Tuesday, December 26, 2006

End of the year wrapup...

Under gray soggy skies 2006 edges into the past. I have no pretentious words of wisdom, just a long list of things I meant to do and didn't get done. I think that is a good thing. Too many things to do means a reason to look forward to every day! I just bought myself Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell which looks as long as its title. I capitulated to the many reviews in the New York Times as well as less prestigious rags, notwithstanding the rather negative review in the Guardian. I have high hopes for an absorbing adventure. Then, for Christmas I got The Hot Rock, another Dortmunder caper. in fact the very first Dortmunder caper. So - I of course want to romp through the Dortmunder adventure rather than take on the tome! Meanwhile I am reading an older Hammond Innes title Levkas Man from 1975 or so. Having read his excellently written novels before I knew this one would be good, but hadn't realized how good. Boats, Greece, mystery, and good writing - does it get better?

My fixation on the Mac game Quinn, which is a tetris-like game in pretty colors, has resulted in my high score being so high I will never do any better, thus proving sad for me now when my games score pathetically low. Having nowhere else to say that, I thought I would throw it in here.

Technology-wise, no big news. I can't get excited about the new Zune, and living as I now do in the POST-iPod era, I have no interest in new phones that play music. Or for that matter, new phones that do anything but provide phone service. By post-iPod I mean that mine is dead - battery long gone, and I haven't the interest in seeing if a replacement for a 3d gen. iPod is even out there. So, since I live without earphones or buds growing out of my ears, I find myself playing music on the PC at work, the Mac at home, and loving my iTunes library. My friend has a Nano though and she loves it.

My Mac works so well, so quietly and so smoothly that I am now stuck in a groove and so comfy I can't believe she is now almost four! The first week of February 2007, now only a month away really, she hits four, and so far works like a charm. I have every program I need, including this year's big hit (for me) WORD for Mac.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

More blogging...better music...

I read on the Blogger Blog that the number of blog posts are apparently doubling as of the first part of this year. That is probably NOT cause for glee, since most blogs are drek anyway. Perhaps the term blog is not the correct terminology for most blogs, but the more common term journal would be more appropriate because it suggest the daily entry of some random thought or observation. I mean, I feel that now that anyone can do this, as a few years ago it happened that many could do a web site, the quality will of course be subverted. And has been.

My own blog is extraneous because I have no focus, no theme, nothing that it is ABOUT, as my mentor in cataloging says about many books. Still, writing is an outlet that allows for some scope, so the excercise is good for the brain. No one wants to hear this stuff, so writing it is better.

And it gives us something to do while we listen to our iTunes Music Store playlist...right now - Freddie Fender and "Sugar Coated Love", a few minutes ago Toby Keith but - and this is great - before that it was "Limpopo - Crazy Russian Folk and Rock 'n' Roll Music" with "Midnight in Moscow". And before that Josef Strauss's "Music of the Spheres." So you see I have no focus in either this blog or in my music.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Microsoft WORD for Mac

I did it. I got MS WORD on the Mac and OH BOY. What a relief. I am sorry Nisus Writer and Mariner Write, but WORD blows away all the other word processors for the Mac. I have been soldiering onward with Appleworks and Nisus for the last three years, and now I am sorry I didn't get WORD right away. I didn't get Office because I don't need it. But I need WORD. Mactopia has a nice newsletter and lots of ideas for using the Notebook features and Articles and Tips has resources for projects. I found the interface not only Macish but prettier than the Mac apps I already have. WOW. So, I read everything I could about the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft and it was pretty interesting. Is there hope for convergence of systems? Who knows. The propaganda from Apple about Microsoft is getting a bit worn and tattered at this point. Everytime I read one of my Mac magazines and see someone take another hit at MS over the BSOD I scream. Haven't had one of those on a PC since we installed XP. Get with it, MacHeads. I love my Mac but I also use and like XP on a PC.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Project Runway and Harry Bosch

The latest hot news from this corner of space is PROJECT RUNWAY winner Jeffrey Sebelia. Didn't like him until I saw the rerun with Angela's Mom. The woman is seriously passive-aggressive, and the whole thing was a tempest in a teapot. TeeVee drama and reality show hype. Uli was terrific at Bryant Park, she will go far and sell lots. Michael's collection was stunning but not as good as some of his work on PR. He is a great guy, has a winning personality and will be successful I'm sure. Laura brings some elegance to the world, but nothing she does is really new...although the silver beaded dress with the chartreuse belting was stunning and the only original thing she did. Again, she should be commercially successful.

