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01 August 2014 @ 10:36 am
does this thing still work?  
It's been so incredibly long since I last posted that I don't even know where to start. Short form: Got my boat operator's license card (it says I'm Competent. whoohoo!), recovering from a minor car accident takes way longer than I'd like (being 20 definitely wasted on 20 year olds), but the kayaking is helping with the upper back problems so long as I don't overdo it. I overdo it. Work was soul-crushingly busy. Went on holidays. Returned to work. Less soul-crushing, but still busy. I can live with that.

Some kayak photos:










Reading:
Started reading Wool by Hugh Howey, but had to put it down after the first chapter because those kind of gory bait-and-switch surprises are not what I'm looking for in my summer vacation reading.

Then I read The Giver by Lois Lowry, which I really enjoyed, right up until the ending, which I felt was a cheat for the character of Jonas. Again, the kind of twist not a summer reading priority, however the book is a deeper social commentary than it first appears and I'm still thinking it over.

Books I did enjoy so far this summer: The Martian by Andy Weir, for it's sly portrayal of space exploration in the Chris Hadfield-age of social media (not to mention that it's sometimes downright funny to the space exploration geek in me), and Percy Jackson - The Titan's Curse (Rick Riordan), because it was handy and surprisingly immersive for children's lit, despite the writing style.

Currently reading Mr. Mercedes (Stephen King) because at least I know to expect death and destruction and not to get too attached to any of the secondary characters (or even the ones in the opening chapters - no thank you Hugh Howey)

Watching: What, are you kidding? It's summer! Why are you people in front of your tv's?
Ok, seriously, watching Longmire still and I take back my grumblings at the beginning of season three about dropped plot lines. I'm going to need a second watch of this season end-to-end without all the Viagra commercials though. Graham Greene is killing me playing the bad guy after growing up watching him play mostly the stereo typical comedic or wise Indian roles on tv here.

So. Hi. How are you all?

Also posted at DW, where comment count unavailablepeople have commented. Comments welcome here or there.
 
 
 
Abyssisabyssinia4077 on August 2nd, 2014 07:13 am (UTC)
Wow, those photos are gorgeous!

Then I read The Giver by Lois Lowry, which I really enjoyed, right up until the ending, which I felt was a cheat for the character of Jonas. Again, the kind of twist not a summer reading priority, however the book is a deeper social commentary than it first appears and I'm still thinking it over.

I was pretty much exactly the target age when that book came out, and one of those kids who was a voracious reader. And thus, I was expected to read this book multiple times. I HATED it. Vehemently. Mostly due to the ending. At this point, I only vaguely remember anything about it, but I remember being so angry about it and so annoyed that I had to read it again. Half of me wonders if I'd react the same way now, but I'm not sure I want to find out.
ziparumpazoo: Literatureziparumpazoo on August 2nd, 2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I'd be ticked too. I really liked the concept of the story - it's a classic sci-fi trope that's been done really well before with movies like Aeon Flux and GATTACA, but if the book was intended for the junior high age group, the message I took away from the ending is that if you try to think for yourself, somebody's going to take advantage of you and trick you and you'll end up dead. The Wikipedia articles on the other books in the series says they survive, but that feels like a retcon to me.

Oh! It was you who rec'd the Bag Balm for cracked skin, right? I've been meaning to say thank you because it's been a lifesaver. :)

Edited at 2014-08-02 02:26 pm (UTC)
Abyssisabyssinia4077 on August 3rd, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
Yeah. It's funny - I only very vaguely remember the book (something about the main character being chosen to receive memories from an old man and realizing the world is all the same and nobody can see any colors now or something? And something about a baby and the boy and baby running off at the end or...something) but I really really really clearly remember my utter HATE for the ending and thus the entire book. Like feeling completely betrayed by the author (whose other books I liked).

Also, wow, I had no idea she'd turned it into a series!

I tend to recommend Bag Balm for that, so, yeah, probably me. Glad it helped! It's awesome for super dry/unhappy (like from chafing) skin and also really good at treating sunburn once the heat in the skin has gone and can't be trapped by the grease.
Ray: Robotrirenec on August 2nd, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
Amazing images as always! Glad you're having a nice summer. :)
ziparumpazooziparumpazoo on August 2nd, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm still amazed what that tiny camera on the iphone can do with good light.
syxpsyxp on August 2nd, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
Impressive.

All my iPhone camera seems capable of is taking blurry pictures of cats. :P
ziparumpazooziparumpazoo on August 4th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
I have not yet found the slider to off the blurry cat setting on my phone.