Now that 2014 is here, I’m going to try to exorcise 2013 from my memory as much as possible. Our tragedy took over our lives after July 31st, but several friends have faced life threats that have put things in perspective.
Too many bad things, so I’m going to take a page from Time magazine and the editors’ Person of the Year chosen for the impact/influence good or bad.
Scroll down for my choices for Person, Engineering & Physics & Chemistry & Biology Achievements, Operating System, Most Disturbing & Funniest websites, Misinformer & Political A**, Movie, Book review and last but not least…
…Beer of the Year!… Continue reading
Posted in Beers, Books, Engineering, Movies, Personal thoughts, science, Tech
Tagged Apple, Beer, Belhaven's Scottish Ale, Big Sky Brewery, bionic leg, Boulevard Brewing Company, Breakfast Stout, cloning, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Dark Truth Stout, Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout, embryonic stem cells, fat cells to liver cells, Founders Brewing Co., Froncois Englert, Frozen, Full Sail Amber, Goatman India Black Lager, Heavy Horse Scotch Ale, Higgs boson, IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, iOS 7, Iron Man 3, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL, Kings of Summer, Lakewood Brewing Company, Man of Steel, Michael Shermer, Monsters University, NASA, neutrinos, Now You See Me, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Peter Higgs, Physics Today, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense, The Boys from Brazil, The Butler, The Temptress, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Voyager program, World War Z
I started the year with another ambitious goal of 100 books (using the Goodreads site to log and track), as last year I read 119. Through June, I’ve managed 58.
I’m grouping the books as I did in last year’s recap by the month in which I finished them (and fiction/nonfiction subgroups.) As the list is already quite long, and I’ve decided to tag all of the authors and titles, I’m publishing the first half of the year as a standalone.
Some quick stats for the BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): heavier on the nonfiction (again) for the six months so far this year:
- 34 nonfiction
- 24 fiction
- 9 of the fiction were Arthur C. Clarke novels. The last of the Big Three (Asimov and Heinlein being the other two, though Heinlein doesn’t warrant the distinction…IMO), I think he did well with science fiction and not so well with things that involve people.
- I’ve rated 10 as five-star on Goodreads
- I gave 2 books a one-star rating (not-only-no-but-really-no)
- I’ve linked all of my Goodreads reviews (even if only one line) to each title, in case anyone is interested in what I thought.
And, now to the books of the first half of 2013…
Posted in Books
Tagged 2001: A Space Odyssey, 21st Century Dodos, A Fall of Moondust, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, Andrew Keen, Arguing with Idiots, Arthur C. Clarke, Bernie Glassman, Calculating God, Childhood's End, Christina Perozzi, Daniel Coyle, Design, Easts Shoots and Leaves, Echoes of the Well of Souls, Edgar Allan Poe, Frd Collopy, Hallie Beaune, Islands in the Sky, J. G. Ballard, Jack Chalker, James C. Bradford, Jeff Bridges, Jen Campbell, Jim Holt, Jonathan Haidt, Jules Verne, Lynne Truss, Managing as Designing, Maria Konnikova, Marilyn Monroe, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, Max Brooks, Michael Avallone, Michael J. Fox, Mitch Alborn, My Story, Nate Silver, On a Pale Horse, Pierre Boulle, Piers Anthony, Planet of the Apes, Quarterdeck and Bridge, Rendezvous with Rama, Richard Boland, Right: A New Design Perspective for Business Innovation, Robert J. Sawyer, Scott Trent, Simon Zingerman, Steampunk Poe, Steve Sack, The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking, The Atrocity Exhibition, The Cult of the Amateur, The Deep Range, The Dude and the Zen Master, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Happiness Hypothesis, The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE, The Naked Brewer, The Signal and the Noise, The Songs of Distant Earth, The Talent Code, The Thousand Coffins Affair (The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #1), The Throwing Madonna, Tom Peters, We All Need Heroes, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, Why Does the World Exist?, William H. Calvin, World War Z
I don’t know how many times I’ve said it, but I still maintain there are only two food groups: chocolate….and that other stuff that keeps me from falling down.
Now, not all chocolate is good. The I’ve-never-heard-of-this-company Easter bunny maker? Not good. Whitman’s or Stover’s? Near bottom rung. Ghirardelli? Second tier. And the best somewhat commercially available chocolate is See’s candies. Yes… I’m a chocolate snob. Not a connoisseur, but a snob nonetheless. Quality local chocolate makers are a treat and one of our delightful finds is a boutique chocolatier here in the Dallas area. They make exotic combinations and I got one of my favorites this past weekend.
Oh…and I got beer. Good beer (snob, remember?) Which leaves me with two stories to share about my Fathers’s Day and the decision as to which is first…
Posted in Beers, Books, Food, Fun, Health
Tagged Albatross Fudge, Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Daniel Coyle, Dude Sweet Chocolate, Fitbit, Fitbit One, Hop Trapp, Katherine Clapner, La Dame du Lac, Lakewood Brewing Company, Matthew Hutson, Robert Anton Wilson, Scottish Butterscotch Squares, See's Candies, Soundhound, Stephen Hawking, The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking, The Talent Code, The Temptress, Till & Toil, World War Z