so this is the first post of this year.  i guess i missed that whole resolution boat by almost a month, but i don’t make resolutions, so it makes no difference to me.  hopefully you folks won’t mind.

i have not played any pool for a while now; work has occupied most of my time since i perpetually need money for expenses.  but although i am not physically playing, it still takes up a good piece of real estate in my head, if you subscribe to the mind-is-an-attic-slash-storage-space theory.  if you believe that memory is like an elastic, expandable band, then pool takes up approximately 24 GB of . . . never mind.  wayyy off topic.

like i mentioned in the past, power has been a pool ability that has eluded me for years.  i have consistently had trouble with power in pool.  being able to generate power, and thereby having a powerful stroke, remains a topic that i pursue.  unfortunately, i don’t know anyone who can teach me a powerful stroke, so i decided to watch alot of videos to figure out what the deal is.  i concentrated on players who are known to have a powerful stroke so i can try to figure out what i am not doing.  the process took me some time and alot of thought, but i was able to generate more power now.  to be more precise, i am able to use my existing power more efficiently, thereby increasing my power on the table.  so i did not change physically, but i improved my technique to get a better result from what i have.  now that i have started playing again, i was able to put my research to the test.  glad to say that everything works.

since i’ve been busy, i’ve only had time to watch a few movies.  the wolverine was surprisingly decent; it’s a side story, so those who are really into the orthodox wolverine canon may scoff at this film, but it’s a fun action flick if you don’t take it too seriously.  man of steel is another surprise hit; the special effects in particular are awesome.  watch it on your brand new hdtv to really take it in.  i also watched drug war, a movie from mainland china.  this film was a bit disappointing; the story is a pretty linear police drama, with a few twists inserted in between.  if you missed this one you didn’t miss much.

one final note.  allie brosh of hyperbole and a half has written a book titled Hyperbole and a Half.  it’s probably one of the most endearing book you’ll read, so pick up a copy.

good bye, mr. kyle

chris kyle, a decorated former SEAL and best-selling author, was killed on feb. 2, 2013.  he was 38 years old.

kyle was best known as the SEAL sniper with the most confirmed kills in the US military history.  after his service, he penned the book American Sniper which became a best-seller.  details are scant at the moment, but it seemed that kyle was killed at a charity event by a former Marine with PTSD.  it was believed that kyle was trying to help the former Marine deal with his problems.  the motive for the killing is unclear for now.

a while back i recommended mr. kyle’s book on this blog.  for what it’s worth, i really enjoyed your book mr. kyle.  i’m saddened by your senseless death, and i thank you for your service to this country.  rest in peace.

books for december

howdy folks.  since pool is on the slow side right now, here are a few books for you to read.

Vince Vlynn’s The Last Man

the last man

i’m going to do something i’ve not done before: i am going to do a blind recommend this time.  i have not read The Last Man yet, but based on flynn’s previous novels i feel confident that his latest release will be a bunker buster––guaranteed to blow s~* up.

David Baldacci’s Zero Day

zero day

this is a semi-blind recommend since i have not finished the book yet.  Zero Day came out last year; the story revolved around john puller jr., a warrant officer who worked as a special agent for the criminal investigative division (CID) of the US Army.  puller was assigned a murder case in rural west virginia, and the story . . . well, you gotta read it for yourself.  don’t wanna spoil it!

Brad Thor’s Black List

black list

if you wanna get totally freaked out by what a tech company with an agenda and a desire to overreach its boundaries can do to people or persons, read this book.  you will never look at technology the same way ever again.  thor’s books revolve around an ex-Navy SEAL named scot harvath, so feel free to start at the first book to get a better sense of harvath’s history.

Anthony Bourdain’s Get Jiro

get jiro

bourdain, known for his travel channel shows No Reservations and The Layover, is a prolific writer of foodstuff.  (search amazon or barnes & nobles to see his list of books for sale.)  for his latest entry, bourdain decided to get into comic books.  Get Jiro, whose mysterious main protagonist is chef jiro, loosely follows (in my opinion) the plot of the classic japanese film Yojimbo, which loosely follows the plots of dashiell hammett novels, if you believe the intarwebs.  (btw, watch yojimbo if you have not seen it.)  the book gave me a very entertaining hour.  is the effort worth the asking price?  i personally don’t think so, but the story is very entertaining.  if you buy it, i’d recommend the ebook version since it’s cheaper.  it’s available from all three major ebook hawkers: apple, amazon, and barnes & noble.  if not, check local libraries for a copy or borrow from a friend.

speaking of ebooks, many local libraries now have a collection of ebooks you can borrow.  you’d typically download a small app onto your phone, tablet, or computer, then you can check out books just like you’re at the library.  if you own an e-reading device, take this service for a spin.  until next time, gentle readers.