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    The Internet…is DOWN!


    2011 - 07.02

    We had a weird experience yesterday. Our internet was down, due to a contractor cutting through a cable at some place around out neighbourhood. Normally my days are filled with hours of Facebook games and general “falling down the rabbit hole” as I wander through the tubes of the internet, discovering new webcomics and blogs, searching out recipes and art techniques I won’t use because I’m too busy with Facebook games.

    Instead, yesterday and part of Wednesday night was filled with reading, working on my cross stitch zombie project, writing from a writing prompt on Writing Excuses, two visual journal pages, washed some pots, went for a walk and visited with people for Canada Day.  While I still feel that the internet is a valuable tool, I’m starting to realize that I need to walk away from it sometimes. (The irony that I’ve just spent two hours drafting blog posts is not lost on me.)  Today, I’m going to the library to get some books on canning and preserving, going to the farmer’s market to see what’s in season and I’m going to make some preserves!

    Slave Lake Library


    2011 - 05.21

    (Cross posted at Random Synapses)

    Thanks to the Burnaby Public Library (and the Library of Jen), I’ve managed to do the first twenty books of The Project without having to spend any money, except the occasional overdue fines. I can’t imagine being without my library, and the people of Slave Lake will be doing without for some time now, as their library was completely destroyed by fire earlier this month.

    The BPL and other libraries have teamed up to help out Slave Lake rebuild their library collection and spread the news.

    Books


    2011 - 04.09

    When Dave and I met, we discovered that we have a multitude of books in common that we really liked.  When we moved in together, we discovered that we didn’t have a lot of overlap in books we actually owned. It was actually kind of surprising, as we both really enjoy Dune, Wheel of Time, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov among others.  Now that we only have to buy one copy of the books we like, we’ve added series by Kelley Armstrong, Brent Weeks, Jim Butcher and many others. (We also really like Kim Harrison, but so far, we’ve mostly gotten her stuff from the library.)

    Any other recommendations?

    I Got Book-Jacked!


    2011 - 02.14

    Went to the library today, actually two different branches of the library to pick up a few books today.  I’ve read a few books off of Karin’s 100 Book Challenge, but found that I needed something a little different.  It just seemed like although the books on the list are technically books (which you can prove because you can touch them, and they look like books) and they are presumably novels… but some of them really really don’t seem like they are stories.

    So in needing something new to read, I resorted to the library.  Karin had mentioned a book by Kim Harrison which she had bought, as the author had been recommended, but it turned out not to be the first book in the series (actually it’s book 5).  I read a couple of pages of it to get a feel for it last night, and then picked up the first four books at the library today.

    When I got home I showed Karin the books that I brought home, and she was excited to see the Kim Harrison books, I leave the room for a few minutes and when I returned, there’s Karin curled up on the couch reading the first book in the series.  That’s right, she book-jacked me, but because she’s cute and not feeling well I let her get away with it.  So now I’m reading a non-fantasy novel by Terry Goodkind: The Law of Nines, I’ll let you know how it goes, interesting so far (5 chapters in).

    Decluttering


    2011 - 01.17

    We’ve been working on decluttering it seems like forever now, but I guess in truth it is a constant process.  The area which we fall down on most often is the actually getting things out of the house.  We’ve got stuff that we’re ready to get rid of, it’s just a matter of actually taking it somewhere else, and unfortunately most of those places aren’t open 24 hours, or in fact really normal hours at all, so there’s this awkward lack of coordination between the motivation to deal with it and the opportunity to do so.

    Did a little work on one of our bookcases today, and took a couple of books off of it, so if anyone is interested in these books, speak now.

    Spook Country, William Gibson.  The book’s okay, and has a local connection (a portion of the book takes place in the lower mainland), but overall it wasn’t his strongest effort by far, and the way in which the narrative jumped around prevented it from developing any real flow.

    Blood Noir, Laurell K. Hamilton.  To be honest, beyond having read it, I don’t remember anything specifically about the book.  Although I do continue to read the Anita Blake series of novels (and there has been improvement lately), the first 5 or so novels are by far the most compelling.  Some of the more recent books have seen more of a return to that earlier form/style.  I suppose the problem is that even in the books which don’t necessarily live up to that earlier high standard do manage to involve many (but certainly not all) of the cast of characters, and do advance the shared universe to some degree, and as such if you got sucked in by the earliest novels, it’s hard not to want to know what’s happening to everyone still.  But as you can see, the book is not good enough to merit a place on our book shelves, which we’re trying to make an increasingly rare honour.

    Additional note on Spook Country is that it seems as though some of the characters from the novel appear in his next novel Zero History… so if you were intending to read the complete works of William Gibson, you’d need to read it.

    Random Synapses – revived


    2011 - 01.11

    Not that this is really important, given that we have no readers, but since I believe in user friendliness an announcement seemed in order.  Karin has largely been absent in terms of new posts over here, that’s mostly because she has her own place to post should she choose to, and given that we haven’t really defined what this site is, well it’s hard to determine if any individual random post belongs here or there.

    Going back a few years Karin had a blog “Random Synapses” (http://starsgone.blogspot.com/), well as a bit of an early Christmas present for her, I registered randomsynapses.ca where she has once again started blogging, mostly about her 100 book challenge.  It is those two things which in truth explain why she hasn’t been posting her much, she has her own blog and she’s busy trying to complete her 100 book challenge.

    In fact she has just gone to the library (Burnaby Public Library) to pick up some 17 books which are on hold for her… somehow I don’t think she’s going to be able to read them all without renewing (28 days is the loan period), but I don’t think it will stop her from trying.