In Which Lauren Talks A Clash of Kings

So well over a month ago I finished the first book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series titled, “A Game of Thrones”. I’ve the second book in my possession before I even finished the first one. Yet, I’m ashamed at how long it took me to finish the second book. I think it is due to the fact that I went through “A Game of Thrones” in a week and became a little burnt out on the series. I would read bits and pieces of it but I never really sat down and committed myself to it. This past week has not been the case. Sometime last week I was casually reading it and I once again found myself fascinated with the mysterious land of Westeros. So here is my review of the second book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series “A Clash of Kings”.

"A Clash of Kings" picks up almost immediately where "A Game of Thrones" left off. Same as its predecessor I had difficulty getting through the prologue. There was a lot of I Don’t Care Syndrome. Which for the most part this syndrome was non-existent throughout the book. The only case of IDC Syndrome was whenever one particular character had a chapter. He didn’t get introduced until the second book and I just couldn’t be bothered to care about him. I read most of his chapters except for one where I finally just said "Fuck it, I don’t care about you anymore."

Though I will say this about the character, at the end of one of his chapters it left me very disturbed. Brittney even commented on the face I was making when I was reading the chapter. The fact that it bothered me says a lot given this series goes into a lot of detail when it comes to the goriness of battles. It also goes into explicit detail of the sex scenes. All of that I can handle and it doesn’t even really bother me with the few exceptions of my thinking, ‘Seriously, there is a war going on and all you can think about is what various levels of undress you want your whore in? Seriously?’

But I enjoyed the book for the most part. Once it managed to hook me in it definitely did not let go. Some of the reoccurring characters from the first book that I wanted dead I still want dead maybe even doubly so now. The book took some twists that I most certainly was not expecting. I’m also starting to think that George R. R. Martin gets off on treating his characters like shit.

So the next book in the series is called “A Storm of Swords”. It’s roughly 1,100 someodd pages so I’m going to be taking about a week break before I try tackling the beastie. This has once again been a review. I think that’s what I’m going to use to blog for mostly is to post reviews. It might now always be book reviews but for now that’s what you’re getting.

And who knows, maybe my posting something will inspire Brittney to start posting again.

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fastcompany:

This is what a wearable computer looks like. It can turn any surface (including your own body) into a touchscreen! This technology is seriously amazing. The OmniTouch is the creation of Chris  Harrison, a PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie  Mellon University. See how it works! 

It’s things like this where I start think back to all the cool stuff that the Jetson’s had and realize just how close we are to some of those things.

fastcompany:

This is what a wearable computer looks like. It can turn any surface (including your own body) into a touchscreen! This technology is seriously amazing. The OmniTouch is the creation of Chris Harrison, a PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. See how it works!

It’s things like this where I start think back to all the cool stuff that the Jetson’s had and realize just how close we are to some of those things.

(via thedailyfeed)

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thedailyfeed:

fastcompany:

A creepy interactive video demonstrates the downside of Facebook  using… Facebook. It also demonstrates the potential of  socially-enabled interactivity. “Stalkertainment” in its finest hour, folks.
Read More: Your Facebook profile through the eyes of a psycho

TERRIFYING

This is legitimately the creepiest thing I’ve seen.

thedailyfeed:

fastcompany:

A creepy interactive video demonstrates the downside of Facebook using… Facebook. It also demonstrates the potential of socially-enabled interactivity. “Stalkertainment” in its finest hour, folks.

Read More: Your Facebook profile through the eyes of a psycho

TERRIFYING

This is legitimately the creepiest thing I’ve seen.

(via thedailyfeed)

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In Which Lauren Talks A Game of Thrones, part 2

So nineteen days ago I said I would be posting part two hopefully soon. Please take my word when I say that this is me posting it soon. Because as I have mentioned numerous times I’m terrible at keeping blogs. But that is neither here nor there, what I am here to talk about is A Game of Thrones, the first book in the series A Song of Fire and Ice.

So as I mentioned in my first post, the prologue is pretty slow goings. In fact, the prologue has almost nothing to do with the rest of the book. It has about .0001% relativity to the other 99.9999%. I’m not going to go into too much detail of what happens because it really is a good book that I think people should read. Though I admit, I did throw my book at the wall out of frustration at one point. The book has some great characters in it while at the same time there are some characters that I find myself thinking, “Are you dead yet? No? Dammit. How ‘bout now? Are you dead now? Still not dead? Dammit.” I can think of quite a few characters that I will probably celebrate when they die. 

