“I feel like I don’t know of any good authors. That’s the regular status update plea, since I am anything but ordinary, I composed the following for you.

Back in Junior High I would read the likes of Gary Paulsen and any other adventure books I could get my hands on. Imagining the expansive landscapes and the things Brian had to do to survive were interesting. Going places I had never seen and those based in the wilderness were appealing because that was the era of camping with the Boy Scouts.

My Grandmother bought me my first Harry Potter book in.. let me check her note to me.. wow that was back in 1999. Before then I had no clue who Rowling was, I wonder what prompted her to buy that book for me. Now the spine is cracked and slanted from being opened so many times. I just finished reading it again, and I don’t know how many times it’s been, I lost count somewhere back in high school when I passed eight re-reads. Right when the new book came out, I got the hard cover edition. I never asked for much when I was a kid, so my mom was always glad to buy me a book to read. With zeal I would read the book straight through, engrossed in the story and loving every minute of the story.

The personal opinion differs, as it’s wont to do, on what book is the best. Mine is the fourth book. I felt it was the best balance between the various elements she weaves throughout the book. Oddly enough, it’s the one book in which the story doesn’t follow a main character playing Quidditch, instead it’s viewed from afar as a spectator. Much the same way I’m accustomed to sports. Plus the World Cup was extremely interesting because the reader is given some insight into the Wizarding world outside of Hogwarts and Voldemort’s schemes.

Back to my original aim, I’m in dire need of some fresh reading material, and I want you to keep some of the following things in mind.
-It’s a given I’ve already read the Harry Potter series and in addition to that I’m trying to re-read them all again.
-I started reading Madeline L’engle books in late grade-school, they kinda lost me but I made it through most of the Wrinkle in Time series (which I own).
-I’ve read a lot of Michael Crichton: Prey, Andromeda Strain, State of Fear, The Lost World, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Timeline and Airframe. With Crichton, I felt bored of his books because the style he writes in carries over from one book to the next.
-I’m a big fan of Douglas Adams but have already read The Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide (and own a very nice copy I found on Amazon for under $10) as well as Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
-Tolkien’s stories are great, but I’ve already read the trilogy and The Hobbit before that.
-I’ve read every Dan Brown novel until the latest one, which I wanted to pick up once I make it over to the Library.
-I tried getting through a Stephen King novel but the way it read didn’t pull me in, but I suppose if you have a suggestion, I’m open.
-The Halo books and for that matter any book that went from movie/game to written form is not what I’m looking for.

I like books and enjoy reading, but it’s been a while since I’ve found something fresh and exciting. Tell me what you think about my predicament, or be so bold as to suggest a book.


What is up.

I’m glad Demonoid is back, now I can get all the music I want and not have to deal with TPB. Users are more helpful and the limited access makes for a better experience, plus I don’t have to deal with “Our database did something bad” and “Search engine overloaded” since the user base is so much smaller.  I tried logging into Wikipedia with either of my accounts, neither of which I can remember the passwords for. I haven’t gotten my login for the eRepublik wiki, sigh.

Switching from Apple Mail to Thunderbird 3.0, and in the process I realized my Address Book is completely empty. After an import from gmail, I have a long list of incomplete entries. Good thing it’s winter break.

Memories can be a bitch.

Today I wore shorts because my car doesn’t have breaks, which means I can’t drive any where. I’m open for having visitors during the day…

Looks like at least half of my schedule is guaranteed to be enjoyable this spring.

As you can see, at this point, my mind is only capable of stringing together prevalent thoughts without decent transitions or elaboration. It’s 01:11 and I’m going to bed.

End-of-semester look-back

I may be tired tomorrow, but I don’t feel like going to bed right now.

Tomorrow is the last day of class this semester, then I have four finals: two on Monday and two on Thursday. I’ll probably be leaving for home some time Thursday evening or Friday afternoon depending on how many people are left and how I feel about staying.

This semester has been pretty good to me so far. I know I have an A in statistics, unix, theatre and marching band. The only class I’m not sure whether or not I’m on the verge of getting a B in is my second C++ class. I like the class, but a few of the assignments were completely a pain in the ass.

I like having all the tools to complete a problem before I’m given the problem, this then means that I only have to wrap my mind around the issue and find a solution. I wish I felt like that when I sit down to do an assignment for my C++ class, instead I grapple with the topics that pile up quicker than I can digest them. More than half of the time I devote to coding is instead spent trying to figure out how use the syntax and key words instead of solving the problem.

I had doubts about my theater 203 class. Right from the beginning my professor told us that we were to read four plays, write a play, and then act as a member of a group to produce and perform a play. Greg (one of my roomies) described the class as an easy A, with all the concepts presented, but without all the excess information crammed into the syllabus. *shrugs* My tests amounted to one B and the rest A’s.. so I won’t complain too much. The one test question I sincerely thought was ridiculous asked how many actors were in a play I had seen almost two weeks before the test. Was I really supposed to recall every actor?

How can there be people outside to make so much noise?

At thanksgiving my Uncle, who works at Northrup Grumman said I should get him my resume. Now that would be a great place to work, even if it’s for the summer. I’d much rather work there learning, instead of at AMC or somewhere in the food service industry. I’m sorry, but I wasn’t put on this earth to serve you. Get your own damn food.