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Written By: Gary on May 11, 2005 4 Comments

So I’ve read all five books in the trilogy (yes, I said that right) and was hesitant in seeing the movie. A few people (such as Heather) said it was worth seeing so I went. It was hysterical! You’ve got to remember it’s slightly british humor, it’s not Monty Python or Benny Hill but it’s definitely not American sitcom humor.

Some of the movie was exactly like the book. His response to the Vogon poetry was exactly how I remembered the wording from the book with the same intonation as I imagined it. His memories of Tricia were a little exaggerated if I recall exactly and some other subplots I don’t really remember or maybe they were exaggerated for the movie. But they needed to make a lot of weird stuff fit in a two hour movie. I enjoyed it. If you liked the books and understand that books are not movies (and thus cannot be represented exactly the same) you will enjoy it too.

Written By: Gary on April 25, 2005 No Comment

So I saw this book a few times at the bookstore but left it alone, but when I saw it at the library I signed it out. Twenty-year-old Shane Monroe works on a machine to generate tornadoes so that we can understand them and stop them. When it turns out his college assistantship is funded by the government he quits, but then he sees strange weather disasters and he knows that it’s his fault. This is the story of a normal (genius) kid and how he tries to stop him from using his machine for evil.


It was a fun easy read (high school level), lots of movie and television references by him and his buddies that I caught onto so that was fun. Lots of excitement as he gets caught up in the government conspiracy crisis that he’s not used to. A bit more gore (and death) than I expected at this reading level, but it increased the tension knowing that some of the characters might actually die.

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Written By: Gary on April 17, 2005 No Comment

So I’m reading this book review (by Martey Rich Keenan in the Detroit News) for a book called Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Now when I read the description it sounded like a blog, alphabetical but a blog nonetheless. So of course I had to check it out.

When I saw the book it made me think blog in so many ways. Timelines, lists of things (like smells) and memes (yes, I said memes!). There is at least one meme in the book that hasn’t been done yet (like we won’t be using that one in the near future)! I’m going to spend some time Wednesday and read this one, you should too! I’m not going to say much more – the review and the Amazon info (which is more than usual) should be enough to get you interested if this is your kind of thing.


I just remembered this part of the story – So when I saw the review (see above) I tore out the article with the intent of adding it to my amazon wishlist, but I forgot. But then I noticed it in my pocket when I was at Borders so that’s when I looked for it (with the educator discount this weekend). When I grabbed it I noticed there was a gap like another copy or two had been recently purchased (since the review yesterday). When I was back in Border’s tonight (did I say I liked books?) I heard a woman asking about it (I took the last copy earlier) so we started chatting, I think she’s really sure she wants it now, but I think she wanted the educator discount this weekend…

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Written By: Gary on April 15, 2005 One Comment

Most Border’s Books and Waldenbooks are celebrating Educator’s Appreciation this weekend. This means 25% percent off most stuff and some various other freebies (books, food, contests, etc.). You just need a pay stub (they don’t have any way to check if you drive a bus or work in the cafeteria). They also give you a 20% off card for the year on books you purchase for classroom use.

Written By: Gary on April 2, 2005 One Comment

So I finished reading Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s about how you perceive things in the first few second (blink of an eye). Correction, it’s really more about how accurate those perceptions are in the first few seconds. It also talks about the inaccuracies and what causes them (and how you can influence them). It’s very interesting if you like this kind of stuff (maybe even if you don’t).

He talks about how hard it was to sell a super-comfortable chair because it was ugly, the Pepsi Challenge and race and gender differences when buying a car. One of the examples he uses is speed dating (which is analyzed for pages) in how you can use those five minute dates to get a first impression and how you can use it to determine if you want another opportunity to meet them.


I’ve listened to the author (Malcolm Gladwell) before, he has participated in a few audio interviews at IT Conversations, these interviews can be downloaded as MP3s and put on your player or burned to a CD to listen to later. The first was on Human Nature (a few of these stories became chapters in Blink) and the other is specifically about the book Blink (which I haven’t listened to yet).

Written By: Gary on March 10, 2005 2 Comments

H2G2-IconFinally a real preview! All I’ve seen previously is several teasers. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy actually looks like it could be a good movie. I think it’ll even stay a little true to the books. FYI – The original book had the the same title; the next four books in the Douglas Adams trilogy got stranger and stranger… Check out http://hitchhikersmovie.com/ for more info!

