October 31, 2013

To My Readers: Book Buying Suggestions

This is the first in a series of posts of gift-giving suggestions, as we are close to (American) Thanksgiving, (and therefore, Black Friday) as well as Christmas and other holidays in December. This post will look at books. I've suggested some ISBNs of ideal editions (cost, quality)

October 29, 2013

Chapters Weekend (Online) Sale

Chapters will be having an online sale. You save 15% off weekends. The sale applies Saturdays and Sundays only, and ends March 30th, 2014. The promo code is 15offweekends . you enter this at the online checkout. Starts Saturdays (12:01 EST) and ends Sundays (11:59 PM EST). There is no minimum spend, and on regular priced items. 

Can't be used on giftcards, ebooks, doantions etc.....

I'll be doing a Book Shopping Guide post, which I'm sure will help you buy books as gifts...either for yourself or others. 

October 28, 2013

Benefits of The Book Depository

Because I live in Canada, certain some things come from the United States, and others come from the UK. This post will examine books.

Struggling Sens

Lately the Ottawa Senators have been struggling. We haven't been winning a lot of games. We played the West Coast a lot, and had a late home opener. I'm not sure what it is, but we've got to start winning some more games. It's still early in the season, so the gang has still room to catch up and improve....though hopefully with more wins than losses. The next game will be tomorrow night vs Chicago.

October 27, 2013

The Hobbit (Part 2) Soundtrack Artwork

Once again, the soundtrack will be offered be in regular CD format, 'Special Edition' (2 discs with more tracks), as well as vinyl, which is basically a vinyl version of the standard CD. The itunes editions will most likely mirror the CD releases. 
Stand by for tracklisting and ordering info. I'm glad that the music for Part 2 is being released in a similar fashion to Part 1. And, Most likely, Part 3 as well. 

October 21, 2013

Gift Idea [Not for Me] : "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" set

With renewed interest in Tolkien due to the Hobbit films, here is a gift option for shoppers come Thanksgiving / Christmas [I will do a Christmas idea post in November or December sometime. This ideas are not for myself.]

October 19, 2013

Why the Wheel of Time is Ideal for ereaders

I am about half-done the Wheel of Times book series by Robert Jordan, and completed by Brandon Sanderson.

October 17, 2013

"Winds of Winter" Sample Chapter *Update*

It's going to be a Barristan Selmy chapter. Don't know details beyond that at this point. It may be 'titled' ("The Queensguard" or something) rather than 'named' ('Barristan')

If you want to get into the series, read past the jump for more.

Stomping Grounds

Tonight the Ottawa Senators will tackle the New Jersey Devils at their home of  CT Center. This is the Sens' home opener of the regular season, and we are looking for a big win. Get ready, cus here it comes! 

October 14, 2013

My Hockey Pool

Team: St Louis
(Daniel) Sedin
You have to pick:     HOCKEY POOLS SCORING

1 Goalie    - 2 pts by win - 4 pts by shutouts 
1 Team     - 2 pts by win - 1 pts by lost in OT
8 Forward    - 1 pts by goal - 1 pts by assist
2 Defence    - 1 pts by goal - 1 pts by assist

October 13, 2013

Fall Beer Season (and the End of Oktoberfest)

Some of my friends and family know that I like to drink. I wouldn't consider myself a drunkard or an alcoholic, but I like the taste of beer, and usually have it with food and / or in a social setting. That being said, I do have preferences of what I do like to drink.

October 9, 2013

Book Review: "Crown of Swords" (Wheel of Time book 7)

I've finished the seventh (of fourteen...getting there!) Wheel of Time novel. If you want to know what I have to say, read more....

October 8, 2013

The Spirit of St Louis

Ahh the St Louis Blues....

Make no mistake, I am first and foremost an Ottawa Senators fan..but that's in the East. After seeing St Louis' sports highlights during last season, especially during the playoffs, they are now my favorite team in the West

They are the only team from the expansion yet to win a Stanley Cup. And this may be their year. 

Before I go further, I should add that at work I entered a hockey pool (separate, next post). I chose the Blues as my team (basically, 'what if Ottawa doesn't go all the way?' I'd love them bu they aren't really a 'playoff team'. And besides, they are in the East, Blues in the West so I don't feel guilty following another team too) and Brian Elliott as my goalie. 

Now, back to my post.

About *2-3* days after my post, I saw this little dandy:

"NHL 14 picks Blues to win Stanley Cup"

EA games ran a simulator that had the Blues beat the Penguins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, winning the Cup. Here is a rundown by EA games [this is the end of the note by me, click the jump to see the stats EA came up with].

October 6, 2013


I'm pretty sure most of the NHL teams have had their first game, at lest. Hockey season has now begun!

The Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 in their opener, but lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4. Very close, very tense game. Toronto's lineup is improving.

Should be a good season; as well as hopefully goo standings in my hockey pool [more on that later].