The economics of space empire

From everything I have read, unless some serious new technology is discovered (or something like a wormhole) we probably will never truly experience a “space” empire age. That being said, they sure are fun to read about. So imagine my joy when I came across this article on 10 Science Fiction books where the space empire might be economically feasible. The best part about this list is that the #1 book listed is the Vorkosigan Saga–which happens to be my absolute favorite series of books.

Also on the list are some other classics I have enjoyed, such as the Foundation by Asimov and Dune by Frank Herbert. The Alliance-Union series is on the list as well, which is exciting since that series is coming up on my reading list. Yay for books!


Ice cream, books and beer

A few updates and thoughts to share with you, my very small audience. 


Ice Cream:

        I made gluten free Cookies and Cream ice cream the other day. It turned out even better than I imagined it would. Sooo good. 


       So I haven’t brewed any beer in a while which has resulted in a lack of posts. The simple explanation is that I have more than enough right now. Probably at some point in the early winter I’ll brew another dark beer but right now, what I have is sufficient. I plan on visiting Auroch’s Brewery this month and I’ll probably pick up a growler there and my brother-in-law has a 6 pack of Woodchuck Cider’s Belgian White waiting for me in Ohio which means I’ll have even more and not need to brew any more. 

…That being said since Fall is approaching us I’ll probably make some sort of cider. It just seems like the right thing to do this time of year. 


    I put reading The Drunken Botanist aside so there will be no formal review forthcoming. I do recommend the book if you are interested in botanical history or the history of alcohol or appreciate a good writer. The book is a wonderful resource and I stopped reading it because I decided it would better serve me to purchase it and not check it out from the library. That way, I can make annotations and write in the margins. 

   On Facebook I notice a number of people “challenging” other people to list the 10 most influential books they have read. No one has challenged me to that but I thought it looked like fun so I’ll list them here. In no particular order:

  1. The Bible by God the Spirit
  2. The Leap of Faith and the Limits of Reason by Soren Kierkegaard (without this essay I wouldn’t be a Christian)
  3. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
  4. The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen 
  5. A Time of Gifts/Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor (okay, technically those are 2 books but..)
  6. The Razor’s Edge by Somerset Maugham
  7. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  8. Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton (especially chapter 4)
  9. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  10. Beau Geste by P.C. Wren

Books and more books (2014)

Vanity of vanities I am vain! And one area where I am vain is I like to keep a running tab of books that I have read. So I think I may have this post here for myself (and for anyone else interested in what I’m reading) and update it as I complete a book.


The Heart of a Servant Leader by C. John Miller

Who’s Your Father? by Robert Bernicker

Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen

The Presbyterian Conflict by Edwin Rian

Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor by D.A. Carson

The Theology of the Westminster Standards by John Fesko (on-going)

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart (on-going–did not end up finishing this as I think it would be better to buy and read as needed).

Exponential: How to Accomplish the Jesus Mission (had to return to the library before I could finish it.)

Communicating for Change by Andy Stanley

How to Communicate: Mastering the Art of Active Listening


The Wind-Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey

Trading in Danger, Marque and Reprisal and Engaging the Enemy, Command Decision all by Elizabeth Moon

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Emissaries From the Dead by Adam Troy-Castro (On-going)


Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray

A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson

Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman

Death by Living by N.D. Wilson

All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon

The Mortification of Sin by John Owen (on-going)

Preaching In Hitler’s Shadow: Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich ed. by Dean Stroud