WEEK 52 2016
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Picture of the Week
Years Ago, This Week, 2003
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31 December 2016
Saturday - New Years Eve!
Adios and good riddance to 2016.
Books of 2016
Madness in Solidar, (Imager Portfolio #9)
#3 The Aeronaut's
#4 A Call To Arms
#5 Proven Guilty
(Dresden Files, Book #8)
Turn Coat (Dresden Files, Book 11)
White Night (Dresden Files #9)
Small Favor (Dresden Files #10)
Changes (Dresden Files #12)
Ghost Story (Dresden Files #13)
Cold Days (Dresden Files #14)
Furies of Calderon
Skin Game (Dresden Files #15)
Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2)
Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3)
Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4)
Princep's Fury (Codex Alera #5)
First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6)
The Lost Gate
The Gate Thief
Son of the Black Sword
Hell's Foundations Quiver
A Tale of the Unwithering Realm (#1)
Chamber of Memory
& Vampire Season 1
& Vampire, Season 2
Rook (The Rook Files #1)
Make Me Think, Revisited (3rd edition)
A Novel (The Rook Files #2)
Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
of Dragons (Temeraire #9)
Unaware (The First Formic War)
Afire (The First Formic War)
Awakens (The First Formic War)
Kindred of Darkeness
on his Bones
In The Water
Knight's Son (The Green Knight's Squire #1)
of the Elf's (The Green Knight's Squire #2)
and the Many-Splendored Dreamland
in the Night Land
Sinking of the Prince of Wales and & Repulse
Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf
Necromancers, an Army of Golems, and a Demon Lord
Necromancers, a Dragon, and a Vampire
Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis
Knight's Sword (The Green Knights Squire #3)
the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd
Games (Wearing the Cape #5)
Vindication of Man
at Stake (Love At First Bite #1)
Law of Vampires (Love at First Bite #2)
(Soul Cycle Book #1)
a Brief Evaluation
- Book of the Year,
Fiction: #67 Brass
and Steel:Inferno, by Jim Strickland. I have my doubts
about the thermodynamics, but a fun read.
- Second Place Fiction: #48
Knight's Son (The Green Knight's Squire #1) by J.C. Wright. YA
Christian fiction, in an Arthurian vein.
- Book of the
year, Non-fiction: #52
Sinking of the Prince of Wales and & Repulse by P. Mahoney and
Make Me Think, Revisited (3rd edition), by Steve Krug.
Book: Nothing really stands out.
- Worst Book:
None this year. A couple I abandoned part-way thru (the third book in
the Peculiar Children series), but that was more me than any innate
fault of the book.
The Year in Books, A Link to the Historical Listings:
- The Year in
Books, 2016 (68)
- The Year in
Books, 2015 (53)
- The Year in
Books, 2014 (53)
Year in Books, 2013 (53)
Year in Books, 2012 (101)
Year in Books, 2011 (151)
Year in Books, 2010 (98)
- The Year in
Books, 2009 (84)
- The Year in
Books, 2008 (54)
Year in Books, 2007 (64)
Year in Books, 2006 (53)
- The Year in
Books, 2005 (50)
882 for the last fifteen years....
Friday - Cool again.
I talked to my brother Bob a bit. The old lanai structure in the side
yard is failing in Martinez.
Actually the earth below it is failing, so the support posts are sinking and
tilting and it's in danger of falling. It's been coming for some time
- the retaining walls in the side yard are old and not well done to start
with (the neighbor built them), so we'll have to tear it down. It's a
pity, it was one of Dad's nicer constructions. The top is roughly
20'x30' of clean redwood, incredibly expensive today. Bob says the
nails have popped out all over the place, probably a sign that the
underlying structure of fir/pine is rotten.
Well, it's been 30+ years I guess, a pretty good run.
Thursday 29 December
Another quiet day.
I haven't done much with the computers, too tired of the whole thing to want
to mess with it. I have barely even turned on the new Dell
2-in-1. But I will.
I will probably need to get another big monitor to work with the Windows
machine, unplugging cables each and every time I need to use my one big
external monitor is getting old. And my eyes just aren't up to the
miniscule type on an laptops view of Visual Studio.
Wednesday 28 December
Wednesday - Cool.
Went over to a friends for dinner and was amazed at how their kids have
grown in just a few months...
Their father had gotten some Raspberry Pi 2 kits last year, decided they
were too advanced for the kids, but was thinking of trying them this
year. So he handed one to me, and asked me to try assembling it and to
see if it was of a level for a 12 year old. Just looking at the back
of the box it's a pretty advanced setup, a quad-core processor, motherboard,
and runs several variants of what looks to be Linux. I'll give it a
I've started watching 'The Expanse', now streaming via Prime from
Amazon. It was a good book and it looks like a good adaptation.
Tuesday - Not much to say. Quiet around
Monday - The weather continues 'mixed'.
