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Browsing Fincher's Follies blog archives for February, 2012.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the third and final in this series and picked up exactly where Girl Who Played With Fire left off. This was nice because books 1 and 2 both started off a little on the slow side and took a while for me to really get into it. I believe I mentioned something similar in the review of a previous book in the series, but one of the few things that I wasn’t a big fan of was the ridiculous details that the author decided to provide at times. Here’s an example:

Martensson left home at 7:40 that morning. He got into his Volvo and drove towards the city but turned off to go across Stora Essingen and Grondal ino Sodermalm. He drove down Hornsgatan and across to Bellmansgatan via Brannkyrkagatan. He turned left onto Tavastgatan at the Bishop’s Arms pub and parked at the corner.

Unless you live in and are familiar with the city in which this part of the story takes place, most of that paragraph just seems unnecessary. This is just his style though because this kind of detail pops up all over the place in the book.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the entire series and the final book did a good job of tying up loose ends. Sad that the author passed away right after writing the books, but at least he left a cohesive, entertaining, and thrilling complete series.

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Flash 6k

This was my first 6k (as far as I remember).  Since we are still taking it easy, especially since Maricruz has been having some knee issues after snowboarding, this was a fairly relaxed race with walk breaks.  One thing I will definitely note is that bug spray is a must for this race.  Maricruz and Julia didn’t seem to have an issue, but I had no less than 10 bug bites before I even got to the starting line.  Everything felt pretty good and it was a nice, flat little race!


MC – 43:15

Run for the Kids Virtual 5k

This was a pretty cool idea that my mom notified us of.  The Run for the Kids people organized a virtual 5k.  So we signed up and they sent us both shirts and numbers that we were supposed to used when we ran on Valentine’s Day! I’m sure that anyone that saw us were a bit confused, but it was a pretty cool idea. Just did the familiar route near us and had a good start to our Valentine’s day!


MC – 34:34

Random Thoughts Thursdays

Yes, I am apparently struggling to keep up with a single themed post a week, so why not add another! I figured I would take Thursday so I would have a good spread (Monday and Thursday for themed posts) and I didn’t have much else that I thought would work so why not random thoughts! This could span thoughts on news articles, random ideas I have had, etc. Pretty much anything goes, but at least it provides an excuse/motivation to sit down and write a frickin’ post!

So this week’s random post (yes I’m cheating and pre-dating this one as well) has to do with an image I saw last week during my random perusing of the interwebs.

At first glance, this seems like a pretty cool idea. Just model pringles cans after deodorant sticks! But it doesn’t take much thinking to realize that this is a pretty ridiculous idea.  The chips would have to have holes poked through the middle of them to give a place for the spine to go. Not a likely modification.

This got me to wondering about other ways to address this problem.  The first idea I had was having a little piece of plastic that runs down the inside of the can then connects to a plastic bottom so it would resemble a ladle were the “scoop” part is just a flat platform.  Then you just grab the little plastic piece and can easily pull the chips to the top of the can.  I think this could be done with a pretty minimal piece of plastic so it wouldn’t add too much.

My second idea was to put a little door at the bottom of the can as the main access instead of the top of the can.  Just open the door and slide out the chips! Seems pretty simple to me, though it might make crumbs falling out a bit of an issue.

Additionally, they could just make the bottom pushup-able just like the Flintstone pops of yore.  This could be pushed up either by hand, or a small plastic “wand” could be attached to the can to push the bottom up making the chips more accessible.

So there we go, my first random thoughts post! Who knows how well I will keep up with this or whether or not they will be very entertaining, but hopefully it will be a stepping stone to making this blog a bit more interesting 😉

What I’m Playing Mondays: Flick Golf!

So one week in and I’m already slacking on my themed posts. Geesh! So to hide that fact, I am pre-dating this post so it will look like it was posted on Tuesday! Perhaps, one day, I will not have to hide my slack posting 😉

So on PS3, I actually received Mirrors Edge from Gamefly, but have been too caught up playing Skyrim to even take it out of the shipping envelope.  Since I figure repetitive Skyrim posts would get old in a hurry, I figured I would write about a different platform for this week, Android!

My primary time waster as of late has been Flick Golf! I believe picked it up when Google was having their special not long ago, and it has worked out pretty well.

Screen shot from playing on my tablet

Basically it is like playing a par 3 course because you just tee off towards the whole each time.  No putting, but you have swipe controls to adjust spin in the air and after landing.  It is a pretty fun little game and has definitely been keeping my attention. While it is fun to do hole-to-hole, I would love to see them add the ability to play full courses.  The graphics are pretty nice and it would be really cool to be able to play a whole hole, driving, chipping, putting, etc. Look forward to any updates!

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