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18 May 2010 @ 06:18 pm
So much random I had to make a second post...  
First, I saw someone wearing this shirt at Yosemite, and I might actually have to buy one. Click the close-up of the text. Nerd humor rulz!

Second, a friend sent me a video link that's too cute not to share: Kitty playing with an iPad.

Last night, I dreamed that I persuaded clex_monkie89 to write a story about her (our?) adventures on Survivor. She did, but was disappointed by the turnout at the book-signing in her apartment. Later, my "character" was played by Catharine Keener, and an evil caroussel appeared with Trip and Malcom from Star Trek: Enterprise trapped on it. Yes, the whole dream was a giant WTF. Most of them are. o_O

I'm trying to finish up some reading (like, ANY of the books I'm currently working on). I'm one gym session away from completing How To Paint A Dead Man, a few chapters from the conclusion of Overlook (a Michael Connelly mystery novel, featuring Harry Bosch), and woefully far from the end of The Four Corners Of The Sky. With that last one, the author described it as a "romance" in his foreword, but I'm hoping he didn't mean the romance genre. No signs of it so far. I was hoping the main character would be a black, female pilot. One out of two isn't bad, but still.

I HAVE finished Everlost and Everwild by Neal Shusterman, and am looking forward to the final novel. The author likes inversion in his fantasy writing- I also read Downsiders, which involves an entire society below the surface of New York City made of up of people who have some interesting notions about the Topside and what goes on there (the sun will burn the skin off your body!) Previously, I'd read two comedies by him that are equal parts pathos: The Schwa Was Here and Antsy Does Time. I liked them so much that I reviewed them for amazon.com, because I wasn't sure other people would find their way to them. Speaking of which, I have GOT to finish off Gator A-Go-Go and review that, because it was a VINEs book.

So many books, so little time! And that's before the whole fanfic territory that I'm so behind on...

aeroport_art: i have couponaeroport_art on May 19th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
omg the kitty video!!!!!!! i just bought an ipad actually :D it won't ship till June tho :P

thanks for your bday message! it was really, really sweet, karen *_* hee hee i'm glad to know you think of me when picnic day rolls around.

sounds like you had an exciting, if slightly botched time in yosemite XD

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on May 19th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Wasn't that video cute?

I hope it was a good birthday, and that you have a wonderful and exciting year ahead. And I'm sorry we weren't able to get together for Picnic Day on that epically rainy year. This year could almost be a repeat, really- rain almost every Sunday/Monday for weeks now. It's winter, every week!

Is the iPad a self birthday gift?
blazeorfadeblazeorfade on May 19th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Have you read Shusterman's Unwind. Its my favorite of his and I loved his book 'The Darkside of Nowhre' whn I was younger. I haven't gottn arund to the Ever series yet. Is it as good as some people say? I hadn't picked it up at first cause it didn't seem like something I'd be ll that into. Fromwhat I know of the plot its lie the characters are in Limbo right?? IDK. Correct m if I'm wrong.

Mostly just wanted to swing by and say Hi!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on May 19th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I haven't read either of those other Shusterman books, though I've liked the 5 I've read so much that I'll have to look them up. Our local library has really reduced its bookspace over the last couple of years-- you pretty much have to reserve stuff from other branches. I.e., know what you're looking for in advance instead of browsing. :(

I liked the Ever series very much. The characters are in a sort of Limbo (all of them are children, most mid-teens or younger). The "inversion" aspect I was talking about is that the things that appear to be "alive" in their world are "dead" in the real world and have crossed over- but must be loved enough to cross over. A dead forest (where lovers met and about which poems were written) crosses over, but a single unnoticed tree may not. There are a series of books IN that Limbo, written as "guides" to life as an 'Afterlight' by one of the people in Limbo. The Afterlights are only safe on "dead spots" (where people have died)- everywhere else, they sink into the ground and if they're not fast enough they may just keep on going, right down to the Earth's core.

I enjoyed the characters, the plots, and the whole "universe" of ideas the author created with that one.

And Hi back!
blazeorfadeblazeorfade on May 19th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Now that sounds much more interesting than the vlurb made it sound, Maybe you should write them for the publushers ;). I would really reccoment Unwind. Its his best book IMHO. I've read it so many times I can probably tell it verbatim.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on May 19th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'll put it on my "Hold request" list!

That's how I got "Downsiders"-- it's not one of the browsing choices for our local library branch.

Seriously-- we've gotten rid of books in order to add a tutoring room (that's what coffee houses are for!), more computers, more open floor space, and more shelves to hold all the "reserve request" books since the library hardly stocks anything anymore.

It's as if they don't understand what the purpose of a library is.
blazeorfadeblazeorfade on May 19th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thats Blasphemy to me, getting rid of all those books. WTF?! They're a library, they should know better than anyone that books are precious. Has anyone tried to stop them from purging their book collection? Did they at least donate or sell the books to people who would want them? I become incensed when books are being abused! :D
blazeorfadeblazeorfade on May 19th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
BTW, I just looked at the link for the t-shirt I have got to get one of those. I also like the other one on the bottom with the math equations. 'Be rational' and 'get Real', i <3 nerd humor.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 19th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
Haha! I liked all the Math Nerd and Science Nerd ones too (the "Snakes On A Plane" was relatively obscure, but fun). The juvenile boy-humor... not so much. ;)