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Scotto, He likes the books.

About me: Male, Near Washington DC


Birthday: February 02, 1969


Website: http://blog.scottobear.com


Fave types of Books - Weird stuff, Westerns, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Thrillers, Muilti-genre, mysteries


Interests -agnosticism, american history, ancient civilizations, ancient history, animal rights, animals, applied science, art, bare feet, bioluminescence, blackhellkat, blogging, blowing bubbles, bob ross, bones, books, butterflies, camping, cartoons, cats, clouds, comedy, comic books, comics, compassion, computers, conversation, critical thinking, cryptozoology, curiosity, dark humor, dragonflies, dreams, dwarves, egyptology, etymology, exotic cuisine, film noir, finding a solution, fireflies, foggy mornings, folklore, forests, forteana, freaks, freedom, friendship, games, gaming, giant rubber monsters, green, groundhog day, halloween, happiness, health, helping others, herbs, hiking, history, hong kong cinema, hope, horror, hugs, human rights, humor, illumination, innocence, inspiration, irony, journaling, karma, kindness, libraries, love, magic, memoirs, monkeys, movies, museums of art, music, my wife, mythology, naps, nature, newton, numbers, occidental culture, oriental culture, palendromes, parks, peace, people-watching, petroglyphs, philosophy, photography, playing, primates, problem solving, programming, pyewacket, questions, rain, reading, reason, roadside attractions, robots, roleplaying, rpgs, salmagundi, science, science fiction, scottobear, shiny objects, sound effects, staying up late, super heroes, synchronicity, the boston molasses flood, the moon, the ocean, the prisoner, the unknown, thinking, thunderstorms, tiki, trees, trivia, truth, urban legends, used bookstores, vegetarianism, veves, vikings, vintage art/ads, voodoo, walking, webcams, weird tales, westerns, wind, wisdom, wit, writing, zombies

Currently reading

The Dawn of Malevolence / Urinal Cakes All the Way Down - Two Pack (The Annals of Absurdity)
Joshua Price
Beekeeping: A Practical Guide
Richard E. Bonney
Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health (Storey's Guide to Raising)
Richard E. Bonney
Back RX: A 15-Minute-a-Day Yoga- and Pilates-Based Program to End Low Back Pain
Vijay Vad
Fortune's Daughter: A Novel
Alice Hoffman
Shotguns v. Cthulhu
Chris Lackey, Chad Fifer, Steve Dempsey, Natania Barron, Jason Morningstar, Ekaterina Sedia, Kyla Ward, Adam Scott Glancy, Dennis Detwiller, Rob Heinsoo, Nick Mamatas, Kenneth Hite, Dave Gross, Daniel Harms, Robin D. Laws, Larry DiTillio
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Robin Sloan
The Fuller Memorandum (The Laundry Files)
Charles Stross
Edith Wharton
Expiration Date
Tim Powers

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Principles for Delicious Living

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Principles for Delicious Living - Nick Offerman The first thing to remember is that Nick Offerman is not Ron Swanson.

There are some great similarities, and certainly he projects a similar earthy / by your bootstraps vibe... it's written in a like style to Swanson's speech patterns. It's a challenge to not hear his voice when reading the text. I have heard that the audio version of this book is narrated by him, and can only imagine it flows better in that form.

He touches on a number of subjects, and I agree with a goodly amount of them. There's a solid live and let live philosophy there, and he surely praises his wife to the sky.

When he's preachy, it can be a bore. When he's on point, and not just standing on a soapbox, it can be quite enjoyable in parts.

Like his stand-up comedy, this book has some seemingly misplaced or unneeded profanity. Sometimes it feels that he is putting words in for some effect that isn't being delivered to me.

I give it a solid meh. Didn't much take to it, but I didn't hate it. If between 1 and 2 stars, (2 being "it was ok") I'll err on the side of charity, and say 2.

I was disappointed.