Wednesday, December 30, 2009

One Big Happy Family

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Originally uploaded by FlipSide3

Here's the big ol' family picture we took for Christmas this year. Christmas went very well and my sister's twins were overly adorable. I think my kids enjoyed themselves too... at least Randal enjoyed clocking his sister over the head with a toy truck. Katie probably didn't like that part so much.

My hope is that the coming new year is even better than the last!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bad Daddy

Originally uploaded by FlipSide3

It was my fault. I admit it freely. She slid down the slide and went right through my hands. Cracked the back of her skull on the end of the slide.

Luckily she was smiling again in no time. Still makes me a bad Daddy. I'll have to do better in the future.

This was during our recent photo session at a pumpkin patch in Colleyville.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Back to the story of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. The Watch stories are very entertaining. Men at Arms in particular feels like an episode of a crime drama, or perhaps a history of a city policing force. You can tell the story isn't done yet, but this is a step in it's destiny.

New characters were introduced, the Watch's role in the city is expanded, and everything is fleshed out more. Don't know if I liked this one more than the other Watch books I've read, but with the Discworld novels I seem to love them all. Can't wait to dig into the next one.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Small Gods (Discworld, #13) by Terry Pratchett

Small Gods (Discworld, #13) Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book expands on the Discworld concept of gods. It also delves into belief, with the plot revolving around a god whose people live in a well established and complicated theocracy but nonetheless don't believe in him.

What's a small god to do when you've only got one believer left? I ended up liking this one a lot, and I'll smile all the more when I see turtles from now on.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Audiobook) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Decided to listen to the last Harry Potter book. Jim Dale does an amazing job with narration, as I'd always heard was true. This is the first time to go back and re-read(listen to) this book since I read it when it first came out.

While the ending is amazing and does a great job wrapping up the series, I still can't say this is my favorite. I still feel you could remove about a third or more of this book and it wouldn't make much difference. From about the end of the wedding until they get the sword, the story seems to slow to a crawl for me.

I get the feeling that JKR had gotten to such a state of celebrity that no editor would dare tell here to trim it a bit. Also it felt like she was padding the middle a little to make the story last most of what would have been Harry's last year at school. A better tactic might have been having Harry at school for half the year, put the wedding around Christmas time, and then going on the run during the Spring... but hey, she didn't ask me.

But this is all arm chair author grumbling. Maybe when I write my own fiction series worth millions, someone can get all complain-y about what they think I did wrong. All in all, I loved the ending and all the Dumbledore stuff, so I think I'll just say it was great and leave it at that.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Deldrimor Rank Title

 Finally got the Deldrimor Rank finished on Guild Wars. Ended up having to beat the finally boss in Eye of the North on Hard Mode to do it. Luckily Pain Inverter was my friend and the Great Destroyer did a number on himself. I was actually surprised at how fast he went down once I got across the lake of lava and started poking at him,

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Few More Books

So I got a few more books posted on this thing. I'll try and get some more done soon. On a side note I'm listening to the last Harry Potter book on CD right now. It's the second time through the book for me, the first being when I read it the weekend it came out. Long enough to forget almost all the details.

Some of my misgivings during the first read through have faded, but I still think the middle section where they're on the eternal camp out could be better. I'd almost rather be reading about what Ginny and the other Hogwarts students are doing that watching Harry and company scratching their heads. Seems like she could have interwoven the stories a bit... not being at Hogwarts for most of the book is my biggest reservation.

I was always bothered by how the trio were camping in the woods and happened to overhear a conversation between some wizards and goblins. To contrived that they'd just happen to hear key information while out in the middle of nowhere. If JK Rowling had them overhearing many conversations and then finally the one with the juicy tid-bits... that would've been more convincing.

I wouldn't mind it if someday she decided to go back and rewrite portions of the series from other character's perspectives. Longbottom, Ginny, and even Dumbledore would be great. I figure at some point she'll come back to it, because let's face it she's a one trick pony... unless she proves me wrong.

