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Two years? [07 Nov 2008|10:25pm]
How the hell did two years pass without my posting? Must correct that one of these days.
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2006: 62 @ 25,576 [29 Dec 2006|04:08pm]
60. Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts by the Editors of Popular Mechanics
Pages: 192 (of 24,776 total)
Finished 9-Dec-2006

A healthy dose of realityCollapse )

Stats:
Books 60 / 59 - 101.7% (+28 days)
Pages 24,776 / 22,617 - 109.5% (+55 days)
Days 343 / 365 - 94.0%

61. Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book by Phil Gordon
Pages: 416 (of 25,192 total)
Finished 13-Dec-2006

Good advice put to good useCollapse )

Stats:
Books 61 / 59 - 103.4% (+30 days)
Pages 25,192 / 22,617 - 111.4% (+60 days)
Days 347 / 365 - 95.1%


62. Courtesans: Money, Sex and Fame in the Nineteenth Century by Katie Hickman
Pages: 384 (of 25,576 total)
Finished 18-Dec-2006

Voices from the demimondeCollapse )

Stats:
Books 62 / 59 - 105.1% (+32 days)
Pages 25,576 / 22,617 - 113.1% (+61 days)
Days 352 / 365 - 96.4%
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Still playing catch-up on 2006 (1 of 2) [29 Dec 2006|03:34pm]
[ mood | bored ]

Just a brief synopsis of the remaining books I've read this year. Barring some unexpected pocket of reading time, this is the haul for 2006.

(Part 1 of 2)

57. The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
Pages: 384 (of 23,960 total)
Finished 29-Nov-2006

Amalgams everyoneCollapse )

Stats:
Books 57 / 59 - 96.6% (+19 days)
Pages 23,960 / 22,617 - 105.9% (+53 days)
Days 333 / 365 - 91.2%

58. Phil Gordon's Little Green Book by Phil Gordon
Pages: 320 (of 24,280 total)
Finished 5-Dec-2006

Take me to the riverCollapse )

Stats:
Books 58 / 59 - 98.3% (+19 days)
Pages 24,280 / 22,617 - 107.4% (+53 days)
Days 339 / 365 - 92.9%

59. The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web by Dave Shea, Molly E. Holzschlag
Pages: 304 (of 24,584 total)
Finished 8-Dec-2006

As accessible as a koanCollapse )

Stats:
Books 59 / 59 - 100.0% (+23 days)
Pages 24,584 / 22,617 - 108.7% (+55 days)
Days 342 / 365 - 93.7%

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Still catching up: Books 54-56 [21 Dec 2006|06:05pm]
At this time, I've actually met all of my goals for reading this year. Only the writing about reading lags. I'll keep them short.

54. Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind
Pages: 192 (of 22,964 total)
Finished 23-Oct-2006

A half-sized bookCollapse )

Stats:
Books 54 / 59 - 91.5% (+37 days)
Pages 22,964 / 22,617 - 101.5% (+73 days)
Days 297 / 365 - 81.4%

55. Catfantastic II, edited by Andre Norton & Martin H. Greenberg
Pages: 318 (of 23,282 total)
Finished 10-Nov-2006

More cat storiesCollapse )

Stats:
Books 55 / 59 - 93.2% (+25 days)
Pages 23,282 / 22,617 - 102.9% (+61 days)
Days 315 / 365 - 86.3%

56. Prisoner's Dilemma: John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb
Pages: 294 (of 23,576 total)
Finished 20-Nov-2006

Agressors for Peace?Collapse )

Stats:
Books 56 / 59 - 94.9% (+21 days)
Pages 23,576 / 22,617 - 104.2% (+55 days)
Days 325 / 365 - 89.0%
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Catchup from October, Books 51-53 [14 Dec 2006|03:28pm]
51. The Devil Drives: A Life of Sir Richard Burton by Fawn M. Brodie
Pages: 479 (of 21,447 total)
Finished 5-Oct-2006

Troubling man, troubling bookCollapse )

Stats:
Books 51 / 59 - 86.4% (+36 days)
Pages 21,447 / 22,617 - 94.8% (+67 days)
Days 279 / 365 - 76.4%

