drneutron's (Jim's) Reading and Eating in 2019
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I'm Jim, 56, husband of 33 years, father of a son in a PhD program in Comp Sci at Notre Dame, who reads pretty much anything. We're in central Maryland with roots in Louisiana. I like to read (obviously), cook, want to learn to fly fish, and trail bike riding/kayaking with mrsdrneutron. Of course, LT is a big time sink, but mrsdrneutron seems to have come to terms with my LT addiction... 😀
Here's my Christmas gumbo!
The 2018 Stats Recap
Total Books: 112
Male: 72 (59%)
Female: 51 (41%)
Living: 118 (97%)
Dead: 4 (3%)
Hardback: 12 (11%)
Trade: 32 (29%)
Mass Market: 2 (2%)
eBook: 65 (59%)
Fiction: 47 (70%)
Nonfiction: 20 (30%)
Library: 80 (71%)
Mine: 32 (29%)
Group Read: 3
Summary of interesting reading stats
Note the increase in reading ebooks in 2013 - When I discovered Overdrive at my library. This corresponds to the dip in % mine at about the same time. I've also made an effort over the past few years to add some diversity in the authors I read - doing reasonably well with female authors, less so with authors of color and non-US authors.
That gumbo looks most fine. If I hadn't already eaten most of a cow, a pig and a chicken today...
Heh. It's our traditional Christmas dinner. I think this is the 30th year I've made it for the holiday.
>1 drneutron: Tasty-looking gumbo! Thanks for setting things up again, Jim!
It's my pleasure! I've got it down to a system now, and I enjoy the excitement it brings. 😀
Gumbo goodness, yes yes indeedy do.
PSP updates will be missed, but travel time is down time for a satellite, I understand. Can not WAIT for Dawn to do the Ultima Thule thing! That's gonna be exciting as heck.
Great reading mojo in 2019. After the launch's success, you deserve some relaxing leisure.
>9 richardderus: Hiyah, Richard! Ultima Thule is New Horizons - which I worked on too! Pictures should be coming soon, and in fact, I've seen some of the optical navigation pics where it's basically just a dot a couple of pixels wide. Already finding some mysteries there...
Dawn was the asteroids. Right. Got my space probes transreversed like me brain.
This is the coolest, most exciting time to be alive...better than I've ever even imagined it could be.
>11 richardderus: NASA, and really, all the space agencies have as areally good couple of years with some very successful and scientifically interesting missions. It’s definitely a great time to be in the biz! We’ve got a mission to impact and possibly deflect an asteroid (think planetary protection) getting started with the flight build this tear, plus the possibility of starting work on a quad copter rover on Titan. And that’s just our little organization. Jpl’s still getting Europa Clipper going, and James Webb Space Telescope is making some good progress toward launch!
>12 scaifea: It was dee-lish!
Excellent-looking gumbo and excellent chart! Happy almost New Year!
Happy New Thread and thanks for being the Official Cat Herder for this group, Jim! That gumbo looks superb.
>16 drneutron: Ha! I've only made gumbo once, so I think you're far more of a gumbo master than I am, or ever will be.
Thanks for getting the group going! And I agree with the gumbo consensus: looks delicious!
Hi Jim! Thanks for setting everything up. Just dropping off a star for now.
Did someone say madhouse? My kinda place! Dropping a star, Jim. Thanks for setting us up again.
>3 drneutron: a chart! Be still my heart.
Thanks for all you do for this group. It must be crazy busy at the new year when we are all diving in.
Thanks for the all the work you do!
Mmmm, gumbo! Sounds like an excellent Christmas tradition.
Thank you, Jim, for taking care of the group of 75 again this year. I'm happy to be back. I wish you a great year of reading.
>1 drneutron: coming by to drop a star, and hoping to keep up with your popular thread(s) better this year. Thanks for all you do!
The gumbo looks wonderful. And that chart is amazing...love all the detail-oriented and organizing-types here at LT. :)
Welcome back! I'm not as detail-oriented as the chart would imply - mrsdrneutron runs circles around me in that regard. Which works out very well for our family! 😀
>28 drneutron: Thanks for getting our group up and running! Love the gumbo up top and your reading graph. I'd say you're off to a great start. : )
Hi Jim, looking forward to another good year with the 75ers and thanks for setting it all up mate.
Thanks for setting us up again this year! Hope 2019 is a great one for you!
Happy New Year Thread!
Thank you for a lovely space to spend not reading hours!
Happy new thread, Jim, and thanks so much for making the challenge for all of us!
