Archive for May, 2011

Just When I Thought It Was Safe

Posted May 27, 2011 By Jandy
 

This afternoon I was going thru my daughter’s boxes in the garage to take some of her things to her. I found this box.

Great…it’s a box of books I missed unpacking when we moved last year. It’s a good thing I just got another bookcase.

Nebula Awards

Posted May 23, 2011 By Jandy
 


The Nebula Awards were celebrated this weekend by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

Congratulations to Connie Willis for her dual books, Black Out and All Clear

Here is the list of all the 2011 Nebula Award Winners.

Nope, I haven’t read anything else on the list, although I’ve seen four of the screen plays in their final form.

Fun Days

Posted May 22, 2011 By Jandy
 


My library book club has been a source of wonderful and not-so-wonderful unexpected books over the past six years. I never would have read Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons if it hadn’t been for then. Now I enjoy Lorna Landvik’s books.

The other thing about this group is that I’ve made a great group of friends. We usually meet every third Tuesday for book club. But then we have days like today. We had a pot luck picnic at one of the member’s new home. The couple had bought a fixer-upper and have finally finished restorations and moved in. The house is beautiful (he’s an architect, need I say more?). More fun, though, was just the gathering. We sat around eating and discussing everything from books to politics to travel to gardening to panning for gold to renovations to books again.

Good friends, good food, and good books – can you ask for much more?

Unseeing

Posted May 18, 2011 By Jandy
 


Right now I’m listening to The City and the City by China Mieville. It’s about two cities that share a physical space in two different dimensions – sort of. I still haven’t figured out a good way to explain their presence.

Since the two share space, people from one city can often see things from the other. But all are trained from childhood to “unsee” anything that happens in the other city. If someone tries to interact between the two, he could be arrested.

The concept of “unseeing” caught my interest. I wondered how the people in those cities did it. Then I took a plane trip this past weekend for a conference. I realized that I “unsaw” my fellow travelers. The couple trying to quiet the screaming baby on the plane? I ignored, or “unheard” them. I can’t describe anyone I sat by on the plane or followed in a coffee line.

That’s when I realized we “unsee” all the time. Mieville is making a point of it. It sounds difficult, but we do without thinking.

My New Toy

Posted May 11, 2011 By Jandy
 

Last week Woot had this enTourage Pocket eDGe on sale. It’s an ereader on one side and a computer tablet on the other running Android. It came yesterday. I started playing w it today.

My first problem is it’s running Android v. 1.6 which is out of date for most Android apps, including the Nook app and the Google reader app. I already have a question in to support about this because their documentation only mentions that they’re working on an upgrade – dated February 2010.

For now I’m excited w it. It will be great for travel once it’s set up. It’s the smaller 7″version which is easier to carry. My brother pointed out that it’s heavier than my Nook as well as having a smaller screen. I think that will be ok. I’m looking forward to experimenting w the reader.

I’ll keep you posted.