Update: I just found a link to a different trailer that I hadn’t seen yet…

Written By: Gary on March 8, 2005 No Comment

Imagine that you are a guest in your own home. Which three things would you find most interesting or unusual?

  • The Leg Lamp (from A Christmas Story)
  • All the remote controls
  • All the books (and the inconsistency diversity of the topics)

    From The Daily Three Things

  • Written By: Gary on February 16, 2005 No Comment

    So I read The Broker by John Grisham. It starts a little slow (and a little confusing) but really picks up. It’s a lot of chase/run/hide/chase/run, some twists, a little bit of hi-tech (no law) and some spies. During the relocation the learning of a new language is a very interesting sub-plot of the story. Once again I don’t want to give too much away so you get the mini-review. If you like Grisham you’ll like this.


    Okay, so it’s not a very well written review. But you won’t find a more concise review from someone who liked it…

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    Written By: Gary on February 15, 2005 No Comment

    It’s a free hour long Louis L’Amour book (at the iTunes Store), it’s called Merrano of the Dry Country. I haven’t even listened to it yet I just wanted you to have a chance at it (before it’s not free any more).

    DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE AVAILABLE ANYMORE.

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    Written By: Gary on February 14, 2005 6 Comments

    So I’ve started reading these books Stormbreaker, Point Blank and Skeleton Key.

    Alex Rider, who as all good kid characters happen to be is an orphan, ends up being a junior spy for MI-6 (spy group in London). It’s a kid’s book, so you need a little suspension of disbelief, but it’s really well done. It’s even educational at times (I learned a bit about the breakup of Russia). He even gets some neat spy gizmos to carry around (no guns). The books do build on each other so be sure to read them in order (Stormbreaker is the first). Also to keep in mind is that I think each book has been better than the previous one, so if you only like the first one a little, give the next one a chance. The author’s name is Anthony Horowitz (I just realized I left that out, March 18th, 2005)

    Written By: Gary on October 11, 2004 No Comment
    1. Who or what is on your computer’s wallpaper?
    Nothing (boring). It’s usually just distracting for me. I’ll set it after/during a vacation. The last was London.
    2. Go through your DVD/pre-bought video collection. Which three actors or actresses feature the most in them?
    Without looking, I’d say Drew Barrymore (Boys on the Side/Ever After). Now that I look I’d have to add Keanu Reeves (3 Matrix) and Liv Tyler (Armageddon/Stealing Beauty). My collection is pretty diverse. Unless it’s music I usually don’t buy DVDs, unless it’s a really good deal.
    3. Go through your book shelves. Which three authors have written the majority of the books?
    Diane Duane and Neil Gaiman and Mauve Binchey
    4. And what about CDs?
    Tori, Indigo Girls and Sarah McLachlan (they probably are who I have the most DVDs of too).
    5. Open up the picture folder(s) on your hard drive. Of which actor/actress/movie/tv series/musician do you have the most pictures?
    Hmm… Don’t really have a “picture” folder like that. Got a lot of stuff on the desktop I was using for posts: Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), David Pogue (geek), Joan of Arcadia, Wimbledon…

    Found at The Daily Meme.

    Written By: Gary on October 9, 2004 2 Comments

    So stumbling around the ‘net Misty was talking about what kind of girl she was (and so were a few other sites) and as a result I found info on a book for guys on cooking for more effective dating (called Cooking to Hook Up), what really caught my eye (and maybe that was the point) was the different archetypes that they break the women up into. I didn’t just get this from reviews, I found their site (and they is/are a divorced couple who still seem to get along. For a short quiz as part of marketing for a cookbook this has grown into a pretty busy meme.

    Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor's Date-Night Cookbook (Cookbooks) Drew Campbell, Ann Marie Michaels

    I compiled the information on some of the ones I’ve dated most often below (well, these are the ones I found the funniest). They’ve got information on each of the types and artist’s renditions (below). You may want to view the individual entry to see the table better.

