Little things

For quite a number of years I’ve started to notice how people get upset about little things. If something little happens a certain way, they get upset. I myself don’t want anything to steal my happiness, so I won’t let things get to me.

Me getting this blog thing going again had been pushed back a little. Partly because of something that is understandable that people would get upset about. Certainly, not a little thing. Less than a week ago, a tornado hit southern Minnesota. From what I’ve read, it could even be double-digit tornadoes.

Thankfully there’s only a few people total who got hurt, which is amazing considering the scale of the emergency.

Very thankfully, I’m good and my family are as well. Between me, my family, and all our friends and acquaintances, there wasn’t a single person or animal hurt.

Our house was almost unhurt; we lost some shingles and a small section of siding was mangled. The biggest damage was trees. Quite a number of large branches came down and we’ll see how many trees we’ll have to get taken down. We also had to throw food because we didn’t have power to keep it cold for around 3 days.

All things considered, I’ll take it. Again, tornadoes aren’t a little thing, but I consider tree damage and food loss to be, so I’m not going to let that steal my happiness.

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I’m bringing this blog back, wanting to get back into writing. Most likely will be sporadic. But with hockey season approaching, I’m more likely to write.

Also, because I want to get back to reading more often. Haven’t been into reading for a number of years for a number of reasons; Paperbackswap moving to memberships in order to post to their discussion forums, the addiction that is Minecraft, etc. So I think I’m going to use this to start up SciFi reading challenges, having a list may help my drive to read more.

All my prior posts I went through and marked them “private” because I wasn’t using this blog. Now, I’m going back through and make them visible again. I’ll take my time doing so, maybe there’s some that I won’t make visible, for whatever reason.

2015 SF Challenge


2015 SF Challenge
January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015

Challenge Level: Light (10 books), Medium (20 books), Full (40 books), Super (explain) – trying for full, we’ll see
Re-reads: “None”, “Any”, “Limited to over X years ago”, “Limited to X per section”
Double Counts:”None”, “Limited to X per section”, “Only between sections”
Colors:
Penciled in (quite likely many of these will change during the year),
Category Completed,
In Process
Double-Count, 
Re-read
Finished, but not enough for me to say “Completed” will replace with different book,

Rating System: None
Challenge Within The Challenge: (explain)

 

AUTHORS
A1 Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer): The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg
A2 US writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A3 British writer (a novel or collection by the same writer): Animal Farm by George Orwell
A4 Canadian writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A5 Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer): Less than Human by Maxine McArthur or Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
A6 female writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A7 male writer (a novel or collection by the same writer): The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King
A8 non-Caucasian author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A9 originally written in a non-English language: The Trial by Franz Kafka
A10 author-themed anthology (different writers grouped together due to some common characteristic of the writers): The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford (Collected Stores of Philip K. Dick vol 1)
A11 Favorite author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A13 Collaboration (a novel by 2 or more already published authors, or a collection/anthology of collaborated shorter works)

FIRSTS
F1 First novel of a female writer
F2 First novel of a male writer
F3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year
F4 A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year
F5 The first novel of a series
F6 First Contact (a novel or themed anthology): The Man from Mars by Stanislav Lem
F7 First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8 First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era)
F9 First person narrative
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversary of your birth): Shockwave Runner by John Brunner, the Computer Connection by Alfred Bester, or Dhalgren by Samuel Delany
F11 First read of a new-to-you author (a novel or collection by the same writer): Dark Universe by Daniel F. Galouye
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before)
F14 First SF book read in 2015: Speaker of the Dead (Ender Wiggin series) by Scott Card

LOST AND FOUND
L1 Lost Colony: Sundiver by David Brin
L2 Lost World (on Earth)
L3 A Found Artifact
L4 Lost Child
L5 a SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6 Lost in Time: Island in the Sea of Time by SM Sterling
L7 After a Lost War: Z for Zachariah by Robert C. Obrien or The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
L8 Lost Technologies: The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke
L9 Nebula Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel): Logan’s Run by William F Nolan
L10 Hugo Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Hugo Award for Best Novel)
L11 Lost in the Stacks (SF book that has been on your TBR for a long time (or otherwise been meaning to read for a long time))
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don’t count)):