But then there is Jeffrey. His style, his originality and his overboard persona won the day and the prize! And I was glad. The world of fashion design isn't about us regular people, it's about verve, raw energy and the buzz of electricity that personifies youth. Some of it trickles down into what we wear or more likely into our accessories here in the doldrums of everyday mainstream life. It's fun, it's hip, and it's a whole big lot of entertainment!

And, Harry Bosch, LAPD, my latest reading obsession. Well written, steeped in angst, fast moving and still cerebral, Michael Connelly is an expert craftsman. I am on the 8th in the series and they are still absorbing and challenging. Can't say that for very many series.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

One of these days...

So, I'm sitting here working and a friend comes in with a just acquired iBook. Yes, the old iBook. Lovely little laptop of my dreams. This little puppy is a sweetie, running Tiger, and ready to jump on our wireless network here. I gave her a nice little tryout. Fate has shown me two Apple laptops in one week, one brand new and one older, but both beautiful. One of these days Alice...one of these days...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Last Friday I talked to a young woman who was sitting out in the public area with her new MacBook 13". I asked her if I could touch it, feel it, stroke it. She said yes. All I can tell you is that this is the most beautiful computer I have ever seen. I had thought that the 13" screen would be too small, but it is rectangular and wider than it is tall: it is glossy and extremely readable, not like the old PC laptops I have seen and used. She had connected easily to our wireless network, and she told me she loves her new MacBook dearly. I have shopped Mac quite regularly since buying the eMac in 2003. I love my Mac, but have been thinking that replacement time should probably come in a few years, and should probably be a laptop, which I would use both as home and travel computer.

Now - today for some reason I finally saw this column: Switching From Windows to Mac. Robyn Peterson lets us in on his adventures with buying and setting up his new MacBook. It also makes me crave one. He has some minor irritations to relate, but they are really because he didn't get the Missing Manual to Mac OSX yet. He somehow expected things to be the same - menus, installation, etc., as on his PC, even though he knew better.

I use Mac OSX and Microsoft XP, and frankly, XP is a terrific OS for the user who knows to clean out internet files, scan for spyware, use her virii software, and constantly review the directory hierarchy and watch what's going on. For the last 20 years I have been using Windows so there's no sweat with XP. XP is stable. I have never had a BSD on my work computer. Now, on the Mac, using OSX there is just a couple of cleanups to be done, and they are fast and easy. What's "under the hood" in both OS'es is really the difference. Windows has become inordinately tough to ferret through and find out where and what the machine puts there as you use it or install it. I find that constant care and feeding is necessary with the PC, but I can clean up the Mac with the Cocktail Utility every time I shut it down. I also use MacJanitor.

Going from Mac to WinPC to Mac is easy. I don't understand what all the fuss is about. One thing I will do differently on my next Mac is that I WILL purchase Microsoft Office. I would prefer WORD to Appleworks or the Nisus software I purchased, but I don't use an Office Suite much, so I haven't worried about that. But next time, it's Office for the Mac for sure.

As does Mr. Peterson, I use Firefox on the Mac, or even Opera. I tried and purchase Omniweb, but it is overkill, slow, and the preferences are a klutzy interface to wade through. Safari is a day late and a dollar short after using Firefox, and Camino is OK but not as full featured.

In general, I thought his article was fun and interesting. He admits to not looking in manuals or help files online until he hits a wall, so there we have something in common. I use my purchased Mac OSX book to refer to when I need to - I am not a cover to cover manual reader. If he takes that baby to work every day pretty soon the offices of PC MAGAZINE will sprout more Macs...who knows...this could be the start of an unusual inter-OS relationship.

Monday, July 31, 2006

New York Observer...

On the front page of The New York Observer this morning is a story about the transformation of East 86th Street, a street holding many good memories for me of what is probably considered the stone ages of the early 60's. Mention is made of the Lorelei dance hall, and the Brauhaus, both old haunts of students in the area in those days. 86th Street was "Germantown" and the neighborhood is Yorkville. No mention is made in the article of the old Student Prince - a restaurant and dance venue where I spent many a happy night. All these places are now gone and apparently have been for years. The neighborhood used to be a street of small family business, German bars and eateries, bakeries, etc., and in general a fun night out.