    From Cooking To Hook Up – The Bachelor’s Date-Night Cookbook

    an ACADEMIC GIRL who can kick your ass in Scrabble…
    in Latin
    a GRANOLA GIRL who has solar panels on her roof and
    Birkenstocks on her feet?
    an INDIE GIRL who collects Japanese candy wrappers
    and lawn gnomes?
    a PROGRESSIVE GIRL who wants an SUV, but feels
    bad about it?
    She drives: a Volvo, a Saab, or a Toyota. a VW bus, a bicycle, or an electric car, or uses
    public transportation.
    a classic car, a VW beetle, a Mini Cooper, or a Vespa scooter. a small SUV but really wishes it got better mileage;
    once she can get a good hybrid, she will.
    She can talk for more than ten minutes
    about:
    her thesis. hemp. obscure pop culture. just about anything.
    She begins her sentences with: “Noam Chomsky says …” “Ralph Nader says …” “It’s like that Simpsons episode . . .” “Susan Sarandon says…”
    She’d never: read Cosmo. vote Republican. drive a mini-van. pass up the chance for a new experience.
    She owns any of the following: an Oxford English Dictionary, any book written in a
    “dead” language (Greek, Latin, Aramaic, etc.), a lifetime
    membership to Mensa.
    a smudge stick, a tongue scraper, a compost bin, Dr.
    Bronner’s soap (bulk size).
    TiVo, a mini-DV camera, an iPod, a pottery wheel, a serger, or a lava lamp. a water filter, a tabletop fountain, an acre of rain
    forest, a mutt from the pound.
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    Written By: Gary on September 23, 2004 One Comment

    Just saw the preview for Bridget Jones II – The Edge of Reason. It gave me the feeling it’s not going to be mediocre and while I’m hoping it’s be really good, it does have some potential for disaster. But previews can always be misleading…


    Comments and Trackbacks closed due to too much spam. Probably my fault with the title….

    Written By: Gary on September 2, 2004 One Comment

    I know, I never review books enough, even when I mention I’m reading them I forget to post info later…

    I know the folks who wrote this one so I was a little more motivated. It takes place on Drummond Island off the east coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The authors grew up there and one of them still lives there. I was at D. Ann’s place this weekend and noticed the framed picture in the living room (which has been there for at least a year) was a larger landscape version of picture that they had commissioned for the cover of the book. I’ve seen this a bunch of times and I just finally made the connection. But I digress…

    My biggest problem (in talking about books) is telling enough but not giving the story away. It’s an historically accurate portrayal of life on the Island, life is different there than it is on the mainland. It’s a small-town people story, with some romance, a mystery and even a UFO all wrapped up into one story. It spans 60 years with several families stories intertwined as they try to figure out al the connections…


    Actually, I totally digressed here (it’s ages later and I didn’t really review the book, but it’s too late for that now).

    This is the first in a series of novels that take place in Michigan with the main character of Jill Traynor who will eventually become the lead character in future books. The books get better and better so if you like this one, keep reading the others…

    Written By: Gary on August 17, 2004 3 Comments

    This started as a comment/reply to Heather’s post but it gained a life of it’s own. She’s reading a book in which part of the story-line is cops killing repeat felons

    …there are a lot of people who would support vigilante cops who took out repeat felons. They are not innocent – and hurt innocent people. But it is returning violence with violence. What do you think of this?

    Before I go on – for those of you who don’t know me, I pretty much lean towards the pacifist end of the scale. I volunteer for a SA/DV shelter so I see things from repeat offenders and how the courts don’t work some times so I see the appeal of the possibilities.

    I think our legal system has enough loopholes many people are not afraid to kill because they think they can get away with it. Fear of being caught by the executioners might discourage some.

    Can someone kill them and forgive them? (I’m serious) If the killing is to stop them from killing/hurting again, can they be forgiven for their past transgressions and still killed to be stopped from harming more innocents?


    Did you ever see the Star Chamber (Michael Douglas)?

    I just finished The Trigger, they figure out a way to remote detonate gunpowder allowing safety shields. It’s very interesting on how it deals with crime (and the NRA). IT brings up lots of interesting thoughts…

    Next two: Not vigilantism, but justice with no courts.
    OLD Start Trek: TNG episode. There’s only a few police on the planet, they randomly patrol different areas on the planet. ALL/ANY crimes are punishable by death (they carry the syringes with them). You obey the laws since you don’t know where police will be. Very peaceful planet (if only that damn Wesley hadn’t walked on the grass), everyone knew the rules, they understood the punishment and everyone was good. Interesting concept. I suppose it helps genetically breed out those predisposed to crime/rule breaking. Pretty much you had to be caught to be punished (no courts)

    The Hybrid Chronicles (Robert Sawyer) – if guilty of a crime of violence you were sterilized and so were any of your offspring to breed out the undesirable trait (maybe parents/siblings too?), I can’t remember about grandchildren. Very interesting concept. No courts, everyone wore implanted recording PDAs so there was a record to review.

