Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-29

  • Max is officially 4 years old today! #SMAtuS #
  • Let's just say–I had a great time!–that I'm glad we don't have a Birthday Maxtravaganza every week… #SMAtuS #
  • I kind of want to see the Windows OS "degenerate into space madness". If only to see what "space madness" is. #thingsIponderatwork #
  • Max's name for our Honda: "Norman". Max's name for our new car, a Volvo: "Honda". Golly, I love this kid! #SMAtuS #
  • When Alice sees pictures of Christopher Robin in WINNIE THE POOH, she says, "Mama!" and you know what? She's right. #SMAtuS #
  • @scalzi That can't smell good! Also, don't drink the water! in reply to scalzi #
  • Can't help but contemplate the fragility of life and the importance of trying to make the most of the time we have here. It's all we've got! #
  • @chowderino Your current haircut is very similar to Christopher Robin's. :) Also, your noses. Look closely sometime. Sharp eyes, our Alice. in reply to chowderino #
  • "Real World" Batman. Funny! #
  • Alice stomping along went hunting a garbage truck. The driver saw her and waved. Alice shrieked with glee. #SMAtuS #
  • With Max, "mechanical pencil" sounds like "cannibal pencil". Seems… appropriate. #SMAtuS #

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Books Read March 2011

TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson

A workmanlike effort by Mr. Sanderson. I’m finally starting to get used to his change of tone. I think the book is most solid when it follows Perrin, but the wheels come off when Mat takes centerstage. I can’t help but mourn the loss of Jordan when I read this book and admit to myself that I’m really just reading it for the plot. The joy of reading this series is gone for me, which has almost nothing to do with the actual quality of writing.

OLD MAN’S WAR by John Scalzi

Shades of FOREVER WAR. Rock solid, heartily tongue-in-cheek military SF. Read it for the wit and the crazyweird alien violence. I liked it enough that I’m bound to read the sequels.


I remember virtually nothing from reading this.

THE INCAL: THE EPIC CONSPIRACY by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Truly weird. I was at a loss explaining it to Max, who latched onto it on the way home from the library. A fine example of the Euro-style of comics. I think.


I seem to recall at least two of the stories in this collection being tops. Liked them enough that I read HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE.

YESTERDAY’S TOMORROWS v1 ed. by Rian Hughes

This book poured straight down the rabbit hole of my brain. All that’s left is greasy dream memory. Also, there’s a piece by Grant Morrison in it. A Dan Dare story, which is kind of the flipside to the one Garth Ennis did.


Most excellent. Somewhat unlike anything I’ve ever read. Effectively, three days in the life of a would-be (Jewish) messiah.


Batman as caveman, Puritan witchfinder, cowboy, private dick… It was better than it should’ve been. That being said, I did not understand the ending of the story.


This one tied up all of the Batman loose ends. This one would not make a good stand-alone read.

THE CRIPPLED GOD by Steven Erikson

The tenth and final volume of THE MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN series. Truly epic. It was bittersweet to reach the end. I’ve only been traveling with these characters for upwards of ten thousand pages. Needless to say, don’t start with this one.


Whimsical art combined with oppressive totalitarian government makes for truly strange reading.

BLACKSAD by Juan Diaz Canales

Anthropomorphized animals noir it up in this beautifully drawn comic. Compelling title character, too.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-01

  • Took Max to his first movie theater movie yesterday: RIO. Asked him what his favorite part was, he said: "All of it!" Super fun! #SMAtuS #
  • For all my parenting friends out there, a "children's" book: #
  • Max's Uncanny Memory #7948 Asked for a story I told him about Captain Nemo from about 2 months ago. One of the Jack stories. #SMAtuS #
  • Apparently, in my absence, Max has taken to referring to me as "My Shawn". EG: "My Shawn comes home every night." #SMAtuS #
  • @timbooch Say rather, Eureka! :) in reply to timbooch #
  • @sherrardewing Nice write-up! My experience was eerily similar, only involving e-, rather than audio-, books. (Only with Adobe DRM.) in reply to sherrardewing #
  • Max discovers simile! To Sarah: "I love you as fast as a cheetah. I love you as slow as a penguin waddles… as a long giraffe neck" #SMAtuS #
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem – The King in the Hat (via Instapaper) #
  • @cruickshank That's horrifying. in reply to cruickshank #
  • Max has realized that cartoon Jackie Chan is real: "How can I get to LOOK like Jackie Chan?" #SMAtuS #
  • Max to Alice: "I love you as big as a garbage truck!" A: "Gargage guck!", puts on baseball hat backward, looks for garbage truck. #SMAtuS #
  • @joecollver You don't have to tell me! :) in reply to joecollver #
  • Alice waved to Chewbacca, beat her chest, said, "Chewba!" Robots in glass cases: Max wonders what fuss is about. #SMAtuS #
  • Just started reading DEER HUNTING WITH JESUS by Joe Bageant. Holy cow, I'm glad I don't live in rural Virginia. #fridayreads #
  • C-3PO said, "Hello, I am C-3PO." Max said, "Hi, I'm Max!" Alice said, "Ack gack!" 40 heads swivel round. #kidswinSeattleCenter #SMAtuS #
  • Max: "Jackie Chan is a Magic Man!" #SMAtuS #
  • Max is out on the mage [balcony], blowing bubbles, and singing to himself: "I miss my Shawn he is gone all day long." Killing me. #SMAtuS #
  • Max to Sarah: "My family works all day. Should I do home work all day?" #SMAtuS #

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