2018 Reading

It occurred to me that it might be a good idea to actually track all the books I read (or listen to) over the course of the year, rather than just the ones that I read while on vacation.  Basically, once I run out of podcasts for the day, I switch to a book and once I’m done that, I listen through the podcast backlog, then cycle repeats.
Solving the Procrastination Puzzle by Timothy A Pychyl

  1. Solving the Procrastination Puzzle by Timothy A Pychyl : December 26
  2. Getting Things Done by David Allen : December 26
  3. The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi : December 24
  4. The Seven Hidden Secrets of Motivation by Todd Beeler : December 19
  5. Destroyer of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner : December 14
  6. Crimson City by Liz Maverick : December 9
  7. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens : December 5
  8. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle : December 3
  9. The Math Dude’s 5 Tips to Mastering Mental Math by Jason Marshall : December 2
  10. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (novelization): November 30
  11. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey : November 26
  12. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll : November 24
  13. The Possessed (The Devils) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky : November 22
  14. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells : November 15
  15. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving : November 15
  16. The Time Being by Antonia Honeywell : November 15
  17. The Horror At Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft : November 14
  18. Every House is Haunted by Ian Rogers : November 14
  19. On Tyranny – Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder : November 14
  20. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit : November 8
  21. Collected Short Stories, H.P. Lovecraft : November 8
  22. James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal by Andy Weir : November 7
  23. The Mote In God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pornelle : October 30
  24. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy : October 22
  25. 2600 Magazine Fall 2018 : October 21
  26. You Need A Budget by Jesse Mecham : October 20
  27. English History Made Brief Irreverent and Pleasurable by Lacey Baldwin Smith : October 18
  28. Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal : October 15
  29. Planetfall by Emma Newman : October 11
  30. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice : October 6
  31. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson : October 1
  32. Provenance by Ann Leckie : September 24
  33. No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin : September 23
  34. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi : September 19
  35. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds : September 02
  36. The introvert’s Edge: How the Quiet and Shy Can Outsell Anyone by Matthew Pollard : August 31
  37. One Upon a Haunted Moor by Harper Fox : August 30
  38. The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran : August 28
  39. A River in Darkness – One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa : August 28
  40. Canada by Mike Myers : August 27
  41. The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life by Brian Goldman, MD : August 26
  42. 2600 Magazine Summer 2018 : August 25
  43. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne : August 24
  44. In the Skin of a Lion by Micheal Ondaatje : August 23
  45. The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson : August 22
  46. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly : August 21
  47. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu : August 19
  48. Sky Road Walker by S.M. Carrière : August 18
  49. The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits by Zeynep Ton : August 18
  50. Life After Redby by Kaitlin Caul : August 17
  51. Foundation by Isaac Asimov : August 17
  52. The Financial Diet A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan : August 16
  53. Ash by Malinda Lo : August 14
  54. Scott Pilgrim VS the World Audiobook by Edgar Wright : August 13
  55. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen : August 7
  56. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke : August 1
  57. Burning Chrome by William Gibson : July 27
  58. Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer : July 25
  59. Get Over Your Damn Self by Romi Neustadt
  60. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories by H. P. Lovecraft : July 13
  61. You Do You by Sarah Knight : June 30
  62. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester : June 25
  63. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey : June 21
  64. Girl Logic Iliza Shlesinger : June 19
  65. Pray Lied Eve by Lydia Peever : June 15
  66. What Do You Care What Other People Think by Robert P. Feynman : June 11
  67. Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden : June 08
  68. The Elements of Style William Strunk Jr and E. B. White : June 7
  69. Hidden Figures by Mafrgot Lee Shetterly : May 27
  70. Starman Jones by Robert A Heinlein : May 24
  71. Grammar Girls Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing by Mignon Fogarty : May 24
  72. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare : May 23
  73. Not Alone by Craig A Falconer : May 17
  74. Dracula by Bram Stoker & Mercury Theatre : May 16
  75. Infinite by Jeremy Robinson : May 15
  76. All System Red by Martha Wells : May 14
  77. Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk byDanielle Krysa : May 13
  78. Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright : May 07
  79. Starplex by Robert J Sawyer : May 05
  80. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne & Mercury Theatre : May 04
  81. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens & Mercury Theatre : May 04
  82. The Naked Sun by Issac Isimov : May 02
  83. Everything All At Once by Bill Nye : April 26
  84. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlen : April 23
  85. The Tao of Poo by Benjamin Hoff : April 20
  86. The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer : April 16
  87. The Art of Invisibility by Kevin Mitnick with Robert Vamosi : April 15
  88. Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy : August 14
  89. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi : April 13
  90. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin : April 12
  91. Plan Z: How to survive the 2009 Financial Crisis by Robert Pagliarini : April 11
  92. My Favorite Universe by Neil deGrasse Tyson : April 08
  93. The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds by HG Wells : March 28
  94. Light Falls by Briane Greene : March 27
  95. The Unknown Universe: A New Exploration of Time, Space, and Modern Cosmology by Stuart Clark PhD : March 25
  96. Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut : March 22
  97. When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank Vertosick, Jr : March 20
  98. Alien: River of Pain by Christopher Golden : March 18
  99. Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer : March 13
  100. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien : March 10
  101. Buddhism for Busy People by David Michie : March 08
  102. Artemis by Andy Weir : March 05
  103. The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J Tougias and Casey Sherman : March 04
  104. X Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs : March 03
  105. Money Management Skills by Michael Finke : March 01
  106. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer : February 27
  107. Deliverance by James Dickey : February 25
  108. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde : February 22
  109. The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov : February 19
  110. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking : Feb 18
  111. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington : February 15
  112. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley : February 07
  113. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux : February 03
  114. World War Z by Max Brooks : February 01
  115. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius : January 27
  116. The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells : January 23
  117. Getting the Pretty Back by Molly Ringwald : Jan 17
  118. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson : January 13
  119. Astrophysics for People In A Hurry by Neil De Grasse Tyson : January 12
  120. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi : January 10
  121. The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison : January 08
  122. Cosmos by Carl Sagan : January 04