SETTINGS
S1 Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus): Mercury by Ben Bova or 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
S2 The Moon (set on or near Earth’s Moon)
S3 Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times): I, Che Guevara by John Blackthorn
S4 Mars (set on or near Mars): Icehenge by Kim Stanley Robinson
S5 Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6 Prehistoric Earth
S7 Posthistoric Earth (far distant future)
S8 Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes)
S9 Set in deep space
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system
S13 Set within a series
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting (a novel or themed anthology): The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
S15 Male-only or female-only setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology): Forever Free by Joe Haldemann
S17 Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic setting (a novel, or themed anthology/collection): Parasites Like Us by Adam Johnson

2014 SF Challenge

2014 SF Challenge
January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

Challenge LevelLight (10 books), Medium (20 books), Full (40 books), Super (explain)
Re-reads: “None”, “Any”, “Limited to over X years ago”, “Limited to X per section”, Trying to limit myself to 3 or 4
Double Counts:”None”, “Limited to X per section”, “Only between sections”, Trying to limit myself to 3 or 4
ColorsWorking on, Re-read, Double-count, Read but not enough to say completedCompleted, penciled in
Rating System: (explain)
Challenge Within The Challenge: As usual, try to read lots of Philip K. Dick and John Varley

AUTHORS
A1 Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer) – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A2 US writer (a novel or collection by the same writer) – The Story of B by Daniel Quinn
A3 British writer (a novel or collection by the same writer) – Ark by Baxter or Pollen by Noon or Inverted World by Priest
A4 Canadian writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A5 Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A6 female writer (a novel or collection by the same writer) – Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
A7 male writer (a novel or collection by the same writer) – The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower Book 2) by Stephen King
A8 non-Caucasian author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A9 originally written in a non-English language – Battle Royale
A10 author-themed anthology (different writers grouped together due to some common characteristic of the writers)
A11 Favorite author (a novel or collection by the same writer) – Galactic Pot Healer by Philip K. Dick
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C (a novel or collection by the same writer) – Glory Season by David Brinn

FIRSTS
F1 First novel of a female writer
F2 First novel of a male writer –   Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick
F3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year
F4 A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year – Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Corey Doctorow
F5 The first novel of a series
F6 First Contact (a novel or themed anthology)
F7 First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8 First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era)
F9 First person narrative
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversay of your birth)
F11 First read of a new-to-you author (a novel or collection by the same writer) – Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before)
F14 First SF book read in 2014 – Wizard by John Varley

LOST AND FOUND
L1 Lost Colony
L2 Lost World (on Earth)
L3 A Found Artifact
L4 Lost Child
L5 an SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6 Lost in Time
L7 After a Lost War – Ender in Exile by  Orson Scott Card
L8 Lost Technology
L9 Nebula Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L10 Hugo Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Hugo Award for Best Novel):  Dark Universe by Daniel Galouye
L11 Lost in the Stacks (SF book that has been on your TBR for a long time (or otherwise been meaning to read for a long time))
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don’t count))

SETTINGS
S1 Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus)
S2 The Moon (set on or near Earth’s Moon)
S3 Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times)
S4 Mars (set on or near Mars)
S5 Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6 Prehistoric Earth
S7 Posthistoric Earth (far distant future) – The Man who Awoke by Laurence Manning
S8 Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes)
S9 Set in deep space
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system
S13 Set within a series
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S15 Male-only or female-only setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology) – A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick
S17 Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic setting –  – Wastelands Stories of the Apocalypse

Books that I should get to reading, not put into challenge yet
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
School Spirits (Hex Hall Book 4) by Rachel Hawkins
Plague (Gone Book 4) by Michael Grant
Hastur Lord (Darkover novel) by Marian Zimmer Bradley

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2013 SF Challenge

2013 SF Challenge
January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013
Number of categories: Light (any 10)Medium (any 5 from each section)Full (10 from each section), Super (Full plus 1 expansion from each section)
Re-reads: “None”, “Any”, “Limited to over X years ago”, “Limited to X per section”:  Limiting myself to three or four
Double Counts:”None”, “Limited to X per section”, “Only between sections”:  limiting myself to 5 or 6 maximum
Colors: In progress, Top priority books for 2013, Owned – TBR, Planned Read; Completed , Read, but will likely replace (not enough read for me to qualify as “completed”),  Double-count completed (may replace one of them)Completed Re-Read
Rating System: *(worst) through *****(best)
Challenge Within The Challenge: describe it here, and how you will track it  Read as much Philip K. Dick as possible (maybe John Varley too).