    FYI – Heather’s book was Silent Prey by John Sandford (part of the Prey series).

    Written By: Gary on July 7, 2004 No Comment

    Just finished reading the new book by Dean Koontz. Starts off as a creepy horror story in a really big storm but in the end it’s definitely not that. The story moves you along (as long as you can ignore the icky parts), has a strong female character (which isn’t always the cast) and if you like T.S. Elliot you might even like it more (since there are a few quotes by him). The cover is very misleading I can’t think of what the artwork reminds me of, but it’s not “right” for the story, IMHO.

    Not very detailed of a review but I don’t want to give anything away, but if you’re a fan (or you like Sixth Sense type stories) you’ll enjoy it.

    Written By: Gary on July 4, 2004 One Comment

    So I released my first Book Crossing book! I let loose Echo Burning (a Jack Reacher Novel) by Lee Child (I actually had a few in my backpack, it seemed the one most likely not to get tossed out). I was at dinner at TGIFriday’s and just left it on one of the unoccupied chairs after I cashed out. I was trying to be secretive and it felt like I was doing something wrong, I could see them chasing me, “sir, you left your book” and me trying to deny it…

    Written By: Gary on July 3, 2004 No Comment

    Okay so I’ve heard of Book Crossing before but never got around to doing anything with it. But when I go on vacation I always like to take a few books that don’t make the trip back; gotta have some room for some souvenirs, eh? So I finally signed up and I’m pretty geeked about it.

    You put a note in the front off the book, tell them the book is on a journey and they should get on-line to register it’s location so that it’s path can be followed! Very cool! I don’t know if I can wait, I’m ready to label some books and let them go tomorrow!


    You can actually see things like the 100 most recently released books. Then you can go hunt for them! If you sign up be sure to mention that garylapointe sent you.

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    Written By: Gary on June 10, 2004 One Comment

    I used to be a HUGE comic, sci-fi, etc. collector. Huge as in comics, posters, matchbook covers, trading cards, glasses from taco bell, etc. Still probably have 15,000 of them here and there (I’m really looking to sell if you know someone who buys in large quantities).

    Here’s the point, every so often in comics, real people make an appearance. Including presidents. You’d never believe how many times President Regan showed up (sometimes as Gov.) to speak to the nation, make a request or be saved from an accident or assassination.


    RONALD WILSON REAGAN:
    Action Comics # 524 (behind the scenes), 526, 547, 574, 609-610
    Adventure Comics Presents Dial “H” For Hero # 485
    Adventures of Superman # 431
    Adventures of Superman Annual # 1
    All-Star Squadron Annual # 3
    Anima # 11
    Batman # 420
    Batman and the Outsiders # 14-15
    Batman: Son of The Demon
    Blue Beetle # 9
    Booster Gold # 8-9
    Brother Power, the Geek # 2
    Captain Atom # 1-2, 8, 14, 25, 26 (behind the scenes)
    Checkmate! # 9 (behind the scenes)
    Chronos # 9 (variant)
    Cosmic Odyssey # 1 (voice)
    DC Comics Presents # 62
    DC Comics Presents Annual # 4
    Detective Comics # 582
    Doctor Fate (mini-series) # 3
    Doom Patrol # 12, 18 (behind the scenes)
    Doom Patrol/Suicide Squad Special # 1
    Firestorm Annual # 5 (behind the scenes)
    Firestorm, the Nuclear Man # 65 (behind the scenes)
    Flash (current) # 4
    The Fury of Firestorm # 7 (behind the scenes), 15, 62-64
    Green Lantern Corps # 208 (behind the scenes), 209-210
    Invasion! # 1 (behind the scenes)
    Justice League # 1
    Justice League International (1) # 7, 13-14
    Justice League of America # 228-230
    Legends # 2-3, 5-6
    Millennium # 3, 5
    Miss Beverly Hills of Hollywood # 8
    The New Teen Titans (2) # 9
    The Outsiders (first series) # 23 (behind the scenes), 24
    Peacemaker (second series) # 4
    The Phantom Stranger (third series) # 1, 3
    Secret Origins # 14, 35
    Shazam: The New Beginning # 4
    Suicide Squad # 14
    Superman (first series) # 387
    Superman (current) # 26 (behind the scenes)
    The Superman Family # 213 (behind the scenes)
    Superman Special (first series) # 1 (behind the scenes)
    Warlord Annual # 5
    Wonder Woman (first series) # 286, 290
    Wonder Woman (current) # 6 (behind the scenes), 8
    World’s Finest Comics # 270 (behind the scenes)
    Young All-Stars # 4

    This list from Monitor Duty.