I’m currently on the second book of the series which is called, “A Clash of Kings”. I’m only about 170 or so pages into it. I would probably be further in but after I finished the first book I took a break and decided to watch Big Bang Theory. Which is what my next post will probably be about.

I might add more to this post later on when it is not 2:30 in the morning. Which in actuality I’m normally in Eastern time and right now I’m in Central time so my body actually thinks it’s 3:30 AM.

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"After Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, I want to write a medieval fantasy for Sean Bean where he has a nice day and things go well."

gingerhaze:

(Source: misha-collins, via kindymaling-deactivated20120531)

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That awkward moment where you realize the first 8 songs that have played on your playlist (that’s on shuffle) have all been from season 3 of Glee.

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It’s been a busy weekend.  Next week is going to be even busier with midterms and no fall break for me!  I had Saturday off so we drove down to Evansville for the Fall Festival (Lauren was in the parade).  There were so many people there.  And lots and lots of food.  Like all of the 150 or so booths were food.  Some were interesting, like the pork brain sandwiches, deep fried pepperoni, chicken fried bacon, and bacon brownies.  I did not try the brain sandwiches.  I’m not that adventurous with my stomach.
But me and the Boyfriend took off after a few hours.  We’re not too big on crowds and just loitered in Barnes and Noble.  The others met back up with us when they were done.  Also, Lauren picked up the book in the picture for me as an early birthday present.  I was lusting after it and Julia’s cookbook.  Some day I will have it.
Julia Child is one of my favorite people.  I need to unearth her television show.

It’s been a busy weekend.  Next week is going to be even busier with midterms and no fall break for me!  I had Saturday off so we drove down to Evansville for the Fall Festival (Lauren was in the parade).  There were so many people there.  And lots and lots of food.  Like all of the 150 or so booths were food.  Some were interesting, like the pork brain sandwiches, deep fried pepperoni, chicken fried bacon, and bacon brownies.  I did not try the brain sandwiches.  I’m not that adventurous with my stomach.

But me and the Boyfriend took off after a few hours.  We’re not too big on crowds and just loitered in Barnes and Noble.  The others met back up with us when they were done.  Also, Lauren picked up the book in the picture for me as an early birthday present.  I was lusting after it and Julia’s cookbook.  Some day I will have it.

Julia Child is one of my favorite people.  I need to unearth her television show.

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10.05.11. Steve Jobs,RIP,Pixar,

“ Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’ He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time. ”

John Lasseter

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So In Today’s News…

Not gonna lie, I thought my next post on this blog was going to be part two of my Game of Thrones review. But sadly, I am reporting about Steve Jobs’ death. 

It’s odd that I’m talking about this. I guess I’ve just always viewed Steve Jobs’ and Bill Gate as these immortal beings that will always be around to supply computer nerds like me fun, shiny, new toys to play with. Yet, just less than an hour ago Brittney was informing me that he had died which I responded with the ever so classic response, “Bullshit.”

Now we’ve known for awhile that Steve Jobs wasn’t in good health. That much was obvious if you’d seen a picture of him from the past year. It’s been revealed that Jobs was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer back in ‘04. I am truly amazed that he survived seven years given the life expectancy of those with pancreatic cancer is two years or less. 

Ask anyone of my friends and they will tell you how I am by no means a fan of macs. I do however own a 120 GB iPod Classic that is near and dear to my heart. But I admire Steve Jobs because he led a technological revolution. Without Apple we wouldn’t have near the amount of technology that we do. It has always been Apple that has pushed Microsoft to new levels. 

It also seems strange that he would die the same day that the iPhone 4S was announced.

So I tip the proverbial hat to Steve Jobs and believe me when I say he will be deeply missed. 


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I promised you all pictures of my cake after it was decorated so here you go!  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to decorate it so I just kinda winged it until I started making music notes and was reminded that Team Starkid said they were going to announce the dates for S.P.A.C.E. Tour 2011 today (more on that later).

The base icing is a simple buttercream and the details are royal icing.  The cake part is just a white half sheet cake that was cut into quarters and layered.


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