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Jun. 30th, 2030 08:31 pm
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
I don't always get around to saying things that other people think are important to know.

So, this post is for you to ask a question. I'll answer truthfully, but I won't guarantee helpfully or completely.
skjam: (Communications)
Thanks to all who donated to the fundraiser!

Going dark until the phone company gets around to hooking me back up.
skjam: (forgotten)
As mentioned in my previous post, I am being forced to vacate my apartment. Unfortunately, the one place I have found that might be doable requires a whopping deposit up front, so I have finally broken down and put up a Gofundme. Please consider sharing it with others!

https://www.gofundme.com/229z4ez8
skjam: (angry)
The new management of my apartment building has decided that the place is too far gone for piecemeal solutions, and has decided to renovate the entire complex, which means that all the tenants are being kicked out by the end of September. As I am a low-paid temp with no car, my options for new places are limited.

I have a possibility, which is smaller, more expensive and further from downtown--but I have to pass a background check.
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I am 55 today!
skjam: (Jazz)
It's that time of year again, so I have compiled a new playlist for the mix CDs I send out to lucky people.

STAY WARM

1. "Me Make Fire"--Paul & Storm (Og makes fire!)
2. "Fire"--Pointer Sisters
3. "Burning Down the House"--Tom Jones
4. "Bolero of Fire"--Hylian Ensemble
5. "Fire in the Sky"--Kristoph Klover
6. "Horizon Flame"--Allison Moyet
7. "Fire Nation"--Two Steps from Hell
8. "Chariots of Fire"--Carlos Quinche (panflute!)
9. "Mellow Candle"--Weiss Kreus
10. "Burning Chase"--Yuji Yoshino
11. "Firework"--Katy Perry
12. "Light My Fire"--The Doors
13. "Hay Burner"--West Bank School of Music
14. "Flaming Star"--Elvis Presley
15. "Meditation in a Candle's Glow"--Reuben Correa
16. "Vamo' Alla Flamenco"--Nobuo Uematsu (There's some dispute as to whether "flamenco" actually refers to fire.)
17. "You Get to Burning"--Yoko Ishida (When it comes to fire, sometimes we're Og, but too often we are Ookook.)

Your thoughts and comments?
skjam: created by djinn (Bottomless)
Hi folks!

It's been quite a while, but I hope some of you are still reading Livejournal.

Today we look at the books Goodreads has recommended to me based on books I've read from authors with a B in their name.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin HIcks
Almuric by Robert E. Howard
Astonishing X-Men Trilogy Collection by Joss Whedon

Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola
Big Questions #1 by Anders Nilsen
Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan
Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard

The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley

East of West #1 by Jonathan Hickman
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Land That Time Forgot by Russ Manning

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen
Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe

Hildafolk by Luke Pearson
How to Win at Everything: Even Things You Can't or Shouldn't Try to Win At by Daniel Kibblesmith

The Instrumentality of Mankind by Cordwainer Smith

The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

Many Moons by James Thurber
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jannson
Mosses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale
Northlanders, Vol. 1: Sven the Returned by Brian Wood

Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis by Edgar Harrell

Radio Free Albemuth by Philip K. Dick
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin

Savage Worlds Explorer's Edition by Shane Lacy Hensley
Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your Wit by Wayne F. Hill
Sleeper, Vol. 1: Out in the Cold by Ed Brubaker
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Spider-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis
The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy by Stanisław Lem
Stumptown, Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka
Surrender None by Elizabeth Moon

The Terro-Human Future History Omnibus by H. Beam Piper
They'd Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton
The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories by Nicholas Gurewitch

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett

The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
Who is Jake Ellis? by Nathan Edmondson

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

And now, the authors who inspired this list, in order of times cited:

Chris A. Bolton-7

Cece Bell-6

Edgar Rice Burroughs-5

Alfred Bester-4
Terry Brooks-4
Jeffrey Brown-4
John Brunner-4

L. Frank Baum-3
Kate Beaton-3
Anthony Bourdain-3
Ray Bradbury-3
Lois McMaster Bujold-3
Cullen Bunn-3
John Bunyan-3

Zac Bissonnette-2
James Blish-2
Deborah Blum-2

Brian Michael Bendis
T. Martin Bennett
Jason Bulmahn
Virginia Lee Burton
Kurt Busiek


As always, let me know if you've read any of these books or heard interesting buzz, or you're puzzled as to who this Chris A. Bolton buy is.
SKJAM!
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I changed my mind and decided that this year's holiday mix CD will be a tribute to the recently departed Glen A. Larson, who brought the young me such entertainment as "Battlestar Galactica" and "Knight Rider." The tracks relate to the shows he was involved with in tangential ways; see if you can guess which one is which.

