Book Review – The Art of The Lord of the Rings

Unlike The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings did not had illustrations. In this book, you’ll read and see the many different illustrations, sketches, and notes that J.R.R. Tolkien drew and wrote pertaining to The Lord of The Rings. A significant amount of his original unpublished illustrations were related to maps and the geography of […]

Book Review – A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings is the sequel to A Game of Thrones. Like in A Game of Thrones, this epic story continues being told from the point-of-view of certain characters. We also get to read point-of-view chapters from new characters introduced in this book, as well as characters that were already introduced but were never […]

Book Review – Skyrim Art Book

I purchased this art book as part of a bundle that also included an Alduin statue, both of which were originally part of the Skyrim collectors edition. This is an art book in every sense of the word. It’s not a strategy guide, nor it isn’t a comprehensive introduction to the world of Skyrim. Instead […]

New Home Lab Hardware Refresh

It’s been roughly six years since I’ve done any significant hardware refresh to my home lab. I’ve been using two Mid-2011 Mac Mini’s (i5 2.3GHz) as my physical servers. Both running Ubuntu Linux server with KVM and VirtualBox as the hypervisors. These tiny machines have been rock solid and have serve me well over all […]

Book Review – The Treason of Isengard

This book covers a somewhat small portion or timeline from the main Lord of The Rings narrative. Which in large part is do to the massive scale of the story. The Treason of Isengard starts of with the different manuscripts and drafts in the sequential order of: Hobbiton to Bree Bree to Rivendell Council of […]

Book Review – A Game of Thrones

When it comes to A Game of Thrones (TV show) or A Song of Ice and Fire altogether; I’m completely clueless. So when I first started reading this book, I had no idea what to expect. I love fantasy, and epic high fantasy even more. I originally bought the mass market paperback A Song of […]

PlayStation 3 Hard Drive Upgrade

Unlike the PS4, I do have a decent amount of digital games for the PS3. This, mainly because of some great Humble Bundle PlayStation bundles I’ve bought through out the years where PS3 is the platform with the most digital games in the bundle. My PS3 originally came with just 120 GB drive, so I opted to […]

Book Review – The Return of the Shadow

In this sixth book of The History of Middle-Earth volume series, we finally start reading the early drafts of The Lord of the Rings. A very interesting thing about this book and the complete History of Middle-Earth is that the drafts and back history of The Hobbit are not included at all. The primary reason […]

April 2018 Favorites

Reading This month I only read technical books. In particular AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam and Resilience and Reliability on AWS: Engineering at Cloud Scale. Though it’s just temporarily since right now I’m just focused on my completing my AWS certifications, I’ve taken a break from the traditional fantasy fiction that […]

March 2018 Favorites

Reading Reading wise, March was somewhat of a slow month. The only real reading I’ve done this past month was that of AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam book, for the technical certifications that I’m studying for. Gaming For gaming, I played a whole lot of Middle-Earth Shadow of War, and I must […]