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Finished reading it. It's remarkably nice to find a book where the final twist is absolutely unexpected. I haven't been so unable to predict a plot in a long time.
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I'm in the midst of reading The Affinity Bridge, and I just have to say...a lot of books, especially mystery novels, seem too stream-of-consciousness to really suit their genre. This one, however...the narrative is impeccably crafted, and clearly done so with intent. Textbook execution is not always a bad thing. This feels like the heir to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, not some hack trying to imitate him. Definitely worth the time.
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I wouldn't be surprised, since Michaelangelo was angry and a jerk in addition to one of the greatest talents the world has ever known. Still, as Fark points out, this will probably lead to another Dan Brown pile of garbage.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/06/17/is-there-a-hidden-message-in-the-sistine-chapel-ceiling/
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I had eggs benedict for dinner last night. It was delicious.

Also, I set up an auction on Runetotem that will make a minimum 200 gold for Heriotze...since someone already bid the minimum. Celiyne is pretty much the auction house staff for the time being.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] brilligspoons should watch her mail, since Jay is mailing her prezzie for me today. Figure it'll take a couple of days to get up north.

This is the entirety of what I accomplished yesterday. Which means I have much to do today.

I have to sort through all my camping gear and see what we need for this weekend (a cooler, for starters). We're going out to dinner and then to pick up anything else we might need, including patchover food for Mudflap since his fancy pants prescription food, which I bought on SATURDAY and was charged for on MONDAY shipped on WEDNESDAY. It's annoying not living near a vet who carries it, but they're all farm vets out here.

Also, we have to get the apartment tidy since Killian will be coming by this weekend to feed the kitty.

I read part of one of the Gnomes books by Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen before I went to sleep last night, which is the mental equivalent of giving yourself a cup of cocoa and a snuggle. I loved those gnomes so much when I was little, and I was really amazed when I looked them up on Amazon and saw how much more material they'd put out that I never knew about.

One of the books I bought used is autographed by Poortvliet. I don't think the seller realized that, or they would have sold it for a LOT more.

All of you who get to work from home when you need to: do you remember what it's like to have to drag your ass into work on 5 hours sleep when you're sick and achy? I kinda hate you guys a little right now.
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Following this, I'm comfortable with the idea that the European Renaissance was Post Post-Apocalyptic. The Medieval period was Post-Apocalyptic. The period was brought about by the collapse of the advanced societies of the entire continent, when thousands of years of technological advancement and philosophical enlightenment were lost.

http://community.livejournal.com/steamfashion/2642004.html

Also, I'm totally fine with Post-Apocalyptic Steampunk. Read Boneshaker by Cherie Priest if you need help understanding.
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I hate the red/blue divide. What happened to agreeing to disagree, and caring about people anyway? I'm a liberal atheist. My family contains some outspoken religious conservatives. And we love each other. Beyond that, we're friends. And nobody, from Fox or Msn, or any other media conglomerate, is going to change that. I want this book.

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/01/can-a-book-about-jer.html#more

"The saddest part of the deepening of the political divide in the US (something I blame, at least in part, on the 24/7 media cycle's need to create a narrative) is how it blinds us to common ground." - Quote from the comments section, username mgfarrelly
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/race-under-fire-is-being-white-something-you-can-learn-1974929.html

From a scientific standpoint, race does not exist. That's fine. But saying that elevated social status removes "blackness" is saying that "blackness" is bad. I don't buy it. Why can't someone be educated, genteel, advantaged, and still be black? Why does gaining that advantage replace a part of a person's identity? This mindset negates the hard work and self-perception of millions of people.

I find it telling that the author's last name (of the book, not the article) is Painter.
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So, I've been reading Martin's Song of Ice and Fire saga, and I'm in the middle of A Storm of Swords. I finished reading the conclusion of Daenerys's encounter with the slavers, and...man, I love that girl.

In reverse

Jul. 21st, 2009 10:00 am
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I was sick yesterday with the heartburn that ate Tokyo, and I figured continuing the sleep deprivation of the last few weeks would only make it worse, so I stayed home and slept till 2:30 or so. Then I got the Burning Crusade (finally), so should I want to, I can make a Drannei. I soloed King Mukla in Booty Bay and made level 43, then decided my headache was bad enough and signed out. I really need new glasses. Spent the evening snuggled with Jay and watching Burn Notice, then took some Benadryl and went to bed early.

I'm currently reading The King's Grace, because everyone who reads Elizabethan fiction eventually moves on to Henrician.

