November 2012 Reading List

Time for another reading list update. 

As 2012 is coming to a close, I have to say that the reading list this year has been a pretty good one. I am on track for fifteen or sixteen books read if I keep my pace up through December. It is hard to believe that I haven't posted one of these since April. 

Anyways, tons of books read. Most notable of them has been the first two books of the John Carter series. Yes, the same John Carter that Disney tried to make into a movie last summer. While the movie wasn't a smash hit at the box office. the first two books in the series are absolustely incredible. They are adventure pulp fiction at its best, and I was litterally on the edge of my seat while reading them. They have quickly gone to the top of my favorite books shelf. They are also public domain so if you have an e-reader, go download them for free. 

I also read books two and three of the Harry Potter series. I remember why those movies are so engaging. Nobody but J.K. Rowling can make boarding school sound so appealing. 

Finally I just started reading "The Hobbit" again last week. This year is the 75th anniversairy of the book and the movie is coming out in December. I think it apt to re-read the book, since I haven't read it since about fifth grade. To be honest I remember almost none of the story and I am amazed again at how good the book is. I am surprised how much the tone really comes across as a children's book though. The whole prose really gives a sort of Narnia vibe a little bit, much more so than the "Lord of the Rings". 

You can see above that my childhood copy is a bit of a wreck, so I am actually reading a copy I bought my wife several years ago. 

First GoPro test on my motorcycle

About a week ago my wife bought me a GoPro for my birthday. So with some luck the weather was nice yesterday and I decided to ride my motorcycle up to my parent's house for breakfast to test it out. I tried the timelapse feature on the bike. I have to say I am impressed, ignoring the fact that my windshield on my bike is covered in bugs. I am sooooo stoked to use this thing next season on rides. 

30th Birthday Was Great

So, despite my initial misgivings, my 30th birthday turned out to be pretty awesome.

Friday night was sushi with Megan and the Crystal Castles at the Congress theatre.

Saturday was dinner at Brauhaus for some kitsch and German food.

Sunday was the Hot Chocolate 5K.

Above is a picture of some gifts and other things from this weekend. Overall quite and good time.