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Matthew reads My Side of the Mountain (Favorite Childhood Stories)
This YA novel by Jean Craighead George won the Newberry Award in 1959. It describes the adventures of a city boy who lives in the Catskill mountains in New York, his adaptations and creative solutions to living in the wilderness, and the interesting people and animals he meets along the way.
Matthew reads The Tripods Trilogy - John Christopher (Favorite Childhood Stories)
These three young-adult novels detail humanity's struggle to overthrow their alien oppressors. Full of intrigue and well-described aliens, there is something about the rediscovery of the "technologies of the ancients" that is just so very interesting.
Matthew reads Cryptonomicon (Books You Couldn't Put Down)
This epic novel by post-cypherpunk writer Neal Stephenson will have you at the edge of your seat for the whole wild ride. Consisting of two parallel but interlinked stories (one in WWII, one in the modern day) concerning cryptography, war, friendship, Captain Crunch and Van Eck phreaking. Best book I have ever read, and the 918 pages will fly by.
Matthew reads Twilight (Worst Books)
When your main characters' modus operandi is to "make the worse possible decision at every juncture", that makes for a terrible book. Basically just trashy "romance" novels adapted for consumption for pre-teen girls, it's pretty horrible. Go read harry potter instead.
Matthew reads IEEE Spectrum (Magazine Subscriptions)
The main trade rag of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Spectrum is full of interesting articles about new technologies and exciting things, but also including historical articles looking back of the storied history of this noble profession. Comes free with your IEEE membership.
Matthew uses Comcast (Internet Service Providers)
Cable service is almost always faster than DSL, and my service from Comcast has fairly good uptime and reliability. Other people have had issues, but my experience has been without complaint. Sometimes they will offer a 1-year contract for cheap, which matches up nicely with a 1-year lease.
Matthew plays Settlers of Catan (Board Games)
Settlers of Catan is a great boardgame, one of the most accessible of the 'modern' boardgames/eurogames. Suitable for 2-4 players (up to 6 with expansion pack), this trading-and-collecting game is always a hit, and a good way to introduce friends and family to modern board games.
Matthew uses K & R Carpet Cleaning (Carpet Cleaning)
I used K & R Carpet Cleaning to clean the carpets in my apartment when I moved out. They were very flexible with scheduling an appointment that fit in my schedule. Service was very quick, clean, professional, and most of all, it was affordable. I would definitely look to K&R Carpet Cleaning for any future carpet or upholstery cleaning that I needed.
Matthew uses Mozilla Firefox (Internet Browsers)
Firefox is a world-class internet browser, focused on speed, security, and privacy. Reaping the benefits of a world-wide network of open source developers, Firefox security patches are released in hours, not weeks, keeping your computer and identity safer online. Firefox is completely free of charge.
Matthew plays World of Goo (Computer Games)
A very fun and innovative new game from the indie game studio 2D Boy, this game has you building structures (bridges, towers, etc) from semi-sentient balls of goo. Very innovative, and really quite beautifully rendered. Only $20, supports Mac, Linux, Windows, with demos for all three.
Matthew plays Plants vs Zombies (Computer Games)
An excellent game from a little indie game studio called Pop Cap Games. You're a brave post-apocalyptic homeowner defending your yard from the advancing ranks of the undead, with only a few trusty seed packets to fend them off. The guest appearance of a zombie Michael Jackson is all the more amusing now. Only $20, with a free trial.
Matthew uses Madison Street Auto Body Eau Claire WI (Collision Repair)
I had my vehicle repaired at Madison Street Auto Body in Eau Claire, WI. The work was high quality and met the estimate. They are an approved vendor for the American Family Insurance Customer Repair Program, so no approval is required to obtain vehicle repairs.
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