The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins

The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins
author: Clint McElroy
name: Elaine
average rating: 4.27
book published: 2018
rating: 5
read at:
date added: 2018/11/23
shelves: d-and-d, fantasy, favorites, fiction, graphic-novel, own
review:
Just happened to see this while scrolling through my “to-read” list — and apparently I’m so bad at keeping up my goodreads reviews that I never posted that I did in fact get, read, and love the TAZ graphic novel. (the first TAZ graphic novel, what?!)

It’s a delightful adaptation that keeps the meta-fictional qualities that I love about this show and the personalities of the characters as well, while streamlining what is arguably the roughest and most awkward of the arcs. Carey Pietch’s art is charming and expressive, and her Madame Director is the [static noise] of my heart. The little details from later in the show are a real treat, too. (Miller Enterprises! Brad Bradson! Carey Fangbattle!)

As a mega-fan, it’s strange and somewhat disappointing to run across all the IP-based name changes, but such is life under capitalism.

And honestly, writing this makes me want to read it again (and to finally get around to putting up the B&N special edition poster).

Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery

Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery
author: Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
name: Elaine
average rating: 4.16
book published:
rating: 4
read at:
date added: 2018/05/07
shelves: health, non-fiction, science, self-help
review:
A fairly thorough look at issues around back pain, mostly through the lens of the author’s experience. I do have something of a class critique, that I’m not quite sure how to formulate? It feels judgy when she moves outside of her own sphere of upper-middle-class professionals. But there are some specific things in part two that I might actually look into myself. (I’ve had pretty good results with the McKenzie method, FWIW.)

Views Add-Ons

I did a little presentation about this at the Olympia Drupal User’s Group, so I thought I’d share it here:

Modules I can’t imagine using Views without:

  • Views Bulk Operations
  • Views Data Export

Doing complicated stuff with Views:

  • Views Conditional
  • Views Field View

Integrating Views with other modules:

  • Date Views
  • Views content panes
  • Administration views

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls
author: Hope Nicholson
name: Elaine
average rating: 3.84
book published: 2015
rating: 3
read at: 2017/06/04
date added: 2017/06/10
shelves: art, autobiography, graphic-novel, non-fiction
review:

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls
author: Hope Nicholson
name: Elaine
average rating: 3.90
book published: 2015
rating: 3
read at: 2017/06/04
date added: 2017/06/10
shelves: art, autobiography, graphic-novel, non-fiction
review:

The One Hundred Nights of Hero

The One Hundred Nights of Hero
author: Isabel Greenberg
name: Elaine
average rating: 4.43
book published: 2016
rating: 5
read at: 2017/06/07
date added: 2017/06/10
shelves: fiction, graphic-novel
review:

The One Hundred Nights of Hero

The One Hundred Nights of Hero
author: Isabel Greenberg
name: Elaine
average rating: 4.43
book published: 2016
rating: 5
read at: 2017/06/07
date added: 2017/06/10
shelves: fiction, graphic-novel
review:

59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute

59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute
author: Richard Wiseman
name: Elaine
average rating: 3.78
book published: 2009
rating: 5
read at: 2011/08/10
date added: 2017/03/06
shelves: ebook, non-fiction, own, psychology, read-again, self-help, favorites
review:
Started reading in ebook, and enjoyed it so much that I actually bought a copy. (At Borders in downtown Seattle at 30% off, FWIW.) Condenses lots and lots of psychology research that I’ve read elsewhere combined with plenty that was new to me. For the practical person, includes exercises, quizzes, tips…which was why I wanted a copy, since those bits were tough to read on my phone, and I wanted to write in the margins! A quick read in an engaging tone. Each chapter covers a different area of human psychology (motivation, relationships, happiness, etc), looks at the most current research on what works and doesn’t, and then makes specific recommendations for how to use that research in your own life. Liked it a lot, planning to reread it, probably fairly regularly.