011423 • Thrift Store Finds

I paid full price for most of these. Usually on Saturdays, the “half-off on selected tags” day, I try not to do this, but all of these books were too good to pass on. Still far cheaper than buying them new, or used online.

Modern Submarine Warfare • This book is part of an unofficial set, of which I have several. It’s always nice to find another one!

Atrocities • Not a happy topic, yet a very interesting one.

The Devil’s Hand • Jack Carr has six books out (This is what the Terminal List series with Chris Pratt is based on) and has the distinction of being the first new fiction series I’m adding to my Brad Thor / Vince Flynn / Kyle Mills library of thrillers. I’d like to find the other five at thrifts, to avoid the higher prices, but they are all relatively new, and with the series doing well, that could take a while. I have thirty more books to go in my Brad Thor / Vince Flynn / Kyle Mills re-read, so I have some time before I have to worry about it.

Italy’s Sorrow • Italy’s involvement in World War II is very interesting. When Hitler and Mussolini created the Pact of Steel, it stipulated that when one country got involved in a conflict, the other would join in. Mussolini didn’t realize Hitler would do what he did so soon, as both Germany and Italy still needed years to rebuild their militaries. Italy was farther away from being able to be effective with its armed forces, a key reason why they did so poorly.

The New Tsar • Interesting for obvious reasons.

011223 • Cavemen vs Trash Pandas

Missed the final eight minutes of footage… I don’t think it was the battery, but there weren’t any ejections or injuries during the game, so I am at a loss as to how this happened. I have new batteries on the way though, three of the four batteries I have now will no longer charge to a full 100%, only around 97%, so maybe that has something to do with it.

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Goalie Cut

010823 • Tornados vs Chiefs

I brought the wrong jersey. But if that’s the worst logistics mistake of the night, than I’ll take it.

The video cuts out the last five minutes or so, when all of the good stuff happens. It seems like when there are video issues, I’m always missing great stuff, like shootouts and frantic attempts to score by one team or another.

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Goalie Cut

Had To Fix It…

Aaron Copland composed one of my all-time favorite symphonies, but I haven’t listened to much of anything else he’s composed. I did collect this three-cd set, and was listening to it today, and as it is with some of these cheaply designed cd covers, there was something that bugged me.

The person who designed this cover was looking for a way to spice it up, and make it more original. Either that, or had just learned the Paint Bucket in Photoshop or Fill in Illustrator, saw the closed “O” and “A” on the cover, and couldn’t help him/herself. I find this similar to most modern art, because if one doesn’t accept this as an artistic vision of sorts, well hey, it’s all subjective!

I disagree. It just looks cheap. If you look at the above “A”, it doesn’t even fill accurately. This was done very quickly, something I’ve noticed on so many of these low-volume classical discs.

So, I fixed it by redoing the covers, so that I’m no longer irritated. I think it looks a lot better without the fill.

On Volume 2 and 3, I did too much contrast to the photos and it’s a bit washed out, but I’m leaving that for now.

There is a page dedicated to my compact disc cover restorations on my portfolio site. Most of the discs I get from thrift stores require some sort of touching up.