Rewind to Sunday:
Breakfast with Jay and Melissa at the country diner. Maybe I shouldn't have had the potato pancakes? But they were so good!
Jay and I returned [livejournal.com profile] fatherdog's car to his house, then drove up to Waldwick for the mass family birthday party. Thanks to turnpike traffic, I missed my mom's cousin OC (Owen Charles). Still had a nice time with the family, and Jay cut through all the Dell bs to get my aunt's internet and wireless printer up and running. I cook, he networks. We are useful couple!
We stopped by Wanaque to pick up some more stuff from the apartment, but it was 8 PM and I was exhausted, so we didn't get as much as we could have. Picked up my lil coffee pot, though. Now I just have to get some white vinegar to clean it.
Also, Sunday was my birthday. I am officially 29 and proud of it. Thank you everyone who wished me a happy. Got a couple of nice lil prezzies, but more importantly, people kind of made a fuss about me. I like fusses when they're happy.

Saturday:
Got up around 10 to drive out to Clinton for an 11:30 oil change...which the owner never bothered to inform his mechanics that he had scheduled, so let me tell you, they were THRILLED to see me 30 minutes before close. But, it got done. Then we went over to WalMart and got a couple of camp chairs, and stopped for sushi lunch before going home to shower and play video games.
Melissa came by around 4 and we hung out till Dave showed up around 6, and then we went to Ewing for a Bear Tavern party & BBQ. It was madness on par with the usual. Objects of interest were a cute baby, a broken rusty trampoline, a pair of agitated mini schnauzers, a moth, cookies, Dancing Bill, and a pile of cushions on the floor. I laughed till I hurt, which in retrospect may have contributed to the evil, evil heartburn, but fsck it. Also, if you own hentai and get married, your spouse now also owns hentai and needs to accept that. Photos/video if I get them.
Got to see Aaron before he moved away to Seattle, so that was bittersweet.
[livejournal.com profile] fatherdog got drunker than I've seen him since college, so after putting some water in him, we decided to drive him home and call it a night.

Friday:
Went to the Red Rooster Grill in Flemington with Jay and had a lovely fancy-pants dinner. The place is Zagat rated Excellent. Om nom a nom nom. Then we went to see Potter. I understand why the detractors don't like it, but honestly I was perfectly satisfied. There is also already some good fan-parody out about it. It is kinda weird how ripped Rupert Grint is. His biceps are as big as my head.

Tonight's plan is to visit with Travis and Kelly for a bit, and give Kelly some of Flap's extra things that Jay and I don't need anymore now that the kitty has only one home.

Buhguh

Dec. 11th, 2008 09:42 pm
holly_evolving: (flap nap)
No Junkyard tonight, which is fine with me, really. I'm exhausted. Didn't get the chips project done, which means no $100.00 this week. Which sucks as I could really use that money. But I'm not starving, so yay.

Gonna go take a shower and then geek out with the roomie to the tune of Portal, Allison Weir, and Comedy Central.

Figured out tags. Behold! A tag cloud to the lower left of my journal!
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Happy zombie Jesus day.  May your pastel eggs be lead-free.

Went to Chet's memorial at the farm.  Not going to say much about that.  It was good to see the people who were there.  Also, Joan is a remarkable woman who really carries herself like a queen.  I'm sure it was hard for her, though, and I'm glad she has so many good friends.

Had some baby therapy afterwards, which was very nice.  I'm saddened, though, by how little preparation many hospitals provide for new parents who want to breastfeed.  New dad's mom and I did a lot more to help than the friggin' LACTATION CONSULTANTS did, with the exception of new dad's mom's friend, who isn't even associated with the hospital.

Grr.

If you need info, read Dr. Sears.  Because apparently American hospitals still have too much fail.

And then?

Mar. 7th, 2008 10:46 am
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I had a wonderful day yesterday. My job interview went really well; in fact, they want me back on Wednesday morning to meet with the head of operations. I spent lunch with my mom and Aunt Diane, who is in her third week of chemotherapy and needed some cheering up. Interesting fact: chemo changes the way food tastes, so a lot of cancer patients need company to distract them and make them feel like eating. I went home and took a nap, then met up with Melissa and Claire at the Junkyard for possibly my last trip there. I've hit the point where I don't like college bars anymore...I've been to enough 21st birthday parties; I don't need those of random strangers inflicted on my evening. But, it was fun, and I danced up a sweat.

Today, it's still morning and I've already done everything productive that I can do today. Applied for jobs, bought groceries, cleaned...my last recourse is webcomics.

And my book. But I don't want to go through it too fast, since I can't afford to buy any more for a while.
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Down one irritating coworker. Now I just have to avoid killing anyone till we get a temp to replace her.

"Godsfuck, I do not like this dying!"--dying words of Uther Pendragon, Thomas Berger, Arthur Rex

This book is fucking hilarious.

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