Daylight Savings Time Folks!
I’m two days late on my Friday Findings, so thank you all for waiting. On Friday, I attended the Caribbean Wedding of my dreams – Congratulations to Andre and Anielisa! Live long and prosper
What’s On My Mind?
On Halloween, my great city of New York dealt with another deranged ISIS sympathizer who killed 8 innocent souls and injured a dozen more. The terrorist previously struggled financially with his trucking business and did poorly as an Uber driver. Instead of making adjustments to his life, he took out his frustrations on others. In America, we have a constitutional right to due process. In my opinion, the clear evidence of his actions and his confession are due process enough. I refuse to spend another dollar of my money to support his livelihood. We should skip Gitmo and send him to hell, where he belongs.
What I’m watching/reading/listening to:
I’ve been listening to the audio version of this novel and I’m enjoying it A LOT. For all my gamer/nerd friends, you will love the constant references to the 80s, various gaming consoles, dungeons and dragons etc. Wil Wheaton does a great job of bringing the characters to life and this one is absolutely worth your time! 16 hours listening, but only 12 when played on 1.25x =)
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut – part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of 10,000 planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune – and remarkable power – to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved – that of the late 20th century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt – among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life – and love – in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
My Photo of the Week
Marching in the Halloween Parade
Great Recent Purchase Taiyaki Ice Cream Cone (assorted flavors) $7
Drea finally got me to try Taiyaki NYC, a hole in the wall ice cream shop known for their customized “cones” which look like fish and have red bean paste in them. We picked up a matcha/black sesame flavored cone, and it was awesome. It’s pricey for ice cream at $7 bucks, but worth trying once.
What’s Biggie Smalls Up to?
His favorite dog park attraction shut down for the season, and he’s not pleased about it…