Dropping off my star and adding my huge THANK YOU for setting us up for yet another year of reading together.
Happiest of Happy New Years to you, Jim!
Happy New Year, Jim! Wow - sounds like adventures ahead, including space adventures.
Thank you for being the backbone of this group - and thank Mrs. DrN for putting up with the addiction!
Hi Jim! I've been lurking but realized I didn't drop off my star here.
Cheers to a new year!
Happy reading in 2019, Jim, thanks for setting up the group again!
Thanks for moderating this group. It's quite an amazing group. One of my goals for 2019 is to be a bit more active in this community.
Cool! You and I share some books I don't share with anybody else in the group. J. D. Jackson? Brings back nightmares from grad school. Are you a physicist?
Hello Jim! Happy New Year!
I finished up Star trek: Discovery and had a great time with it once I got use to the characters, Klingons, and setting. Season 2 looks to be exciting, but I'll probably have to wait a year to see it.
We signed up for CBS All Access so we could watch the new season when it comes out in mid-January. The $5/month one, so we still see ads, but that's ok.
BTW, I *love* what they did with Harry Mudd!
Mudd was good. And they did might well using the Mirror Universe as well.
My big drawback was that Voq disappeared. I was just getting used to him and this version of the Klingons and, puff, he's gone. I see what they did, but...
Yeah, the was an interesting plot line - we'll see if they do anything with it.
I wish you from my heart a healthy 2019 filled with happiness, satisfaction, laughter and lots of good books.
One of my favorite things at the beginning of a new year is the flurry of threads in my favorite group. Thank you for setting things up once again, Jim. Happy New Year of Reading and building rocket ships! 🚀
Happy New Year, Jim and Happy New Thread. Looking forward to sharing another year of books with you! And hooray for our LT addiction! May it continue.
And thanks again, for all you do around here, my friend. We would be lost without you.
Happy New year Jim. More thanks from me for getting us going again (and keeping us going).
Happy New Year, Jim. Thanks for setting this up -- I guess it really does take a rocket scientist...
And the first for 2019!
1. The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam
Adam has suffered from OCD for most of his life. In many ways, he's coped, but as he writes in the book, his OCD has limited him and occupies most of his waking thoughts. The Man Who Couldn't Stop is both his story, a fascinating look at the condition of OCD and how the brain works, and a history of psychiatry with regard to understanding and treating OCD. Quite a good start to the reading year!
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised
I look forward to keeping up with you, Jim, this year.
Happy New Year, Jim. Thanks for setting up this chatty group again, I enjoy being part of the 75ers!
Happy New Year Jim! And happy new thread! (Although if you insist on posting delicious-looking food here and making me hungry, I may have to stay away.)
Wishing you and your family the best for 2019. Thanks for setting up the group again.
*checks thread for gumbo, jambalaya or étouffée*
Dang. I'll be back...
Happy New Year! Congrats on a book done already and thanks for being our fearless leader. Reading with a community sharing your goals makes life better :-)
Happy new year Jim and a big thank you for all you do for this group each year!
Happy New Year, Jim. Starting my 7th year of the 75 Books challenge. Yay!! :)
Planting my star. Looking forward to a great 2019, following your reading!
Thank you for all you do for the group all year long, but especially now as we're all in a posting frenzy.
LT is a huge time sink for sure. Thanks, mrsdrneutron.
Your gumbo looks wonderful, your reading stats are fascinating. Only 3% dead authors in 2018?
Adding my voice to the thanks for all of your work on the behalf of all of us!! 75'ers is a joyful part of my life and I really appreciate your providing it :)
Happy New Year, Jim! Thanks for getting us all set up again for 2019, buddy. I'm looking forward to more tales of the solar probe.
>94 michigantrumpet: Welcome to the madness that is my thread... 😀
>95 karenmarie: Yeah, 3%. Almost all my reading comes from either the new book shelves at the library or the one at the local book store. I'd like to bump that one up, though.
>96 calm: Happy new year!
>97 RebaRelishesReading: Glad I can, in a small way, make the world better.
>98 jnwelch: Heh - now it's on to operations and data analysis. I'm starting to scout around for my next project.
Hi Jim and Happy New Year! My four year old granddaughter acts like she has an early version of OCD although my daughter insists all toddlers do so idk. Anyway your first read interests me.
I’m afraid 37% of the authors I read last year were dead so I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not but I’m not surprised since I read a certain amount of old books every year lol.
