Monday, May 25, 2009

Star Wars Updates

Since I have two blogs now, I am going to try and clean up the geology blog a little. So here is a combination of the last two Star Wars updates to my website. I am also going to delete out the old Star Wars posts on the other blog so they will only be available here from now on.

I have updated all three of my Star Wars checklists (as of 4-5-09) : the Star Wars Timeline, the Star Wars Video Game Checklist, and the Star Wars Digital Stories Checklist, and completed a new one, the Star Wars Comics Checklist (as of 4-24-09). You can find all three on the page in PDF format. I figured since this is the most downloaded thing on my website it might be good to update it again. Updates include:

For the Star Wars Timeline:

  • The entire first season of The Clone Wars including associated books and comics

  • I listed all of the Ewoks cartoon episodes and rearranged the order where they fall in the timeline as well as the Droids cartoon stuff

  • Added all of the video games onto the timeline, well some of them. Any I didn't know got placed at the end under "To be determined"

  • Added all of the Digital Stories from my Checklist below - most importantly all of the stories.

  • Recent books and comics were added

  • I added more to the first page explaining the timeline

  • I added an Infinites picture to stories that were obviously non-canon but can fit into the story in a specific place. If the story was only a little bit infinites I left it as is.

  • I added a version 3.0 since this the third year it has been on the website and my first release of the year. That way I can keep track of the changes a little better.
    Some other minor things that I can't remember.

For the Star Wars Video Game Checklist:

  • Added a timeline column to know if the story has been added to the timeline above.

  • Updated with recent and rumored games.

  • I listed which games were just compilations of previous games and what was included in those compilations

For the Star Wars Digital Stories Checklist:

  • Added a timeline column to know if the story has been added to the timeline above.

  • Added a few new sections including the Del Rey and Dark Horse sections for new material found online

  • Updated with new stories and old stories that just made their way to me.

For the Star Wars Comic Book Checklist:

  • Includes a checklist of all available Star Wars comics. I figured since I was trying to collect them all I should know what ones are out there. And since I made myself a checklist, I thought other people might want one too.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

100 Greatest Books #84 - Nicomachean Ethics

The Nicomachean Ethics [AKA Ethica Nicomachea] by Aristotle
This is a difficult book to describe. Pretty much it seems like common sense. Aristotle goes through and describes each of our emotional attributes and describes the extremes of them (i.e. bravery to cowardice). The result of his analysis was that the middle of the road response in most cases was the "good" response and that most people should strive for them to be "good" people. Overall I felt like I was reading a treatise on the seven deadly sins and I did not gain much afterwards. I would have to recommend this to go on people's skip list.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bar Done!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!

Yes it has been several months since I started working on the bar. You can see the first part of the bar done HERE. The second and last part is pictured below. The main problem I ran into is I miss-stained the bar the wrong color, a far darker color, so it took me over a month to unstain it. That was a pain. Also I had to figure out a way to saw 5" logs in half. Also not a fun thing since I only had my little circular saw. But it is all done and ready for use. YEA!!!!.

View of the front of the bar with the bar top down.
View of the front of the bar with the bar top open.
Side of the bar showing the three pillars.
Back of the bar with a closeup of the checkerboard bar top.
Everything done and in place with the bar of the bar all set up.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Over Thinking Things

I just read this in Money magazine and I felt it was especially apt for pretty much anything. It is from an interview with Philip Tetlock, a guy who studies the odds of financial forecasters and how much they get right.

"I once witnessed an experiment that pitted a classroom of Yale undergrads against a lone Norwegian rat in a T-maze. Food was put in the maze in no particular pattern, except that it was designed to end up in the left side of the "T" 60% of the time. Eventually, the rat learned always to turn left and so was rewarded 60% of the time. The students, on the other hand, fell for a variant of the"gambler's fallacy." Picture a roulette player who sees a long sequence of red and puts all his money on black because it's "due." Or more subtly, he looks for complex alternating patterns - the same kind of mental wild-goose chase that technical stock pickers go on. That's what happened to the Yalies, who kept looking for some pattern that would predict where the food would be every time. They ended up being right just 52% of the time. Outsmarted by a rat."

Now I understand they were just undergrads, but hey, I feel this can happen to anyone of us. Over thinking things has become a staple of human life. We always try to find what isn't there. Sometimes we just need to sit back and look for the simpler pattern. Sometimes it is just that simple.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy Star Wars Day!!!!

HAPPY STAR WARS DAY. And in case any of you out there don't know......

May the 4th be with you.

Cheesy? I know. But I love it anyway.

Friday, May 1, 2009

2009 Personal Goals - May Update

4 Months in and so far not too bad, I feel like I stalled on some things though.

1. Finish the first draft of my fiction novel.
Start of 2009 - I have the first 1/3rd of the book written
February 1st - Nothing more written
March 1st - Nothing more written
April 1st - Nothing more written
May 1st - Nothing

2. Drop my weight to 167lbs.
Start of 2009 - I started the year at ~185
February 1st - ~180
March 1st - 175.2
April 1st - 172.2

May 1st - 172.2 (somehow again)
Not only am I trying to get a 6-pack now but I am also training for a Sprint Triathlon. How do I get into these things.

3. Pay off all my credit cards.
Start of 2009 - I started the year with 5 credit cards with balances and one relative we owed money to.
February 1st - Payed back the relative. Still 5 cards with balances.
March 1st - Payed off 1 card. 4 cards with balances.
April 1st - Payed off another card. Currently 3 cards with balances.
May 1st - Payed off one more. Down to 2 cards with balances. 1 with 0% APR until 2011 though so that one may be waiting a while.

Other achievements of note.
Currently on the bar status - The bar has been entirely stripped and restained and is mostly finished. 1/3rd of it is complete and installed. All I am trying to finish is get a nice bar top. I've decided that polyurethane wasn't working and I changed it to epoxy. So far so good.
I also finished one book on my 100 greatest books list.
And working on getting University of Utah paperwork straightened out.