The Jokes of the 4 Year Old

So, Rocketboy had a hissy fit about going to school because he wanted to stay home and watch Magic School Bus all day long.

After about fifteen minutes of crying with tears streaming down his face, right before we were about to go, he stops crying and says “I was just kidding, daddy.”

This morning I’m sitting at Georgia Shakes waiting for the time to go to Steakette’s doctor appointment. I’m in the managing director’s office, and it’s no wonder the managing directors keep leaving, as the server in here is loud enough to drive one crazy.

Last night, we were at GS as well, because has a photo call with one of Rocketboy’s classmates, R_. R_ is a stunningly pretty little girl, and it’s a shame they only needed shots of the back of her head. Of course, Rocketboy wanted to take pictures with his buddy, so they took some shots of both of them in ridiculous costumes that may be useful for educational program materials.

We also had to hang around for a couple hours until they took the pictures of the guy with the spaghetti on his head, as Rocketboy was NOT going to miss that. While it was going on, Rocketboy ran in circles yelling “Spaghetti Monster! Spaghetti Monster! Everybody let’s get out of here!”

Eight days and counting until the opening of Uncle Grampa’s Hoo Dilly Storytime at Dad’s Garage. I’m directing it this year, largely because no one else wanted to. So, if you’ve got a kid in the 2-6 year range, or if you can steal one, or if you’ve just got nothing else to do at 11:30am on a Saturday, come on out… you may not regret it!

2006 Book Log In Review

Books read in 2004: 21
Books read in 2005: 28
Books read in 2006: 40

If we extrapolate this exponential trend, I expect to be reading more books per year than there are atoms in the universe by the time I am 60.

Though, to be fair, if one reviews the books on 2006’s list, we see a great many “quick reads”. More than once in my log are the use of the work “book” in quotes, since many of the authors seem to push the fuzzy division between pamphlet and book.

Also, we must take into account that this year constituted a “breather” of sorts, as Rocketboy reached an age where he often self-entertains for an hour or two a day, and before the arrival of a new super-needy being to our household. Both and I had periods in late summer where we both sat on the couch and read, while RocketBoy was awake. We haven’t seen that since 2002.

Anyway, the list.

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
2. Learning Perl by Randal L. Schwartz and Tom Phoenix
3. Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog!) by Jerome K. Jerome
4. Bull! A History of the Boom, 1982-1999 by Maggie Mahar
5. Paypal Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools by Shannon Sofield, Dave Nielson & Dave Burchell
6. The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense by Michael Shermer
7. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2001 Edited by Edward O. Wilson
8. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
9. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P. Feynman
10. Guardian I Defender of Peace by Darrell M. Bell
11. Freakanomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
12. Don’t Know Much About the Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis (re-read)
13. Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis by Jimmy Carter
14. Interface by Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George
15. To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld Series Book 1) by Philip Jose’ Farmer
16. “What Do You Care What Other People Think?” (Further Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P. Feynman
17. The Fabulous Riverboat: Book 2 of the Riverworld Saga by Philip Jose’ Farmer
18. The Onion’s Finest News Reporting, Volume 1 by Scott Dickers and others
19. Podcast Solutions by Michael Geoghegan and Dan Klass
20. QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter by Richard Feynman
21. A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought series) by Vernor Vinge
22. A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought series) by Vernor Vinge
23. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
24. Confessions of a Recovering Slut: And Other Love Stories by Hollis Gillespie
25. Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear
26. This Alien Shore by C.S. Friedman
27. Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch: Tales from a Bad Neighborhood by Hollis Gillespie
28. It’s Earnings That Count by Hewitt Heiserman, Jr.
29. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
30. Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
31. Black Box Voting by Bev Harris with David Allen
32. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
33. Shiksa Goddess by Wendy Wasserstein
34. Thud by Terry Pratchett
35. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
36. Darwin’s Children by Greg Bear
37. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven: A Novel by Fannie Flagg
38. Return From The Stars by Stanislaw Lem
39. Aliens in America by Sandra Tsing Loh
40. The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by Bobby Henderson

Also, galbinus_caeli, I have some books to return to you (#21, 22, 23, 25, 26, & 31). When are you guys around?

Book Log – Jennifer Government

Jennifer Government by Max Barry

This book went on and off my wishlist a couple times. I heard about it somewhere as a witty Orwellian satire, and I added it. I later heard there was an online game based on the novel (, which I signed up for and was bored by, and thus later I took the book off my wishlist. Then, it cropped up somewhere else as a recommended novel for its smart wit and satire, so I added it back.

I dunno. It was an okay read. There was not a lot of depth or originality to any of the characters. The alternate future was a bit outlandish (Privatizing the government? Just how would that work, and how is that not a paradox?), but with a bit of effort I was able to suspend my disbelief… like Cars: accept the premise, don’t think too hard about it.

I wasn’t bored by it, and early on I knew there wasn’t going to be any big payoff, so the ride was fairly enjoyable. Though I can’t figure out what some of the reviewers “laughed out loud” about.

Max Barry’s other books (Company and Syrup) look like more of the same. As one Amazon reviewer put it, “knee-jerk anti-corporate humor is occasionally funny…” I probably won’t bother.