52. mySQL in a Nutshell by Russell J. T. Dyer
Pages: 321 (of 21,768 total)
Finished 21-Oct-2006

On the Nutshell seriesCollapse )

Stats:
Books 52 / 59 - 88.1% (+27 days)
Pages 21,768 / 22,617 - 96.2% (+56 days)
Days 295 / 365 - 80.8%

53. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
Pages: 1,104 (of 22,772 total)
Finished 22-Oct-2006

Half a book at twice the sizeCollapse )

Stats:
Books 53 / 59 - 89.8% (+32 days)
Pages 22,772 / 22,617 - 100.7% (+71 days)
Days 296 / 365 - 76.4%
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Back-ish [27 Nov 2006|04:08pm]
Some time shortly after the wedding, I lost track of my friends' page here on LiveJournal and only just now started reading it again.

This isn't the first time I've gone "there and back again" on LJ. So, I'll give the same speech I did last time: If anything has happened in your life since July that you think I should know about, tell me directly. Now that I've started reading again, I'll probably keep up with new postings. So, if I don't know what you've been writing in your journal, it's not because I didn't read it, it's more likely because I didn't care enough to remember reading it. ;)
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Catchup: Books 48-51 [22 Nov 2006|05:22pm]
Playing catch-up again. Just finished book #56

48. Catfantastic ed by Andre Norton & Martin Greenberg
Pages: 380 (of 20,116 total)
Finished 9-Sep-2006

Cats Gone WildCollapse )

Stats:
Books 48 / 59 - 81.4% (+44 days)
Pages 20,116 / 22,617 - 88.9% (+72 days)
Days 253 / 365 - 69.3%

49. A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison
Pages: 544 (of 20,560 total)
Finished 12-Sep-2006

Vampire road tripCollapse )

Stats:
Books 49 / 59 - 83.1% (+47 days)
Pages 20,560 / 22,617 - 90.9% (+75 days)
Days 256 / 365 - 70.1%

50. PHP Nuke Garage by Don Jones
Pages: 408 (of 20,968 total)
Finished 3-Oct-2006

Best book on the subjectCollapse )

Stats:
Books 50 / 59 - 84.7% (+32 days)
Pages 20,968 / 22,617 - 91.3% (+56 days)
Days 277 / 365 - 75.9%
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Kill Kyl: Putting my bankroll where my mouth is [03 Nov 2006|12:20pm]
According to the latest polls, Jon Kyl and his opponent Jim Pederson are in a statistical dead heat in their race for Kyl's senate seat. Kyl, along with Tennessee's Bill "I can diagnose illness over CSPAN" Frist, was the architect first of the "Kyl Bill," a law to ban online wagering once and for all (unless it's on a horse race or a state lottery) and more recently of the successful amendment of the port security bill to contain provisions restricting online gambling.

If you would like to help oust Kyl and send a clear message to the anti-gaming contingent of Congress, there's now a place to do so: Poker Players against Kyl. (As the site is soliciting campaign contributions, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident alien to contribute and the maximum contribution is US$2,100.)

I have never contributed money to a Democrat in my life and rarely voted for one. Against most challengers, Jim Pederson wouldn't even get my vote. Against Jon Kyl, he gets my buy in at the 1/2 no-limit table: US$200.
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Now, that's bipartisanship [03 Oct 2006|01:56pm]
[ mood | disgusted ]

Well, it took a lot and the straw that broke the camel's back was, in the general scope of individual liberties, a fairly minor one. But, I believe I have finally become more disgusted by the Republicans than I am by the Democrats.

