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by Raccoon
Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

BC_Goldman wrote:Old thread necro. I've gotten back into running again and will be doing the Jingle Bell 5K in Philadelphia on 12/5. If any clannies are in the area and interested in meeting up for it, kmail me. My goal is to beat my time from the last one I did which was just under 26 minutes.
Good luck!
by Raccoon
Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

For those of you who liked the technical survival prep aspect of "Seveneves," you might enjoy William Brinkley's "The Last Ship," which I just finished. Yes, this novel is the basis of the TNT thriller series of the same name, but from what I've seen (only the pilot episode), there are not a lot of ...
by Raccoon
Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

(And Raccoon, have you read other Elmore Leonard stuff? His peak from the mid-70s to the early '90s is really, really high: Freaky Deaky, La Brava; Killshot, etc.) I've read lots of Elmore Leonard books and agree that he was a master from the late 70s to mid 80s. "Freaky Deaky" is terrific! I think...
by Raccoon
Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Board Games
Replies: 78
Views: 34958

Re: Board Games

Raccoon, I have a copy of that game that I have not played yet, because I am a little afraid of it. Is it challenging for first time players? It's a pain in the ass to set up and to clean up, but it actually plays pretty well; the game mechanics are really well-designed in that regard. It did take ...
by Raccoon
Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

For anyone who loved the TV show "Justified," be warned - the Elmore Leonard novel "Raylan" is really mediocre. Feeling like I was missing the company of my good friend Raylan Givens, I checked "Raylan" out from the library. It's kind of like a parallel universe version of the show, drawing from sev...
by Raccoon
Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Board Games
Replies: 78
Views: 34958

Re: Board Games

The new favorite board game for my two boys (ages 11 and 8) and me - but not my wife - is Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy. It's a 4X space opera game with a mix of euro and american elements. Each player is a Terran faction or an alien species, starting in one part of the galaxy on a home hex tile....
by Raccoon
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Almost a year since I last updated my thread ... I've read lots of stuff, of course, but it's a new Neal Stephenson novel that brings me back here. "Seveneves" starts off with the moon exploding in the first sentence(!). This will lead to very bad things for humanity, and the first two parts (of thr...
by Raccoon
Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Board Games
Replies: 78
Views: 34958

Re: Board Games

Over the past six months or so, my family has really gotten into board/card games; and then we discovered that my brother, who recently moved to Vancouver, BC (and is hence very close to us now) is a big gamer .... My wife picked up "Ticket to Ride" and I got "Munchkin Deluxe" when it was an Amazon ...
by Raccoon
Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Perfect movies
Replies: 13
Views: 2566

Re: Perfect movies

Sleeping Beast wrote:Demolition man is a perfect movie. It promises both action and comedy and delivers in ways that other attempts fail misserably (I'm looking at you, Last Action Hero and True Lies)
Yes, very good suggestion!
by Raccoon
Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2014 bowl season
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

College football 2014 bowl season

So, um, yeah, this is pretty late, with just the College Football Championship game between Oregon and Ohio State left. But some general thoughts about the bowl season: 1. I guess the Big Ten wasn't as bad as everyone thought it was at the beginning of the season. Not just Ohio State's victory, but ...
by Raccoon
Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Perfect movies
Replies: 13
Views: 2566

Perfect movies

What movies, if any, do you think are "perfect" in the sense that there is absolutely nothing that you could improve without drastically changing it to a completely different kind of movie? In other words, I don't mean "perfect" in the artsy sense in which the American Film Institute or other such g...
by Raccoon
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Do you like smart-ass female private investigators? If so, you should check out Ingrid Thoft's "Fina Ludlow" series: Loyalty and now Identity. Fina is tough, trash-talks, and is kind of like a female version of Phillip Marlowe.
by Raccoon
Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

lotsofphil wrote:Not a book, but you might like this magazine: http://liartownusa.tumblr.com/post/6160 ... s-presents
LOL!
by Raccoon
Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Okay, so I've been whittling it down. At NYC in Nov, I ran 3:04 against a 15mph headwind (for 20miles). Had a really good race: https://www.runningahead.com/logs/39b9f8794dc2415781654d4f2be2ef2f/workouts/80866546aaf94d5e904642878a6f44d5 . Yesterday, I ran the Tobacco Road Marathon for 2:59, which i...
by Raccoon
Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

