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    • More Books

      2 months ago

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      Two more book reviews for the internet crowd.

      Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

      So this book was a big mental block/entry point for me. In high school and early college I was VERY into the expanded universe of Star Wars. I read dozens of books in the EU. When Disney de-canonized the EU I kinda swore off Star Wars books. But I heard good things about Thrawn and kinda wanted to get back in the game before there were too many books to comprehend. So I dove in with Thrawn; reimagined by the original author.

      Thrawn is great from a Star Wars fan perspective. Zahn managed to incorporate most of Thrawn's idiosyncrasies and tactical genius from his original trilogy and along the way introduce us to a great new character, Eli Vanto. This new effort was well worth the read and has single handedly (bookedly) gotten me back into the Star Wars EU. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of Alliances in June. 

      You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney

      So I'm posting this before I'm totally done with this book, but I'm close. Seriously, check out my GoodReads. I'm like 75% of the way done and the last 10% are citations and stuff. But aside from that minor detail.... This book is great if you want to learn about how you are not as smart as you think you are. A physical, literary edification of how you are a stupid ape that just by chance learned how to perform higher brain functions. Super uplifting, I know. 

      This book falls into the category of information that anyone who reads it, will head its advice but it will be a tough fight against mother nature. And those who probably need it the most will never venture to read it. Or maybe that's my own bias talking. This book might have something to say about that mental bias. It really talks about everything. It's a more pleasant text book for Psych 101. Interesting, but, as it states fairly clearly, pretty ineffective. If you need this book, this book won't help you. If this book will help you, you're probably aware enough to not need it. Overall, entertaining but not super insightful. 

    • Refocused on Reading

      3 months ago

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      I've always read a lot and enjoyed it but over the past couple years I kinda fell out of the habit and didn't realize it. I picked up my pace towards the end of 2017, but I'm committed to keeping it up through 2018. 

      I filled out a bunch of shelves on Goodreads (check it if you care) and have been stalking the Kindle store for sales. So far I've finished 4 books in 2018.

      Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

      So I started reading this after listening to the Hamilton musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, like, oh probably half of the world. This biography is exquisitely researched and thorough. I think I'd classify this as pretty much the best history textbook I've ever read and if all textbooks were this good, school would be a lot more beneficial. But still it felt like a textbook at times. It was fascinating and while it was a brilliant work of scholarship, the biggest takeaway I have is that Lin-Manuel Miranda is a freaking genius to transform this book into Hamilton.

      Thug Kitchen by Matt Holloway, Michelle Davis

      I'm counting this, but it is a cookbook and I "finished" it in under an hour. Some pretty legit vegetarian recipes in here. The one downside I noticed was there were some pretty exotic ingredients that the authors seemed to assume were readily available. I live in Lakeland, hometown of Publix. If Publix doesn't carry it, I can't get it. But I'll definitely skim through this again and see if there are some things I can try out.

      Soulminder by Timothy Zahn

      This book was fascinating. More so for its structure than for its content, in my opinion. The book centers on the invention of a medical marvel. A method for storing the "soul" or "lifeforce" or whatever you want to call it, after death is discovered. You soul is held in stasis until your body can be healed and then it is reinserted and you continue about your life. All of this happens in the first chapter of the book. The rest of the book delves into all the social, religious, governmental, and ethical dilemmas that stem from such a transcendent technology in the decades after its invention. What was created as a medical device to prevent unnecessary deaths is transformed in a hope for immortality, a tool for justice, a new form of slavery, and multiple other forms that were never foreseen by its creator. If you have any interest in the ethics of medicine or life in general, this is a very interesting read.

      One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter By Scaachi Koul

      In 2018, I've made it a mission to read more authors who are distinctly different from me. Scaachi Koul fits this billing and is a wonderful writer. She details her life as a child of immigrants from India in unflinching realism. I laughed, I cried, and I learned from a different perspective on life. She holds no pretensions of being prefect and makes the reader feel more perfect through shared imperfections. Uplifting and depressing all at the same time, I can't recommend this book more if you are looking to see life from a different point of view. 

      Holler if you want to discuss any of these books, or shoot me some recommendations. My reading list is 200-something books long but I'm always on the lookout. 

    • New Year, (Attempting A) New Me

      3 months ago

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      It's 2018 and I want to be more active on this site and I also want to doing a bit of journaling. My parents have asked for letters and personal thoughts in lieu of presents because they want to know the man I've grown to be. I honestly love that sentiment, but I am a super introvert and have trouble expressing my thoughts and opinions. (Hence, my doing this on the internet.)

      My hope is that if I can use this site has a sounding board, at the end of the year I can cull some thoughts from here and use them as a personal wrap up. But also give my parents some further insight of the idiosyncrasies that are my psyche.

      So with that said, I'm going to try to post here more often. Once a week or so, hopefully. I hate deadlines, but if I'm being honest they're the only thing that gets me going. So yeah. Onward to the new year. 

    • New Book & A Little Joke

      4 months ago

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      So I started reading a new book recently, called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Which is, like, right up my alley. So far it's a really good read and has given me some information on the how and why introverts act the way they do. There have been plenty of, "Oh so that's why I do that," moments. I highly recommend it for introverts and for those who have to live or work with introverts (aka everyone).

      Now on to the joke. 

