean near Portland, OR to the Atlantic near
Portland,ME. Pro's: still honest and entertaining. Con's: Not
particularly well put together, with some odd tense changes and clearly
generated in large part from blog posts.
The full title is Portland to Portland: A Self-Contained Cycling Tour Across North America.
I don't think any deception is intended, but they stayed in hotels,
motels and private homes for almost the entire trip, camping out only
once. I certainly don't fault them for it, they appear to be middle
aged adults like myself and the rigors of trying to find campsites in
the middle of nowhere lacked attraction.
There were problems with the Kindle edition; firstly the font being
far too large, and secondly that the maps to "follow along" were
actually links to online maps via the Kindle's rather poor browser. I
think that embedded static pictures of the route rather
than the links would have been preferable.
- Trying to review video's. Pretty boring, but I can certainly use the work. But my eyes hurt after only a few hours work :-(
The new Droid A855 arrived in the afternoon, and after charging it for
a bit I was able to activate it. My phone contacts are intact, but of
course the pictures, and the notepad, browser bookmarks, and all
applications are gone. Well, my fault, I suppose I can't complain too
I wonder what happens with my Kindle App, perhaps I have to deregister
the old one? Some apps were useless - I never used Wikitude for example
and probably won't re-install, but some were cool, Google Sky for
It was odd, being almost completely out of touch. Refreshing in a way, but weird.
- Another unfortunate effect of dropping my cell phone into the drink
is the loss of the pictures on it. The last pic I downloaded was
towards the beginning of August. Dang.
Book #122 was Rashomon Gate,
by I.J. Parker. This is a murder mystery set in Japan, in the Heian
period, roughly 1000AD. Well done. The detective is a
minor/mid-level bureaucrat in the ministry of Justice, and like Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher just can't help running across murder after murder.
I can recall trying to read something similar, set a few hundred years
later during the Shogunate, but not finishing it. Perhaps by Laura
I seem to be on some sort of Japanese kick lately, with anime on TV and now murder mysteries.