Mostly non-fiction…!

The Quantum Thief by: Hannu Rajaniemi; 5/5
God Is Not Great by: Christopher Hitchens; 5/5
The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive by: Brian Christian; 3/5
American Slavery: History in an Hour by: Kat Smutz; 3/5
Bossypants by: Tina Fey; 5/5
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Posted by on 2013/02/14 in Reading


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Mostly study-reads with a couple others…

To Your Health: Humanity’s Diagnosis by Jeremiah Walton; 3/5
Urban Gothic by Brian Keene; 4/5
The Kodansha Kanji Learners Dictionary by Jack Halpern; 5/5
Beginning Chess Play by Bill Robertie; 2/5
JLPT 日本語能力試験 ターゲット2000 N1単語 by 旺文社編; 2/5
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Posted by on 2013/01/29 in Reading


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2013 Reading Season is on!

Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom by David Galef; 3/5
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson; 5/5
Trout Fishing in America / The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster / In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan; 4/5
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft; 4/5
Stalin: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley; 3/5
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Posted by on 2013/01/20 in Reading


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2013 Reading Challenge

Well, my goal for 2012 was to read 50 books and I read 51. In the spirit of trying to read more each year, I’ve set this year’s goal at 52 books. I’m in the middle of a couple of things now, so I’m already off to a good start.

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Photos: Christmas Dinner & a Shaved Head

A couple events coincided rather nicely this year. While on a trip to Tokyo, I came across a Nikon store that a few older used lenses for pretty cheap, and when I originally bought my Nikon D7000, I didn’t buy it as a part of a package, so I have no kit lens; initially I started by using the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G, which is still my favorite lens since most of my pictures are taken indoors with low-light. As a result, I’ve been looking for a lens with some range to it — rather than a fixed lens — to give me a little more flexibility when just out and about, or a macro or wide-angle lens to allow me to do a little more specialization.

I purchased the Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D (click link for the Ken Rockwell write-up). It’s a little old, originally debuting in 1998 and ceasing production in 2006, but it was also only about $100. Even though I’d eventually like to get a dedicated macro lens, this does have a macro option, so I can at least play my hand a little, and with a range of 28-105mm it has a nice, flexible range for some casual snapshots. While I lack the skill to really justify having a D7000 instead of say a D5000, I am glad I have one in this case, since the D7000, and not the D5000, can drive the auto-focus of the lens; although, for the macro shots, I found shutting it off and using the manual focus to be much more accommodating.

The second event that coincided nicely with finding this bargain was my friend putting together a special Christmas dinner at his bar and cooking for my girlfriend and me. My friend, Hide (read: he, day), is quite the cook, and always wants pictures of his latest culinary works, so I knew I would have a chance to play with my new lens’s macro feature. (Click any image to see a larger version.)
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Posted by on 2013/01/02 in Photography


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Christian mythos, vampires, and comics!

Well, I just barely squeaked by and reached my reading goal of 50 books for 2012. Next year I will need to up the challenge and my ante!

The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1) by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro; 5/5
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith; 4/5
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman; 5/5
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud; 5/5
Hellboy Library Edition Volume 5: Darkness Calls & The Wild Hunt by Mike Mignola and illus. Duncan Fegredo; 5/5
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Posted by on 2012/12/26 in Reading


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A little comedy, a little non-fiction…

This was mostly stuff I’ve read before, but am revisiting at the end of the year.

Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather’s Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most by Mike Huckabee; 1/5
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; 4/5
Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach; 5/5
The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon; 5/5
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud; 4/5
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Posted by on 2012/12/04 in Reading


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