One of the things the author discusses is child development and nearly all toddler/preschoolers show behavior that appears OCD, but almost all grow out of it. He also makes it clear the OCD is all about the thoughts getting hung up on an anxiety. The external behaviors are used as an anxiety relief - which is why people do them over and over. So I wouldn’t worry just yet. 😀
>76 drneutron: Adding that one to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendation, Jim!
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Second in the series, just a reread on a whim. Holds up pretty well, and it’s cool to see hints of things to come!
3. Legion by Brandon Sanderson
Stephen Leeds sees hallucinations. In fact, he’s got about fifty people helping him solve problems and clean up messes. They’re not just hallucinations, though, they hold expertise he’s built to be provided as needed. And it’s getting harder and harder to hold it together while helping folks who need him.
Sanderson’s great, of course. Leeds is one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across. These novellas are well done - it’s a shame he doesn’t plan to write more!
Christmas gumbo looks spot on!!! We had Christmas crepes and berries for breakfast, and cold Christmas ham for dinner. So long as it has Christmas in the title, I reckon its Christmassy ;)
Happy new year and thread!
>107 drneutron: I need to get around to Sanderson one of these days. I picked up one last year but haven't gotten around to reading it yet, and Legion sounds good too. Another to add to my wishlist...
Ooh - your first book of the year sounds interesting
>107 drneutron: I've been rereading the Harry Potters as the illustrated editions with artwork by Jim Kay have been released. The next one out will be Goblet of Fire some time this year.
>109 LovingLit: It was a pretty good gumbo! Your treats sound pretty good too!
>110 BekkaJo:, >111 paulstalder: Happy New Year!
>112 johnsimpson: Yep, and so far all have been good!
>113 alcottacre: No prob. I think you’ll like it.
>114 antqueen: Sanderson’s great! All of his I’ve read have been good.
>115 SuziQoregon: It was - I thought it was great. The Potters are good too. 😀
Finally made it to 2019! I'm dropping a star and wishing your thread a happy 2019. Thanks for doing this again!
A little belated Happy New Year.
A little belated Happy New Thread.
I wish you and yours a year full of books, love, friends and health.
And many thanks for your work for this marvelous group.
Happy Sunday, Jim. I have been busy taking advantage of this mild Midwest weather, but I have neglected the threads. I will attempt to catch up a bit, since there are no birding excursions today. Grins...
I hope you are having a great weekend and have some good books going.
Stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year and to thank you for your care of ther 75 group.
Love the chart of interesting reading stats near the top of thread.
> Your quantification impresses me, I need to do something similar for 2018. One question, category (fiction/nonfiction) only sums to 67, not 112.
Hello Jim! I hope your day is going well.
>108 drneutron: Thanks. I've seen that one around. I think I can get it for peanuts from HPB (Half Price Books)!
Well, yesterday was quite the day. We started at 2 am when we got up to head to the airport to catch a flight to Miami. Then after a few hours of layover and a mediocre airport breakfast, another flight to Barbados. I booked a “meet and greet” service to get us through Immigration and Customs, then on to the rental car.
Barbados is a great island, but roads aren’t marked much, and the iPhone wouldn’t connect to the Internet. So I got to navigate from my bad memory of internet surfing last week. While driving on the wrong side of the road. 😀 It was a bit of an adventure - just the kind of thing we have fun with - and eventually got to a great hotel in time for a great dinner!
Today was Beach day. The place has a beach butler that will bring you drinks all day and happily add it to the room bill! We might have taken a bit of advantage of that!
And tomorrow, believe it or not, there’s an LT meetup! We’re meeting Victoria (vikzen), one of our new 75ers, for drinks. Small world, huh? 😀
Have a great time, Jim! Sounds lovely - and yay for a meet-up! Say hi to Vic from me :)
>127 drneutron:, Glad you are having a good time Jim and taking advantage of the beach butler, looking forward to taking advantage of the pool butler when we go to Madeira at the end of July. Big yay for an LT meet up in Barbados, that's the way to do it mate.
>127 drneutron: What a great day...all's well that ends well, in my book...and an equally interesting tomorrow. Enjoy, goodness knows you've earned a good time away from all your responsibilities.
>128 katiekrug: Will do! I’ll pass on all the 75er vibes.
>129 johnsimpson: I’d love to visit Madeira some day. Not enough years to do all I want. Have a great time there!
>131 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! We’ve both pretty seasoned travelers and tend to treat these things as adventures, not stressors. It was certainly a chance to see a side of the island not often seen by tourists! 😀
>132 drneutron:, We will have a great time, third visit and to the same hotel, we love the island and if I got a nice little lottery win I would get a place over there. Shame there are no English language books available but it is Fountain Pen heaven for me, lol.
