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60 Days, 60(+) Posts

It’s been 50 days since I started my 60 Days, 60(+) Posts initiative, and I’d like to report that it has been a success. I came in 10 days early for my 60th post. While I’m not stopping here, I thought it would be a good time to do a roundup of those posts that I’ve found most interesting in the past 60.

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Post #100!

I can’t believe that I’ve made it this far. 100 posts, WOW. I haven’t stuck to something like this before, and I’m really excited that I’m still here taking things on.

Though, we’ve been through a domain change, several starts and stops, we’ve chugged along at a decent pace.

The first article was posted on 04/23/2008. It’s been 171 days since then, which means there was an average of 0.58 posts per day. Now this is far below what I am hoping for the future, but it sure is a start. I’d like to take a few moments and write about a few posts that marked points in the blog’s life.

In this time, I’ve been through a job, struggled to find another one, and ended up going to back to college to get that degree that I’ve been chasing for a long time. This has been a hard decision, and it has contained a lot of work, but it’s been a wonderful ride so far, and I hope to see things increase in funness into the future. With the changes to scheduled posts, and all the other stuff going on, I expect this next 100 posts will be the best yet.

A Confederacy of Dunces [Book Review]

This is my first book review, so bear with me. When I had the idea to do a book review, I was taken back to a time in my life when I was forced to read books that were boring, and give reports on them, or take chapter tests. As a result, I was stunted in my reading skills and my desire to read anything outside of school.

Lately, though, I have been finding quite a few interesting topics to read about, and am slowly moving through the tons of books that we have in our library, one tome at a time.

When we were in Ohio, I finished A Confederacy of Dunces, and I think it’s about time to write a review.

History of Obtaining The Book
Myriah had heard that this was one of the funniest books ever written, and got it for me through Quality Paperback Book Club. (As an aside, we really do have a ‘book problem’, our library grows every day, and we probably should not belong to such a club, but it’s hard to change a habit such as this) I did not start reading it until I was finished Sandworms of Dune. (Maybe I will eventually do a mega-review of the entire Dune Series.)

The Book
Starting out, after reading the forward–which said that you have to read the entire book to the end in order to understand all of the concepts–reading was a little slow. It was hard to get past the complete bafoonery of every character involved.

It wasn’t until about 1/3 of the way through the book that I realised I was having a genuinely good time reading it. It was strange, the book was funny, but it was more like I was laughing constantly on the inside, while remaining perfectly stolid on the outside.

I thoroughly enjoyed every page thereafter, and the final payoff was definitely worth it. The running jokes in the novel created a sense that it was completely unbelievable for them to intertwine, but the author did so, and it really was amazing.

Strange Thoughts of Self
One thing I got out of this book was a strange bit of self-comparison to the main character. Ignatius J. Reilly is an intelligent fellow who graduated from college and then just stopped everything. He spends his time in his room, door locked, contemplating our society and all of its pitfalls. It’s not until his mother runs into a house in her car that he has to go out into the real world and become a working man.

He is so utterly ridiculous, and is offended by anything and everything which he perceives as an affront to all common decency.

Now, I don’t see myself like that, but I do see myself as someone who had such great potential, only to disconnect themselves from the world and disappear from the surface altogether. I started this blog because of reading this book, because I could see myself getting more and more disconnected from the real world. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in my own head.

Final Verdict
This book is an absolute must-read. I would wholly recommend this to anyone who would like an intelligent long-term laugh.

9/10

Work, Time, Money

Since getting my dev server up and running again, I’ve been working my butt off to finish the applications that I’ve been working on for my new employer. I’ve finished the backbone of the whole application sweet today, and I plan on jumping right into a re-write of the first of three applications that I am trying to complete. I am going to set myself a deadline, but I don’t know which days I will have to myself to do this work, so I will have to wait until I can find out my hard schedule.

In my free time, I’ve mostly been watching a few shows with Myriah. We’ve recently watched Medium, Law and Order SVU, Aliens in America, and The Office. Each of these pretty much were on separate nights, and we are swiftly falling behind in the number of shows that we have to watch. It’s just so hard to find time lately to do anything for leisure. With Myriah working 9+ hours a day, she is very tired, and we generally don’t have the energy to stay up late anymore, so we fall behind. But work obviously comes first, so we can’t begrudge the time too much.

Lately, I haven’t been able to get to sleep too early, and Myriah has been really tired. So, I’ve been trying to read through my large shelf of books that are lined up for me to read. I recently finished A Confederacy of Dunces (Link at bottom of post). It was quite possibly one of the funniest books that I have ever read. Maybe if I get around to it, I’ll write a proper review.

I just started quite possibly one of the best books that I’ve read in a very long while: Snow Crash. It’s equal parts CyberPunk, alternative sci-fi historical and a great action adventure. I’m really loving it, and I’m glad that I had Myriah pick it up for me.