BY YOUR COMMAND: A TRIBUTE TO GLEN A. LARSON

1. After the Fall--Two Steps from Hell
2. Theme from Lupin III '97--OST
3. Let's All Help the Cowboys--Cowboy Jack Clement & Pam Tillis
4. The Virginian--OST
5. Forever Fugitives--Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack
6. Fighting--Maurice White & Bill Meyers
7. I Got a Woman--Jimmy Smith
8. I Will Not Stand Alone--Kayhan Kallor & Ali Bahrami Fard
9. Corpse in the Rafters--Robert O Ragland
10. Brothers--Nostromo Pilots
11. Uchuu Senkan Yamato (Star Blazers)--Maria Kawamura
12. Cardboard King--The Martin Harley Band
13. The NBC Mystery Movie--OST
14. Escape in the Truck--Mary Beth Magallanes
15. Limpin Gobbler/Crippled Turkey--Sean Orr
16. As Time Goes By--Rudy Vallee
17. Across the Sea--Ho'oheno
18. Hawaii 5-0--Sammy Davis, Jr.
19. Mon Super Heros--AM
20. Dragon Knight--Yasunori Mitsuda
21. All Along the Watchtower--Eliades Ochoa
22. I'll Fly Away/I Saw the Light--Joe Bethancourt

Not surprisingly, several of these are themselves television show themes.

Your thoughts, comments or favorite Glen A. Larson show memories?
SKJAM!
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
It's almost time to send out my yearly mix CDs for the holiday season.

This year I've decided to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of World War One. Any suggestions for what songs would fit? (They do not need to be period songs or about WWI, but if not, feel free to explain why they're relevant.)

Work is busy.
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
My interview last week paid off, and I am looking at a long-term temp to hire!
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
No word from the temp agencies, and my savings give out this month. Might be able to pay one month's rent by selling comics collection, but that only works once.

Will be redoubling efforts to find job.
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Rasmussen)
This is a new job-seeking tool, an online jobseeker profile optimized for smartphones, and including a video.

Take a look, and if you know someone who might be willing to take a look, pass it on to them.

Thanks in advance!

http://hired.mn/v/qs1y3ztq
skjam: (fanfic)
Let's try something different, since I have been away so long. This time, the Goodreads recommendations are based on books I've read with A-named authors. This gives us a rather wide selection of genres. I'll also list which authors got cited--see if you can figure out which book was suggested by fans of which author!


Books

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Aria, Volume 1 by Kozue Amano

Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Born to Kill by Peter J. Tomasi
Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Vol. 1 by Paul Dini
Batman: Gothic by Grant Morrison
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

The Chocolate Cat Caper by JoAnna Carl
The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Descendants of Darkness, Volume 1 by Yoko Matsushita
Digital Knight by Rik E. Spoor

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen
Fallen Hopes, Taken Dreams by J.M. Barlog
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
For the Thrill of It by Simon Baatz
The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
From Far Away, Vol. 1 by Kyoko Hikawa

Gateway by Frederik Pohl
The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder and Stupefy by Rick Beyer

How to Murder a Millionaire by Nancy Martin
Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Imadoki! Nowadays, Vol. 01: Dandelion by Yuu Watase
Isaac Asimov's Caliban by Roger MacBride Allen

Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, Vol. 01 by Arina Tanemura

Legacy by James H. Schmitz
The Legacy of Heorot by Larry Niven
The Lion of Comarre & Other Stories by Arthur C. Clarke
A Logic Named Joe by Murray Leinster
Love Monster, Volume 1 by Riko Miyagi

Mistress Fortune by Arina Tanemura
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell

The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc

Pandora's Legions by Christopher Anvil
Peter Panzerfaust, Vol. 1: The Great Escape by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Pixie Pop: Gokkun Pucho, Vol. 01 by Ema Toyama
The Princess and the Pea by Janet Stevens

Saturn Apartments, Vol. 1 by Hisae Iwaoka
Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
Shop Till You Drop by Elaine Viets
Smallville Season 11, Volume 1: Guardian by Bryan Q. Miller
The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen

