May 26, 2012 7:43 am
The Cottage School, Boulder, CO. Spring 1986
- “He sometimes has problems controlling his energy, yet is able to listen and follow directions well.”
- “Logan enjoys reading our Public Library books.”
- “Logan gets excited about doing art projects but seems to steer away from this area during free choice.”
- “He often tires about 11:30, feels puny and wants hugs. Lunch usually brings him out of this slightly torpid .. state.”
- “His biggest drawback is his tendency to desert one work for another, leaving a mess behind.”
- “Continues to be constantly curious and able to assimilate information with amazing ease.”
- “He has finally begun to respond to requests that he refrain from always blurting out the answers during group lessons.”
Sound like anyone you know?
March 9, 2012 8:38 am
It is now March, and I have somehow never posted my reading log for 2011. Last year was a light one for my reading, and I’m not entirely sure why. The books below represent a thousand pages less than in 2010 (4794, or an average of ~13 pages a day).
- Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
- Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game by Dan Barry
- How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown – This is a great book about the discovery of bodies roughly the same size as (and larger than!) Pluto, leading to its demotion to dwarf planet. I’m of the opinion that we might as well have some standard of planet-ness, and one that gives us 8 planets instead of dozens is preferable.
- Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving – John Irving’s books are always emotionally intense, and this one is no exception. M got it for me for my birthday, but it took me nearly six months to get through. I had to interleave it with some lighter non-fiction.
- Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
- Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof
- The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood – Great universe, seriously boring story. Fills in some of the gaps in Oryx and Crake, and apparently she’s writing a third book.
- 1984 by George Orwell
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini by Ruth Brandon
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
- The Robot Novels: The Caves of Steel / The Naked Sun / The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov – Asimov’s voice and habits are completely internalized at this point. I don’t need him to recite the Three Laws in every novel. I don’t need reminders of who Susan Calvin is. Reading this was good (I had met Daneel Olivaw in the Foundation series when I red them a decade ago, but didn’t appreciate his origins) but I enjoyed Fforde’s unique books much more.
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – Excellent storywriter with some really unique ideas. This is the first of six planned books starring Thursday Next, and I plan to read through all of them, slowly.
See also 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.
December 31, 2009 9:01 am
Tomorrow, it will be 2010.
April 28, 2009 8:20 am
|Ten years ago
|I was a sophomore at RPI, considering a double-major in Computer Science and Management.
||I am a developer/manager for a small company.
|I lived in a tiny dorm room in the crummiest suburb (Troy) of one of the crummiest capital cities in the country (Albany).
||I live in South Boston in a condo I own. I have a patio and a garden.
|I was dating my High School sweetheart, who went to college almost five hours away. I saw her about once a month.
||I’m married to my High School sweetheart. I sleep in a bed with her every night.
|I stayed in my old bedroom at my parents’ house every month or so.
||Someone else owns that house, and my parents live in an RV. They’re currently in the Florida Keys.
|I hung out with college friends, and once a month saw friends from High School.
||I hang out with college and Boston-area friends. I don’t see my Philly-based and California-based High School friends often enough.
|I’d had a handful of beers (sorry mom, it’s true) but was not legally able to purchase alcohol.
||I spent a Benjamin on a bunch of champagne for tonight’s New Year’s Eve party.
|I was programming mostly in C++ (both for school work and working on Science and Industry) with a little bit of Perl.
||I’m programming mostly in Java (work and Android app development) with a little bit of Perl and Python.
|I ran a community website called WSVW1U.com.
||I run a personal website called Plutor.org.
|I was planning the third iteration of a holiday I invented, called National Vacuum Awareness Day.
||NVAD expired after 2001. I still have dozens of shirts in my basement. Buy one?
|I frequented Slashdot, Ars Technica, and suck.com.
||I’m active on MetaFilter, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.
My parents made a censored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark for me when I was young. Indiana Jones escapes from the tomb, blows up the plane, steals the ark back from the Nazis in the desert, gets on the ship with Marion, THE END. I was probably in my teens before I saw the whole version on television. I had never even questioned it.
Someone’s going to bring it up, so here’s another anecdote: When I was very young, my parents called the ice cream truck the “music truck” to keep me from screaming every time I heard it. I don’t know how long that one lasted, because I have no memory of it.
February 26, 2009 3:26 pm
The first five news events I actually remember (and my corresponding ages) were:
- 1986-01-28: Challenger explosion (6 years, 1 month)
- 1986-02-09: Halley’s Comet passes Earth (6 years, 2 months)
- 1986-10-27: Mets win the World Series (6 years, 10 months)
- 1987-10-19: Stock market crash on Black Monday (7 years, 10 months)
- 1988-11-08: Bush defeats Dukakis (8 years, 10 months)
One of the most interesting things I learned while looking up these events is how close together the Challenger disaster and the Halley’s Comet perihelion were. In fact, the Shuttle mission (STS-51-L) and the following scheduled mission (STS-61-E) had apparently been scheduled to observe the comet up close. In my mind, those two events were far apart. Along the same lines, the Mets won the World Series just a couple of months after my family moved to Connecticut, but somehow I suddenly became a Mets fan.