Saturday, April 09, 2016

The Ulitmate Star Wars Treadmill Workout


Star Wars: the force awakens starring Chewbacca. Space people use laser swords. We have two DVD and two BluRay copies. I had no idea there was another Star Wars film coming out in a few months.

SketchUp: a design guide for woodworkers by Joe Zeh. Dovetail sockets, splayed pieces, explode tool.

Knock-Em Dead: the ultimate job search guide 2016 by Martin Yate. Page 383 says, "Skyper interviews, 159-61."

Crack the Code: decrypting your job search by Reid A. Robison and Joseph Ellsworth. Pgae 77 says, "Far too many students miss the opportunity to bond with a professor."

QuickBooks 2016 by Bobbie Sandberg and Leslie Capachietti. Capachietti, that is a difficult name for me to type.

The Ultimate Treadmill Workout by David Siik. I should try this out. I wonder if I could program my machine rather than hit buttons all the time.

2016 National Building Cost Manual, 40th Edition edited by Ben Moselle. Whoah. A mid-range quality garage at 600 square feet is $25,662.

The Complete Guide to Walls and Ceilings by Black and Decker. Page 33 says, "Hold the saw vertically to prevent damage to the door jamb or wall."

2016 National Repair and Remodeling Estimator, 39th edition by Albert S. Paxton. Did this guy write it all himself? There is a ton of data in here to update and verify.

The Homemade Workshop: Build Your Own Woodworking Machines and Jigs by James Hamilton. Build a dual stage drum stander out of plywood, fasteners, and an old DC motor.

Blacksmithing Techniques by Jose Antonio Ares. Step-by-step for same lame projects like candelabras. But, once you learn the skills you can do neat things like maces, helmets, battering rams, and metal dog sculptures.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Many More NonFic


Personal Finance for Professionals by Susan A Berson. Aimed at younger adults. First time with a decent salary but plenty of debts to pay.

Civil Rights for Beginners by Paul von Blum. Dang. I thought this was a comics version. Nope. Just has black and white drawings. Covers the early 20th Century through the present.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Divorce by Dr. Samantha Rodman. This reminds me of a Family Circus cartoon where Dolly runs inside the house "[Friend's name] family is getting a divorce! Can we get one too?"

Investing 101 by Michele Cagan, CPA.  "Cuts out the boring explanations, and instead provides a hands-on lesson that keeps you engaged as learn how to build a portfolio and expand your savings."

You Did What?!: the biggest blunders professionals make by Kim Zoller and Kerry Preston. Page 78 says, "Scarves should be color coordinated and enhance the suit."

Crack the Code: decrypting your job search by Reid A. Robison and Joseph Ellsworth. That title reminds me of a song but I cannot quite put the tune together. Here's Donnie Iris instead.

CompTIA Network+ by Mike Meyers and Jonathan Weissman.  Page 355 says, "Technologies ... on the ... network ... recall ... the ... first-generation ... family."

More Made-Up Stories


Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen. One semester in college the student union was showing a ton of films during finals. I went and saw Miller's Crossing at 10PM or 11PM, or something. I really enjoyed that flick.

As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark.  I don't think Clark writes her books any more. After so many books her new novels just come out of her head fully formed and edited. Clark just types the text, has someone check for typos and they send the doc straight to the printing house.

Family Jewels by Stuart Woods. Woods is wearing tortoiseshell glasses and a cotton shirt for his author photo.

Dominion: the chronicles of the invaders by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard. Is the Irish Connolly  or the Los Angeles Connolly? Let me check ... he's the Irish guy. Ridyard grew up in South Africa. That reminds me that I need to read more Deon Meyers and Roger Smith novels.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Last of the New


No Safe Secret by Fern Michaels. The cover has a lot of yellow. The cover looks like a 1970s romance.

Darkness by Karen Robards. This is all pink with some orange and the cursive text makes it look like a 1980s novel.


Infectious Madness: the surprising science of how we "catch" mental illness by Harriet A. Washington. Megan Abbott wrote a fine novel about "catching" hysterical illnesses, The Fever.

The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: an essential guide for the newly diagnosed, third edition by Gretchen Baker. Covering diet, exercise importance, insurance, glucose testing, etc. I don't think Megan Abbott has written a diabetes book.

21 Days to Success with LinkedIn by Ron Sukenick and Ken Williams. A customer asked about this topic a couple weeks ago so I ordered this book.

Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody and Support, 3rd edition by Emily Doskow. I think Doskow writes a lot of these legal guides. Let me check ... yep, nine books to her name.

101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions by Ron Fry. Our other guides are dated and need replacement. Page 107 says, "How often do you get angry?"

The Marketing Plan handbook: develop big-picture marketing plans for pennies on the dollar, 2nd edition by Robert W. Bly. Page 203 says, "make a seemingly contradictory statement or promise."

The Angst of Adolescence: how to parent your teen (and live to laugh about it) by Sara Villenueva, PhD. Page 67 says, "This is a real problem."

Temperament Tools: working with your child's inborn traits, revised edition by Helen Neville and Diane Clark Johnson. Cute children on the cover.