I just raced through Alan Glynn's The Dark Fields , which was filmed as the movie "Limitless" with Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. It's kind of like a mash-up of the old short story "Flowers for Algernon" with a drug pusher storyline. As in, what if you could take a pill that unlocked your brain's...
by Raccoon
Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2013 season
Replies: 22
Views: 4222

Re: College football 2013 season

Love the gutsy call by Michingan. Too bad it didn't work. Pretty sure my father-in-law would cream his pants if the Tigers (Mizzou) beat the Tigers (Auburn) and got to play in the "National Championship" Game. Totally agree on the Michigan call. I can remember back in the old (pre-KoL even!) days b...
by Raccoon
Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2013 season
Replies: 22
Views: 4222

Re: College football 2013 season

How lucky is Auburn??? That's TWO games that the Tigers have won on ridiculous end of the game plays. But either way I think it's hilarious that Alabama lost.
by Raccoon
Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

I've been listening to the audiobook version of Cryptonomicon for the past month or so while running. It's 42+ HOURS long, so it's taking a while, and I'm just about 3/4 of the way done now. I've read the print version twice, so I know the story, but it's such a long, dense book that there are whole...
by Raccoon
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2013 season
Replies: 22
Views: 4222

Re: College football 2013 season

So . . . Stanford really has Oregon's number. Considering that Oregon has been on its way to becoming a USC-like bully, at least in the Pac-12, I can't say I'm crying over the loss. The only negative is that now the Pac-12 won't have a team in the BCS championship game (unless almost all of Alabama,...
by Raccoon
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

lotsofphil wrote:Have you read Predictably Irrational? I liked that book.
Yes, I read that one first. This is more of the same kind of stuff, so I'm sure you'd like it too.
by Raccoon
Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Hmm, about five months since I've updated this. Here are some more recommendations: Dan Ariely, The Hidden Upside of Irrationality -- really fun book about behavioral economics. Annalee Newitz, Scatter, Adapt, and Remember -- science journalism about how mankind is likely to survive even cataclysmic...
by Raccoon
Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

top1214 wrote:Here's a new diet you guys might want to try. It's not for me, but I'm not a runner.
I have been getting a bit light lately . . . . :roll:
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Actually, sub-20:30 was my goal for this year, so that's done. I do plan on running one of those jingle bells 5Ks in December, though, so you never know.

Two 10Ks in November. Aiming for sub-43:00. That's the remaining goal.
by Raccoon
Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

After a stress fracture scare that turned out to be a sprained/injured extensor digitorum brevis muscle, I spent 10 days doing non-impact workouts and then started running again a few days before an evening Halloween-themed 5K race. Which I finished as the fastest adult. However, there were a bunch ...
by Raccoon
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoons are awesome
Replies: 3
Views: 1210

Re: Raccoons are awesome

deusnoctum wrote:Maybe not all of them: http://i.imgur.com/CmXck.jpg
That's Leroy "Sticky Paws" Raccoon, who stole from us and is being punished. . . . :lol:
by Raccoon
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

I ran in one of those zombies vs. survivor runs this weekend, and for the first time, I registered as a zombie. Survivors get a flag football belt with 2 velcro ripaway flags representing health, and a 2 minute headstart. Last year, I survived with one flag (five zombies ran faster than I did, but o...
by Raccoon
Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

That's awesome, racc. Do you think you'll do another? As for 5k/10k versus longer distances, we all have our strengths. I struggle with most speed work but love tough tempo runs. As a side note, if you like the calculator, I'd highly recommend checking out McMillan's recent book. It's basically lik...
by Raccoon
Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2013 season
Replies: 22
Views: 4222

Re: College football 2013 season

Yeah my boys at ASU stomped all over USC last night. They gashed us for some long TD runs but it felt good to crush them so hard they fired their coach hours later. Yeah, that's short term thinking . . . . :lol: It would've been better to leave Kiffin place, where he could continue to undermine the...
by Raccoon
Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2013 season
Replies: 22
Views: 4222

