Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reading List 2011 second half

The second half of 2011 was about starting to finish series. I am basically now done with all but current materials from life in Bon Temps for instance. I cleared out my library queue as much as possible and will start 2012 with a small stack of books to read to complete some series so I can move on to Game of Thrones, some graphic series I want to get complete or current, and a soccer list, maybe the Don Draper list too. Then, I can look at new materials and what is left over from old reading lists. This list does not take into account the other reading I do like my weekly comics, Astronomy Magazine, various columnists or bloggers, and the like.

The Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Dead Iron: The Age Of Steam by Devon Monk
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
The McSterlingScenes by R.L McSterlingthong
Lust by Ellen Forney
The Basic Basics of Screenwriting by Matt Terry
The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
Time Flies When You're in a Coma: The Wisdom of the Metal Gods by Mike Daly & Mark Weiss (Photographer)
From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris
Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves
The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury
Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything by Margaret Wertheim
Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Iron Maiden: In the Studio: The Stories Behind Every Album by Jake Brown
Magic on the Line by Devon Monk
Instructions by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess (Illustrations)

Selected Graphic Novels and Collections
The 6th Gun (Volume 1 & 2)
The Boys: Highland Laddie (Volume 8)
Superman: The Last Stand of New Krypton Vol. 2
The Locked Maze (Volumes 1, 2, & 3)
Hopeless Savages by Jen Van Meter
Spiderman: Black Cat by Jen Van Meter
Frank Miller's Holy Terror
Embroideries by Marjan Satrapi
iZombie (Volume 1 & 2)
Chew: Flambe (Volume 4)

Selected Short Fiction
Dancers In The Dark by Charlaine Harris
Tacky by Charlaine Harris
Bacon by Charlaine Harris
The Britlingens Go To Hell by Charlaine Harris
Dahlia Underground by Charlaine Harris
Two Blondes by Charlaine Harris
If I Had A Hammer by Charlaine Harris
Sift, Almost Invisible, Through by Jeff Somers
Where the Boom Bands Play by Jeff Somers
The Monster in My Closet by Wil Wheaton
Magic on a Holiday by Devon Monk
The Adakian Eagle by Bradley Denton

Ephemera 2011

The lists I keep here in these annual Ephemera posts are for when I need to look back at something and can then pinpoint when and where I was. Usually this takes place when writing things or catching up with people. These lists are an offshoot of when I was younger and made lists and then a few years back when I started my soccer book project Oxymoron. It is weird to post them, but they are useful to me.

EMP 1-2-11 / 4-15-11/ 4-21-11 / 5-1-11 / 5-7-11 / 6-4-11

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Green Hornet
True Grit
Sucker Punch
The Hangover 2
Source Code
Green Lantern
The Historic
Harry Potter 7.5
Captain America: The First Avenger (2x)
Kung Fu Panda 2
Horrible Bosses
Cowboys and Aliens
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

The Davanos - Little Red Hen 1-15-11, 2-20-11, 9-23-11, 12-18-11
Jerry & The Philbillys - Little Red Hen 2-11-11
Wes Jones Band - McCabe's - 2-25-11 - LRH 6-11-11, 9-20-11, 10-9-11, 12-20-11
Jukehouse Hounds - LRH - 3-24-11
Jo Miller LRH 4-3-11 / 5-1-11 / 9-4-11 / 12-11-11
Sammy Steele LRH 4-30-11
The Horde and The Harem EMP 5-7-11
The Rolling Blackouts LRH 5-12-11
Knut Bell 06-03-11 /11-25-11 / 12-25-11 LRH
T&D Review 6-7-11 LRH
Kirby Krackle - 7-15-11 The Comic Stop Lynnwood
Merchants of Moonshine 7-24-11 LRH
The Wrecked Chords, The Downstrokes, School Shootings - 8-14-11 The Funhouse
Duran Duran, The Neon Trees - 9-23-11 Comcast Arena
Highway 9 - 10-25-11 LRH