One night, walking back from 86th street uptown to East 98th Street toward the student residence, about midnight, my boy friend and I saw a man with a hood over his head knocking off the tops of parking meters, and dumping the proceeds into a bag. We walked on by as if we hadn't seen a thing, and he paid no attention to us. That was New York for you.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Jeopardy! was good to you Ken...

Well who knew that Ken Jennings had that good a sense of humor! I knew he was funny sometimes on Jeopardy!, but lookie here who has a blog entry that's a SCREAM! Ken's blog about Jeopardy! is making the news due to some completely humor-free persons who have made complaints and harassed him after reading his blog. Gooood grief. Read and enjoy!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Seattle...even MORE thoughts

They say that Seattle has the highest IQ per capita in the US. I am not surprised by this statistic after noting two anomolies. First, Seattle and environs has more book stores, new and used per block than anywhere I have been, including New York. Second hand books are everywhere, and the St. Vincent de Paul store on Bothel Way in Kenmore has a huge used book section running to two rooms and a children's section! You won't see that in a thrift store many places. And the books are not all schlock! I had to hold back so I wouldn't have to drag books home on the plane. In the grocery stores and the usual chain stores there are larger selections of books, including literature than I have ever seen in run of the mill stores. I didn't get a chance to hit any larger book stores in downtown Seattle but I have heard rumors of great finds to be made!The second odd thing hit me in the face while driving around the area of Kirkland, Kenmore and Bothel just on routine errands and scenic tours - the street signs! Where else would you see a sign reading "Road Revision" not to mention "Arterial Ends"! Out in normalville the signs say either "No Thru Traffic" or "Dead End", and the "Road Rivision"; does that mean "Construction Ahead?" My goodness, one would have to have ones handy Pocket Webster's to navigate! There must be a handbook somewhere with Handy Travelers Phrases for Seattle. In the foreign language section perhaps. All in all a good thing to see signs of intellect infusing the landscape. Pervasive sense of civilization, all the while remaining quite the most calm setting of any major city I've visited.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Seattle...more thoughts

Thinking about Seattle for another month since my return, I realize I really liked it. I liked the area and the undercurrent of a slower pace of life. With so many people moving to Seattle from the urban East and California, I wonder how long this pace of life will last. The climate, like the climate in Vermont, makes casual comfortable garb the norm - boots and wool; fleece and hats abound in both places. And that's summer. No, really. Oh, I admit in summer there are warm days, then it's jeans and tee shirts. After awhile you own no dress shoes in Vermont, and I wonder if that's not true in Seattle too...unless we call clogs dressy. So, all in all, I am looking forward to my next visit, and I can tell you could get used to living there easily.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

LibraryThing...it's fun!

I fell across LibraryThing one evening while surfing for I don't remember what? I was drawn by the exotic scent of organization to put in about 57 of my own books. I have some really nice software I paid for to "catalog" books, and I have tried simple cataloging software that was free. Library thing provides a title search among various countries libraries, as well as searching the AMAZON.COM database, and LibraryThing is web-based, and lives on the web in a Blogger supported site. All you need is the title, author or illustrator name, or ISBN etc. The searching uses Z39.50 protocol across numerous databases (you don't have to know anything about what this means to search, and in fact it should be an invisible aspect of searching) It does require correct spelling - no fuzzy searching here. I paid little attention to the editions I brought in, just the title was the thing because I was trying the "tagging" function. Instead of set Library of Congress subject headings, LibraryThing allows you, the user, to "tag" your individual books with the subjects you feel apply. This is hardly standardized of course, and that's the fun part!

With Library of Congress Cataloging, the cataloger wants to pinpoint the subject of a work so that a heading can be given which describes precisely what the book is "about." Thus a new heading: Distracted Drivers, created when a book only about distracted drivers comes across the desk at LC. So it is not the subject heading which may be searched in a precise hierarchical form, it is the call number assigned the work which is the hierarchical form.