    Written By: Gary on June 6, 2004 One Comment

    I finally saw a copy of ‘Teach Yourself Movable Type in 24 Hours’ at the store and it’s mine! Mine! Mine! I’ll do a short review later. But I’m notoriously bad at doing book followups….

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    Written By: Gary on June 1, 2004 One Comment
    1. Fav. Author?:
    Neil Gaiman? Peter David? Jonathan Kellerman? Patricia Cornwell?
    2. Fav. Book?:
    So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane or Lightning by Dean Koonz…
    3. Fav. Blog?:
    Sarah who is definitely a SassyPants and Melissa who is Anything but Ordinary.
    4. Fav. Website?:
    SlickDeals and DealMac.
    5. Fav. Magazine?:
    I really like my two science magazines: Scientific American and M.I.T.’s Technology Review. Both of which are expiring but I thought I renewed with airline miles…

    From Chick Chat which asked questions that didn’t require me to expose too much of my feminine side this week…

    Written By: Gary on May 29, 2004 No Comment

    reasoncover2This is the cover of this the June 2004 Reason magazine. For those of you who don’t know, this is an ariel view of my house (click to zoom). Everyone who was a subscriber got a personalized cover and a some other personalized portions. Honestly, this is why I subscribed… I’m sure a bunch of people will freak out due to the lack of privacy. But they don’t have any anyways, this just puts it in their face. I’m dying to know what my postal carrier thought when he delivered that day…


    reasoninsideThe have personalized statistics on the inside cover about my neighborhood (click to enlarge). The back has an ad for an organization quoting statistics for my state. I can’t wait until the day I get the latest issue of Time and one of the ads is for the hot dog joint down the street or other ads specifically targeted for me!

    Here are some of the related articles in the June 2004 Reason:

  • Editor’s Note: Kiss privacy goodbye — and good riddance, too.
  • Database Nation – The upside of “zero privacy.”
  • Publisher’s Note: About This Special Issue of Reason
  • Sample Covers
  • Written By: Gary on May 22, 2004 2 Comments

    This week a Vatican astronomer postulated about the existance of extra-terrestrial intelligence and what such existance might mean to not only human religion but to alien religion–and cross-pollination between the two. The astronomer, Guy Consolmagno, described three scenarios: “We find an intelligent civilization and there’s no way in creation we can communicate with them because they’re so alien to us; we find the intelligent civilization. We can communicate.” And: “We find a dozen civilizations out there, and a bunch of Jehovah’s witnesses go up and convert them all.” An anonymous person on Slashdot then took Consolmagno’s comments a step further: “As agents of free-will, the aliens are self-aware of good and evil, thus convertible to some terrestrial religion. The question of whether an alien civilization might convert Earth to their religion, or become a religion unto themselves, is left unconsidered [by Consolmagno].” I entreat you to explore what the Vatican’s astronomer did not. (From The Saturday Slant )
     
    Extra-terrestrials and religion: what’s your Slant?

    I find this particularly interesting, why? Because I was just reading about this a few hours ago. Here we go, back to Robert Sawyer (kind of a Canadian Michael Crichton). He ties a lot of this into his books. In particular a book called Calculating God. Here’s a few pages from the middle of the book and chapter one.

    Here is the key part:


    A bit of cutting (no pasting) from Chapter one to get the point. It starts with the archeologist answering a question from the alien…
    book cover

    “There’ve been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history that we know of. The first was at the end of the Ordovician, maybe 440 million years ago. The second was in the late Devonian, something like 365 million years ago. The third, and by far the largest, was at the end of the Permian, 225 million years ago.”

    “There have also been five major mass extinctions in the history of my planet,” said Hollus [the alien]. “Our year is longer than yours, but if you express the dates in Earth years, they occurred at roughly 440 million, 365 million, 225 million, 210 million, and 65 million years ago.” I felt my jaw drop. “And,” continued Hollus, “Delta Pavonis II [the other planet we stopped by on the way here] has also experienced five mass extinctions. Their year is a little shorter than yours, but if you express the dates of the extinctions in Earth years, they also occurred at approximately 440, 365, 225, 210, and 65 million years ago.”

