Fewer trainsTrains
Train traffic is almost dead. Locals still run (M746 southbound and M743 down from Attapulgus) and Q608 and Q609 but nothing else. Coal was rerouted north last year and as of the first of the month Q601, Q602, Q605 and Q606 arent coming through here any more either. The line is up for sale and there are rumors FEC might buy it but no one local has said anything.

MouseComputer/Web pages, House
Got the mouse. Heard it when I was up all night last weekend playing games. Put traps way back in the attic where I heard it. Also took the opportunity to run the network cable for the library to the right hole not though the ceiling. Hadn't heard the mouse again so thought maybe I scared it off. Nope it was caught in that far trap. Removed all the traps today since I havent heard any more an nothing set the rest off.

SnowMain Page
Car was iced over when I left the house. Freezing rain then and got heavier on the wzay into work. Flurries started about 8:40. Stopped 10 min later.

Very good night. Able to see double cluster, Andromeda and M38 w naked eye. Also found M103 and M33 easily with binoculars. 7 Geminids (on while looking for M103 in binoculars) and 1 sporadic in about 45 min.

Spent an hour outside, 11 meteors. One of the brightest was clearly a Geminid not a Leonid however. It started off well 4 in the first couple minutes but then slowed down. Fog was starting to roll in at the end. This muted the church lights across the pasture which have gotten worse, they put up a new building with more 24 hour lights.


Extermis by Steve White.
Sci-Fi: Military: 872 pages.
Volume 8 in the series Starfire Series.

This is somehow tied to some books by Weber way back, but also a Terran Republic series. This one however has aliens invading a preestablished warp point empire.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Georgian Antiquity A History of Colchis and Transcaucasian Iberia 550 BC-AD 562Books
by David Braund
History: 359 pages

Rather than saying we have no idea what happened he spends the first half talking about pottery and graves of places that we dont even have ancient names for. Second half is better but maps have too many modern names. Research for Amber game.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Burning PageBooks

The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman.
Fantasy: Contemporary: 356 pages.
Volume 3 in the series The Invisible Library.

Alberich threats to destroy the library. Pretty sure at this point Irene is his sister or daughter.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Monster Hunter FilesBooks

The Monster Hunter Files by Larry Correia.
Fantasy: Contemporary: 319 pages.
Volume 10 in the series Monster Hunter.

Short stories in the MHI world. Several were very good. A Kinght of the Enchanted Forest by Gorge. Thistle by Correia.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Jeep is totally screwedHouse
I knew the frame was rusted. It makes noise. Today it got worse. Looked under and inside. Skid plate bolts are busted out of the frame. Engine seems to be sitting at an angle and fan is brushing the housing. Unsafe to drive. Left at Leslies and need to figure out how or if to fix but its going to have to be towed away.