Back Alley Blues 3-31-11
Two Step Tuesdays 5-17-11/McCabe's Rapture 5-21-11

Everett Silvertips 2 Kelowna Rockets 3 (OT) - Comcast Arena - WHL Regular Season 2-13-11
SSFC 3 CRapids 1 - 3-9-11 Qwest - Community Shield - Friendly
SSFC 0 LAG 1 - 3-15-11 Qwest - MLS Regular Season - MLS First Kick 2011
NSSW 0 Crossfire 0 PDL 5-7-11
SSFC 1 PDX 1 - 5-14-11
Storm 63 Dream 92 8-14-11
M's 1 Braves 3 6-27-11
M's 6 Rangers 7 9-17-11
TCW 4-9-11 Pacific Rim Ballroom
Mexico 1 Ecuador 1 - 5-28-11
SSFC 4 NYRB 2 - 6-23-11
SSFC 0 ManU 7 - 7-20-11
SSFC 0 Herediano 1 CCL Group Phase 9-20-11
SSFC 2 Chicago Fire 0 USOC Final 10-4-11
SSFC 2 SJE 1 - 10-15-11
Cougs 21 Beavers 44 10-22-11
Cougs 0 Huskies 0 (AET) 11-3-11
Seawolves 1 PT U23 5 - 7-22-11
M's Fanfest at Safeco Field 1-29-11
WHS 24 BHS 14 10-7-11
WHS 56 Curtis 17 11-4-11
WHS 21 Union 9 11-19-11

EG 3 Brighton 5 as coach
Shooting Stars Indoor game as Coach (L) 11-27-11
Faculty 0 8th Grade 0 6-9-11 Twin Ponds
Warrior Dash - 7-17-11 51:53:55 or 49:21 ...
STKD 2nd Degree Black Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Classic Paintings Modern Times 5-2-11 Linda's Tavern
WWC Bottling Party 5-31-11
Bellevue Botanical Garden 6-30-11
Break More Boards Class at KGC 4- -11
MTHS 85 Annual Bar night 10-1-11
Fort Nisqually 1 -2x- 11
Tour de Terrace Parade 7-29-11
Tour de Terrace 7-30-11

Bar Games
SSFC 0 NYRB 1 The Atlantic Crossing 3-19-11

The Historic - Crew Member 2-22-11
Rough Cut Showing 6-26-11
Sneak Preview 11-6-11
Senior Prom - The Play 11-18-11 MTHS

ECCC 3-4,5,6-11 Minion
- Including Buffy Sings, Browncoats: Redemption, Panels
Geek Girl Con Karaoke night at AFK 5-21-11
Star Wars exhibit - PacSci - 3-24-11
Nirvana exhibit opening - EMP - 4-15-11 w/Minions
Avatar exhibit opening - EMP - 6-4-11
Can't Look Away exhibit opening - EMP - 10-1-11
GeekGirlCon - Seattle Center - 10-9-11
Neil deGrasse-Tyson 5-12-11 UW Meany Hall
ECCC Minion Potluck 12-3-11 at The Comic Stop

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Seattle Marathon 2011
November 27, 2011

Thoughts on the Seattle Marathon 2011.

6:06:40 is not great, but I can live with it given the circumstances of the race.

I was a bit worried in part due to having some serious toe issues through the fall and a serious cold in November that really limited my comfort while running. However, my general fitness level, ongoing martial arts workouts, and intermittent running would hopefully be enough when combined with my knowledge of running marathons and proper preparation in the lead up to the race.

Proper prep and maintaining a fitness lifestyle did indeed pay off.

The weather conditions were mixed. The temperature was not bad, but the wind made it cold and it was gusty enough to bring a lot of fresh leaves onto much of the course. The leaves are a challenge because even though many of the neighborhoods we run through are very high end, the roads on those streets are some of the worst in Seattle. Footing was scary at times.

In the end, I know it was slow, but the first half went pretty well and I recovered quickly. That is what is important.