Friday, May 13, 2011

Lost a Post

Lost a Post

I lost a post or two from Blogger's fiasco. I won't bother trying to re-post.

Canadian Musical Interlude

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Miscellaneous and a Quote


Access 2010 by John Cronan. A second copy. "Click the File tab, and click Info."

Complete Idiot's Guide to Back Pain by Jason Highsmith, M.D. and Jovanka JoAnn Milivojevic. "Most people report that their legs feel longer after this exercise."

Complete Book of Hairstyling by Charles Worthington. "I'm going to open a bottle of wine - does anyone want a glass while we wait for Polly?"

Coffee Talk: the stimulating story of the world's most popular brew by Morton Satin. "Among the first to employ slavery in the coffee industry were the Dutch."

Large Print

Peach Keeper by Sara Addison Allen.

Cold Wind by C.J. Box.

Pacific Glory by P.T. Deutermann.

Night Road by Kristin Hannah.

Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans.


"Fart, fart, fart. Barf! Barf!" by Boy #1.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Music and John Rain, Paid Killer

Music on CD

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes by Social Distortion. Yeah!

The Warblers by Glee The Music. Blah!

Go-Go Boots by Drive-By Truckers. Whuh?

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two by Beastie Boys. Pfft.

Wasting Light by Foo Fighters. Meh.


Rain Fall starring Kippei Shina and Gary Oldman. High paid and secretive assassin John Rain is hired to kill a Japanese government bureacrat. Sure, no problem. But, then Rain finds the man's daughter is being targeted by the CIA. Tokyo set novel with Gary Oldman as the bad guy. Based off the first Barry Eisler novel.

Musical Interlude

Heard this earlier today on 6 Music. The tune came out in 2002. The band name is Athlete.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Three Novels: Juju City Home


Bad Juju & Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem by Jonathan Woods. This has received several good reviews, Crider liked it. I've also read nice things about the cover. I don't like the cover. Woods poses with a teeny handgun for his author photo. Woods, what is that pistol anyway? (Huh, Anthony Neil Smith provided a blurb for the front. So did Scott Phillips.)

Tabloid City by Pete Hamill. Multiple characters in NYC after a murder. I read the reprint of Guns of Heaven and really liked it. I think I bought it at the bookstore in the Milwaukee Airport, I need to try and get there early next I pick up my in-laws.

The Year We Left by Jean Thompson. A sweeping and emotionally powerful story of a single American family during the tumultuous final decades of the twentieth century. Thompson has blurbs from Kirkus and Booklist and someone from O, The Oprah Magazine.

Lonely Zombie, Tacos, Royal Wedding, Barefott Running

Non Fiction

McGraw-Hill's ACT, 2011 edition. Practice.

Gruber's Complete SAT Guide 2011. Practice some more.

Bossypants by Tina Fey. No co-author listed but as busy as this gal must be she surely had someone lending a hand.

Acoustic Guitar Handbook by Paul Balmer. How to buy, maintain, set up, troubleshoot, and repair your guitar. Lots of nice photos.

Wireless Network Administration: a beginner's guide by Wale Soyinka. Read and pretend you know everything.

Quicken 2011 by Marty Matthews and Bobbi Sandberg. Another computer guide.

How to Read a Balance Sheet by Rick J. Makoujy, Jr. The first two payments of $1 million each (on the first and second anniversaries of the balance sheet date) may be valued as follows.

A Woman's Guide to Successful Negotiating, 2nd Edition by Lee E. Miller and Jessica Miller. "How to convince, collaborate, and create your way to agreement."

Quickbooks 2011 by Leslie Capachietti. "The Time & Expenses Preferences dialog has an option for setting a default markup percentage."

Illinois Curiosities by Richard Moreno. Included: 1- Nelson, the world's largest sock monkey. 2- BEER NUTS factory. 3- The fire breathing mechanical dragon of Vandalia. Not Included: 1- My parents' garage.

300 Best Taco Recipes by Kelley Cleary Coffeen. Anthony Neil Smith just had an excitement induced stroke. (Smith has kindly agreed to host a writing workshop for us this Fall. I need to contact him about a date. Smith teaches writing for a living so it should be a very good event.)

The Littlest Zombie by Fred Perry. He's just an inquisitive chap filled with curiosity about the world on fire around him. Pushed around by his fellow undead (who always get to the brains first), and positively frowned upon by the remaining living citizens, the poor little guy just wants a friend. An maybe something to chew on. Like your face.

Above the Fold: understanding the principles of successful web site design by Brian Miller. Looks kinda neat.

Royal Romance: the love story of William and Kate. Photobook of bio of Prince Willaim and Kate Middleton. I'll need to buy a photo book about the wedding.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running by Dr. Craig Richards and Thomas Hollowell. I spoke to a guy who wears these. I've thought about trying them out.