College football 2013 season

A little late getting this started, but here it goes . . . . The news that USC has (finally) fired Lane Kiffin is great news for Trojan fans and sad sad news for the rest of the Pac-12. Kiffin's ineptitude is a primary reason that USC has underachieved despite having the best talent in the conferenc...
by Raccoon
Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Very nice, Racc. The Half is an interesting race. Can't go all out like a 5K, not as "relaxed" as a marathon. Great time. Yeah, I'm not sure I like the half distance. The 10K is probably my preferred distance, although I'm "better" at the 5K, at least, according to the McMillan running calculator.
by Raccoon
Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

I ran my first half marathon this morning and finished in 1:39:40, #22 out of 398, and #2 out of 41 in my age group (and just 1 second behind #1 -- with chip timing, though, you never know until afterward). I had to get up at 5 am to drive out to the parking area and catch the shuttle to the start l...
by Raccoon
Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:59 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Congrats, Racc. Too bad about the FBI. They don't know what their missing. Well, a long time ago -- my first year out of law school, when I was working as a law clerk for a federal judge -- an FBI Special Agent did try to recruit me.... :oops: And come to think of it, in my first year of law school...
by Raccoon
Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Interesting and gratifying to see what I started with my initial weight loss post (from which the running thread was split off). I wish I could join a running club -- there are plenty around where I live, but none of the meetings are times I can make, which is kind of weird since my schedule is othe...
by Raccoon
Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: What I've been up to.
Replies: 11
Views: 3049

Re: What I've been up to.

Congrats and it's really great to hear from you. By chance, are you a fan of the Gregory McDonald "Fletch" novels? (There's a recurring character named Moxie Mooney, although her given name is Marilyn.)
by Raccoon
Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Talk about looting . . . .
Replies: 0
Views: 1500

Talk about looting . . . .

Yikes, check out this story about how a gamer watched a $9000 (real life money!!) starship get whacked in an ambush set up by an "ally" . . . .
by Raccoon
Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:07 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

A lot of books read since my last post: Richard Sander & Stuart Taylor Jr., Mismatch (non-fiction) This is a controversial, stunning book that builds on Sander's published academic research to the effect that affirmative action actually hurts its intended beneficiaries by placing them in positions w...
by Raccoon
Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:22 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Awesome job, Raccoon. I haven't lost any weight since I started running, Rac. My BMI is like 23 and change. I'm not sure what's wrong with me :/ Well, 23 is still "normal," which is to say, below average by American standards, no? We just got a Wii with the fitness board. It claims that my BMI is 2...
by Raccoon
Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

So I'm skinnier than Nardo and Big Mara (I think), but I'm also slower than they are. Go figure. However, I did finally break through that stupid 21-minute barrier for a 5K . . . ran a 20:40 this past weekend.
by Raccoon
Thu May 30, 2013 12:24 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

lotsofphil wrote:Science of Sport is a pretty awesome blog.
Definitely agree!
by Raccoon
Sun May 05, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: San Francisco, here I come!
Replies: 5
Views: 1508

Re: San Francisco, here I come!

I haven't lived there in close to 20 years(!), and all of that was in Berkeley/Oakland. That said, if you are up for a BART ride across the Bay, the best Chicago-style pizza I've ever had is at a place called Zachary's. There are two locations, one in Rockridge (a nice part of Oakland just south of ...
by Raccoon
Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:23 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

For you real life action junkies, here are some new recommendations: Antonio Mendez, Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA -- this is the guy who engineered the "Argo" mission to smuggle the six Americans who escaped from the US Embassy in Iran in 1979 out of the country. The Ben Affleck mov...
by Raccoon
Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:07 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

I just finished Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore . HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for Neal Stephenson fans! It's kind of a mash-up of Stephenson, Michael Chabon, The Da Vinci Code , and a tourbook of the Google campus. Clay, the main character, finds himself out of work when he comes across a 24-h...
by Raccoon
Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

I just finished reading High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas, and if you liked Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air , you'll want to read this book! It tells two stories, on on the Nepal side, and one of the Tibet side, where unscrupulous guides exemplified the problems with ...
by Raccoon
Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Board Games
Replies: 78
Views: 34958

