Friday, May 21, 2010

Gun Book, Glee CD, That Movie With Blue People


It's Complicated starring Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, other old people. Old people have sex.

Edge of Darkness starring Mel Gibson. Angry father of dead daughter kills people.

Avatar starring Blue People. I still have not seen this.

Music on CD

Glee: the music, volume 3, showstoppers by [Singing Actors]. Bill Crider is still hoping for an ABBA themed episode. My wife likes this show a lot. I made sure to viciously mock the Madonna themed episode.


The Gun Digest Book of the AK and SKS by Patrick Sweeney. "A complete guide to guns, gear and ammunition." Once again I call bullshit on anything proclaiming to be a complete guide.

However, I do like this book. There is a lengthy piece on the Czech Vz. 58 which is neat rifle. I'd like to get one but CZ-USA's list price on the semi-auto version is $1015. That would still be about $800 out the door. At least I still have a PCR. Which reminds me, I need to look up my score from the shooting event this past Sunday. I started out lousy but improved on each stage.

Knitted Wire Jewelry by Samantha A. Lopez.

Beginners' Upholstery Techniques by David James.

Amulets and Talismans: simple techniques for creating meaningful jewelry by Robert Dancik.

Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance: 20 designs for Rowan for patchwork and quilting by [no editor listed].

Warman's U.S. Stamps Field Guide by Maurice D. Wozniak.

Warman's World Coins Field Guide by Arlyn G. Sieber.

Shooting Results

Dang It by Frustrated Library Director. The results are still not posted online.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Four-Year-Old Smells Like Onions

Chive Eating Four-Year-Old

He was outside this morning and pulled some chives from the garden to eat. He even ate the flowers. He really smelled like onions. Later on, I was reading a Magic Tree House novel to him and inserting phrases like, "Eating chives makes you smell like onions." He would say, "No, read it properly!"


How to Take Over The World by NoRealName. "We dedicashuns dis manual to all teh kittehs out dere strugglings udner teh yoke of incompitent servidudes and duddetts." Selections from here.

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. Selections from here. Including priceless advice like:
On Bragging
"I would simmer down a bit if I were you...Well, for one, the only one who was impressed was the little girl sitting behind you, and for two, they don't exactly hand out Medals of fucking Honor for eating two Denny's breakfast plates in one sitting."
On Getting a Job as a Cook at Hooters "You, my man, are not as dumb as I first fucking suspected."
On the Democratic System "We're having fish for dinner...Fine, let's take a vote. Who wants fish for dinner?...Yeah, democracy ain't so fun when it fucks you, huh?"

Yoga For You Brain by Tim Sole and Rod Marshall. Mental exercises.

Felting: the Complete Guide by Jane Davis. Once again I call BS on anything that says the "complete guide."

Pops: a life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout. Acclaimed bio of the big time musician.

Toys and Prices, 2010 edited by Justin Moen Who Must Have a Sad Life.

Satchel: the life and times of an American legend by Larry Tye. Wasn't Paige so dang good he pitched until he was in his fifties or something? Yep, the guy was 59-freaking-years-old for his last major league pitch.

Jimmy Corrigan: the smartest kid in the world by Chris Ware. What a depressing book.

Home Cooking with Trisha Tearwood by Trisha Yearwood.

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat by Bill Watterson. Replacement.


A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh. Bleagh.

Supreme Justice by Philip Margolin. Don't care.

Storm Prey by John Sandford. His titles are so unique.

Audiobooks on CD

Think Twice by Lesa Scottoline.

The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz. The paper version seems to check out.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Non-Fiction: KS Prep Football, Stern's Wife, Surgery in Iraq


61 Hours by Lee Child. Jack Reacher probably rescues some chick.


Our Boys: a perfect season on the plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape. The flyleaf says, "Hours removed from the nearest city." I call bullshit. Smith Center is only 80 miles from Kearney, NE (pop. 27431). 99 miles from Grand Island, NE (pop. 42940). Hays, KS (pop. 20,000) is just 90 miles away. Salina (pop. 46,000) is only 99 miles away.