Those who expect me to embrace the left now should note that this means the Republicans revolt me 92% of the time and the Democrats 90% of the time (with a sampling error of +/- 2%)

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Books 43-47: Finally caught up [13 Sep 2006|06:57pm]
43. Phantom by Terry Goodkind
Pages: 592 (of 18,331 total)
Finished 25-Aug-2006

Nothing to see here...Collapse )

Stats:
Books 43 / 59 - 72.9% (+30 days)
Pages 18,331 / 22,617 - 81.0% (+60 days)
Days 236 / 365 - 64.7%

44. Loving Lisp by Mark Watson
Pages: 60 (of 18,391 total)
Finished 26-Aug-2006

Love is a (- thing (splendored(many))Collapse )

Stats:
Books 44 / 59 - 74.6% (+35 days)
Pages 18,391 / 22,617 - 81.3% (+60 days)
Days 237 / 365 - 64.9%

The Quicksilver Trilogy by Neal Stephenson
45. Quicksilver - Pages: 480 (of 18,872)
46. King of the Vagabonds - Pages: 400 (of 19,272)
47. Odalisque - Pages: 464 (of 19,736)
Finished 29-Aug-2006

Stephenson in rare formCollapse )

Stats:
Books 47 / 59 - 79.7% (+51 days)
Pages 19,736 / 22,617 - 87.3% (+79 days)
Days 240 / 365 - 65.8%
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Books 40-42 [09 Sep 2006|11:43pm]
40. Melusine by Sarah Monette
Pages: 496 (of 16,840 total)
Finished 31-Jul-2006

A solid startCollapse )

Stats:
Books 40 / 59 - 67.8% (+35 days)
Pages 16,840 / 22,617 - 74.5% (+60 days)
Days 212 / 365 - 58.1%

41. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Pages: 416 (of 17,256 total)
Finished 9-Aug-2006

Life in Lindbergh's AmericaCollapse )

Stats:
Books 41 / 59 - 69.5% (+34 days)
Pages 17,256 / 22,617 - 76.3% (+58 days)
Days 220 / 365 - 60.3%

42. Danse Macabre by Laurell K. Hamilton
Pages: 483 (of 17,739 total)
Finished 17-Aug-2006

Putting the 'physical' in 'metaphysical'Collapse )

Stats:
Books 42 / 59 - 71.2% (+32 days)
Pages 17,739 / 22,617 - 78.4% (+58 days)
Days 228 / 365 - 62.5%
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The memory hole [08 Sep 2006|04:38pm]
I was getting ready for a deeply bitter and angry rant about the situation at Ground Zero five years after September 11, 2001. But, the Onion beat me to the punch, saying everything I wanted to say, expressing all of the slow-burning anger I wanted to express, and being funny to boot.

Obviously, if you can't find anything funny in the situation surrounding 9/11, this isn't for you. After years of feeling the same way, I took to heart a quote attributed to Steven Biko: "Sometimes, you have to laugh because you just can't cry all the time." But, I can certainly empathize. For everyone else, The Memorial Hole.
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Catch-up: Books 37-39 [08 Sep 2006|03:16pm]
37. Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham
Pages: 271 (of 14,997 total)
Finished 18-Jul-2006

Big ideas mixed with myopeaCollapse )

Stats:
Books 37 / 59 - 62.7% (+30 days)
Pages 14,997 / 22,617 - 66.3% (+43 days)
Days 199 / 365 - 54.5%

38. King of a Small World by Rick Bennet
Pages: 275 (of 15,272 total)
Finished 19-Jul-2006

Pre-rounders pokerCollapse )

Stats:
Books 38 / 59 - 64.4% (+35 days)
Pages 15,272 / 22,617 - 67.5% (+46 days)
Days 200 / 365 - 54.8%

39. Otherland Volume 4: Sea of Silver Light by Tad Williams
Pages: 1,072 (of 16,344 total)
Finished 24-Jul-2006

Everything endsCollapse )

Stats:
Books 39 / 59 - 66.1% (+36 days)
Pages 16,344 / 22,617 - 72.3% (+59 days)
Days 205 / 365 - 56.2%
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Catch-up: Books 34-36 [07 Sep 2006|10:57pm]
34. One Night With a Prince by Sabrina Jeffries
Pages: 384 (of 13,612 total)
Finished 21-Jun-2006

fnordCollapse )

Stats:
Books 34 / 59 - 57.6% (+38 days)
Pages 13,612 / 22,617 - 60.2% (+48 days)
Days 172 / 365 - 47.1%

35. Retro Game Programming: Unleashed for the Masses
Pages: 330 (of 13,942 total)
Finished 4-Jul-2006

A stroll down (random access) memory laneCollapse )