We've only been to Barbados to board (and disembark from) a cruise ship. We took a somewhat amusing bus tour to kill time before our return flight, which gave us a chance to see more of the island. Caribbean beaches are lovely this time of year. Enjoy!
>134 lauralkeet: Yep, it’s definitely beautiful here! We’re going to make a quick visit to the beach in the morning, then spend a bit of time roaming around this part of th3 island. There’s a fabric shop Mrsdrneutron wants to visit - lots of colorful stuff for quilting! Gonna try to find it tomorrow.
>135 BLBera: oh, I’m on it! 😀
Have a great time in Barbados, Jim. Sounds like a beautiful place. Keep us posted on those adventures.
Kudos for finding your way to the hotel with sketchy info, Jim. Have a great meet up!
Sounds like a great start to a wonderful trip. I was in Barbados several years ago and really liked it. Hope you have a wonderful time.
Thanks, everyone! I’ve just gotten back to the hotel after meeting Victoria for an afternoon drink. She’s an absolutely delightful person. I know she’ll fit in - when Mrsdrneutron and I got there, she was reading a book while waiting for us!
Picture to follow...
Caribbean beaches - have been on my to-do wish list for ages! Lucky you. And an LT meet-up; you got to welcome a newbie. All good stuff. Enjoy your holiday.
And, for the record, well done for driving on the correct side of the road.
>146 humouress: This one’s a great one if you decide to take the plunge, so to speak!
This is actually my third time driving on the left - St Thomas about 10 years ago and Scotland a few years after that. It doesn’t take much effort to make the switch when the steering wheel is on the right. In St Thomas, though, I drove a car an American style car on the left - that was hard! 😀
>127 drneutron: How fun that you get a meetup! (Got a meetup, I guess.) I love meetups.
Yikes on the adventure of driving from the aiport to the hotel! Glad you made it and are enjoy the beach time. Yay for an LT meetup!!
>148 ChelleBearss: Yep, it’s been great, and the meetup was a nice bonus!
>149 The_Hibernator: Vic gets to New York occasionally, she said, so maybe you’ll have a chance to meet up!
>150 SuziQoregon: It wasn’t that bad - just mostly a long day, followed by a day of hangin* out on the beach, which made up for it!
>151 brodiew2: yeah, based on the first two chapters, I think you would. I left that one home (library book), so won’t get back to it until the weekend.
Daily Report from Barbados:
Excellent breakfast, followed by a leisurely sit by the beach until mid morning. Left the hotel for a tour of a sugar plantation begun in 1683. Had a great tour and bought some of their excellent rum to keep and to share. Had lunch in Speightown at a place actual Barbadans eat called the Fisherman’s Pub, tried several local dishes, all good! Followed that with a trip to a wildlife preserve and got there just in time for the daily feeding. No cages - monkeys all around us eating and fighting each other and the deer and tortoises for food. Lots of pictures! Ended with a drive along the east side of the island along 5he Atlantic to see some beautiful scenery! Dinner at the hotel restaurant - which is top notch in my book.
Tomorrow’s plans are to spend a little more time on the beach, then attempt to find this fabric store with African fabrics Mrsdrneutron can turn into quilted stuff. Then in the afternoon, catch a plane to Baltimore and if all goes well, get home around midnight.
Short trip, but very relaxing, and boatloads of fun!
Excellent vacation report, Jim. Hooray for wildlife reserves, monkeys and rum.
It is mid-20s here. Cloudy and raw. I would rather be with you.
Yeah, we’re supposed to get several inches of snow Sunday. It’ll be a shocking transition back...
>153 drneutron: What a lovely day. Hoping your transition won't be quite as brutal as you're concerned it will be.
>153 drneutron: Ahh.... Sounds delightful; just the right mix of relaxation and productivity (in that order of importance).
Well, we’re back! We found the fabric shop and Mrsdrneutron came away with about 5 yards of handmade African fabric that she plans to use for gifts (including herself, I suspect 😀). Flights back were uneventful, but long, and we got back home at about 1AM. Where it was 24 F with snow in the forecast - after leaving 84 F...
All in all, it was a great, and very relaxing, vacation! The mother in law didn’t have any major crises, and the son was able to take care of everthing and get some work done on his dissertation.
And now back to real life...
Welcome back, Jim, and sorry about the cold. (Well, less sorry about the cold than envious about the 84°, but you know.) Sounds like an excellent vacation!
Glad you had an uneventful trip home and that your vacation was so restful.
>160 drneutron: Glad to hear that the meet up and the vacation were both a success.