Incidentally, if you're ever riding your Honda Nighthawk from Lindsborg, KS to Cheyenne, WY and the master link on your chain falls off in Western Kansas, you can get towed over to Colby. While there you can:
1. borrow some tools from the mechanic,
2. walk next door to the tractor supply,
3. find a master link to a chainsaw,
4. spend 30 minutes in the sun wrestling the new master link onto the motorcycle chain,
5. drive to the nearest Honda dealer for the correct master link,
6. watch the bike mechanic take all of five minutes to put the new link on,
7. drive into Colorado,
8. stop for gas in Eastern Colorado,
9. have the bike not start,
10. realize the battery is dead,
11. have a little freak-out,
12. realize the battery water is low,
13. borrow a straw from the diner,
14. use the straw to slowly transfer water from a drinking bottle into the battery's cells,
15. wait for the battery to recover,
16. chat with a truck driver who will substantially calm your nerves,
17. get bike started,
18. ride into rain in Denver,
19. finally pull into Cheyenne and be happy you reserved a hotel room because of all the Sturgis people rolling in looking for a room.

Cheap: the high cost of discount culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell. Madison PL had a review of this.

Remembering Survival: inside a Nazi slave-labor camp by Christopher R. Browning. Testimony from 300 survivors during a 1972 trial, yet the filthy, dirty, rotten, stinking Nazi piece-of-crap was acquitted. The story of the camp and the testimony of those survivors. Stinking Nazis.

Oh My Dog: how to choose, train, groom, nurture, feed, and care for your new best friend by Beth Ostrosky Stern. Yeah, this is a celebrity wife book. But, Stern is supposed have done a good job gathering info.

The Replacements: all over but the shouting: an oral history by Jim Walsh. The best of CD checks out well. Lots and lots and lots of drinking and purposefully pissing people off.

The Big Necessity: the unmentionable world of human waste and why it matters by Rose George. Sewers.

Healing Hearts: a memoir of a female heart surgeon by Kathy E. Magliato, MD. Heart surgery and transplants memoir.

Coppola: a pediatric surgeon in Iraq by Dr. Chris Coppola. This has to be a heartbreaking story what with all the war injuries to children.

The Skinnygirl Dish: easy recipes for your naturally thin life by Bethenny Frankel. Books from this series check out pretty well because broads don't like to be broad.


Five paperbacks I am too lazy to list.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Great News! Another Gun Book!

Gun Book

Standard Catalog of Civil War Firearms by John F. Graf. Carbines, muskets, pistols, and all the different variations and contracts and runs purchased or used throughout the war. Many, many color photographs. The librarian up at Waupun, Bret, would like this. I'll send him an email.

We have another Patrick Sweeney book in the processing pile. The Sweeney book is on the AK.


101 Ways You Can Help: how to offer comfort and support to those who are grieving by Liz Aleshire.

Teen Stages: the breakthrough year-by-year approach to understanding your ever-changing teen by PeopleWithTheirNamesCoveredByTheBarcode.

Crochet: the complete guide by Jane Davis. The complete guide. I doubt that.

China by Robert Andfe LaFleur. Part of the Asia in Focus series. We do not hav emuch on modern China or Chinese history so I bought this.

Warman's Coins and Paper Money, 4th Edition. Allen G. Berman. Price guide to old stuff.

HTML, XHTML and CSS Quicksteps by Guy Hart-Davis. Stephanie, who works here (see video), was saying how great she is at web design now. I'm going to go through this and give her a pop quiz.

Digital Photography Q&A: great tips and hints from a top pro by Paul Harcourt Davies. Does this teach me how to use a camera that was dropped on concrete and produces photos that are uniformly black?

I'm Pregnant: a week-by-week guide to conception to birth by Lesely Regan, MD. I'm not. This is a Dorling-Kindersley book so there are lots of photos and illustrations of infants and pregnant women, and nude pregnant women.

Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott.

Essential Color Guide to Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe. Thank goodness because I have some some really ugly knitted clothes.