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Chris Branch
02 January 2012 @ 09:43 pm
I just discovered Goodreads, so I added this year's list (42) over there, as well as all the books I've read since I've been keeping track for the last ten years or so, and even a few selected earlier reads. Check it out!


Edit: Corrected link (I hope).
Chris Branch
31 January 2011 @ 09:49 pm
I test drove Nissan's new electric car the other day - pretty cool! I'm on the reservation list, and I may end up buying one (when they finally get around to selling them in Florida) but even better, I could win one - all I need is for lots of people to vote for our somewhat embarrassing video, at this link:


So if you feel like it, I'd be glad to have your vote! You do have to provide your email address and confirm your vote when you get an email from them.

Lyrics by my daughter, and we only messed up a couple of lines.

Chris Branch
01 January 2011 @ 02:31 am
Made it through 39 this year - better than last year's 33, but far from my highest total, and considering I didn't do NaNoWriMo this year, I should have had an extra month to read more! Anyway, ranked as usual from 10 to 1 based on how much I liked them; re-reads parenthesized:

10 (A Scattering of Jades), Irvine
10 (Tropic of Night), Gruber
9 (Night of the Jaguar), Gruber
9 (Territory), Bull
8 (Valley of Bones), Gruber
8 A Soul in a Bottle, Powers
8 The Greatest Show On Earth, Dawkins
8 The Illusion of Conscious Will, Wegner
7 A Talent for War, McDevitt
7 Airborn, Oppel
7 Life Ascending – The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution, Lane
7 Pandemonium, Gregory
7 The Bookman, Tidhar
7 The Sparrow, Russell
7 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Bradley
7 War for the Oaks, Bull
6 (The Integral Trees), Niven
6 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God, Harrison
6 Catching Fire, Wrangham
6 Flush, Hiaasen
6 Test Driven Development, Beck
6 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Pratchett
6 The Broken Teaglass, Arsenault
6 The Devil’s Eye, McDevitt
6 The Fourth Part of the World, Lester
6 Use of Weapons, Banks
5 (An Epitaph in Rust), Powers
5 A Madness of Angels, Griffin
5 Act of Will, Hartley
5 Boneshaker, Priest
5 Making Up the Mind, Frith
5 The Wave, Strasser
5 The Wild Trees, Preston
5 Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, Bedford
5 Under the Dome, King
4 Accelerando, Stross
4 And Another Thing..., Colfer
4 Continuous Integration, Duvall
4 Kraken, Mieville
Chris Branch
02 January 2010 @ 11:05 pm
Wow, I was a slow reader this year, only managed 33, my lowest total since 2002. Can't explain it; maybe I worked too hard. Anyway here's the list, rated on a scale of 1 to 10 and ordered accordingly. Strangely, only one re-read this year, the parenthesized Blaylock book.

10 Microcosm: e. coli and the New Science of Life, Zimmer
9 Excession, Banks
9 The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters – Volume Two, Dahlquist
8 Fathom, Priest
8 Impossible Things, Willis
8 The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters – Volume One, Dahlquist
8 (Lord Kelvin’s Machine), Blaylock
7 Anathem, Stephenson
7 Angels and Demons, Brown
7 Your Inner Fish, Shubin
7 The Green Mile, King
7 Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Friedman
6 Gardens of the Moon, Erikson
6 Knights of the Cornerstone, Blaylock
6 The Science of Good and Evil, Shermer
6 The Narrows, Irvine
6 The Last Man on the Moon, Cernan/Davis
6 Wings to the Kingdom, Priest
6 The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, Malmont
6 Zoe’s Tale, Scalzi
6 The Dark Volume, Dahlquist
6 Escapement, Lake
6 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowling
6 The Giver, Lowry
5 No: Why Kids - of All Ages - Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It, Walsh
5 The Shadow of the Wind, Zafon
5 Natural History, Robson
5 The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder
5 The City & The City, Mieville
5 Larklight, Reeve
4 Heart of Light, Hoyt
4 Darwinism and Its Discontents, Ruse
4 The Dragon’s Eye, Steer
Chris Branch
06 November 2009 @ 12:39 pm
It's that time of year again, and they finally got the word count widgets working, so here's my progress:

I've made it to 100K each of the past three years, so that's my goal again this time! What the heck, I'll sleep in December.