2017 Vacation Reading

A quick list of what I read during this year’s great vacation.

  1. Destiny: A Love Story about a Video Game, Marketing and Storytelling by Erin Blaskie
  2. Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
  3. Cujo by Stephen King
  4. One Second After by William R. Forstchen
  5. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. The Sign of Four, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. Cradle by Arthur C Clarke & Gentry Lee
  8. Spaceman by Mike Massimino
  9. Failure is not an option by Gene Kranz
  10. Lock-in by John Scalzi
  11. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  12. Myth Directions by Robert Asprin
  13. Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections by Robert Asprin
  14. The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
  15. Witches of Litchford by Paul Cornell
  16. Island of the Lost by Joan Druett
  17. Replay by Ken Grimwood
  18. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  19. The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell
  20. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  21. Spell or High Water by Scott Meyer
  22. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day
  23. Miniatures by John Scalzi
  24. Aircraft Systems for Pilots by Dale De Remer, PhD
  25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  26. Trekonomics by Manu Saadia
  27. An Unwelcome Quest by Scott Meyer
  28. A Study in Aether by Éric Desmarais
  29. Why NOW is the time to Crush it! Cash in on your Passion By Gary Vaynerchuk
  30. When Life Nearly Died – The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time by Michael J Benton
  31. Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola
  32. Verbal Judo, the Gentle Art of Persuasion by George J Thomson
  33. Getting to Yes – Negotiating Agreement without Giving In by Roger Fisher & William Ury, and revised edition Bruce Patton
  34. Scott Pilgrim vs the World by Edgar Wright
  35. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Algonquin Park to Ottawa at 16,000 KM per hour – or, how to beat an erroneous YouTube Copyright claim

Algonquin Park to Ottawa at 16,000 KM per hour on Youtube

As we were leaving Algonquin Park at the end of August, I decided I would try the time lapse feature in iOS on my nifty new iPhone SE to make a short video highlighting the drive home.

I used my trusty hand-held tripod and phone mount and turned it on and off at various points on the trip. Next time, I’ll see about some kind of mount so I don’t have to hold it.

Initially, this was going to be done real quick. Then I crashed into the wall of reality at Mach 13. There was WTL confetti everywhere.

I decided on a minute long video to make it quick and digestible, then started looking through my library of music that I have rights to use online.

After an hour of flailing around through my collection, I couldn’t find anything that met my… acoustic vision, so it occurred to me that I had a copy of GarageBand installed.

After a few minutes of reacquainting myself with GarageBand, I started clicking on samples and began to build the piece. Forty minutes later, I had something I was happy enough with, and finished under my self-imposed one hour deadline.WTL-2016-Algonquin-to-Ottawa-Background

I exported the video with the music mixed in, uploaded it to YouTube, and made a note to myself to write up a blog post for the following Monday to release it.

Later that day, I received notification from YouTube that there had been a copyright claim made against my freshly-uploaded video.YouTube Copyright Claim notification

I read through my options, and decided I would dispute it; it *was* all my content after all.

Fortunately, I tend to keep things, so I re-opened the GarageBand project for the tune and made a quick screen recording video explaining how I made it, and played the song through, commenting on a few parts, exported it and dropped it into my Dropbox public folder, and wrote my response:
The video was shot on my iPhone. The music was composed by me in
Garageband using the default samples installed by Apple. Here’s a video of the Garageband project:

This part was pre-written:

I have a good faith belief that the claim(s) described above have been made in error. and that i have the right(s) necessary to use the contents of my video for the reasons I have stated. I have not knowingly made any false statements, nor am I intentionally abusing this dispute process in order to interfere with the rights of others. I understand that filing fraudulent disputes may result in termination of my YouTube account. I understand that my video will be viewable by the claimant(s) so that they can review my dispute.
YouTube Copyright dispute filing

Satisfied, I clicked Submit and waited. Four days later, I received an email stating that the copyright claim to my material had been released.YouTube Copyright claim released

In the scheme of things, I think it went pretty well – I’ve read of other folks having a nightmare of a time. I’m glad I thought to make the video documenting the GarageBand project showing how I arrived at the final piece.

The song is available for your use licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License and can be found on the audio samples page. I’ve even included the Garageband project to make changing it easier.

If enough people would like, I’ll whip up a quick tutorial on how I made the tune in Garageband (basically a lot of clicking and listening).