SUBGENRE  10/10 Completed

#1 Hard Science Fiction – Peace on Earth by Lem
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction –  Time out of Joint by Philip K. Dick
#3 Space Opera – Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
#4 Military Science Fiction – Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick

#5 Space Western – The Gunslinger by Stephen King
#6 Science Fantasy – Automated Alice by Jeff Noon

#7 Slipstream – The Man who Folded Himself by David Gerrold
#8 Alternate History/Steampunk- Dreadnought by Cherie Priest

#9 Time Travel – Mamoth by John Varley
#10 Science Fiction Mystery – Make Room!  Make Room!  by Harry Harrison

AWARDS  10/10 Completed

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later):  Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb by Phliip K. Dick
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later): Houston Houston Do You Read? by James Tiptree Jr.
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later): Blue Champagne by John Varley
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work:  Air by Geoff Ryman
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee: Air by Geoff Ryman
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee: The Unincorporated Man  Rating

#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award:  Blue Champagne by John Varley
#19 a multiple award winning novel (example: Hugo+Nebula) American Gods by Neil Gaiman

#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (example: Nebula anthologies):  Year’s Best SF 17

AUTHORS  10/10 Completed

#21 Work written by a Grand Master: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
#22 Work written by a US writer: Lies by Michael Grant
#23 Work written by a British writer: Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand writer: Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language: Peace on Earth by Stanislav Lem

#26 Work written by a female writer: Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
#27 Work written by a male writer:  Eye in the Sky by Philip K. Dick
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jesimin
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year: The World Wreckers by Marion Bradley Zimmer

#30 Collection of stories, all by same author:  We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick)

FIRSTS  10/10 Completed

#31 First novel of a female writer:   Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff
#32 First novel of a male writer:   The Jesus Incident by Frank Herbert
#33 First award winning novel of any writer:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012:  Flood by Stephen Baxter
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year:  Vurt by Jeff Noon

#36 The first novel of a series: Divergent by Veronica Roth
#37 First Contact: Titan by Varley
#38 First Artificial Intelligence: Adventures of an Artificial Woman by Thomas Berger
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars:  Man Plus by Fredrick Pohl
#40 First person narrative:  West of January by Dave Duncan Rating

 

Need to try and fit into challenge:

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Book 2)

The Death Cure (Maze Runner Book 3)

Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The Puppet Masters by Heinlein

 

Goons

Put a wink by my subject line if you’d like.

I was making some queries in HockeyDB and am kind of amused by this statistic. Of the WCHA members, prior to Bemidji and Omaha joining:

1 Player made it over 500 penalty-minutes in a career: 540 – Jim Archibald North Dakota

>10 Players had over 400 penalty-minutes in a career.
499- Darcy Martini Michigan Tech
487- Marty Schriner North Dakota
473- Matt DeMatrchi Minnesota
453- Chris McAlpine Minnesota
419- Dave Feamster Colorado College
413- Ryan Reynard Colorado College
405- Jason Prokopetz Michigan Tech
403- Pat Micheletti Minnesota
402- Jim Johnson UMD
400- Ben Hankinson Minnesota

So the breakdown by school:
CC- 2
Michigan Tech: 2
UMD: 1
Minnesota: 4
North Dakota: 2

What’s interesting is that many of them were decent scorers as well, with Micheletti leading them all with 269 points.

Probably a sign of how clean the game is now (despite the screaming from the OMG the official made a mistake! people), only 1 of them (DeMarchi) was from the year 2000 or after.

Even more amusing, is that there were 3 players who averaged more than 4 penalty-minutes per game (at least 10 games played):
5.000 pm/game – Tim Harris Michigan Tech (17 GP)
4.364 – Landon Wilson North Dakota (66 GP)
4.024 – Darcy Martini Michigan Tech (124 GP)

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