April 29th, 2016
April 27th, 2016
April 26th, 2016
|09:51 pm - #45, 46, 47|
I've been reading a number of books at the same time, and I finished several at nearly the same time.
First is The Firefly Witch by Alex Bledsoe which is a short piece that I got from Amazon download. It's a tale about a regular guy who gets involved with a Wicca practitioner. Very nicely written and really kept my interest. I hope it's an opening to a novel.
Next was Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture. Now, I can't remember when I first went to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Agoura, CA, but I suspect it was during high school, in the very early 70s. This book details the history and sociology of the Faire phenomenon in a really brilliant way. I learned a lot about it, and I really loved this book.
Finally was Elektrograd: Rusted Blood, a short story by Warren Ellis; a mystery set in a strange future. Fun.
On to the next book...
April 25th, 2016
April 24th, 2016
|09:10 am - #44|
It's been a bit over a year since the death of one of my favorite authors, known on the Internet as PTerry, and in the British Empire as Sir Terrence, and I knew that there was still one of his books that I'd yet to read. I had been waiting for it to be released in the US, and apparently it never has been. I've never seen it for sale at conventions, either, so finally I caved in an ordered a copy from Amazon. Yesterday I finished reading Terry Pratchett Presents Dodger's Guide to London; it's not fiction, though Dodger is a fictional character that Pratchett had used as a protagonist in a book of that name. It appears to me that the author kept a notebook with odd little facts about London in the Victorian era and put it all together in a small book. As with many books of the sort, it can be quite amusing, and Terry Pratchett's turn of phrase adds enjoyment to it, but this isn't his Discworld, and unless you have an interest in the period in London (say, if you're into Sherlock Holmes, say, or the Flashman novels, maybe) this probably wouldn't be a book worth pursuing. That said, I did enjoy it; so there!
Prep work continues. Of course it does.
Last night was Seder at my sister the professor's place; she's vegan, but the event was vegetarian, because you can't make matzoh balls without eggs. She was impressed with two totally different hagadot (or Passover prayer books), and so she got both, every other spot at the table with one or the other. Both books were pretty impressive for differing reasons, so I can see why she was torn. Grace, one of my nieces, let us know that she's going to start at the University of California next autumn (i.e. Berkeley), and good for her! It was good to see all the family there.
Today, more prep work. Next weekend...well...
April 23rd, 2016
The first week of the new job is over, and I managed to get a bit better using the software that they have. I've met some of the providers, and I've spoken with various staff about one thing or another. I need to study up on their procedure manuals, especially since some of them need updating. That proceeds, for now.
Last night, we had first Seder with some members of our Havurah, and had a very nice time with it. We're going to another one tonight at my sister's.
Stuff to do around the house and in the yard...always!
|07:34 am - #43|
Tooling along slowly, I finished Osprey Campaign #4: Tet Offensive 1968: Turning Point in Vietnam this week. I was pretty young when this happened, and on this side of the Pacific, whatever was happening was poorly reported, so this quick discussion of the events and results is pretty solidly good. Worthwhile.
April 21st, 2016
|07:41 am - #42|
A couple of days back, I finished reading Osprey Vanguard #4: Fallschirmpanzerdivision 'Hermann Goring', a unit history of a vanity unit of the German Luftwaffe, manned with ground crew that had to be retrained. They fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and the Russian Front. Moderately interesting as far as Osprey books go.
April 19th, 2016
April 18th, 2016
Last night was the Dungeonmaster show that I'd mentioned; it was great fun, and along with the show itself, we had a quick recital by The Library Bards including two songs that they've yet to put on iTunes. We also had a surprise appearance from the creator of Dungeonmaster, Bruce A. Young, who drove in from the Twin Cities for the show. It happened to be his birthday, and so we celebrated the new Heroes as well as He Who Thought This Thing Up!
Soon, I'm starting the new job. Butterflies? No, more like hornets...
April 17th, 2016
So you'd think I'd get some rest when I'm between jobs, wouldn't you?
Not so much.
Yesterday opened with the two of us working on the backyard some more, followed by me getting a haircut, then more yardwork, a quick visit by Derek, more yardwork, and then finishing up season five of Justified. Nice ending of the season. Just the one more to go...
Dungeonmaster tonight, and this is a Heroes Trial, so it's one you shouldn't miss...