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28 August 2015 @ 03:21 pm
Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Outside...  
Geez. 104o yesterday, and 102-ish today. I've had to cut my bike rides short these last two days, and while tomorrow's high is supposed to be around 87... today was supposed to be 96. See how well that turned out?

Entertainment updates: We've just started Breaking Bad, S4 (damn, Jim Beaver is in everything), and we're way behind on Mr. Robot, Wayward Pines, and Poldark.

We've seen Unbroken, which was good if a bit long, and I'd like to read the book now. So many sharks... We watched Leap Year with our daughter, who had already seen it 4 times on YouTube... but with chipmunk voices, to avoid piracy issues. Oh, man. I kidded her mercilessly about that. Can you imagine? Moments like, "You just don't understand me!" or "You're the one for me," in squeaky cartoon voices? Talk about ruining the moment. She was very happy to see it with real dialogue, though. I liked Matthew Goode in it. Amy Adams' character was so annoying that Meg Ryan might as well have played that part. Yark.

I just finished reading The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe, which was delightful overall. I suspect the translator did a good job with it, as the style of the humor was very distinctive, and that's an important part of the author's voice. I have other books in the "To Read" pile, but I need to get to the Harry Bosch book on my Kindle before my library loan expires. That's my "around-the-house" book. My current bedside book is, The Joy of Spooking: Fiendish Deeds, which I picked up because of the title and then decided to check out because of the cover art. I mean, look at those weird, eerie kids! I need—need—to know what they're up to. (Funny—there are multiple covers for the first book, and this is the only really good one).

So, my other hobby right now (aside from struggling to write fic) is Sudoku Monster. I've been playing Sudoku for years, but this one is an even bigger challenge. It's hexidecimal (base-16), and the grid is four 4x4-unit squares. I've already become faster at it in these last few weeks, though it took me 7 days to solve one of them. The most recent one, I got it too big of a hurry and messed it up. With regular Sudoku, I usually only do that with the easiest ones :(

So, no birthdays this weekend. Will I finally get part of the house put away? What are you planning?

Clair de Lune: divers - roadclair_de_lune on August 28th, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
I guess it's the same for you, but here, they give températures in the shadow (which, as far as I'm concerned, I would love to find somewhere when I'm heading back home). So today's theoretical 89 or 90 was really around 108 when I was waiting for my bus - I don't even want to know how much it was in the bus since it didn't have A/C.
I hate heat. I want fall. I want red and yellow leaves, and everything that comes with fall :-p
Here. Have some green road to cool you down a bit ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on August 28th, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
108!! Are you in Paris, or in the south of France? That's a horrifying temperature even for where I live, but so much more unexpected where you are.

Lovely icon! I want fall, too. It has always been my favorite season, though less so where I live now because it's marked more by things dying and less by fall colors. :O
Clair de Lune: divers - autumnclair_de_lune on August 28th, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
108 in the sun. It sure was less in the shadows - provided you found some: the city council seems to have an issue with trees, so in some parts of the city, shadow is a rare comodity :(
I'm in the South-West. Average temperatures are rather moderate, but when it's hot, it can be quite hot. Paris isn't necessarily much cooler in Summer, that said: tomorrow, it should be around 95 here and 92 in Paris.
Fall here can be warm, but a lot less stuffy and we do have the pretty colors ♥

Even though you're probably more used to heat than I am, I don't know how you manage to bike at all :-/

Edited at 2015-08-28 11:51 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Cyclinghalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2015 12:45 am (UTC)
I have to go out earlier, if possible, to bike. The last few days, meetings and such have interfered a little. But my cutoff is really around 94-95 degrees. That's where it becomes too overwhelming, so any ride is pretty much done once it gets that hot.

As a result, I have to plan ahead so that I'm not in the middle of a ride miles away from home/work when the temperature reaches that point. :O
ecosopherecosopher on August 29th, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
Phew, I don't even really speak Fahrenheit, and I still know that is HOT. Ugh, you poor things.

This weekend, I'm planning birthdays :D B and T are in five days of one another so I'm trying to clean up and finish painting the bedroom walls.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2015 12:44 am (UTC)
B and T are in five days of one another
Slightly worse than mine! I only have the two, but their birthdays are a week apart.

I'm lucky they didn't wind up on the same day, but I told the ObGyn to be careful on my visit the day before my oldest's birthday...
ecosopherecosopher on August 29th, 2015 01:24 am (UTC)
Ha, I know what you mean. B's due date was on T's birthday... I was so worried he would arrive then, especially since my dates are usually pretty much spot on (S and T were both 39+6, J was 40+2). I basically willed him to come early :D
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on August 29th, 2015 06:50 am (UTC)
Eep, hot heat is hot, don't know how you cope with it.

Ooh, Sudoku Monster sounds fun, I used to do Sudoku all the time, will have to give it a try.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2015 07:04 am (UTC)
If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd be counting the days until I could move back to Oregon (where the weather is cooler, among other things). But at this rate? Not until after retirement. :(

The Sudoku Monster is fun! I've notice the ones in the newspaper are harder than the ones I've found online. Still, a wonderful puzzle. :D
Swedish for "Smith": SPN Sam Dr. Sexycolls on August 29th, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
I'm slowly catching up on Mr. Robot - just watched the 4th episode this evening. It's good, but not really a binge sort of show for me, so it's going slowly.

I read Unbroken and it was amazing, poignant and terrifying in parts. I'm not sure I want to watch the movie because other than cinematography I already know the story. I don't feel that way about every book-to-movie thing, but IDK.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 30th, 2015 07:24 am (UTC)
I usually have a hard time watching movies based on books I've read (especially if I've read the book recently). I know the plot already, and the story/characters often feel so "wrong" compared to how the book struck me. Seeing the movie first is definitely the way to go, if you're lucky enough.

My daughter doesn't understand why I don't want to see Gone Girl, but I read the book within about 4-5 months of the movie coming out! It will take me years to forget the plot enough to enjoy the movie.

OTOH... see above re: four times through the same movie (although voiced by chipmunks), and then watching it again. I don't know how recent generations of kids can stand watching things repeatedly (and so often), but it's a whole different situation than what I'm used to.