Sorry about the return to real life. . .
Thanks, folks. I think we’re having snow day tomorrow, so we’ll consider that part of the vacation and stay in and read!
Welcome back, Jim! I'm glad that you and your wife had a lovely vacation in Barbados. Will there be photos?
Glad to read that your holiday was terrific.
Just curious. Does the gov't shutdown impact your team in any way?
Welcome back! I'm glad you found the fabric shop. It sounds like a great vacation. I hope it's not too difficult re-adjusting to the weather.
Oh, handmade African Fabric! I don't sew, but that sure sounds tempting. Glad you had a nice holiday!
Thanks, everyone! Went out for hot pot with the son this evening - he’s headed back to Indiana tomorrow after being here for a few weeks, so we’re getting back into the swing of things.
>168 weird_O: we have a forward funded contract, so we’re good until the money runs out in a few months. But eventually, yeah, it’ll be a problem.
Glad you had so much fun on your trip! A little sunshine in the midst of winter is always nice.
Hope the shutdown doesn't last that long!!
Post the meet-up picture already!! : )
Hey everybody (but especially Jim)! Super late on catching up on the thread, school has been ridiculous.
I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation! It was lovely to meet you and mrsdrneutron, I had a wonderful time at the meetup! Also glad you enjoyed our food at Fisherman's Pub (how was the view?), and that mrsdrneutron got her fabric. I hope you come back and visit our little island again sometime :)
Glad you are back safely and hope all goes well for the rest of the winter. I took a look at the solar probe and can I just say it is So. Freaking. Cool!
Looking forward to the pic like everybody else haha :)
It sounds like an exciting, drink-and-fabric-filled vacation.
I'm glad your project is 'forward-funded' and hope the shutdown ends soon. What a mess this all is.
Your mini-vacation sounds full of fabulous, Jim. I am impressed that you even managed to squeeze in a meet-up.
Sorry to see that you are back to real life but enjoy your last days off work before returning!
Fabulous sounding trip - how wonderful!
>174 drneutron: It's good to hear that your group, at least, is still working. Fingers crossed that this all settles soon.
The long-awaited Barbados pics!
Here's the meetup pic with Victoria:
And here's one of our beach view:
And here we are at the airport having one last beer before heading back to wintery Baltimore:
Yes, we were reading...
Great pictures, Jim! Ohh, nice and warm and all of you look great! Back to snowy Baltimore. Yikes! It's bad enough here, where our temps are about 8 -9 C most days and most days it is foggy/ rainy - day after day in the winter. We do get some sunny days, but sometimes they are few and far between. Today is very foggy and misty out.
What a lovely, lovely change from the wintertime! And Victoria looks exactly like the person who posts her posts.
I hope that made sense, it did when I said it in my head.
Sounds like a wonderful trip, Jim, and a good respite from the gray and cold. Love the photos - I'm glad you were able to meet up with Victoria.
Love the vacation photos, Jim. Looks like a beautiful place. And hooray for a Meet-Up in an exotic locale.
>185 ronincats:, >187 charl08: Thanks! We have a bunch more, but i thought these captured the trip well.
>188 vancouverdeb: We really benefitted from some midwinter sun to get rid of the winter blues, plus we got a snow day on Sunday to just hang out at the house and chill. Of course, first day back at work was a madhouse! 😀
>189 richardderus: Yep, made sense! And she’s just like I imagines her!
>190 jnwelch: I wouldn’t mind making some sort of mid-winter getaway a habit... 😀
>191 msf59: Exotic - best kind! 😀
>192 jessibud2: Thanks!
Wonderful vacation photos, Jim. Kudos for remembering the meet-up shot. Looks like you had a great time and a great break from winter.
Fantastic photos, Jim!! It looks like you had a great time.
I love seeing photos of you and your wife - you always look so happy together and that makes me smile.
>196 fuzzi: I'm glad you like them! It was definitely a trip to remember.
>197 Familyhistorian: Oh, always the meet-up pics! I really enjoy seeing others' too.
>198 Berly: 😀 Still working on getting our act back together after being gone...
>199 scaifea: Thanks! I think she's a peach. DOn't know how she puts up with me. 😀
>200 alcottacre:, >201 lauralkeet: Thanks! Glad you like them!
>204 ChelleBearss: This was our first big beach/warm place vacation in the winter, and I think it did mrsdrneutron a world of good to get some sunshine. Gonna try to do it again next year, though maybe not in quite the same place - we tend to travel to new places when we can.
>183 drneutron: Why is that a green monkey? Inquiring minds and all that.
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