October 3rd, 2009

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Some disappointments.

First, a book. Endangered Species is a Richard Woodman book...he's written a lot of nautical fiction, and this one just didn't catch my interest. It's a book that seems to be about the demise of the British merchant fleet. I gave it a few chapters, and then gave up.

Another disappointment was the next disc of Space: Above and Beyond. One of the episodes was done before by lots of other SF and war shows, and done better. The other was worse. I guess I'll give it a chance for the last disc, or so, since I'm in it so deeply already, but I'm not hoping that it will improve all that much.

forestcats is being educated. I'm hoping that she'll get great enjoyment from same...
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Copious brushfire smoke from over the ridgeline to the north and east, over by the I-15 pass. I've heard nothing about it, but there sure is a lot of smoke...
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You know, technology is a wonderful thing, when it's done right. It can be bloody irritating when it's done wrong, or at least in a slipshod fashion.

Example:

In early June, forestcats asked me to get her a book from the library. No problem. I logged onto the website for the San Bernardino County Library System. They list all the books they have, as well as Riverside County, and the Moreno Valley systems. It turned out that there was just the one copy available in all of these libraries, in Riverside County. After putting a hold on it, I saw that we were #2 on the waiting list. Not bad.

Now for the bad. After about three weeks, we moved up to #1 on the waiting list, which didn't seem unreasonable. Then, week after week of me daily checking to see if the book had arrived at our local library for pickup. No, no, and no. I even sent them a query, a couple of weeks ago, to see what was happening, and never got a response. Nice.

Finally, today, I dropped into our local library, as I managed to finish my day's work early enough. The librarian behind the counter checked on the book's status, saying a few disparaging things about Riverside County, and they're response to requests. She then checked to see if any libraries in other areas had since received the book, just in case. You know what? The very library had a copy, which they'd purchased in late July, several weeks after I had put on the hold. The system didn't have the capability of recognizing the same titles as the same book, and shifting it to me. It could only send me the specific book that I'd put the hold on, which must be lost, or misfiled, considering how long we've been waiting, and Riverside only lets their books out for two weeks. In any case, it's a WIN, for making the effort, but a LOSE for stupid programming...
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I dropped into a Games Plus today, to find out that Wii Fit Plus is to be released tomorrow, in both packagings; with and without the board.

Without, they quoted me $20.00
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For those of you in Southern California, tomorrow is another episode of Dungeonmaster at the Write Act Theater in Hollywood. Come one, come all!
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It's official. z23zowie has moved out.

*Sigh*.

Still, she had a ludicrous commute to work in Sylmar.

Pity that there's so few trains for her connections so it was too long to wait at the stops.
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Since forestcats is away at a quilting weekend, I took this opportunity to watch a Netflix disc of a classic film I've never seen.

12 Angry Men.

Deserves to be classic. Considering that I find myself more stimulated by characterization lately, rather than explosions and CGI, this is chock full of the former. Outstanding. Tolerate the black and white.