Book Review – The Book of Lost Tales 2

This book continues with early drafts and finished versions of Tolkien’s epic mythology. In this book you’ll read the early tales of Túrin Turambar, Beren and Lúthien, The Fall of Gondolin, and the story of the Nauglamír. Just like in The Book of Lost Tales Part 1, the overall synopsis of the stories is roughly […]

The Lord of the Rings himself

In light of my 31st birthday, as I normally do; I opted to grant myself a birthday present. This time around, I bought myself an awesome Sauron statue. Holyshit this thing amazing! The statue itself was release over three years ago, and with only 1,200 units made; the statue can no longer be purchased from […]

Book Review – The Book of Lost Tales (Part: 1)

The Book of Lost Tales was J.R.R. Tolkien’s first version of The Silmarillion; which he mostly wrote in the trenches during WWI, almost 100 years ago. The fist 2:30 minutes of this interview, Christopher Tolkien tells the history of The Silmarillion and its connection with The Book of Lost Tales. This is the first book […]

Replacing the Battery on my MacBook Air

Its finally come time to replace the original battery on 2012 MacBook Air 11 in. With over a thousand cycle counts, the battery was tagged as a “Replace Soon” condition by MacOS. The battery would still charge perfectly fine, however with some light usage; it only lasted about an hour before it fully drained completely. […]

Book Review – The Children of Húrin

There is no doubt that the Elder Days and First Age are my favorite era and works of J.R.R. Tolkien’s entire legendarium. The tale of The Children of Húrin is one of them. Having first read the original story in The Silmarillion and the additional writings of it in Unfinished Tales, I already knew the […]

HashiCorp Rocks!

It never really bothered me when companies use open source software and implement an “Open Core” business model around the software that they give for free (both as in freedom and beer). After all, I’m a capitalist as well (I also love my cash). This is the prime reason why I side with the open […]

Book Review – Unfinished Tales

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth is a collection of both new stories and expansion of stories from The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. That being said, it is absolutely necessary to read those books first prior to reading this one. Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth is not a traditional […]

Happy 10 years!

So this blog is officially ten years old! Well, not quite. Technically, I began experimenting with WordPress 1.5 back in early 2005. Back then I was a still in college, on the now extinct ITT-Tech. At that time I wanted to learn the LAMP stack more in depth (I’m still learning since this is a […]

Book Review – The Silmarillion

I have read many books throughout my life, and I have to say, The Silmarillion is my favorite book of all time. This book has some really amazing stories, and it’s unique creation and publication made me love it even more. To start with, this book is NOT for everyone. Also I would definitely suggest […]

A Beautiful Irony

They’re very few things that can captivate me emotionally. This fan made video is one of those few. I’ve started reading The Silmarillion over the weekend, and the very first story in the book is called Ainulindalë. This story describes how the world in which Middle-earth resides in, was originally created. The beautiful irony of […]