Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy Anniversary! (And Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson)

We gathered (all of us!) at Broad Ripple Brewpub. Beer cheese dip must have been a big motivator. That, and it was our 3rd year anniversary of Badass Book Club! Congratulations, us.

Parker Thomas even joined us. He is very cool. And very small.

Melissa recounted the tale of Parker's birth and we learned a few things:

1. There is an app for giving birth! Melissa downloaded an app to time her contractions.
2. Teamwork is very important because contractions hurt too much to time them on your own (nice work, Eric!)
3. If you go to the hospital and you are only at a 1 and you need to be a 4, you will be sent home to take an Ambien and wait it out until the morning.
4. Do not have your hardwood floors redone when you are 38.5 weeks pregnant.
5. Having a baby is not what it looks like in the movies! There is a lot of pushing in a lot of different positions including pulling your legs toward your head while on your back...

Totally worth it! He's amazeballs.
In other news....

Katie is dating a man who writes risque poetry.

Cris found a wedding dress made of crocheted lace which is different than regular lace. Sounds sexy and lovely all at once.

Jill has been baking away trying out wedding cake flavors for her very own wedding cake she will make. SO ambitious!

Milan learned to roll over. He is 7 months old and adorable! Alissa held Parker who was the only other baby she's ever held besides her own.

Erin is learning to tap dance and we are all invited to her recital on June 23rd. There will be feathered tutus and sparkles. Plan to be there. I'm imaging this and cannot wait:

Stephanie is engaged! (Shoot, Stephanie wasn't there - sorry, scratch the perfect attendance statement) Katie updated us on the big news. We are so excited that Stephanie is back with the love of her life through the power of Facebook. Woohoo!

Then we got down to business.

Next month's book selection is Will Grayson Will Grayson.

We will meet at Flatwater Grill. John Green can't make it but he will answer questions. Be sure to email your questions to Lindsay. There was some confusion about the book. Here are some helpful tips: there are 2 Will Grayons, written by 2 authors, the lower case writing is by the Will who is not friends with Tiny, and it's easier to understand if you listen to the book because of the different voices for each Will.

May's selection is Enders Game by Orson Scott Card.

Genre of SciFi/ YA/Disutopian (new word created by Cris, not to be confused with distopian) genre and we know it's a gonna be good because there is a movie to follow next year. Erin will announce the location next month.

June's read is Guyland by Michael Kimmel.

After this, it gets a little crazy so brace yourself and write in pencil. Save the following dates tentatively...

July 21st: tentative Bunk Bed Adventure! Regardless of the date, we will be reading 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
August 18th: another possible date for BBA.

July 19th: we'll meet this day if bunk bed adventure is in August.
August 16th: we'll meet this day if bunk bed adventure is in July. Katie will host.
September 13th: Jill is hosting.

Phew. Then we finally discussed the book.

Overall, we liked it. And for the most part, actually read all 571 pages! We voted and unanimously decided that Steve Jobs was an asshole but he wouldn't have accomplished all that he did without being an asshole. It bothered us that Isaacson inserted himself into the book around half way through. Kinda weird. Also, there was some redundancy which was annoying. Overall, fairly fascinating and worth the read (writes the person who picked the book).

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Up next! WG WG

For April, we're reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

In which two boys, both named Will Grayson, meet. And also, Tiny Cooper.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

just like depeche mode

I can't get enough.

Luckily, I know Jeni will forgive me for creeping in on her selection to selfishly unleash my inner nerd. Again. I'm just so excited for our impending discussion of Isaacson's Steve Jobs bio that I can't help myself. And neither can you.

My bookclub is reading the Jobs bio, and I'm obsessed.

The Hardware!

Apple 1 Computer

Apple 2

Jobs and the infamous LISA computer. And its GUI interface


PowerMac G3 (this is what I used when I first started working after college. Also, I am ancient.)

iMac G3 Bondi Blue

iMac colors
iMac G4
PowerMac G4 Cube

iMac with Intel processor

I have totally run out of steam on this. I did find a website that has it all. Click here to visit.

The videos!

Think Different.

Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

U2 iPod commercial

What is iPad?

The Photos!

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan

Jobs and Gates

SJ with his daughter, Lisa Brennen-Jobs


SJ's biological sister, Mona Simpson

SJ's biological father, Abdulfattah Jandali 

Jobs family photo

And finally, OMFG.