Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Thank You Very Munch

Have you ever had one of those days when you just wanted to...


Me too.

There are just some days when it's all you can do to keep your head...


When it seems like everything around you is just...


Speaking of wrong, it was hard to get this guy to look right. When I set up him originally he looked, well, kinda stretchy.

So I made one of these to hold in the sides. Actually, Captain America and I made it together.
Here he is using power tools to cut the edges of the frame.
It took us several attempts to get the angles right.

Math was never our strong suit.

It makes us go

But eventually we got it right. See how it holds the edges of the book in?

And how nicely the book fits?

Munch better.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Book Review: Moll Flanders

Title: Moll Flanders
Author: Daniel Defoe
Format: Kindle/Audible Whispersync
Reading Dates: Jan 7, 2013 - Jan 26, 2013
Rating: ***

Moll Flanders led a scandalous life back when most people thought that was a bad thing. In this book she relates her life from her inauspicious birth in the Newgate prison, to her industrious rise in society as a young woman, and through her years as a thief and whore. Her words, not mine. OK, maybe mine, too.

I found the first part of the book entertaining as Moll always seems to find herself associated with the wrong type of men. About halfway through the book she is forced into thievery and at that point I thought the book really slowed. There seemed to be a non-stop catalog of all the things she stole and how.

The final part of the book, which Moll herself says will be less interesting to the reader, was indeed less interesting, but Defoe does a nice job of tying up all the loose ends before the end. There are better classics, but I'm glad I read this one.

Used Whispersync to both read and listen to this book via Audible. The technology worked better for me this time than last, but there were still a view glitches. Davinia Porter's narration was great as always, but the audio quality of this recording seemed to be lacking. Porter's voice seemed to get quieter and the end of many sentences and I wouldn't be able to hear exactly what she said. That being said, it was a free book, so for that it was definitely worth it.

Friday, February 1, 2013

What Is The Question?

You know I love my RDCBs, the rainbow of colors, the patchwork quilt of covers.

They are a little bit amazing when you think about it. Always four stories in each volume, each 144 pages. It takes a special kind of talent to condense a book in exactly 144 pages. Every time. Think about that guy's job!

But sometimes you need to step your game up a bit. You can't settle for the condensed version. You need the real thing in all its unabridged glory. I'm talking about literature, people.


I was reminded of this the other day when I ran across this copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare at the Goodwill Store. I got it for a good price because apparently Shakespeare had a ghost writer named G.B. Harrison and this is one of the few copies where his name was accidentally printed on the spine.

I took it home and set it on my table. What should I make of this book? I asked myself. That is the question. 

No it's not.

That is the question (in 3 fonts).