The call number system of the Library of Congress is the most widely affirmed system of categorization of works. There is a book with Dewey system equivalents which point to the LC number equivalent of each Dewey category. Thus, since libraries are arranged by call number, when you go to the library you can browse the shelves in informational clumps. When you search online however, you usually use title, keyword or subject, and the average person has no idea what the LC heading for subjects may be, thus there is a system in place for cross-referencing. If the heading is not an LC heading, you will see a "SEE" reference, and if there are related headings, you will see a "SEE ALSO" reference. You can of course search library catalogs by call number and browse call numbers as well, so you can get a list of works in a given subject area.

I have a theory that today's searchers are putting in a lot of general keyword searches. I know I do, as well as title searches with truncated forms, such as just a few words. The problem here is that on AMAZON you will get about a million hits that you have to wade through. Do people care if they have to wade through a lot of hits? How about if the list was less illustrated and more compact, thus allowing you to roll your eyes speedily down a hundred titles on the page?

Back to the fun of LibraryThing: the tags. These are what they say - metadata tags right in the record with which a searcher will find all the "stuff" with the same tag in the database of LibraryThing. If there is no standard list of tags, pretty soon you are all over the place. Is this good? It well may be good. I found that I gave books tags that perhaps others would not have given those titles, yet when I went back to search, I found that there were others who had had the same general ideas, and thus I saw more titles of works in the same general category of (for example) pulp fiction.

So LibraryThing has energized my thinking and brought a lot of semi-dormant theorizing out of my own wetware database! It feels good to throw off a little dust and rust, and to think about stratified, codified, hierarchified and funified information delivery.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Seattle...trip to Microsoft

I admit to feeling thrilled to be able to visit Microsoft. Even for those who eschew (or pretend to) Windows et. al., it still remains that Microsoft is a mecca of techies everywhere. The day was sunny, giving the lie to the idea of Seattle and Redmond being constantly drenched with rain. In fact in the two weeks I was there the weather must have been ordered by the Chamber of Commerce because it couldn't have been better! So I saw Microsoft at its best in a sunny happy vista (get it? VISTA?) on a sunny happy day. Just a "civilian" observation - Microsoft recruits the best of the workaholic techie community. These people love to work, they love their jobs, they are fired by the competition of the job, and they also seem more collegial that many corporate cultures. There is a shared pressure, a shared deadline awareness, and a willingness on the part of most to "get-er-done." They work in a clean, modern, comfortable environment in one of the most topographically pleasing spots on earth and they get to dress "business casual." And in Seattle that means a lot of shorts and polo shirts.

We sampled the dining hall's offerings, and I must say the facilities are terrific. A varied selection of food was available, and lots of ethnic foods as well. Delicious! Even in the dining hall there are many themed posters and reminders of the corporate culture, such as in the paper table signs reminding employees who they work for, in case they don't remember.

Microsoft likes to decorate the campus with all sorts of promotional materials about themselves, and it lends a colorful and somewhat festival like atmosphere to the whole place. Colorful banners abound, like this one with a festive decorater touch in a server theme. It hangs in the vestibule of one of the buildings, and is visible from a glass enclosed mezzine up on the second floor. An open, airy building which houses workers in interestingly named corridors like a branching miriad of inner city European streets, criss-crossing and leading who knows where, all abuzz with activity.

All in all a pleasent visit, and one I hope to repeat! Next time more pictures and more exploration. As we drove away, I felt that these 24 years of my computing experience had gotten a terrific treat, no matter what OS I currently use. A bit of history visited.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Seattle...second installment

Downtown Seattle at the Pike Place Market was interesting. We got there and parked in a garage right at the market. It cost $11.00 for the maybe two hours we were there. It was worth it though, because the streets were narrow and crowded, and finding parking would have been no fun at all. The market itself was not as "grand" as I had pictured it, and in fact bore a certain resemblence to downtown Burlington, Vermont on farmer's market day. Seattle's tourist people should take a real hard look at the Pike Place area, because it seems to be peopled by three sorts. The obviously out-of-town tourist from some tourist factory in the midwest somewhere (where DO they get those same shirts and shorts that tourist wore in 1963?) who walk around faces agog taking in the bizarre sights of the crunchy-hippie-down-and-outs who make up the second group. Unfortunately the nearby park was occupied in one entire half by homeless men trying to catch a few winks wrapped up in their blankets, and bleary-eyed druggies who looked out at the tourists as if the visitors were the odd birds. The third group inhabiting the market is the vendors and the locals who go there to buy. A busy trade goes on, and there are jewelry stalls, art of various kinds, totebags, tee shirts and the like for the tourists, fresh herbs, flowers, seafood, and several eateries, soaps and herbal products, and more. All told a thriving, jostling vortex of humanity packed in like the fish on the displays.The fish market is as you would expect a fish market to be. That whole thing about throwing fish around is really over rated. It looks like guys throwing fish around. Well, I've seen the Fulton Fish Market in NYC, so maybe fish aren't a thrill like they are to some people.I got some lovely honey sticks at a really good price. Less than I could get them in the NorthEast. So that was a good days work.

