February 03, 2013
Twenty Seven Days
Twenty seven more days until the Last Great Race. Unfortunately with my work schedule (or lack of time at home due to work), I will not be able to provide race coverage as I have in previous years. I'm sure the racers won't notice though.
So far it looks like a group of 89 racers, with 16 women in the running - although that is subject ot change. The canine reporters are already putting up posts about subjects such as keeping healthy, happy dogs - and one of the reporters, Gypsy, is from New Hampshire. Hey, the canine reporters have already taught me something - one of the dogs that I thought was a Siberian-type puppy is actually a full grown Alaskan Klee Kai.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to this year's race.
September 11, 2012
Monster HunterThe latest book in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series is out: Monster Hunter Legion. Go buy yours!
August 30, 2012
If you like post-apocolyptic books, and own a device that you can read Kindle books on (phone, Kindle, PC), then you just might want to look into Yesterday's Gone series by Sean Platt and David Wright. there are 3 seasons and you can pick them up a week at a time, or a season at a time. Sometimes the individual ones are free.
This is somewhat different in how it is written and the outcome, but I immensly enjoyed it. There are some characters that you will not like, at first, then you will find yourself drawn to them. If you are squeamish, this probably isn't for you though.
If you have Amazon Prime, I can lend the series to you, just drop me a line with the info I need. Of course, I have no idea what info I need since I've never borrowed or loaned, but I think it is fairly easy. I believe I can only loan it to one person at a time, but since I only have 4 readers, and I'm guessing 3 of them don't read this type of book, I think it will be fine.
June 20, 2012
Kindle Fire Price drop?
Dang, I bought a refurbished Kindle Fire about a month ago for just slightly less than that (and let me tell you, the refurb's do not stay in stock long - I missed out the first offering I heard of). I certainly would have bought a new one for that price.
April 29, 2012
Took the Jeep in for inspection yesterday. I waited until almost the last minute, just because I kept forgetting to make an appointment (remembering after the shops have closed, does not help a bit). Anyway, after 42k miles, in 2.25 years, it needed tires. I had figured I would need tires before the next snow season, so thought I would buy them in the fall. Alas, two of the tires were too far gone, and it is a front wheel drive vehicle, which means I had to replace all at the same time. And, of course, AT (all terrain) tires, even for my little vehicle, are not cheap.
Just trying to help out the economy in my own little way. I did have the foresight to have brought coupons that they had sent me several weeks ago, so in effect, the inspection (a normal $40 value) was free plus a little off the tires. Total cost, was $10 less than what just the tires were quoted at (including mounting and balancing). I had forgotten how much I hate the new tire highway whine until my drive home.
To add insult to injury, I'm pretty sure that I left my book in the waiting room, and I am not driving 32 miles just to get a book. On the plus side, WS works in the area, so maybe he can drop by and pick it up (if someone else didn't decide they really needed Larry Correia's book Spellbound: Part II of the Grimnoir Chronicles.)
Cop Car forwarded and email to me on Friday about Amazon having the Audubon Birds: A Field Guid to North American Birds app on sale for 99 cents. Unfortunately, that was their Deal of the Day, and the email had been sent to her on Thursday, so it wasn't applicable when I received it. However, I looked around, and finally checked the Google Play store, and sure enough, they had it for 99 cents (that sale is over as far as I can tell, but it is on sale at theiTunes store if you have an Apple product). I immediately downloaded it and found that it not only is a field guide, but provide samples of the birds' songs too. Way cool.
You are given the opportunity, after download, of actually downloading the entire content (downloading the app just gives you access to the content, so saves memory if you don't have much) so that night I did so. The only issue I've had with it so far is trying to create an account, which allows the saving of life lists and sightings, but that may be me. Also, not a huge deal, just a bit of an annoyance.
Anyway, just wanted to give Cop Car a shout out for pointing out this app to me!
February 19, 2012
I've been reading Perigee, by Patrick Chilis, for the last couple of weeks. I actually abought the electronic version and have it on my phone so I can read while in line at the store, or other times that I have a couple of extra minutes. I bought the book, not because I knew anything about the author, or the book, but because Amazon had suggested it to me and it was on sale for $0.99.
I have been thouroughly impressed - a very good book. If my airplane loving relative hasn't read it yet, I suggest she hie herself to the library (or the book store) and grab a copy. Oh, and I suggest it for anyone else that is in for airplane / aerospace thriller. Although I haven't finished it yet, I find it hard to put down when my couple of minutes of reading time is over.
Since I've recommended it, I'm hoping the ending doesn't suck!
February 11, 2012
Blogger Book Sale
Forgot to mention that John Eddy (part time blogger on Weekend Pundit) has a special price on the Kindle/Nook versions of Methuselah's Daughter for only 99 cents. I downloaded my copy from Amazon (I can read such things off my phone when in line at the store) - I would assume you can download your copy from whatever is your favorite retailer. Really, for 99 cents, you can't go wrong.
I'm unsure of how long this special will last, so download today to ensure you get the best price and help him raise money for insurance for his youngest.
December 11, 2011
Other Doings While Away
We were driving around one day, taking the long way to Casa Cop Car, when we passed by Boeing. WS noticed a strange looking plane and I esclaimed that it must be the DreamLiner, but it looked strange. WS noticed that it had no windows.
Then, I saw the name on the side and did what any red-blooded American does in times like that; I whipped out my smart phone and Googled DreamLifter. I thought I had just remembered the name of the plane incorrectly. But no, DreamLifter is the largest cargo loader that hauls DreamLiner assemblies to reduce transport time from as much as 30 days, to as little as one day.
The evening that we arrived in Wichita, we were a bit on the hungry side so we hit the hotel restaurant. While sitting there eating some appetizers (what we had for dinner) at the bar, somehow a conversation was struck up with another patron.
Turns out he was in the process of moving back to Hooksette, NH. Small world!
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I don't normally have a lot of time to read, and it has been taking way too long to finish even relatively short bookls (Im talking weeks for a lousy 400 pager - forget longer books, it literally takes months). Anyway, I got to finish one book and not only start, but finish another while on vacation (travel time helped!) They weren't very intellectual books, but light action thrilllers.
I had started Monster Hunter Alpha by Larry Correia a couple of days before leaving home. Alpha is book three in the Monster Hunter series (Monster Hunter International and Monster Hunter Vendetta were read previously) which is set in present day but there are werewolves, vampires and other nasty creatures that most people think of only as myth. One I finished MHA, I went on to Dead Six by Larry Correia & Mike Kupari. This book was set in present day and there are no monsters in this book besides the bad guys. It is a shoot 'em up with some twists and turns and made for good, fast paced reading.
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And that folks, is the end of my reporting on our vacation. It was a good time, great to see everyone, we were fed very well, we got to see sights we normally wouldn't see, and I got in some good reading - what a vacation should be all about!
November 24, 2011
Cop Car broke the news (at least to me) that Anne McCaffrey has died. I remember her dragons and their riders well but the books that I loved best were the Crystal Singer series.
May the talented writer rest in peace.