Cali-Amur by Rjurik Davidson - book 2
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon - book 8*
Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley - book 1
The Executioner by Don Pendleton - book 371*
Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson - book
The Grimm Trilogy by Adam Gidwitz - book 2
Dragons by Robert Asprin - book 1
The Adversary Cycle by F. Paul Wilson - book 2
Thrawn by Timothy Zahn - book
Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card - book
Dexter by Jeff Lindsay - book
Mollisan Town Quartet by Tim Davys - book 3
John Dies by David Wong - book 1
Star Wars Republic Commando by Karen Traviss - book
Bas-Lag Trilogy by China Mieville - book 1
Anonymous Rex by Eric Garcia - book 1
Switchers by Kate Thompson - book 1
Rachel Morgan by Kim Harrison - book 1
Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
Shane Schofield by Matt Reilly - book 4*
Gateway to the Realms by Dave Gross - book 4*
Man-Kline Wars by Larry Niven - book 11
Atlantis by Harry Turtledove
The Sparrow by Mary Doris Russell - book 2 / complete
Dune by Frank Herbert - book
Eastwickq by John Updike - book 2 / complete
The Daemon by Daniel Suarez - book 2 / complete
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - book 3 / complete
John Justin Mallory Mystery by Mike Resnick - book 3*
Dragonback by Timothy Zahn- book / complete
MaddAddam Cycle by Margaret Atwood - book 3 / complete
Repairman Jack by F. Paul Wilson - book 15 / complete
Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer - book 3 / complete
The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson - book 3 / complete
* Either a series that I didn’t d not start at beginning, or a series that I’m not sure has more books.
** Making an attempt to completion of remaining books of series I had read over the years.
I haven’t made an update here in a long time, even longer since an actual update rather than just fluff like what I’m watching or reading. Before I get to real news, finally been playing with my PS4. Played a bit of Conan Exiles, some Sekiro, and a few of the indie games I’ve picked up - really loving Dead Cells, super addictive.
Back to real life...
A week ago from today I had another operation on my foot, yes that saga continues and feels never ending. I’ve been seeing a new podiatrist for the past 2+ years roughly and she told me awhile back the only real way to alleviate my constant pain would require another operation. So with the lockdown and working from home, I figured the time was perfect to go through with it. My plans haven’t quite worked out as I’d hoped because I wanted to actually lose weight before the operation and that’s... not happened.
Prior to the operation I was told that the way my foot had healed from my previous bunion surgery I would have to have the bone repositioned, this would require breaking the foot, using a screw to keep it in the new position and let it heal. I was also recommended shortening my second toe (long story short, the first bunion surgery resulted in my big toe being a little shorter so my second toe was now longest and I frequently deal with developing calluses). I thought about that recommendation but decided against it, you lose a lot of movement in that toe because they fuse a joint, I’m not ready for dealing with another long term consequence like that.
Anyway, day of the operation as I’m sitting in the surgical gown my doctor and the other podiatrist who would be assisting tell me they talked it over and don’t think my operation will require more than just removing some bone and shaving the sesamoid bone.
So I’m off from work this week recovering and hoping this fixes the issues I’ve been dealing with the past six years (namely daily pain in my foot). As has been stated before, wish I never got that bunion surgery in 2014. A classic case of the cure being worse than the disease.
I should also mention that back in August I was transferred to a different group at my job. I was asked back in January, maybe a little earlier, that they were thinking of doing a re-org and was I interested in moving to this other group, who my manager told me would be a great move and he was sure I’d love - it also sounded like more work with no new pay. I told him I was comfortable where I was so sorry no. Flash forward to July and I’m told you’re moving to the new group in two weeks. So there’s been that added pressure on me this year...
I’d also like to mention even shittier news. But first I’ll go on a bit of a tangent... so a couple weeks before surgery I was able to reschedule my six month cleaning at the dentist, because I’d rather not have to go there while still in recovery mode or skip it entirely. My operation was originally scheduled for Thursday the 12th, I luckily made a dentist appointment for that Wednesday morning. Then Monday I’m called by podiatrist asking if they can reschedule my surgery to Wednesday (keep in mind I scheduled this surgery time almost two months ago), I’m like sure but gotta be in afternoon because I have a morning appointment - so told 3pm (which means I have to arrive at 2pm for pre-surgery prep). Then I’m at the dentist, I just got new x-rays and they’re gonna start the cleaning and I get a call from surgical center saying can I come in an hour early? Ugh, I’ll try. I did manage to get there early so I’m glad at that at least, though I didn’t get out of dentist until a little after 11 so I was worried I wouldn’t make it.
Had to get that gripe down, but now for the shitty news. So when I first arrived to dentist office I found out my dentist Dr Shin had passed away earlier this summer. I last saw him in July but apparently he had a heart attack in August. He was only 41. Good dentist. Really liked the guy, RIP :(
Several months back I saw the complete set of How I Met Your Mother on sale and decided to pick it up. I was first introduced to that show roughly ten years ago and I always found the episodes cute but never followed it too closely. But it’s one of those shows that I felt nostalgic for and I always told myself that I’d watch the entire series someday.
Last night I finally finished watching the entire nine seasons, think it took me a couple weeks - social distancing binge watching will do that to you (slowly making my way through DVD’s I bought and still haven’t been watched, with the library closed got no other choice). Anywho, currently watching the bonus disc and finding it really interesting how the show came about.
I will say that for years I’d heard complaints about the finale of this show so I was sorta dreading some sort of drop in quality by the end. No I don’t really see that happening, the show retains its cute quirkiness through the end even if some episodes get pretty bizarre. I do understand that the final part would have benefited from being longer since some big events get dropped and there’s hardly any time to absorb it... but I wouldn’t say it ruins anything.
Definitely a show worth watching.
It's been a little over a year since I last logged onto the Comic Book Database and... well, apparently sometime last year the owner sold it. Really disappointing outcome. I had cataloged quite a few of my comics on that site and added a lot of titles, creators, and characters (from mostly indie stuff I'd acquired along the way) to the database.
So hey, change isn't always bad right? I check out the new owners link and... well the site to put it bluntly is garbage. It looks like it purged a lot of the user contributed stuff, and the layout looks chock full of ads and clickbait links. Decided almost immediately that I won't be setting up an account there... now I just gotta see if I can find a different comic book site to use. Sucks to lose have to re-catalogue the old stuff in addition to the new stuff but at some point I'm going to want to have a complete listing of everything in my collection - even though I'm not really buying too many new books these days.
The saddest loss is the stuff I added to the site that's gone forever. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way, the user added content felt akin to wikis like wikifur - it's almost entirely driven and maintained by devoted users. Feels like a betrayal that the site was sold to someone who just wanted some new ad space.