Stats:
Books 35 / 59 - 59.3% (+31 days)
Pages 13,942 / 22,617 - 61.6% (+40 days)
Days 185 / 365 - 47.1%

36. Otherland, Volume 3: Mountain of Black Glass
Pages: 784 (of 14,726 total)
Finished 11-Jul-2006

A reflection of OdysseyCollapse )

Stats:
Books 36 / 59 - 61.0% (+31 days)
Pages 14,726 / 22,617 - 65.1% (+46 days)
Days 192 / 365 - 52.6%
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Geekiness strikes again [06 Sep 2006|05:19pm]
Am I the only one who thinks that 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 hexadecimal sudoku would be wicked fun?
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Yikes! Catch-up from mid-June. Books 31-33 [06 Sep 2006|12:58pm]
Going to ultra-short reviews since I'm three months behind my reading. Some original details are left from when I wrote them in June, which may be a bit awkward.

31. Otherland, Volume 2: River of Blue Fire by Tad Williams
Pages: 704 (of 12,191 total)
Finished 12-Jun-2006

Riverworld Simplex OneCollapse )

Stats:
Books 31 / 59 - 52.5% (+29 days)
Pages 12,191 / 22,617 - 53.9% (+34 days)
Days 163 / 365 - 44.7%

32. Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
Pages: 400 (of 12,591 total)
Finished 16-Jun-2006

OrrrrpheusCollapse )

Stats:
Books 32 / 59 - 54.2% (+31 days)
Pages 12,591 / 22,617 - 55.7% (+36 days)
Days 167 / 365 - 45.8%

33. Head-First Design Patterns by Eric & Elisabeth Freeman
Pages: 638 (of 13,229 total)
Finished 20-Jun-2006

Built in the 'Readable' PatternCollapse )

Stats:
Books 33 / 59 - 55.9% (+33 days)
Pages 13,229 / 22,617 - 58.5% (+42 days)
Days 171 / 365 - 46.8%

In terms of the challenge, it's making a statistically significant difference that I'm actually finishing my programming books this year when, in years past, I tended to read the 20% of the book that gave me 80% of the information I found relevant. I don't know if I'm reading more this year than I was last year or if I'm just reading fewer "uncountable" pages.
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Blinking in Palestine [29 Aug 2006|11:17am]
As dismal as the content is, there's a ray of hope for Palestine in the fact that the Palestinian Authority is saying it. Excerpts from the statement are provided by MEMRI.

PA Government Spokesman Dr. Ghazi Hamad published, in the PA daily Al-Ayyam, a critique of current events in the Gaza Strip, including scathing criticism of the Hamas government itself and the Palestinian resistance.

The Reality in Gaza is Miserable, Wretched, and a Failure in Every Sense of the Word
"...I want to make a reckoning and own up to our mistakes. We are always afraid to speak honestly about our mistakes, as we have become accustomed to placing the blame on other factors. The anarchy, chaos, pointless murders, the plundering of lands, family feuds... what do all of these have to do with the occupation? We have always been accustomed to pinning our failures on others, and conspiratorial thinking is still widespread among us...

"We exhausted our people time after time with errors in which everyone played a role...

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Geekdom/cm^2 [24 Aug 2006|11:39pm]
I feel like I outgeeked myself this weekend:


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Back from the honeymoon [04 Aug 2006|02:02am]
[ mood | tired ]

Wifezuki and I are back from the honeymoon and safely ensconsed in our normal lives again, the main difference seeming to be this very attractive hunk of specie around my finger and a kitchen full of new dishes, pots, pans, and assorted geegaws courtesy of our friends and families.

Even after the Sin analyzed her memory of the event like it was the Zapbruder film, we're still coming to the conclusion that the wedding went off without a hitch. The music was a bit loud for anyone with a sensitivity to such things, but everyone seemed to have a good time and get well fed. When we got home this Sunday, there was a license asserting that we were officially married. So, I would have to say that we got everything we wanted out of the day.

Honeymoon report, now with 30% less honey!Collapse )

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Snarky comment du jour [19 Jul 2006|12:41pm]
Wifezuki: (looking at pictures from wedding): I swear that tux makes you look fifty pounds lighter.
Me: Great. I should have worn three of the them.
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