The Tales of Mother Goose by Charles Perrault
The Tarot Cafe, #1 by Sang-Sun Park
That's Not in My American History Book by Thomas Ayres
Them Bones by Carolyn Haines
Thumbelina by Brad Sneed
The Times We Had: Life with William Randolph Hearst by Marion Davies

The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge

Authors (by how influential they were on the list)

Asimov, Isaac-8

Aesop-4
Allston, Aaron-4
Andrews, Donna-4

Acker, Ben-3
Alcott, Louisa May-3
Anno, Moyoco-3
Azzarello, Brian-3

Abbott, Karen-2
Akino, Matsuri-2
Albert, Susan Wittig-2
Allende, Isabel-2
Andersen, Hans Christian-2
Aoyama, Gosho-2
Aron, Paul-2

Adachi, Mitsuru
Adams, Douglas
Aida, Yu
Anonymous
Austen, Jane
Azuma, Kiyohiko


So, thoughts on any of the suggested books, or on the authors beginning with A?

Have a good week,
SKJAM!
skjam: from Heavenly Nostrils (Unicorn)
For what that's worth.
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
Okay, I have turned in my term paper and final exam for Microeconomics. I have most certainly passed the class, the only question being whether I will get an A, or fall to a B.

Presuming no other shenanigans, I have now earned my Associate's Degree!

Green Line

Jun. 14th, 2014 12:39 pm
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
The Green Line light rail between Minneapolis & St. Paul opened today. Blustery day, and I heard we may have severe weather coming in later this afternoon.

I went to the West Bank celebration. Some local special interest groups had booths, and there was a mini-food fest of local restaurants (with very reasonable prices by street fair standards!)

The weather being miserable, I sat in the music tent and listened to the Sunshine & Rainbows Family Band (folk-style).

I had taken the Green Line bus to get to the West Bank, but hopped the train back downtown. Very crowded, but not the sardine-packed ride there was back when the Blue Line opened. I plan to take the whole route later this week when I can get a good seat.

Almost done with class!
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
I have a review blog!

Today's review is of a book titled "Jet Set", about the glamorous days of the US/Europe travel trips.

http://www.skjam.com/2014/05/30/book-review-jet-set/
skjam: Ghost cat in a fez (fez)
I had a great time, and my con report is up at my blog!

http://www.skjam.com/2014/04/22/open-thread-minicon-49/
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I am busy trying to get an Associate's degree in Business Management from Rasmussen College, so I have been reading rather more business-related books than I would prefer to. As a result, Goodreads has some suggestions based on my "business" shelf.

I don't know how many of these are likely to have been read by my Dreamwidth and LJ friends, but let's find out.

Brand Failures: The Truth about the 100 Biggest Branding Mistakes of All Time by Matt Haig
Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success by Penelope Trunk
Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow

Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping by Paco Underhill
Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell
Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon
Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger

Fascinate: Unlocking the Secret Triggers of Influence, Persuasion, and Captivation by Sally Hogshead

The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America by Marc Levinson

Herd: How to Change Mass Behaviour by Harnessing Our True Nature by Mark Earls

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm by Verne Harnish

Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probabilities and Statistics on Everything You Do by Kaiser Fung

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game by Paul Midler
Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value by William Poundstone
The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do by Eduardo Porter
Propaganda by Edward L. Burnays

Toxic Sludge is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry by John Stauber

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential by Dan Pallotta
Unthinking: The Surprising Forces Behind What We Buy by Harry Beckwith

Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit by Laura Penny

Zag: The #1 Strategy of High-Performance Brands by Marty Neumeier
Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design by Laurence G. Boldt


--

Note the tendency towards overly long titles. Let me know if you've read any of these, heard some interesting buzz, or have a business-related book you really enjoyed.
SKJAM!
skjam: (fanfic)
Today's Goodreads recommendations are based on my "art" shelf, where I put books about art, books about artists and books about the artistic process. I don't have all that many books on this shelf, thus this will be a short post.

The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles, and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators by Richard Williams
Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! by Art Spiegelman
Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel
Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen by Sarah Jane Downing
Frank, Vol. 1 by Jim Woodring
Mythology: The DC Comics Art by Alex Ross
Perspective! for Comic Book Artists: How to Achieve a Professional Look in your Artwork by David Chelsea
The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America by David Hajdu
What It Is by Lynda Barry

See if you can spot the odd book out. You know what to do otherwise.

Back at school,
SKJAM!

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