Re: Board Games

Has anyone played the new Steve Jackson "card" game, MUNCHKIN? It's supposed to be like Dungeons & Dragons without the boring role-playing stuff, just nothing but hack and slash in dungeons and leveling up.
by Raccoon
Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:53 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2012 season
Replies: 56
Views: 12149

Re: College football 2012 season

I think it's really early to start calling UCLA anything like a pretender. This was their first good season in a while, despite having some big wins in the past few years. If they can't start executing consistently over the next couple of years with the tools they clearly now have, then we can star...
by Raccoon
Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2012 season
Replies: 56
Views: 12149

Re: College football 2012 season

So . . . is the Pac-12 becoming increasingly like the SEC, as in two dominant teams, a couple of pretenders, and a bunch of slackers? The SEC's big dogs, of course, are Alabama and LSU, with Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina as pretenders. The Pac-12's big dogs are Oregon and Stanford (both havin...
by Raccoon
Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 87711

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

I'm having someone type this for me because I'm not allowed to use things that do math without permission, but this sort of reminds me of Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo books, and how it was originally called "Men Who Hate Women." Just because Michael Blomkvist bones women doesn't mean he loves them...
by Raccoon
Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2012 season
Replies: 56
Views: 12149

Re: College football 2012 season

Supposedly he's got a job next year, my guess is that he's gone after that. Unless he somehow manages to not suck, but apparently he can only do that when USC is on probation. Also, WOOO ROSE BOWL!!! Damn, does that mean that I need to root for USC to have a reasonably good year next year, so as to...
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:15 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2012 season
Replies: 56
Views: 12149

Re: College football 2012 season

Regarding the Sun Bowl, all I have to say is, HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

USC starts the season ranked #1, and finishes it unranked, with 5 losses in its last 6 games. The rest of the Pac-12 can only hope that Lane Kiffin remains the coach of the Trojans for as long as he wants!
by Raccoon
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2012 season
Replies: 56
Views: 12149

Re: College football 2012 season

others. Whatever. Snoozefest. There are actually some that should end up being pretty good. UCLA-Baylor should be very entertaining, at least. Fair enough. I do have some interest in most of the Pac-12 games. UCLA-Baylor, as you note, looks okay, and it sure would be nice to see Oregon State trash ...
by Raccoon
Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2012 season
Replies: 56
Views: 12149

Re: College football 2012 season

Early thoughts on bowls: BCS: Notre Dame v. Alabama. Ugh. Dislike both teams, but might have to root for ND just so we don't have to keep hearing about how awesome the SEC is. Rose: Stanford v. Wisconsin. That was a pretty impressive blow out of Nebraska, but still, at 8-5, Wisconsin just doesn't be...
by Raccoon
Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Kurt Eichenwald, 500 Days (2012) - grade: A This is a non-fiction account of the Bush Administration's actions in the first six months of so after 9/11 Maybe try one written by a mathematician next time :-P http://www.theonion.com/audio/raccoon-leaders-call-for-loosening-of-garbagecan-l,30462/ Touc...
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Quick reviews of recent books: Kurt Eichenwald, 500 Days (2012) - grade: A This is a non-fiction account of the Bush Administration's actions in the first six months of so after 9/11, written almost like a political thriller. Eichenwald got access to some interesting documents and off-the-record int...
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Awesome run, Nardo!
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2012 season
Replies: 56
Views: 12149

Re: College football 2012 season

Cal sucks. Awesome that Stanford beat Oregon, as I've come to see Oregon as the Pac-12's mini-USC. Most glorious that UCLA beat USC!!! And now, the awful realization that it is my best rooting interest to hope that USC pulls off a miracle sans Barkley and beats Notre Dame. . . . After all, if USC lo...
by Raccoon
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:57 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Game of Thrones [contains spoilers]
Replies: 20
Views: 4345

Re: Game of Thrones [contains spoilers]

and Sansa might just be the most badass in the whole storyline! Typo? Must be Arya. Is it just me, or is there something vaguely misogynistic about Martin's story? Consider that most of the male characters are fairly well-developed, and even if flawed, have their virtues. It's pretty neat how Jamie...
by Raccoon
Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Game of Thrones [contains spoilers]
Replies: 20
Views: 4345

