Monday, December 28, 2009

Books I've Read This Year

Given various exigencies in the career path this year, I've had magnificent opportunity to work through my "to read" list in 2009. Here is a list of books I've read this year:

The Big Sky
Neverwhere
Downtown Owl
The Collaborator of Bethlehem
Eating The Dinosaur
High Fidelity
Tales of Beedle the Bard
Thank You For Smoking
Swords Against Deviltry
Sandman Series (reread; all “graphic novels”)
Scott Pilgrim series (all “graphic novels”)
Master and Commander (on tape)
And Then There Were None (on tape)
The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay (gave up after 200 pages, sorry)

I also made lots of progress on the Discworld front, reading the following:

Pyramids
Sourcery
Eric
Men At Arms
Feet of Clay
Jingo
The Fifth Elephant
Night Watch
Thud!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Phantastic Phantom Menace Review

I recognize that saying "The Phantom Menace" sucked would not have been insightful 10 years ago when the film was in theaters, but I found this YouTube video this week detailing in masterful detail how it sucked compared to the masterpiece of the original trilogy.



I highly recommend it. I have watched it or listened to it five times because his commentary on effective story-telling is so compelling. There are seven videos of 10 minutes each, so you don't have to watch the whole thing, certainly, but the final two are fantastic. So at least check those out.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Low-down On the Mt. Vernon Mid-singles Institute

Tonight I attended the Mt. Vernon mid-singles institute where President Nixon announced the forthcoming creation of a mid-singles ward. The charter for this mid-singles ward had to be approved “personally” by the First Presidency, which has approved only one other mid-singles ward in the last 10 years. Several years ago, the stake presidency petitioned to create this ward and it was rejected by the First Presidency.

Here are the vital statistics:


Name: Potomac Singles Ward

Bishopric: Lew Larsen, Jeff Simmons, Rob Griffin

Location: Mt. Vernon ward until the Crystal City building is up and running

Boundaries: Mt. Vernon stake (though mid-singles from outside the stake are welcome)

Age range: 31 to 55 (he said “What I don’t want is grandfathers hitting on 31 year old sisters”)

Projected population: 260, though the total mid-singles population in Mt. Vernon is 800

Time: 3 p.m.

Start date: Jan. 10, 2010


He said the goal was to create an “environment for courtship, but not be obsessive about it.” He said that mid-singles are welcome to stay in the family wards where they currently worship and that the ward is “not going to draft like the NFL,” and added, “What we don’t want is for you to be lost in the family ward.” Someone asked if there would be a primary for those mid-singles with children (from previous marriages); the answer was no.


Bishop Larsen spoke as well, and said that “singles need more options, not less.”

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