Finally finished The Martian

The_Martian_2014Sometimes it takes me a while to finish a book because I’m not that into it, other times it takes me a while because I don’t want it to end. The later refers to The Martian. It’s a great book that I could have read it a few hours, but I milked it because I didn’t want it to end. It’s easily the best book I’ve read in at least five years.

I’m looking forward to the movie despite it having no chance at being half as good as the book.

Go read it now!

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Solar Eclipse

I totally forgot to post my pictures from last Thursday solar eclipse. I don’t have a solar filter for my telsecope yet, so I just snapped some through my binoculars. I took over 60 pictures, most of them were crap, but here are the best six.

That large sunspot is the largest one in at least five years. It’s HUGE. It’s about the size of Jupiter. If you look closely, you can see another sunspot off to the left. That one is about the size of the Earth.

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Boston

I’m finally getting back to normal life after my quick Boston trip. I feel like I didn’t see much of Boston. The subways were great and easy to get around with, but the downside is you don’t get to see much of the city, unlike San Francisco, which you could see much of the city riding on a Muni bus.

I love sushi, but my wife doesn’t, so I seldom get to have it. So of course we went to seek out sushi for our first Boston meal. We stayed just a few block from Chinatown, so oddly enough, we found a great sushi place in Chinatown via Yelp. I don’t have much sushi experience, but this was by far the best I’ve ever had. So if you’re ever in Boston, check out Avana Sushi. It’s just a hole in the wall, but it was great.

Thursday night we took the train to Gillette Stadium for the Patriots game. The train was kind of a joke. It didn’t leave early enough for you to see the start of the game. The train was massive. I think it was 22 or so cars long of double-decking seating. That massive amount of people caused a huge bottle neck getting into the stadium. We didn’t get to our seats until halfway through the first quarter and missed the first two scores. Gillette Stadium was a cool experience, but I preferred the character and traditions at Candlestick park over Gillette Stadium.

On Friday we headed out for some coffee and breakfast, so we stopped in at the Boston Brewin Coffee Co. It was a great little coffee shop. The barista recommended that we ride the ducks. I’ve rode ducks in a few other cities. It’s a pretty touristy thing to do, but we thought it would be a good way to see a big chunk of the city, so that’s what we did.

Then Saturday we were back in Minneapolis for the rest of the weekend. It was another fun trip to see another NFL stadium.

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Weekend in Boston

So this week I’m going to be in Boston for a few days. My buddy and I are going to the Patriots game this Thursday. Neither of us are fans of either team, but we like checking out other teams stadiums and traditions. Two years ago we went to San Francisco to check out Candlestick Park. I really liked the city, but it was definitely a different world from what I am use to. In a perfect world, it would be cool to see a game at all the NFL stadiums, but I know that’s not feasible. I’ve seen games in three different NFL stadiums so far, and all three, Mile High Stadium, The Metrodome, and Candlestick park, no longer exist. I hope we keep going. There are a lot of cities and stadiums that I would love to check out.

My buddy is a big fan of Boston, I’ve never been. We have a free day on Friday. I have no idea what we will be doing, or should be doing. Any ideas?

It should be a good time, and Go JETS!!!

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Windows 10

This is my first blog post using Windows 10. I’m pretty OS agnostic. I have a slight preference to Mac OS X, but dang near everything is on the web and in the cloud these days, so OS barely matters anymore.

I wish Apple made a desktop computer for me. I have two nice Dell 24″ monitors. I don’t want my monitor built in like an iMac, I’m not spending $3000 on a Pro, and I’m not buying a two-year-old Mini. So that means I had to build my own.

I built my computer last month, because my old one was getting really long in the tooth. It was originally a Hackintosh, running Mac OS X on it. It’s relatively easy to install Mac OS X on a PC if you buy compatible parts. It worked great, except for a few problems, but those few problems drove me nuts. So I thought I would give the Windows 10 Technical Preview a shot. Screw Apple, if they don’t make decent reasonable desktop computer, I guess I will go back to Windows.

I really like Windows 10 so far. I always try out beta operating systems as soon as I can. I was running Vista and 7 both a year before their actual releases. I tried Windows 8 early, and I learned I didn’t want anything to do with 8. So far I think Microsoft is doing a good job keeping their every other version being good streak alive. I have yet to have a single problem with 10. I think the Technical Preview is pretty solid.

I’m actually getting excited for Windows again, and I’m a little worried for Apple. They just don’t seem the same without Steve Jobs.

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