Monday, December 30, 2013

Ephemera 2013

2013 Annual Ephemera (or my OCD reference list making)
I actually refer to these various lists for my own purposes and posting them on the blog itself actually helps. Just move along, this is for me.

Sea U 51 - Denver 64 Key WAC 1-12-13
Worlds largest snowball fight 1-12-13 Seattle Center
WPZ 8-10-13
EMP 2x

DECA Region 3 Judge at the Meydenbauer Center - 1-10-12
Emerald City Comicon March 1-3 + 2/28 and 2/17 & badges and Core Team January, Celeb Ops
MFR 5513 plus mtg 4-6
Clang Kickstarter 4-29
tedxseattle 62313 multiple days and meetings - Volunteer Team Manager
Street Food Festival 81013 (eve plus mtg)
PAX 7 days Enforcer
RCCC 3 days Henchman
GGC Fri event and all day Sat as attendee
AngelHack 11-2/3 via p@L
Bonza Bash NYE - Fremont Arts Center

I failed to see a Seattle Storm game this season, for the first time, or an MLS regular season SSFC game.

Seattle Sounders FC 3 UANL Tigres 1 CCL Qtrs 2nd Leg 3-12-13 CLink
SSFC 0 Santos Laguna 1 4-2-13 CLink
USA 2 Panama 0 WCQ 6-11-13 CLink
WSU 1 UW 0 Pac-12 Women 11-8-13 Husky Field

Safeco Field
Seattle Mariners 3 Houston Astros 8 4-10-13 Completed MLB
Seattle Mariners 2 Toronto Blue Jays 7 8-6-13 King's Court
Seattle Mariners 0 Milwaukie Brewers 10 8-10-13 Griffey HOF

The Little Mermaid 3-22-13 Re-Bar
One Man Star Wars Trilogy April 2013 Triple Door
Star Crossed May 2013 Annex
The Bloody Banquet - Ballard
The Doubleclicks at Wayward Coffee House 2x
Behind the Blue Door ReBar August
A Midsummer Nights Dream at Volunteer Park - Greenstage
Neverwhere - 11-9-13 Cornish Theatre Seattle Center
Coney Island Christmas 11-29-13 BAT 12-14-13 Pop Up Museum BAT Fundraiser 12-23

The Davanos LRH 3-10-13 33113 may/june
Knut Bell LRH 3-29-13
tdr lrh 49 1029
jerkels 7213
kk ml 915
Sarah Brightman
2nd Annual Dammit Liz Holiday Special 120213

Star Trek into darkness
Iron Man 3 2x
The Great Gatsby
Much Ado About Nothing
The Wolverine
The World's End
Thor The Dark World

WHS 42 Mariner 0
WHS 21 Eastlake 24
WHS 0 Bothell 35

Reading List for 2013

2013 Reading Log

Gamma World Rulebook (Settlers of Catan and Ticket To Ride)
- A common theme of 2013 is gaming books.  Some of these rulebooks are huge and noteworthy and some of them will be listed here.  Gamma World is a game I dabbled in back in the day and have found a new version of and look forward to playing again.

Magic Bullet Cookbook
- A second theme of the last year or two are cookbooks.  I am reading a lot of these.

7th Sigma by Steven Gould
- Gould remains one of my favorite writers.  As usual, this is a solid world that has layers that unfold.

The Strain by David Lapham
- I will list notable graphic novels and collections.

Shade by Steven Gould
- In the Jumper universe.

Impulse by Steven Gould
- In the Jumper universe.

Three Samurai Cats
- I end up reading a lot of kids books as a teacher and list the noteworthy ones here.

Age of Apocalypse
- Graphic novel collection.  Marvel has continued this alternate universe.

- Gatecrash Players Guide
- The players guides for each MTG release are handy.

Chew v5
- I have ended up just reading this series as it is collected.

- I love the works of Allred and that has now led me to FF.

Chu by Neil Gaiman
- It's Neil.  I read it.  Some day I will stop lying to him.

Down The Mysterly River by Bill Willingham
- I read his Fables stuff, grabbed this as a result. 

Ajax, the Dutch, the War: The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe's Darkest Hour by Simon Kuper
- Looking at how the Dutch are revisiting the role of their country in the events of WWII through the lens of soccer.

King Tut Exhibit
- I have an Egyptology habit.  After going to the Tut exhibit this is a book that looks at the general history of ancient Egypt and the exhibit itself.

The Signal and The Noise by Nate Silver
- This guy focuses on what data means, not what he wants it to mean.

Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham and Jim Fern
- These Fables graphic novels are continually awesome.

My Inner Bimbo by Sam Kieth
- Sometimes I really have no idea what I am reading when it comes to Kieth's work.

Cats by Jennie Breeden
- I bought this at ECCC the day my cat passed away.

Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
- His Twitter feed has become must reading.

Myth Adventures by Phil Foglio
- Bought this at ECCC and it was a fun read.

- A dancing friend that blogs.  Her blog writings collectively add up to what I hope will one day be a collection.

