Book – The Queen of Blood

Wife’s co worker recommend this to her and I ended up reading it.

Read? Meh, unless you into YA

Witches, spirits, corrupt government. The YA romance aspect really bothered me. A lot of it seemed unnecessary. Maybe it’s just part of the American culture to always have teens have sexual desires that needs fulfilling.

Book – The Blue Sword

This book was recommended by Sarah Beth Durst, author of The Queen of Blood.

Read? Yes

Female heroine. I skimmed a lot of it but overall storyline was pretty good. Good amount of action, interesting new environment/culture detailed and explained well. Interesting characters and animals.

The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger

Pretty interesting business book. Bob Iger made some of the biggest and maybe best deals recently. Pixar, Marvel, Lucas Film, and Fox. Gives a unique perspective into how he got those deals done and how he came to realize that content will be king.

One negative is how he glossed over the relationship with the Weinsteins. He knew the Weinsteins at their peak and didn’t have anything to say. As an acting CEO it’s probably not the right place so probably good call but I was disappointed.

Glacier National Park

Visit: Yes!

To Do:

  • Drive the Going-To-The-Sun Road
  • Hike at least part of Highline Trail (Starts at Logan Pass)
  • Hike Grinnel Lake and Grinnel Glacier
    • We cheated and bought boat pass to cut down on Grinnel Glacier Hike


When we staying East of the Park, there was no cell reception (ATT and TMobile)

Recipe: Sweet Mung Bean Soup

I’ve been making sweet mung bean soup this summer.  Sometimes it came out OK and many times it did not.  Did not as in there was no soup and it was all beans.  In addition a couple of times the mung bean spilled out of the inner pot and into the Tatung Multi cooker.  That was a nightmare to clean.

Here’s my recipe that seems to work:

  • slightly less than 1 cup of mung bean.  Wash, soak for at least 30 min
  • For inner pot fill up to 6 cup water line
  • 2 cups of water in the cooker.
  • Rock sugar (optional)

This mixture came out nicely, 3/4 cooked green bean and 1/4 of it water.

Idea: Redbox Movie availability Notification

Had such weird dreams last night and then came this thought

Background:  On Redbox Avengers Infinity Wars came out.  Of course trying to reserve the movie is going to be tough.  I have to constantly check the website/app to see if it’s available at a location near me.

Idea:  Be able to save a movie you want to watch, then when the movie is available at one of my favorited Redbox locations it sends me a notification.

Downside: Maybe everyone uses this feature and the waitlist for the movie will be forever.  Then only titles still available will be movies no one wants to watch. Takes the experience of being surprised out for the person who visit the box without seeing what movies are available there.

Idea: Contacts Merge/duplicate Address for couples

I’m a gmail user and I was inputting an address of a friend who got married.  I know both the couple and have different contacts for each of them.  As I was copying the address into one of them I was thinking there should be a way to link the address to the other.  Why should I need to find the other person, and then copy the address again?