Books I Read in 2004 (39 Titles)


A Saving Solace
Author: D. S. Bauden
[for women’s book club]

Angels & Demons
Author: Dan Brown

The Big Kerplop!: The Original Adventure of the Mad Scientists’ Club
Author: Bertrand R. Brinley

The Book of Ralph
Author: John McNally
[for work book club]

The Crimson Petal and the White
Author: Michael Faber

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Author: Mark Haddon
[for work book club]

The Dante Club
Author: Matthew Pearl
[for work book club]

Ella Minnow Pea
Author: Mark Dunn
[for work book club]

The Eyre Affair
Author: Jasper Fforde

The Flanders Panel
Arturo Perez-Reverte

Good In Bed
Author: Jennifer Weiner

Half Magic
Author: Edward Eager

In the Bleak Midwinter
Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming
[for women’s book club]

An Instance of the Fingerpost
Author: Iain Pears

Instruments of Darkness (Harvest Original)
Author: Robert Wilson

Lost in a Good Book
Author: Jasper Fforde

Middlesex: A Novel
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides

Pattern Recognition
Author: William Gibson
[for work book club]

Second Glance: A Novel
Author: Jodi Picoult
[for women’s book club]

The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel
Author: Jasper Fforde

Non – Fiction

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003
Author: Dave Eggers (Editor), Zadie Smith (Editor)

Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat
Author: Pam Johnson-Bennett

Chip Kidd
Author: Veronique Vienne

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hinduism
Author: Linda Johnsen

Crimes Against Logic
Author: Jamie Whyte

Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Author: Erik Larson

Good Vibrations Complete Guide to Sex
Author: Anne Semans and Cathy Winks

Google Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools
Author: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest

In Cold Blood
Author: Truman Capote
[for work book club]

Indianapolis Then & Now
Author: W. C. Madden

Lost Indianapolis
Author: John McDonald

My Lesbian Husband
Author: Barrie Jean Borich

The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic
Author: Ramesh Menon, Valmiki

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Author: Nancy Milford
[for women’s book club]

Schott’s Original Miscellany
Author: Ben Schott

Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith

Urban Tribes: A Generation Redefines Friendship, Family, and Commitment
Author: Ethan Watters

Weird U.S.
Author: Mark Sceurman, Mark Mora

The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us
Author: Felice Newman

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Oh Zephyr winds that blow on high, lift me now so I may fly

Really I had no reason to blog that, but I thought of it just now. So when’s that show coming out on DVD, anyway?
Update: A quick search tells me that the ownership of the show is changing, and it may someday soon be offered on DVD. Currently the companion show, Shazam, is running on TV Land. Hmm.

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Aid for the victims of the Asian Tsunamis

Sorry — I’ve been away from the computer for a few days and haven’t had a chance to blog anything….
Tsunami Relief – An 9.0-magnitude earthquake and destructive tsunami has caused massive damage in many countries in South and Southeast Asia. USAID is assisting in the relief and recovery effort. Find out how you can help.
Support the American Red Cross by donating to the International Response Fund.
The will certainly need the money, because Bush is pledging only $35 million in aid. Of course, he is spending $40 Million for his Inauguration.

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My Board Games

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I love board games and other games like 겜블시티 슬롯, and have 100+ different games in my collection. So far.

General Games

Adverteasing – The Game of Slogans, Commercials and Jingles
Apples to Apples (with expansion packs one and two)
Bazaar – A trading game
Bethumpt’d With Words (with Voyager expansion pack)
Carcassone (with Inns & Cathedrals and King and Scout expansion packs)
Card Caper
Catch Phrase – electronic version
Catchpenny – Monopoly-like game set in 1800’s
Channel Surfing – The Game That Will Change The Way You Watch TV
Defiance – The Battle of Xuan Loc
Deluxe Monopoly
Deluxe O’no 99
Deluxe Scrabble
Earth Game – A Cooperative Game About Saving Planet Earth
Easy Money
Fact or Crap
Frederick The Great – The Campaign of the Soldier King 1756-1759
Green Eggs and Ham
Hugger Mugger
I.D. – 1980’s game cimiliar to “Celebrities”
Lizzy McGuire – What Would Lizzie Do?
Loaded Questions (with booster pack)
Malarky (similar to Balderdash)
Monopoly – fake “Carmel” version
Pictionary Party Version
Proclaim – The Thoughtfully Ambiguous Word Association Game
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Risk – Wooden Box Retro Edition
Rubik’s Checkers Challenge
Scrabble – Deluxe Edition
Scrutineyes – The Game of Closer Looks
Settlers of Catan
Stratego – Wooden Box Retro Edition
Telling Lies
The Newlywed Game
Think Alike – The Game Where Two Heads Are Better Than One
Twister – Wooden Box Retro Edition
Where in the USA is Carmen San Diego?
You Just Became a Millionaire
Zobmondo – The Crazy “Would You Rather” Game