Re: Game of Thrones [contains spoilers]

I am pretty sure that Benjen is Blackhands. I am wondering the same about Jon - it would be pointless to just plain out kill him but Martin has done that before. On the other hand there is Melisandre near so a way to "save" him would be there... I don't believe that a viewpoint narrator character h...
by Raccoon
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

I haven't been sleeping well, weighing the logistical problems and moral dilemma. If it were any lesser race I would have already bagged my entry just because I'm not really in a good mental space to run. Even if I decided that the marathon was morally neutral (or even a positive force) in the afte...
by Raccoon
Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

I'm a pretty quick reader (and younger than you with probably more free time because no kids etc), and I am still usually more pissed or disappointed about the time I spent on something bad than I am about the money. Especially books, where the time to money ratio ends up being really high. I do a ...
by Raccoon
Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 41500

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Wow, I haven't updated this in a while. Not for lack of reading; just that it's been either technical law stuff, or sequels of stuff I've already reviewed. However, I did just finish Lincoln Child's The Third Gate . Child is one half of the duo that writes the Agent Pendergast novels that I've recom...
by Raccoon
Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

big_mara wrote:Rac, I bought a pull-up bar. Game on :)
Uh oh. I wonder if there's an age grading calculator for pull ups like there is for running. I am, you know, a geriatric Gen Xer.
by Raccoon
Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:18 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 80083

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

I ended up running a sub-3:09:00 marathon...and winning the whole thing! Granted there were only 50 people. The whole experience went pretty much as smoothly as it could have gone, apart from how I've felt over the past few days. My soreness level went from can't move to some light core and strengt...
by Raccoon
Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2012 season
Replies: 56
Views: 12149

Re: College football 2012 season

My rooting allegiance goes: 1st - California Golden Bears (my alma mater) 2d - UCLA Bruins (wife's alma mater) 3d - the Big Ten school that I used to teach at Schools that I root against: (in general because they're "bully" schools) Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami (though it's so lame no...
by Raccoon
Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: College football 2012 season
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College football 2012 season

Time to get this annual thread going.

All I have to say is:

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! #2 USC LOSES AGAIN(!!!) TO Stanford!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!

It's a pity Cal choked at the end, but keeping it close against Ohio State IN Columbus is not too bad.

But whatever, USC LOST!!!!!
by Raccoon
Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
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Re: Speed (running & exercise)

1st Runnerversary tomorrow: Ran 2,222miles in my first year Went from couldn't run 3miles to a high of 77mpw. Decommissioned 4 pair of running shoes (350-619miles on them). Dropped 13% of my body weight (26lbs), from 24.4 BMI to 21.1 BMI. Feeling awesome. Thanks for the nudge, Rac. Excellent, and y...
by Raccoon
Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
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Re: Speed (running & exercise)

When I started running last Sept I listed my goal as "Wear out my trainers." Almost a year and 2,000+ miles later and I'm now on my 6th & 7th pair of shoes. I'm at about half your mileage, but I'm nearing the end of my third pair of main training shoes, plus I've got about 100+ miles on a short dis...
by Raccoon
Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
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Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Any thoughts on exercise-induced asthma? I think I'm getting over a very mild case of it, perhaps brought on by a 12 mile trail run in 90+ degree weather on Monday. (Well, a lot of the trail was shaded, but the getting home part -- 1.5 miles -- was in the hot sun.) I noticed some occasional mild sho...
by Raccoon
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:11 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Board Games
Replies: 78
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Re: Board Games

NardoLoopa wrote:I've recently been looking into ASL (Advanced Squad Leader). Anyone played this game? Friends were talking about it and it sounded like a lot of fun.
Was this one of those Avalon Hill hex-based games? I think I tried Squad Leader and found it really complicated and slow-moving.
by Raccoon
Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:07 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Board Games
Replies: 78
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Re: Board Games

This thread reminded me of my favorite board/card games from college and law school. Do any of you remember "Illuminati" by SJG, or "Nuclear War"/"Nuclear Proliferation" by Flying Buffalo? I still crack up when I think about "Nuclear War." The currency of exchange is people, so you end up saying thi...