      The author was making a comparison and used two examples. The first was an American man; the second a Finnish woman. She went on to explain her choice of examples by saying that the USA is one of the most extroverted nations in the world and Finland is one of the most introverted nations in the world.

      Thanks for sticking with me, because here is comes. 

      How do you know if a Finnish person likes you?

      They look at your shoes instead of their own. 

      I was laughing uncontrollably for minutes after reading that. How about you?

    • Cassini-Huygens

      7 months ago

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      So I'm terrible at posting regularly but this is a good venue to share my thoughts (apparently like twice a year). 

      Nineteen years and eleven months ago a rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Aboard was the Cassini orbiter and the Huygens lander. Earlier today the Cassini orbiter reached end of mission and was directed into the atmosphere of Saturn. Cassini was sacrificed to gravity to prevent potential contamination of Saturn's moons, some of which have the potential to harbor life. 

      Cassini provided stunning imagery of Saturn (my favorite planet, outside of Earth) for most of my life. Cassini was the best of space exploration. It inspired awe and got the public invested in the beauty of our universe and science in general. The visual legacy of Cassini will not soon be forgotten. 

      So do not mourn the end of the Cassini-Huygens mission. But take this moment to reflect on how a properly funded space program and drive humanity forward. In times when science and knowledge seem to be derided and even feared, look back at the lessons of Cassini-Huygens and know that we are at our best when we are pushing the limits of our understanding, when we are boldly going where no one has gone before, and when we come in peace for all of humanity. 

      Thank you to all who worked on the mission and thank you for inspiring me for nearly 20 years.

    • Been too long

      1 year ago

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      Since I posted anything. But hey it's good news. I'm going to RTX. First time! Can't wait to see everything and everyone. High fives and hugs for all who see this!

    • If you're a fan of Doctor Who

      1 year ago

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      You need to watch this. I have never come across a better AMV/summary of who the Doctor is and what emotions he evokes. Pure joy!

      Please watch:

    • Mica's Soapbox

      1 year ago

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      Hey @micaburton never be afraid to whip out the soapbox. You are strong, awesome, and talking about hard things is the only way we think, change and grow. One of my favorite episodes of Off Topic yet.

    • The Wolf Among Us

      1 year ago

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      Just blitzkrieged through this game today. It's been on my to do list for awhile and I didn't have anything better to do today so I played the entire thing.


      -I love the art style. That comic booky/cell shady style is just a pleasure to look at. Also the neon of the city and the more dirty/grimy look of Bigby and some of the other characters was a great contrast. I haven't played many Telltale Games but every one is beautiful.

      -The story was solid. I never really felt like it was move too fast or too slow and there was a deceptive amount of depth to the story as well.

      -All the fairytale allusions had me missing RWBY hard. Now I wonder if Monty/Miles/Kerry/Gray have played this game.


      -Not many here. But I did have some technical issues on the Xbox One. A couple times the game would proceed but all my dialogue options would just be blank. A couple other times it would just freeze for about 5 seconds. Not terrible, but annoying when you're in the middle of QTE heavy section.

      -It might have been just the choices I made but a couple of the plot points didn't make a ton of sense to the way I played the game. In the grand scheme they didn't have a huge effect but there were a couple times where I scratched my head for a couple minutes until the story played out a bit more.

      Overall, I thought it was a really great game and definitely will make me buy some more Telltale Games. I'm also curious if they will do a second season/sequel. I think there's a pretty solid world they've built and it could be expanded on with more stories.

      Anyone else play it? Thoughts?

    • Tired and Binging The Amazing Race

      1 year ago

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      Never really watched this (or really any other reality tv) but it definitely seems like it would be awesome to be on. I can see why Burnie and Ashley signed up. Also seriously enjoying how supportive/affectionate they are. In a world that just heaps on crap and negativity its refreshing.

      As for the rest of life, things are going well. Job is busy but not crazy. I managed to pay off #2 of 4 student loans so that's nice.

      I'm finally starting to get a rhythm with my DnD party so we're having sessions every couple weeks. DMing is fun but trying to not forget all the rules between sessions is always a challenge. But like I said I think the whole group is getting a rhythm down so we're getting better overall.

      I guess lastly I think I'm going to adopt a dog this weekend. I've been thinking about it for a few months now but my typical procrastinate-y/indecisive personality has turned a couple weeks to a couple months.

      I've settled on name for my future canine friend. Obviously RT influenced. If I end up with a male dog, it's going to be Mercury. He's one of my favorite characters in RWBY and I'm also a big space nerd so it doubles as a planet name and triples as the first manned space program name. If I adopt a female dog it has to be Penny. RWBY, Lost, Big Bang Theory all coincide, but the biggest reason is because my dog growing up was named Gadget (after Inspector Gadget ... look it up you kids) and Penny is Inspector Gadget's niece. So that's just too perfect to pass up. Kinda makes me lean towards a female dog in general.

      So I think that's the update for now. <3 you all, stay awesome and treat yourself well.

      P.S. I'll drop a shout out for @OneBlueWolf and his IndieGoGo campaign. His artwork is awesome and this comic book looks pretty badass. Check it out and support it if you can.

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    • Caszie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Fishy Queen

      3 years ago

      Thank you for the friendship!!! smiley0.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley11.gif

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