Starting this up now so I don't forget!
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Under a snowdrift, USA
Joined on 1/2/03
Posted by Malachy - January 5th, 2021
Starting this up now so I don't forget!
Posted by Malachy - April 10th, 2020
Keeping track of my progress for 2020 reading challenge on the BBS.
Maybe I'll remember to update this as I go along so it's easier to get the monthly list in the thread instead of searching through my scattered replies for each book as I finish it.
31: The Sandman Audible by Neil Gaiman
Posted by Malachy - January 3rd, 2019
Final thoughts on 2019 reading list. I stumbled on Blair Braverman's twitter feed and she writes great stories about mushing. Her autobiography was pretty good. I read a lot of Scalzi - I discovered him in 2018 with Red Shirts and ate up almost all of his work in 2019. I was also into the show The Expanse and read all those novels. Having begun reading in 2018 again in earnest this was my top year for reading in a long time. I originally only expected to read 10-12 books. I more than doubled my goal.
Top 5 for 2019:
1: Children of Time - new and interesting book - humans have pretty much extincted themselves and left some type of gene-enhancing tech on a planet of spiders.
2: Agent to the Stars - a fun romp in LA with a hamfisted attempt at first contact by a really ugly alient species
3: Kraken - Mieville is one of my all time favorite authors - writes novels that stick into my brain goo and I am always sort of thinking about them
4: What If - XKCD wrote a book with drawings and jokes and it was interesting! I even know some people who had their questions answered in it.
5: Lock in/Head On - is it a series if it's only 2 books? An interesting concept with a buddy cop sort of feel.
Some vague disappointments - hyperion was a hard read. the sequel was even worse. It's considered high sci fi and I just couldn't get through it. Same with my trouble with Dune in 2018. Mortal Engines had a cool concept but the characters were flat and unlikeable.
Expanse series was good - very heady and the show follows the novels pretty well. I got a kick out of The Churn - a novella but it was the only one of the companion novellas that interested me enough to read them.
1. Welcome to the Goddamn Icecube - Blair Braverman
2. Lock In - John Scalzi.
3. Head On - John Scalzi
4. The Android's Dream - John Scalzi
5. Leviathan Wakes (Expanse book 1) - James S A Corey
6. Caliban's War (the Expanse Book 2) - James S. A. Corey
7. Abaddon's Gate (Expanse Book 3) - James S A Corey
8. Cibola Burn (Expanse Book 4) - James S. A. Corey
9. Nemesis Games (Expanse Book 5) - James S A Corey
10. Babylon's Ashes (Expanse Book 6) - James S A Corey
11. Persepolis Rising (Expanse Book 7) - James S A Corey
12. Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse Book 8) - James S A Corey
13. The Churn (Expanse Novella) - James S A Corey
14. Mortal Engines - Philip Reeve
15. Predator's Gold - Philip Reeve
16. Infernal Devices - Philip Reeve
17. A Darkling Plain - Philip Reeve
18. Kraken by China Mieville
19. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
20. Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
21. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
22. The Last Dance (The Near-Earth Mysteries Book 1) by Martin L Shoemaker
23. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
24. What If by Randall Munroe
25. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Posted by Malachy - September 6th, 2016
it's been a little over a year since I got a house and some horses. We've been slowly making improvements to the property and this holiday we rented some machines and dug a big ass trench and added water lines out to the pastures since we've been ruining hoses like crazy.
First we dug the trench
The other machine there is an augor for drilling some post holes but it was crap. It went about 18" deep and hit some clay and wouldn't go any deeper. They refunded me the rental for that one. The trencher was great. Ran about 300ft of Pex pipe 18" deep.
When I got to the pasture the horses were currently in I had to rope off the corner so they wouldn't break a leg in the hole while I was working.
Serenity Firefly Class Horse tried helping
When all was said and done it took a couple of days, $250 to rent the trencher and $150 in Pex pipe, fittings, posts and connectors. It was hard work but it was a lot cheaper than hiring a plumber to do it!
Now we've got automatic water in both pastures and a wash station in the main one and we can keep the hoses from getting ruined all the time and reduce some of the tripping hazards around the house.
Posted by Malachy - May 16th, 2016
Pico day was a blast again. It is now part of my yearly travel plans. @tomfulp is a sweetheart for hosting the party and having such a kickass website I like to spend (too much) time on!
As a fan of art and music and games and animations and stories it is a real treat to rub shoulders with the likes of krinkles, tom, mindchamber and stamper - giants in the community - but the best part is talking to and just seeing so many new young kids. I saw so many little circles of younger artists making connections with each other and probably plotting the next 21 years of NG content! How awesome!
These last 2 years I have found myself spending a couple of weeks following all these new artists on twitter, facebook and newgrounds and my content feeds are getting so cool!
So today was the last day of my 2015 supporter subscription and I renewed - of course. Since it's always a pain in the butt when my bank sends me a new card every time somebody sneezes on an ATM I chose the yearly membership - but I upped it to $35 because I don't want newgrounds to lose out on that tasty monthly subscription.
I really hope it goes towards fostering even more new artists so I can meet more cool people next year.