    “That can’t be right,” I said. “We know that the extinctions here were related to local phenomena.” I shook my head. “I just don’t see how that can be.”     I shook my head in wonder. “I can’t think of any reason why evolutionary history should be similar on multiple worlds.”

    “One reason is obvious,” said Hollus. “It could be that way because God wished it to be so. The primary goal of modern science,” he continued, “is to discover why God has behaved as he has and to determine his methods. We do not believe — what is the term you use? — we do not believe that he simply waves his hands and wishes things into existence. We live in a universe of physics, and he must have used quantifiable physical processes to accomplish his ends.”

    All (most) of his books provide such a premise and he refers to a lot of books that talk about it from a scientific/philosophical point of view, all of it way over my head. But it’s all made me think a bit about it. Some of his other books deals with evil and good (from an AI standpoint) and a collective consciousness. In his one trilogy Hominids/Humans/Hybrids the piece is that they don’t believe in God on the parallel Earth and it brings up some mighty interesting conversations (and outcomes in their society).

    From The Saturday Slant

    Written By: Gary on May 21, 2004 No Comment
    Appetizer
    What time do you usually wake up each day? If you could choose your wake-up time, when would it be?
    6:45 ish. I’m more of a night person so 10 am would work well for me.
    Soup
    When was the last time you bought groceries? What store did you go to? Name 3 things you purchased.
    Last Monday. Farmer Jack. Eggs, OJ and Cantelope; pretty much things I buy every visit (bacon too!).
    Salad
    How many books have you read so far this year? Which was your favorite and why?
    Books! Probably a couple dozen. My favorite was Hybrids, the third part of a trilogy by Robert Sawyer (kind of a canadian Michael Criton). It was a great series and they went in a different direction than I thought they were going (which was good, since I didn’t like my guess).
    Main Course
    What is something you consider to be very elegant? In particular, what about that item/place/person conjures up the feeling of elegance?
    Delicate, perfect, breakable, unique, crisp…
    Dessert
    Who taught you how to drive?
    I took driver’s ed somewhere, but I pretty much had the idea down by then from watchign and motorcycles and such.

    From the new meme Friday Feast.

    Written By: Gary on May 20, 2004 No Comment
    Onesome- Beginnings: Are there any television shows out there that you’ve watched regularly from the very beginning?
    Joan of Arcadia, Smallville, Sports Night, Friends, Alias, Strange Luck, Roswell, VR5 and probably a few other sci-fi shows that didn’t last wlong.
    Twosome- Middles: What about shows that you came into in the middle of the season but immediately grabbed your attention and turned you into a die-hard fan?
    Actualy Friends was a middle of the season and but I was hooked. Mad About You hooked me for a while. I’m sure there is more
    Threesome- And Ends: Recently, a number of big name shows have ended, Friends, Fraiser, The Drew Carey Show, and the cult hit, Angel. Did you watch any of the big finales? Have you ever been really sad to see a show go?
    I was sad to see Sports Night and Roswell go. Every thing else was kinda short, this year I’ve lost a few: The Handler, Wonderfalls, I’m with Her, Century City and I’m sure there are a few more but I’d have to check my TiVo.

    From The Thursday Threesome

    Written By: Gary on May 4, 2004 No Comment
  • Do you prefer: Fiction or non-fiction? Fiction, unless it’s reference. If I’m building something or programming, fiction doesn’t help too much!
  • Do you prefer: Magazines or books? Books!
  • Do you prefer: Biography or autobiography? Autobiography, they generally add a bit of insulting tidbits that someone else (nice) might not add.
  • Name your two favorite books: “So You Want To Be A Wizard?” by DIane Duane, she just came out with book sever (or six?) been doing the kids as wizards way before Harry Potter; the difference is there a rules and prices to pay for large amounts of wizardry. “Lightning” by Dean Koontz, I can’t believe this hasn’t been made into a movie.
  • Name two books you haven’t read, but plan to: The new Jonathan Kellerman book called “Therapy”, it’s waiting at the reserve desk at the library. The new Wizardry book (“A Wizard on Holiday”?) by Diane Duane.