I'll do a proper post on Deathly Hallows once I'm done with it.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Katie's Beautiful Face

Katie's Beautiful Face
Originally uploaded by FlipSide3

This is really just a test of the newly relocated blog. Hopefully if all goes well I can start using it again and posting fun things to remember always. Like my daughter being the perfect little angel that she is... circa 3 years old.

Back to Blogger

So the blog has moved back to blogger. My love affair with running my website on its own web host is over and done. Why pay for tons of server space that I'll never use, especially when we're dead broke. Besides I get enough web page making at work, where I get paid to do it. Besides blogger has come a long way.

Obviously I've been rather lax in posting about the books I've been reading. Frankly I forgot to do it once I got GoodReads up and running. I hope to remedy this... and perhaps retcon the posts so they're in the right place.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Boy is One

Us and the Boy

Originally uploaded by FlipSide3.

Randal turned one today, his sister turned 3 last Saturday. Time keeps rolling by. He's got teeth coming in, is crawling like crazy, probably be walking before ya know it, and soon the babble will be proper words.

Get ready world, cause here he comes.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cool New Shades

Cool New Shades

Originally uploaded by FlipSide3.

Got my necromancer fancy Norn armor AND some Asuran shades. How cool is she? She's also finished the Canthan protector title and such. There's a new update coming around the corner (Guild Wars turns 4, and I turn 32). It involves pets, so I've been leveling up my Jingle Bear. Tried to make him a Dire Jingle Bear, but came out a Hearty anyway.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Twitter Stuff

Felicia Day has some good posts about using Twitter. As a Twitter novice anything can help. I do have a Twitter account, but frankly I don't use it much. Mostly I watch my personal web celebrities, who are more like blogging buddies than anything else. That and keeping track of my wife when she gets in the mood to tweet.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Elonian Master Cartographer 99%

Elonian Master Cartographer 99%

Originally uploaded by FlipSide3.

Almost there. This is the last cartographer title that I need to get. The problem is that the last 1% is always the hardest. What saved me on the last two titles were quirks that let me finish up without scraping everything. I don't think I'll get the luxury this time.

Hopefully I can get the house cleaned up, so I can spend some time working on this.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New President!

Barack Obama is now the 44th President of the United States! Thank goodness, the gods, the Lord Almighty, and the noodly appendages of the Flying Spaghetti Monster... whomever you like! I greatly enjoyed his speech after he was sworn in, particularly this part:

"For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act -- not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do."

Friday, January 9, 2009

Wintersday and Christmas Goodies

Christmas Clothes (Norn Armor)

Originally uploaded by FlipSide3.

Wintersday has come and gone. I spent some gold and gussied up Satine in some Wintersday clothes. Guess I found some use for all the gold I've been hoarding. Got loads of holiday consumables that hopefully will last me a while. Even got to play with a guildmate and friend for a bit.

Haven't played much this week as the children needed lots of watching. Seems like I barely sat down and it was time to get some sleep. Then I woke up and it started all over again... go figure.

Christmas went well too. The kids had fun and I think my wife enjoyed herself. Good gifts all around. I even got a Nintendo DS with the one game I longed for, Chrono Trigger. I've been playing during my lunch break and life is good.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

Pyramids (Discworld, #7) Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pyramids is one of those Discworld novels that doesn't involve the wizards, the witches of Lancre, or even Death (besides his invariable cameo appearances). This novel follows, Pteppic, the trained assassin and heir to the thrown of the Discworld's version of ancient egypt, Djelibeybi (Pronounced: Jelly-Baby). There's lots of time twisting and fun with what makes one a king. Also there is plenty ruminating on belief and the gods in the Discworld universe.

I actually liked this one quite a bit. Sometimes the none main story line novels don't hold the same fascination for me, but this one does. Besides you find out that camels are the most intelligent creatures on the Disc, principally because they're smart enough to not let humans in on the secret.

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