What I Read in 2014

my library is mostly an iPad at this point...

Not a picture from my library

I kept track, once again, of all the books I read in 2014. It came to a grand total of 48 this year. That’s six more than I read in 2013 and one more than I read in 2012. 2010 is still my best year in reading (69 books) since I started tracking this. My goal for 2015 is to break into the fifties this year.

January (3)
Sit Down and Shut up by Brad Warner
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

February (1)
This Gaming Life by Jim Rossignol

March (3)
What the Koran Really Says by Ibn Warraq
Note from Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Origins of the Koran by Ibn Warraq

April (3)
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

May (4)
King Lear by William Shakespeare
The Simon & Kirby Library: Horror! by Jack Kirby
A Darkling Sea by James Cambias
X-Men The Dark Phoenix Saga by Claremont & Byrne

June (5)
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Cities without Suburbs: a 2010 Perspective by David Rusk
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason
Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day, The Allied Invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe by Wayne Vansant

July (4)
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Finder: Talisman by Carla Speed McNeil

August (4)
Abraham Lincoln and Joseph Smith by Ron L. Anderson
Cryptozoologicon, Volume 1 by Darren Naish
Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
The Christ Myth Theory and its Problems by Robert M. Price

September (6)
Abominable Science by Daniel Loxton
Death Masks by Jim Butcher
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
Anatomy of a Game: Super Mario Bros. by Jeremy Parish
The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
The Ruby Knight by David Eddings

October (5)
The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings
Cthulhu in World Mythology by Jason Colavito
ZZT by Anna Anthropy
Chrono Trigger by Michael P. Williams
Terror by Dan Simmons

November (5)
The Sleep of Reason edited by Spike
Tomboy by Liz Prince
In the Dust of this Planet by Eugene Thacker
Flame and Smoke edited by Andy Keener
Light in the Dark edited by Andy keener

December (5)
Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection by Kris D. Komarnitsky
Piranha Frenzy by Colin Campbell
To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North and William Shakespeare

Goodbye 2014. Hello 2015

This is going to be my song for 2015. Many aspects of my life need a hard look at and some thought. I, much like every other human, have a lot of room for improvement.

I didn’t forget about the blog but technical difficulties and my personal life have taken precedence. Also, there were some big holidays. Hoping to return to your regularly scheduled False(B)logic soon.

I don’t know if I’ve ever said this before but thanks to everyone who reads this.

Heard Any Good Podcasts Lately?

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The recent computer troubles meant that I lost all of the podcasts I’d saved on iTunes. And somehow, despite the year being 2014, Apple hasn’t figured out how to associate podcast subscriptions with Apple IDs. This meant that, just as I had to write down all the software on my computer before wiping the hard drive, I had to write down all of my podcast subscriptions before as well. Turns out to be a fairly long list: 55 podcasts.

The computer troubles also has finally pushed me to abandon my ipod as well… I’m hoping to keep the thing for workouts but I’ve finally bit the bullet and sat down and put all my podcasts on my Android phone (I’m using Doggcatcher to manage them.)

So what is it I listen to? here’s the list:

99% Invisible – Roman Mar’s talks about architecture and history
America’s Test Kitchen – The podcast of the TV show and magazine. I especially love when the hosts answer questions.
The Angry History Podcast – Two guys from New York talk about random bits of history
Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything – Hard to explain, I’ve found it compelling.
Bible Geek Show – Robert M. Price answers questions about the bible.
Buddhist Geeks – Interviews and discussions with Buddhist practitioners.
The China History Podcast – The history of China.
Common Sense with Dan Carlin – Political discussion from a center left libertarian. I usually don’t agree with Dan but it’s always interesting.
Decode DC – In depth reporting on Washington DC and US politics.
The Egyptian History Podcast – The history of ancient Egypt.
Fear the Boot – A podcast about roleplaying games
Freakonomics Radio – The podcast of the books.
The Game Design Roundtable – Game designers interview other designers and discuss the ins and outs of table top and digital game design.
GastroPod – A podcast about food and science
Good Job Brain – Trivia quiz show
Hardcore History with Dan Carlin – Dan Carlin’s take on crucial times in history.
The History of Byzantium – The history of the Eastern Roman Empire. Picks up where the History of Rome (below ) ends.
The History of English – History of the English language, lots of etymology here!
The History of Rome – Complete now, but this tells the history of Rome from the founding of the city to the fall of the Western Roman Empire at the end of the 5th century of the Common Era.
The Human Bible – Robert M. Price discusses the bible from a secular point of view.
I Don’t Even Own a Television – Reviews of terrible books.
Infinity Monkey Cage – Science debate podcast.
Idle Thumbs – Taking video games seriously.
In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg – BBC’s Bragg brings together experts to discuss topics ranging from history to science.
Inquiring Minds – Discussions of current events and science.
Intelligence Squared – BBC’s debate podcast
Intelligence Squared USA – NPR’s copy of the BBC’s debate podcast
Isometric – Video games from a different perspective (Women’s)
Jim Harold’s Campfire – Spooky and scary stories as told by those who they happened to (it is October!)
Life Scientific – Interview with scientists
Love + Radio – I’m still trying to figure out what this is. Compelling listening.
The Lovecraft Geek – Robert M. Price answers questions about H.P. Lovecraft’s work and mythos.
MonsterTalk – Skeptical talks about paranormal topics
Paranormal Podcast – Think newscast and Coast2Coast AM combined. This will have to do until Art Bell gets a podcast.
Planet Money – Financial news and investigation from NPR
Snap Judgement – This American Life with a beat. That means stories about and by minorities
Oh No! Ross and Carrie – Ross and Carrie explore fringe claims and report back. Funny, educational, and interesting.
On the Media – Exploring how the media represents the world
Philosophize This! – Exploring philosophy
RadioLab – Like This American Life but covering the sciences.
Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean – College course on the history and development of Christianity.
Retronauts – Talking about old video games.
Revolutions – Podcast about revolutions throughout time
Roderick on the Line – I don’t know how to describe Roderick on the Line but you should be listening to this.
The Secular Buddhist – Buddhism without the spiritual kruft.
Serial – This American Life’s new podcast that covers one single story from beginning to end.
Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe – Skeptical news every week.
Slate’s Lexicon Valley – Talking about language.
Studio 360 – Interviews with artists and technologists.
The Tetrapod Zoology Podcast – This podcast is about tetrapods of all types. It’s a fantastic and fun biology podcast.
This American Life – Do I need to explain?
Three Moves Ahead – Exploring strategy games
The Truth – Fifteen to thirty minute radio dramas.
Watch out for Fireballs – In depth talk about old video games.
You are not so Smart – Exploring all the ways human minds are broken. So, so broken.

That’s a lot of listening! Is there something you listen to that isn’t on this list? Do you love it? Tell me about it in the comments!