Drop by and visit me if you like... http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/26935
Chris Branch
14 September 2009 @ 09:25 pm
I don't generally rant. But I think this one's fair.

To Joe Wilson, Kanye West, and Serena Williams.

At least two of you have apologized; not sure about the third.

Fine, apology accepted.

Now get off the stage, we don't want to hear another word out of any of you. Ever.

Being rude is not cool or funny, nor does it make you more honest or "real". And it should not be allowed to accomplish anything whatsoever. I hope that all members of a civil society will choose to ignore any further commentary or activity by people who have shown themselves not able to discuss things rationally.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Chris Branch
14 September 2009 @ 01:11 pm
Given my user name, I guess I ought to comment, so here goes:

I'm both a Powers fan and a POTC fan, but I think you can guess which one runs a distant second. So I'm just going to quote Powers on the subject:

"I believe all I can say right now -- God knows why -- is, "Ask the Disney
publicity department." I trust I'll be able to say more very soon."

I suppose that at least confirms that there is actually some sort of deal, as opposed to Disney having (as I read on some movie blog somewhere) "stolen this guy's cheesy puppeteer book". :rolleyes:

But I'm going to wait and hear more from Tim before getting too excited.
Chris Branch
01 January 2009 @ 12:18 pm
Only made it through 41 this year; I'm in the middle of two that will count toward 2009.

As usual, re-reads are in parentheses and they're ranked by how much I liked them, 10 being best (and then just chronologically within each number ranking).

10 (The World Is Round), Rothman
10 (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), Adams
9 Territory, Bull
9 (The Stress of Her Regard), Powers
8 The God Delusion, Dawkins
8 Napoleon’s Pyramids, Dietrich
8 Mad Kestrel, Massey
8 Look to Windward, Banks
8 (Midworld), Foster
8 The Forgery of Venus, Gruber
8 Clockwork Heart, Pagliassotti
8 The Pillars of the Earth, Follett
8 The Player of Games, Banks
7 Zodiac, Stephenson
7 Majestrum, Hughes
7 (Coyote Blue), Moore
7 Pushing Ice, Reynolds
7 The Songs of Distant Earth, Clarke
6 Tuck Everlasting, Babbitt
6 Sea Without A Shore, Russell
6 Sailing To Sarantium, Kay
6 (Archangel), Conner
6 The Stars My Destination, Bester
6 Heart of Stone, Murphy
6 Fleet of Worlds, Niven/Lerner
6 Mars, Bova
6 The Stuff of Thought, Pinker
6 Matter, Banks
6 The First Word, Kenneally
6 The City of Ember, DuPrau
6 Mainspring, Lake
6 Manifold Time, Baxter
6 Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed, Al-Khalili
6 Consider Phlebas, Banks
5 Pilot Light, Ashbless
5 Fablehaven, Mull
5 The Resurrectionist, O’Connell
5 Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, Jonell
4 (Prince Caspian), Lewis
4 Head Games, McDonald
3 The Inmates Are Running the Asylum, Cooper
Chris Branch
02 November 2008 @ 12:10 am
Goal is 100K again this year. This progress meter should update throughout the month:

The site is way bogged down at the moment under the weight of a no doubt record number of participants, so I hope the image manages to stay displayed! Once I get further along I may have an excerpt posted, so if the usage lightens up at all, you can stop by at http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/26935
Chris Branch
19 June 2008 @ 09:26 pm
Word art based on my "books read" list from 2002 through present.

Thanks to madkestrel for bringing that cool site to my attention!