    From Tuesday Twosome

  • Written By: Gary on April 19, 2004 One Comment

    Did you know that Borders book stores (B&M) will not ship to prisons? I found that out today when I was greeted by a plethora of bright signs behind the checkout counter (okay, it was only a half dozen). When I asked “why?”, I was told it’s a very common request and instead of telling people they thought they’d just post the signs up so they wouldn’t even ask.

    I’m seriously looking for some feedback on this one if anyone has some information to clarify this.

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    Written By: Gary on April 19, 2004 No Comment

    I understand ‘Windows for Dummies’ obviously they need help if they bought Windows but I bet the TiVo folks never considered that there would be a need for a dummies book on their product. TiVo will change the way you watch television and it’s super easy to use. But you need to actually have one to hookup so you can understand it.

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    Written By: Gary on April 5, 2004 No Comment
      If time and money were infinite, what are the five things you’d love to learn how to do?

    1. Learn how to raise a child (via doing it).
    2. Travel into outer space.
    3. Write a book.
    4. Program my own computer operating system.
    5. Learn to Paint.
      Which of these do you think you’ll do anyway, no matter what the economic and temporal restraints are?

    1. Raise a child.
    2. Write a book.
    3. Travel to outer space (if they ever open up public travel.)

    I’m not sure if this is my ‘regular’ Friday Five or a different one. It’s delayed since I couldn’t find it on Friday.

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    Written By: Gary on March 29, 2004 One Comment

    cat2004It’s still reading month so I got to be the Cat in the Hat a few more times today! I got to read to preschoolers, first graders and fourth graders. I read enough so that I feel that “I speak for the trees”! Green Eggs and Ham is by far the favorite Dr. Seuss book for any age. The flash didn’t go off so none of the pictures came out very well, technology isn’t perfect I guess…

    Plus it was a baby weekend at work, we found out Dan and Patti had a baby boy Friday night and that Kristen had Triplets this morning!

    And even with the weird weather today, there were rainbows on the way home (they didn’t photograph very well though, even with the new camera)!

    Written By: Gary on March 14, 2004 No Comment

    I don’t know where the time has gone… I’ve been working on a few projects and things but not my blog (actually a little, just not stuff you’ve seen yet. I’ve been at one of my favorite conferences MACUL did a presentation (that I’ve never done before) that went well. Missed two Liz Phair concerts (wasn’t feeling well so I couldn’t do to the drive to Chicago and back), she did a regular concert and played at the Apple Store the next day.

    So since I didn’t go there I didn’t get to see Heather either… But she’s in England with Nan for the so she might have some extra interesting posts this week. Finally bought an Xbox to play / hack around with, trying to install Linux, no success yet, but it’s been fun (anyone in the Detroit/Dearborn area who can offer me some help…?). Reading some books which I never seem to remember to comment on. The EXTRA nice part is it’s been sunny the last few days and that’s always nice in the winter!

    Written By: Gary on January 17, 2004 No Comment

    Since Somewhere in Time, time travel stopped being just science fiction and could also be fantasy/drama. The story wasn’t in the science of how they got there, it was in what happened when they got there (and how to get back or stay there as the case may be).

    I just finished reading The Time Traveler’s Wife which is filled with time travel, paradoxes, meeting yourself, the irregularities in conversations with someone living a non-linear life and counting all of that, I would say that it is not science fiction. This book is by Audrey Niffenegger and unfortunately this is her first book, so I’ll have to wait for the next novel

    It is a story of a man and his wife. It takes place in the present past and future (but the story is generally in order to not confuse the reader) and tells the story of a man with “Chrono Displacement Disorder”. I know it still sounds like sci-fi, but it’s not. He generally travels to the same geographic areas: where his wife is/was, where he is/was and so on. Oh and it’s just himself that time travels, not his clothes. She first meets him when she is a child. When he first meets her she is an adult. At one point Henry meets her family, but makes a big social blunder and he asks Clare why she didn’t tell him, and she says ‘but I did’ (tell an older Henry when he visited earlier). At some points it gets confusing but is a wonderful story and the author tells it better than I. Each chapter is told from one person’s point of view and each chapter tells you the date and how old Henry and Clare are.

    Clare waits and she waits. She’s waiting to grow up, to meet him, for him to come back and waits for things to happen. But she waits for him and this is what the story is about. The first chapter is available on-line.

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