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  • Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files
    Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files
    by Jim Butcher

    Butcher has done it again. After 14 books, the Dresden Files is still my favorite book series. If you’re a fan, you know why you’re a fan. If you’ve never read any of this series, start with book one, Storm Front. This is not one of those series where you can pick and choose which ones you want to read. Well, you could, but it would suck.


Emaline's Christmas List - 2009

Emaline's current Christmas list can be found here:

Holden's Christmas List - 2009

Holden's multi-page Christmas list can be found here:

No More "Daily Twitter Digest"

I've decided to disable and delete the Daily Twitter Digest function and posts on this site. Out of the context of Twitter, the digest posts simply acted as filler to make me feel like I was active on my blog.

This reminds me of my #1 rule of web design, which I developed about 10 years ago:
Just because you can does not mean that you should.

Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days.

Review: The Flying Saucer, Garland, TX

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As a regular customer of the Flying Saucer in Addison, TX, I was thrilled to find that they were opening a location in Garland/Rockwall, just 15 minutes from my house. So, I'll admit, I was biased. I wanted to love it. But nothing could have prepared me for what I found when I got there.

You see, the Addison location holds a very special place in my heart. It is, of all the places I've visited, my favorite watering hole. At least it was. Though I love the Addison Saucer, I had some problems with it as well. It could be very cramped, and it got very smoky quickly.

The new Garland/Rockwall location offers everything I loved about the Addison location (great beer selection, knowledgeable [and super-hot] waitresses, fun atmosphere) and it improves upon the few aspects of the Addison Saucer that drove me nuts.

The new location is easily twice the size (if not more so) of the Addison joint, so there's plenty of room to move around. Also, (and I'm not sure if this was by luck or city ordinance) I smelled no cigarette smoke at the new location. And I didn't even venture onto the massive patio area, which sits directly upon the beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard. (The Addison Saucer's puny patio sits upon the less-than-lovely parking lot for the El Fenix Mexican restaurant.)

If you're a fan of good beer, and you live anywhere near Lake Ray Hubbard, you owe it to yourself to check out the new Flying Saucer. Look for me. My name's Brook, and I'll probably be there with an IPA in my hand.

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium - Garland/Rockwall, TX

4821 Bass Pro Drive
Garland TX, 75043

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium - Addison, TX
14999 Montfort Drive
Addison, TX 75254
Phone: (972)934-ALES

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Auto-Tune the News #6

This is currently one of my favorite things on the Internet.