The crowning glory of Pike Street Market are the flowers. The plethora of bloom was incredible. The variety of flowers was amazing, and the colors and groupings were truly wondrous. The prices for cut flowers were so low that if you could keep flowers for months it would pay to import them from Seattle. I have never seen such lush, large, colorful bouquets. Going rate was $15.00 for a large bouquet better than the local florist could make you for $40.00. Arrangements of these flowers was so professionally done, and so attuned to color and size that if I lived there I would always have fresh flowers and never have to grow any myself!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Seattle...first installment

Seattle is situated in a wild and wooly topography for a city and environs to grow. Sharp rocks, ridges, forest primeval, more hills and even more forests and rocks. Houses perched wherever a square foot of land allows building, and high density dwellings going up all over. Traffic flows more slowly here than, say in North Carolina or New York, where the average interstate flow seems to streak by at about 80 mph. I'd say it averaged about 55 in Seattle, sometimes slower. Although the traffic is slower, it is more congested than some places, and the lanes seem more narrow? Is this possible? Raised medians between some lanes abound, and any route to "somewhere" is convoluted.The foliage is wonderful, with camellias and other flowering semi-tropical plants in abundance. The forests are different than the Norteastern forests, yet quite similar in feel. Two rain forests differentiated by climate. Huge cedar trees and giant old deciduous trees share space with undergrowth of newer pine, spruce and assorted shrubs. Seattle and suburban settlers value their trees, and many a house is engulfed in trees far nearer the foundations than we in New England like our trees to be!Water abounds. I wasn't aware of the size of Lake Washington, which borders the city of Seattle on the East, and which separates Seattle proper from several surrounding communities which are contiguous with Seattle as far as population intensity, and economy. The Lake is a beautiful fresh water lake with parks around its sides, as well as private dwellings of the well to do. The Seattle area has parks aplenty. Nice times for the kids. The community of Kirkland boasts several nice parks, and plenty of Lake Washington views. Just a drive through the arty downtown area on a nice day is like a mini-vacation to the Lake.Next time thoughts on an afternoon trip to downtown Seattle.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

"The Da Vinci Code"...

The movie is out! And I saw it! Since the book was not that well written, I had hopes that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard would somehow transcend the material and give us a great movie! They did it! The screenplay was tighter, the performances were excellent, the casting spot on, and the music gave a quality that mirrored the ambiance of the book. All in all a fine production. I give it ****. Jean Reno did his usual fine job, Alfred Molina was cast superbly and the rest of the actors likewise. Of course Tom Hanks is his usual BEST, and it is Tom Hanks that pushes this film over the top and captures our imagination. Hanks is REAL. Whomever he plays, he brings character and depth to the role.

As far as this film being in any way threatening to faith or Catholicism, I think you would have to be paranoid or gullible to feel that this work of fiction is in any way worth angsting about. Forget it and have a good times at the movies...movies, baseball and hot dogs - that's what it's all about!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Public Domain threatened...again...

Big publishing strikes again. The eBook world is plagued by what is really reversal of expiring copyright. Old texts which we enjoy as free or very low priced ebooks are attracting the attention of entities who once had an interest in these texts, and the fact that copyright expired has not deterred publishers from attempting (with some success) to take a long view of their "rights." Today I got word via the Blackmask Online newsletter that Conde Nast is sueing him over a couple of very old pulp stories that someone is making into a movie. There is money to be made, and they smell it. Can the little guy hold out against large corporate aggression and help preserve just a bit of public domain? A court in Maryland will have the first say.

