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Things I've done lately

I've been so very busy that I feel like my posting has become rather nonlinear of late. I haven't even blogged about my 11th anniversary yet, which was wonderful. We enjoyed dinner at Craftbar; here are a few photos. My amazingly generous husband gave me one of the best presents ever: a Nook.

Craftbar was lovely and significantly exceeded my expectations, but we'll be extending our anniversary celebration by attending a special wine dinner in the near future. I really do love him more than ever.

Just quick:

I've tried several social media sites that were focused on specific topics (TV, cinema, and books, respectively):
  • Clicker (boring; gave it up)

  • FlickChart (fun for a while, but I found it hard to get my list prioritized accurately)

  • Goodreads I'm sticking with this one ... actually, I'm a bit surprised by how much I'm enjoying it.


I've listened to the following audiobooks:

  • A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman (very witty)

  • FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer (so much better than the television series)

  • Hearts, Keys, and Puppetry by Neil Gaiman and the Twitterverse

  • My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse


Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child was the first book I read on my Nook, and I think it's their most engaging effort in quite some time. That being said, I felt somewhat unsatisfied with the "to be continued" aspects. I enjoyed the premise, but felt like the authors ran out of book before they could reach a better stopping point. Overall, I'd consider it a good effort with inadequate resolution.

I've discovered Pandora after almost everyone else on the planet. Well, okay, I'd known about it for quite a long time, but was reluctant to join because I'm just funny about that gender question when it involves marketing (I don't fit the profile for most female-oriented ads). However, now that I've relented, it's been fun returning to my days as a DJ by creating my own digital mixes and playlists.

My beloved took me out for a movie date last night: we saw Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole. I enjoyed it, but I knew I would, as I'm rather fond of owls. The animation was gorgeous, and we lucked out by having the theater to ourselves.

I continue to make a dent in Doctor Who and Damages here and there (thank goodness for Slingbox). For the former, my next episode is "The Impossible Planet;" for the latter, "All That Crap About Your Family" is next in line. I've set Boardwalk Empire to record, but haven't watched a minute; we haven't yet seen Glee this season, and we're very much behind on Lie to Me and other shows.

I had the first opportunity in a little while to spend some time with my guildies in Warcraft, which felt really good. Circumstances have demanded that I be elsewhere, but I'd definitely missed them.

Disjointed post is disjointed, I know. Some of these items would usually merit their own post, but I've no time for more than a quick summary right now. I'm so tired that I just lack that kind of focus. Going to sleep now.

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goodjoan
Sep. 30th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
I love my nook! I'd offer to loan you my books, but I think everything I have that's loanable is also free on the website!
pointedview
Oct. 1st, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
I am absolutely thrilled with mine. I've found a couple of cool sites:
  • Nook Look features a variety of wallpapers and screensavers
  • Feedbooks You probably already know about this one, but I found Feedbooks to be a treasure trove of public domain books. It seemed to have more than some other sites, and the interface is clean.
I only have one book as of yet, and, for some reason, Fever Dream doesn't have a LendMe option. No idea why ... I guess some publishers restrict that. However, when I buy a book that does have such, I'm glad to share it. :)

goodjoan
Oct. 1st, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks! I hadn't seen either of those! B&N has a bunch of classics (and a ton of fluff) up for free on their website, and they are seamless to download. You can add me (joan at goodjoan dot com) on B&N, I'll share my schizophrenic library with you :)
pointedview
Oct. 1st, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Two more:

  • ePubBooks.com
    This site doesn't have as many books as the site I linked previously, but the formatting is a little nicer.

  • Calibre
    The best software manager out there that I've found for managing my e-library.


I tried adding you on B&N, and it gave me the message that I couldn't add a user with a private profile. Je ne sais pas.

Could you point me in the direction of B&N's free classics and fluff? I was looking on the site last night, but didn't have much luck. Perhaps I was in the wrong area.

Right now, I've mostly got classics from the aforementioned sites, things like Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, and so on.

Edited at 2010-10-01 10:38 pm (UTC)
goodjoan
Oct. 2nd, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
If you go to the website (not shop via the nook) click on ebooks, then on the left side under "Customer favorites" will be an option for "free ebooks" as well as under $5, loan me books, best sellers, etc.

I just unlocked my profile, try again if you like!
pointedview
Oct. 9th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
I added you! :) You'll see me as David, though, with his collection, 'cause we're sharing an account.
pointedview
Oct. 2nd, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I have books by the following authors, all of which are available online for free:

Alexandre Dumas
Ambrose Bierce
Andrew Lang
Arthur Conan Doyle
Ayn Rand
Baroness Orczy
Bram Stoker
Brandon Sanderson
Charles Dickens
Colum McCann
D. H. Lawrence
Daniel Defoe
Dante Alighieri
David Lindsay
Eleanor H. Porter
Elias Lonnrot
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Franz Kafka
Fyodor Dostoevsky
George Eliot
George Orwell
Gustave Flaubert
H. G. Wells
Henry David Thoreau
Herman Melville
Homer
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
James Fenimore Cooper
James Joyce
Jane Austen
Jill Ciment
John Milton
John Stuart Mill
Kakuzo Okakura
Leo Tolstoy
Louisa May Alcott
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Marcel Proust
Mark Twain
Mary Shelley
Miguel Cervantes
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nicolo Machiavelli
Owen Wister
P. G. Wodehouse
Plato
Rafael Sabatini
Robert Louis Stevenson
Stephen Crane
Sun Tzu
Victor Hugo
Virginia Woolf
Voltaire
W. Somerset Maugham
William Shakespeare
quandry
Sep. 30th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
So, how is it going with the Tennant Doctor?
pointedview
Oct. 1st, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Well, um ... so far, for me, he's kind of just there. He's the person who happens to be saying the lines, but I don't really like him or dislike him right now: he doesn't evoke much feeling at all from me. I am more interested in the Face of Bo than Doctor Who at the moment. :)

I am hoping that there will be an episode or a moment that's a turning point, where he really becomes the Doctor for me. Currently, I'm just watching for the stories. However, if that changes, I will try to remember to update you. :)
quandry
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
Heh, well, it's an improvement from hating him! And the Face of Bo storyline is well... I won't even say anything except to say that they've left plenty of room to add more when this arc is done.
pointedview
Oct. 1st, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Hooray for more FoB! :)
goodjoan
Oct. 1st, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
He grows on you! When they first changed I was so unhappy! Who is this little squirrely guy trying to act like the Doctor?! But after a few episodes I started to really like him. I wonder if watching them weekly made it easier since I had a week to digest the story before having to see him again. Watching them in a row might not provide the same time to acclimate!
pointedview
Oct. 1st, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
How did you get so wise, ma'am? :) Having the time to digest them from week to week, rather than watching them back to back ... well, that's an excellent point. Maybe once I return to them (I've been too busy for about a week and a half to view any), I'll have processed the change a bit more. Good idea!

Edited at 2010-10-01 10:40 pm (UTC)
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