Trivia Games

Clever Endeavor
Bet I Know – Where it Pays to Know It All
In Pursuit
Movie Mania – A Game of Famous Quotes and Questions
Proverbial Wisdom – The Exciting Game of Proverbial Fun
Super Quiz II
Teams of Enemies
Time Magazine – the Game
Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversary Edition
Trivial Pursuit DVD Pop Culture Edition
Trivial Pursuit Genus One
Trivial Pursuit Know It All Edition
Trivial Pursuit Silver Screen
Trivial Pursuit The 1960s

Card Games

Free Parking
German Card Game
Milles Bornes
Mystery Rummy – Al Capone
Mystery Rummy – Jack the Ripper
Mystery Rummy – Jeckle & Hyde
Mystery Rummy – Murders at the Rue Morgue
Pit deluxe
Spite and Malice
Squadron Scramble
What Happened Here?
Who Stole Ed’s Pants?
You Just Became a Millionaire

Mystery Games

I’m a huge, fanatical fan of Clue, so I have a bunch of different versions of the game, as well as lots of ancillary stuff. I’ve also been collecting knock-offs and copy-cat games like it.

Mystery of the Abbey – This game kicks ass! It’s like a very elaborate game of Clue set in a monastery, based on The Name of the Rose. There are 24 suspects, each with 6 different characteristics. Wicked complicated.

1313 Dead End Drive
221B Baker Street
Alfred Hitchcock’s “Why”
Alfred Hitchcock’s The Unexplained
Black Spy
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Clue 1989
Clue 1996
Clue 2003
Clue Alfred Hitchcock (Characters from Hitchcock movies, rooms are sets)
Clue Card Game (Suspects, Vehicles, Destinations)
Clue FX/Digital Clue
Clue Junior
Clue Master Detective (1989 Version, with more rooms and weapons)
Clue Mystery Puzzle
Clue Simpsons
Clue Wooden Retro 1949 Edition
Clue the Great Museum Caper
Cluedo Super Sleuth (British Version of Clue, more characters)
Crack the Case
Scotland Yard (Incomplete)
Simply Suspects

Cheap Ass Games

See the website! Cheapass Games come with the bare essentials: boards, cards, and rulebooks. If you need anything else, they tell you, and it’s probably something you can scrounge from a game you already own, or can buy at a hobby store. For these games, I bought one standard set of pawns, color markers, timer and dice that many of the games.

Captain Park’s Imaginary Polar Exibition
Escape from Elba
Get Out
Kill Dr. Lucky
One False Step For Mankind
Save Dr. Lucky
Save Dr. Lucky on Moon Base Copernicus
The Great Brain Robbery
U.S. Patent Number 1
Witch Trial


Lost in a Jigsaw Maze Puzzle

Vintage Game Boards

Uncle Wiggly
Clue Board
Davy Crockett

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Ten Things President Bush Doesn’t Want You To Know About Scalia and Thomas

According to FindLaw’s US Supreme Court Awareness Survey, two thirds of Americans cannot name any of the Supreme Court Justices. And I was surprised that 51% of Americans were moronic enough to vote for Bush. How did this country get so stupid? And since when is ignorance an American value?
Even if Americans can’t name a Supreme Court Justice, Bush will be doing so this year. For more about his two current favorite nominees, a list of things that Bush doesn’t want you to know about Scalia and Thomas, from the center for American Progress.

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My “Naughty or Nice” Rating

Nice, with a few exceptions. Needs to be nice to everyone not just friends. (Ha!!!) Could try a little harder when things are tough. (Yeah, I know.) Good sense of humor. Made list last year. Needs to be good all December.
Considering that it’s a randomly generated rating, it’s scary how accurate it is, especially the second and third sentences.
Generated at Santa Clause Naughty or Nice.

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I’m going to be on the cover of Nuvo (and weekend update)

So I found out today that the article that Nuvo Newsweekly is doing on my Big Things Photo collections will be a cover article. I have to go in for an additional photo shoot this evening and the article will run in the January 5th issue.
This weekend my grandparents and Aunt Rosemary and Uncle Gerald came from Iowa to visit my family, and they came to see my house on Saturday morning. I got to show off everything I’ve done so far, and stuff I plan to do in the near future.
On Sunday Stephanie and I went to my dads for Christmas presents and Christmas brunch at the country club, which was very nice.

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