Daily GUIDE-ance:

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloweeeeeeeen!

Well, my preparations for the big day this year have been nessecarily small. Which is fine, life is that way sometimes. (Remind me to tell you about the unconventional Thanksgiving we had a couple days after Erik was born sometime). I don't have a scary tale to share this year, (althuogh I am working on one!) so the best I can do is link to this short story that probably most of you Harry Dresden fans have already read:

www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/restoration/


Oh hey Brad, this one has a payphone in it!

Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Did anyone else see this "20 books that changed America?"

http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/story?id=132737&page=1&page=1

I guess its a pretty old story now, (like I care) but in 2004 or 2003 someone important made a list of them. I noticed it because The Book of Mormon was one of them. I then browsed the list out of curiosity. I've read three of them it turns out, including the BOM.

The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas was one of them, which is possibly the best thing I have ever read. The other one was Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, which I read along time ago because Rush's 2112 album has a dedication to her. I dunno what was so awesome about it. It was ok I guess. The thing I remeber most about it was that the main character (a chic) slept with literally Every Single (and married) Male character of any significance in the book. And at the end, when she picks one of them for keeps, and the whole cast settles down to build Utopia together, all these guys never ever experience a twinge of jealousy toward each other, which is beyond silly, obviously.

The Bible was not on the list and neither was Darwin's Origin of Species. So I guess you have to take the whole thing with a grain of NaCl.

Monday, October 19, 2009

I finished all 11 Harry Dresdens.

Changes doesn't come out till April. I now have nothing to live for.

Except the Harry Dresden short stories, which are scattered through out a bunch of books and are happily, terribly hard to find. (Will take longer that way) Speaking of hard to find end of serieses, I finally read Dominion (alas, I will never again, in this life, read a Saberhagen Dracula for the first time). Dominion was not my favorite. Oh well. I am currently reading Starship Troopers, and I like it. Heinlien. He was good.

But frankly, I miss Harry Dresden.

And I started writing something. I actually finished enough to let Liz read some. She praised it. Will pass it on in the event that I succeed in finishing it. Real writing is so much more work than babbling on the blogosphere. Hence, what am I doing right now?

Ah Halloween is apon us. Sadly, I have not been able to make many sacrifices to the dark gods this year... sick wife. It looks like I won't get to do my haunted treasure hunt party, mebbe... although I haven't ruled it out yet entirely. But it would have to be post Halloween, I fear, at this point. Last year was such a blast.

Friday, October 9, 2009

If You Give a Bear a Black Eye

If you give a bear a black eye

He's going to take a swing at you
You're going to need to duck

That will make him angry
and you'll need to climb a tree.

He'll try to climb up after you
So you'll want to climb up even higher

He won't be able to go that high
and he'll fall down

He won't like that
And he'll probably try to knock the tree down

This will make you fall
You'll be able to grab a twig...
and another twig

You'll swing-

-and accidentally knock down a beehive!

The bees won't like that
The hive will fall on the bear

The bees will race him to the nearest lake
and you will be able to climb down.

And get the Honey!

You'll take the honey to your tent
and eat it on some crackers

a bear will probably smell it
and want some
He will probably startle you

and you might accidentally give him a black eye
and chances are
If you give him a black eye...

He's going to take a swing at you.


acknowledgements...
"Stop learning, start dying," Ebenezar said. "You're never too old to learn"

-Best line, Turn Coat, (HD11)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?"

-Best line, Small Favor

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Just because you start out as one thing doesn't mean you can't grow into something else"

-Best line from White Night (Harry Dresden 9)... so far