We surely need the rain.
There is snow on the hills however, which is nice.
Snow on the mountains to the north.
I did a quick check of the blog and it looks like I didn't skip a week,
things just worked out this way. Huh.
Sunday - MERRY
The H family kindly invited me over for dinner. This was mostly family and
close friends, so it was a real honor to be invited.
Other than that, quiet.
I did dog sitting chores in the morning and evening, and generally tried to
take it easy.
I made sure to break up the ice on the water bowl in the morning-
A skim of ice in the dogs water bowl.
24 December 2016
Saturday - Christmas
Yeah, I know, Week #52 is shaping
up to be two
weeks long. I probably messed up and skipped a week
somewhere, but I'm not going to go redo dozens
of blog posts. It is what it is.
Cold, scattered clouds. A little bit of rain, 1/10" in the am hours.
My friends left rather late, early afternoon, but apparently arrived OK in
I went over and fed their dogs, and spent some time with them, before
penning the indoor dogs and heading home.
Book #67 was
Brass And Steel:Inferno, by Jim Strickland. It was a very
enjoyable steampunk-nanotechnology stuff, set in an Old West of 1895.
This universe has apparently diverged from ours roughly about the pre-Civil
War era, when AI's (built using mechanical
computers, gears and rods and steam!) try to take over the country.
Their agents of choice are people, who are gutted and their insides
(including brains) replaced with machinery, known as Doppelganger's -
'dopes'. You gradually realize that the U.S. Marshal protagonist is a
'dope' himself, a failed conversion from decades earlier, who (naturally)
hates the AI's and dopes with a passion, and lives (if that's the word) to
destroy them. The U.S.A. won the war, but there are still some bad
My favorite book of this last half of the year, surprised me.
(Sadly the protagonist never says "Eat hot
lead Slackers!", but maybe the author, Strickland, has heard that
one before? )
Book #68 was Nethereal
(Soul Cycle Book #1), by Brian Niemeier.
Ummmm. It didn't really grab me much. Lots of christian
analogy stuff, which isn't bad when done well, but the characters and
settings were pretty cardboard, I couldn't get into it. It's too bad
because there are a couple of sequels that I could have looked forward too,
Friday - More rain, about
1/2". Even some snow coming down on the hills.
Talked to my friends daughter on the phone for a bit. She's installing
a sink, and there is PEX-ish stuff coming out of the wall, but just normal
corrugated metal faucet attachments coming down from the faucets
above. I could only suggest that Home Depot might have a
fitting/manifold to connect the two, it can't be the first time this sort of
thing has happened. She will need shutoff valves under there anyway, and it
sort of looks from the cell phone picture like the hot and cold lines might
She said it's a bit cold and drafty, so I packed up some weatherstripping
and foam and the storm window plastic stuff and sent it off with her parents
for her. It should help.
Went by the new Quartz Hill Library, picked up some books, dropped some off.
Thursday 22 December
Thursday - A
storm has finally arrived in the valley, and we got 0.33" of rain, which is
a lot for around here!
My friends are heading north for the holiday, but decided to hold off until
Christmas Eve, because of the weather. I'll take care of their pets while
Book #66 was Murphy's
Law of Vampires (Love at First Bite #2), by Declan Finn. An
entertaining sequel to the first book.
Wednesday 21 December
Wednesday - An average winter day for
Met up with the accessibility lady, had a good talk. After carefully
charging my Cooper switches overnight, and boxing them and bringing them
down to the kitchen counter, I then left them at home. So we mostly
just talked, but learned some good stuff.
We also swung by and picked up the Dell Model 3168 2-in-1 at Staples, it was
on sale for a good price. This was the 4GB Ram & 500GB disk version,
kind of a low-mid range model, which is what we want: good enough to test
the app but weak enough not to hide any serious performance issues.
Book #65 was Honor
at Stake (Love At First Bite #1), by Declan Finn. This was
inexpensive, and a 'Christian Vampire' novel. Who knew there was such
a thing? Anyway, pretty good, as these things go.
Tuesday - Working away on this and that, not a
lot to say.
I'm not actually feeling very motivated, not getting a lot done on the app.
I did a scan through my collection of old pictures, and the last big
prepping, including the stuff I put together for my dad, was in October of
2005. I might test one of the water bottles, just out of curiosity.
The batteries were dead and the food...disappeared.
Monday - Sunny but cold.
I work up in the early AM hours. I couldn't reason why, then heard the
sprinklers going. So, since it was well below freezing, I arose and
turned them off. Later in the day, after lunch, I manually cycled
Trying to be organized, but kind of tired and listless all day.
I said I'd take a programming break, but it's pretty boring around here with
nothing to do. There's plenty of programming work....
Sunday - Sunny, cool.
WinCo &Albertson's shopping in the morning.
On the road, down to visit some friends in Ojai mid-morning. Back in
the late afternoon.