Please hit that link and go see the site, and see all the good work Daniel has done over the years to keep the ebook readership alive and well, and supplied with good reading.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Another academic scene author has crossed my path. Why haven't I read any David Carkeet before? I fell across The Error of Our Ways recently, and the drollery and situational complications are both entralling and entertaining. Set in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri; a suburb with academic connections, the story is two threads so far, moving toward one another with inevitable hubbub to follow. More critique when I have finished.

Dortmunder is my current ebook. This time it's What's the Worst that Could Happen and I think the answer is coming up in a few more chapters. Again, Dortmunder has himself in a complex situation, but this time it is of his own making. Can't wait to see if he extricates himself, May and Andy without any lasting ramifications. Again, more to follow. I may have to actually buy the rest of the Dortmunder books in print! Wait - there is always ILL. It is too bad they aren't all in ebook form.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Bill of Rights and the Constitution...

Both of these are now threatened by the tactics of the administration, under the guise of "protection." Last night I saw Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin on "The Daily Show". He is very courageous. Read his site. See what he says about presidential responsibility.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Winter Darwin, and computerized sewing...

Winter has its fun days. Like lunch at a warm, cheery place that makes you feel you just might be in a tropical locale...

In other news, I am going to pass some fun days sewing on my new computerized sewing machine, the Kenmore 19233. Computers allow for many more stitch patterns including monogramming, yet sewing is much the same as always.The machine is very smooth and solid. Learning curve is easy, and the weather outside makes staying in at the machine appealing!

For even more tropical vibes, I am reading "A Salty Piece of Land" by Jimmy Buffett. His books are always a terrific escape, and entertaining as well. I did reread "Take Another Road" from "Tales of Margaritaville" first because Tully Mars is also the main character in "A Salty Piece of Land." Who wouldn't want to ride their horse along the Gulf!

Meanwhile the ebook up and reading now is "Darwin's Radio." Interesting premise, good story, but drags along slowly due to all the scientific jargon. Could have been shorter. I already read the sequel with the "speed-through-and-skim" method, so when I finish this I will be done with it. Premise is that what seems like a new disease is the evolution of a new species of human being better equiped than we are to deal with the world as it now is, and to communicate in new and different ways. Interesting. As you could surmise, the rest of us don't seem too happy with "Homo Spapiens Nova."

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Goodbye sweet friend...

We will miss your energy and your love...you were the best companion a man ever had. Goodbye Duchess...go play in the fields of the Lord with B.C., Molly, Maudie, Snuffy and Micky.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Whales endangered by Norway and Iceland too...

Apparently Japan isn't the only one out there...I thought Norway had stopped whaling, but not so. Iceland has started whaling again, and although their take is small, it does contravene the international agreement. Is there no consortium of countries who can apply pressure?

Several sci-fi books come to mind. Ursula LeGuin's "The World for World is Forest" and Alan Dean Foster's "Cachalot" are two off the top of my head that warn us against rapaciously treating our fellow inhabitants of the universe.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Greenpeace out there for the whales...

In late December 2005, Greenpeace was on the front lines in the sea near Antarctica trying to put themselves between the Japanese whaling fleet's guns and the minke whales. In small boats off their main vessel, courageous Greenpeacers are fighting the battle the world community is too scared to fight. Although whaling was banned in the 1980s, Japan continues to take whales. This time the "harvest" is intended to be about 1000 minke whales, 50 fin whales and, horrendous as this is to me, 50 humpback whales. The world community stands by with the officially horrified faces and wringing wrists. I guess that old saying still applies:

"If there is no penalty, compliance is optional."

Think about supporting Greenpeace in the struggle to save not only the whales, but the planet.

Sunday, January 01, 2006


Reading: Donald Westlake, Robert Ludlum, Olivia Manning and John Le Carre. Next up: Jimmy Buffet, William Boyd, Charles Portis and Agatha Christie.

Listening: Michael Feinstein, Rosie Clooney, Jimmy Buffett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Russian Balalaika, Gil Shaham, Shostakovich and assorted violin classics.

Making: Top, pants, sewing machine covers, children's PJs...

Working: as usual

Opinions: Love these Dortmunder books, sewing is fun, IS THERE better music for improving the mood than Buffett?

Long time no blogging...is it getting boring? It used to be something new, and in the beginning not many people did it but now everyone and their dog - literally - are blogging, are website building, as lame as most of it is, and the newness and exclusivity has more than worn off...what's next?