Cascadia Clash: Sounders versus Timbers by Geoffrey C. Arnold
- My first Sounders game was a win over PDX when I was 8.  'nuff said. 

Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
- Identity.  Gender roles. Exploitation.  Good scifi.

Sour Cream Cookbook
- Oh, the things you can make.

The Boys v12
- A solid finish to a good series.

Dragon's Maze Players Guide
- The end of the RtR block.

- The version 4 book has been useful, but Next is on its way.

Ten Little Zombies

Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman 
- Basically, be practical, but also never stop doing.

Scandinavian Cooking 
- nomnomnom

Pocket Ref
- I now will be even better at Trivial Pursuit.

Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide by Mr. Boston et al
- My kitchen would not be complete without this book I got as a gift.

Hero's Handbook: Tieflings by Jeff LaSala
- I am playing a Tiefling Warlord and this book helped with playing in character.

1991 Aerostar Owners Guide
And I have needed to know too much about this vehicle already.

The Devil's Panties (Volume 1) by Jennie Breeden
- I heart Jennie and reading the collected volumes are awesome. Looking forward to the Devil Girl doll next year from the Kickstarter campaign.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher 
- First Dresden book. I thought I would like this more.  It's good and sets the table, but I have to believe the follow ups that do not need the world building will be better.

Courtesans: Money, Sex and Fame in the Nineteenth Century by Katie Hickman 
- Not all eras have been ruled by Puritans.

Silent Legacy
- A book on conversations related to death and a good reminder.

M14 Player's Guide
- Slivers are fun.

Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl
- Good idea.  Interesting script.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- Since I am watching the new show I went back and read the original.  There are reasons this has survived the ages, it is an interesting read.

Irish Pub Cooking
- I have a dream.  I want to sit in a pub in Dublin and eat pub food with a Guinness.

The Lay of the Eastern King by Patrick Rothfuss
- Epic poems are actually a tough read for me, even if meant as tongue in cheek as this one.

Coney Island Christmas by Donald Margulies
- Script.

Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams by Gareth Roberts 
- It's Douglas Adams' wit even if through the filter of another writer.  As I delve in to the world of The Doctor, books like this will become more common.

Theros Players Guide
- A bunch of new mechanics and creature types.

Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
- The dynamic duo.

The Walking Dead: The Road To Woodbury by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
- The 2nd of what will apparently be 3 books about The Governor.

Tiny Quest Starring Princess Sassafras by Matt Youngmark
- Teeny tiny book.  Former editor of mine.

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
- Neil never fails to be visual with words.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
- I did not merely enjoy the world of Harry Potter, I enjoyed Rowling's writing. So, I had to give this a look see.

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
- The thirteenth and final Sookie novel.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
- I happen to enjoy reading Gladwell and enjoy how he links things together.
 The Bordello Cookbook by Jo Foxworth
- Stories and recipes

Doctor Who - Character Encyclopedia by Annabel Gibson, Moray Laing and Jason Loborik

Inferno by Dan Brown- Better than the last one, not as good as the first too, but the constant mini lectures and exposition gets a bit tedious.

Sex With Kings: 500 years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge by Eleanor Herman
- The power and influence and yet completely tenuous world.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013



The Burien Actors Theatre may have been the victims of arson, but the show will go on.

Coney Island Christmas will complete its run.
216 SW 153rd, Burien, WA

These are awesome people.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Something Something Holodeck

2nd Annual Dammit Liz Holiday Special
The Triple Door
December 2, 2013

Super Guitar Brothers is my favorite thing right now.  I already have been playing them as background music in class and raving about them.

This was an impulse attending thing, even though I had heard about it in advance it somehow slipped through the cracks.  Fortunately, the decision to go was made in time.

Monday, December 02, 2013

And that makes 16

Seattle Marathon 2013 

This year I was worried about the Seattle marathon because my preparation was such a struggle given a series of little nagging injuries and an ankle problem in September.

So, I thought long and hard about it, managed the things I could and took the most important lessons that I have learned over the years doing distance and applied them to yesterday.

Lesson 1 - Being organized and prepared cannot be underestimated.
- I have a pouch I run with that carries gel packs and other useful items

Lesson 2 - Listen to your body
- There are points where you need to slow and points where you feel good and you can kick it up a notch.  Things were going well, even if slowly, until a bit after mile marker 20.  I had to make some changes to my stride and pace and grab extra water and it took 3-4 miles to really start to feel better again.  I was then able to kick it in after mile marker 24 and was able to finish strong.

Lesson 3 - Recovery planning matters
- I was set for a hot soak with good bath salts.  I planned my nutrition for a few days out.  I made a point of bracing myself for the after race.  Too often I hear of people who stop doing distance because of the poor recovery.  Recovery can be managed.

Yes, I came in last in my division. 146/146.
Yes, only 18 people finished after me. 2107/2125
Yes, this was my slowest marathon out of 16. 6:39:29/6:41:08
In the spirit of the event and being supportive I chose to not taunt the woman in the Portland Timbers jersey that Roger Levesque was way ahead of her.
Yes, I had to pause and change my stride for the first time ever.
Yes, I finished and feel pretty good the next day.