101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview by Ron Fry. Same author, different book.

Body Weight Workouts for Men: 75 anytime, anywhere exercises to build a better body by Sean Bartram. Three levels of difficulty with many photographs of guys doing exercises.

Going to Court: an introduction to the U.S. Justice System by Ursula Furi-Perry. Easy to read guide written by a lawyer from Massachusetts.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Even More, The Do-It-Yourself Edition


DIY Updos, Knots and Twists by Melissa Cook. This book has a lot of photos of hair. Including the Inverted Fishtail Updo and the Braided Mohawk.

10-Minute Hairstyles by Andre Martens. German author teaches you how to make an Updo With A Spiral Twist on page 110. Many photos of hair models.

1-2-3 Magic: effective discipline for children 2-12 by Thomas W. Phelan, PhD. Smiling people on the cover. I just read a tip and should try it out.

Linux Administration: a beginner's guide, 7th edition by Wale Soyinka. I still don't know what a "kernel" is.

The Everything Guide to Homeschooling by Sherri Linsenbach. No pictures in this one.

Tiling: a homeowner's guide by Joseph Truini. Many photos. I need to re-grout part of our shower. I wonder if that is covered. Let me see ... yep, pages 234-236.

All New Building Decks by the editors of FineHomeBuilding. I have a deck that needs replacement as well. I also need my garage roof shingled. The garage painted. The garage re-leveled. Some garage wood replaced. Insulation put in the house's upstairs walls. New windows in my bedroom and laundry room. New carpet in the laundry room. The list goes on.

Still Catching Up - Here Are Cookbooks


So Fast, So Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Beth Hensperger with Julie Kaufman. 725 recipes. Page 308 says, "Spread meat ... adding ... cumin seeds ... lock the lid ... customize."

The Big Book of Diabetic Recipes by Marie Feldman, RD, CDE. 500 recipes including "lamb and root vegetable tagine". Tagine?

Brownies, Blondies and Bars by Stephanie Brubaker. This cookbook has plenty of pretty pictures. The previous two books do not.

Vegan Delights by Toni Rodriguez. 88 recipes with many pretty pictures. Author is a Spaniard. Author has a tattoo that says vegana.

No Experience Necessary: the culinary odyssey of chef by Norman van Aken. 20 years of restaurant work. He has a restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando.

Best Side Dishes Ever by Monica Sweeney. Page 38 says, "Preheat oven to 425F."

The Gluten Free Slow Cooker by Hope Comerford.  Author lives near Detroit and has short hair. Page 141 says, "With ... ingredients ... bean salad ... bring ... jazzing ... lemon juice."

The 'I Love My Nutri Bullet' Recipe Book by Britt Brandon, CFNS, CPT. No pretty food photographs in this one.

Dairy-Free Delicious by Katy Salter. Many pretty food photos but not every other page like some books.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Large Print

Large Print

Many, Many Novels


Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce. Debut crime novel by retired Atlanta Police Officer. Homicide Detective gets cold case of a dead blues musician. Page 133 says, "The band was back on, starting out the set low and steady."

A Painted Goddess by Victor Gischler. Third novel in Gischlers fantasy trilogy. With swords, magical tattoos, bad guys, good guys, jokes, and horses. Page 328 says, "Maurizan and Hank went down from the hillocks to get the news."

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz. Hey, isn't Lutz going to be in Milwaukee again this fall for Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee? Page 174 says, "I decided the ID could work."  I figured Lutz would have a huge author photo considering she sells a lot of books. Nope, just the regular head shot.

The Widow by Fiona Barton. Widow comes clean about her suspected husband. Barton is English and lives in southwest France. Her author photo was taken outside. The weather looks very nice.

Too Many Books. Here Is A Photo.

I Was on Vacation, Here is Another Lansdale

Audiobooks on CD

Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty. 10.5 hours on 9 CDs. Crime novel in Ireland. I think. A locked room mystery.

The Gangster by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott.  9.5 hours on 8 CDs. Isaac Bell fights the Black Hand in 1906 New York City.

Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale. 10 hours on 9 CDs. Hap and Leonard bust heads and get conned. The usual. Hap and Leonard tend to get hoodwinked.


The Hateful Eight starring Kurt Russell.  Some sort of western. I have not yet seen the flick.

The Iron Ministry by J.P. Sniadecki. China's railways serve a billion people amid an economic and technological boom.

The Hunger Games: the Mockingjay Part 2 starring Jennifer Lawrence. Girl sticks it to The Man.

Plastic Discs Carry the Sounds of Modern Music

Gimme Danger by various artists. Compilation CD from Mojo magazine with singers singing songs of "desert rock".

Ouroboros by Ray LaMontagne. This singer of songs circ's at Lake Mills.

We Can Do Anything by The Violent Femmes. Milwaukee people produce new album. The biography on lists the recent lawsuits.

The Rough Guide to Americana by various artists. Various singers sing various songs about various Americana themes. Oh, hey! Robert earl Keene sings a Richard Thompson tune!

Hamilton: Original Broadway cast by Various Singing Actors. This is a big deal, right? I've not heard it yet.