Sep. 19th, 2017 06:47 pm

Books: Caliban, Alley, Equilateral

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Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey

Second in the Expanse series, this volume revolves around the crisis on Ganymede, and the associated blue-eyed beastie. Entertaining adventure SF, recommended.

Far-Seer by Robert J. Sawyer

A tale of Galileo, if Galileo was a sentient dinosaur living on the moon of a tidally locked gas giant. Interesting world- and myth-building, recommended.

Winter Witch by Elaine Cunningham

Set in the world of the Pathfinder roleplaying game, this is a light fantasy about a Viking woman, an urban mage, and the icy witch who brings them together. Mildly recommended.

Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny

Loosely similar to the movie, murderer and rapist Hell Tanner is given a chance at a clean slate if he'll ferry a plague cure across a ravaged America. It's clearly supposed to be some sort of redemption tale, but Zelazny missed the memo that some crimes don't get redemption. I honestly prefer the movie.

Venus Equilateral by George O. Smith

Fixup novel of a series of stories published in the 1940s in Astounding, revolving around a communications relay station and the scientific geniuses therein. The science is advanced and accurate for its era, but has not dated terribly well. (The problems they encounter in communicating with, and locating, spaceships were solved in much simpler ways within the author's lifetime.) By the end, the science has advanced so far that it's almost shifted genres from hard SF to morality play. Mildly recommended.
Sep. 18th, 2017 09:18 am

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The past week has been tiring. Returning to school has been stressful for mzkero. Managing schedules and baggage from previous semesters is challenging and not surprising but is having an impact on the rest of the family. Not complaining (at least trying not to), just acknowledging. Also, work has been particularly annoying and tiring. Mostly, end of quarter stuff and lots of customer challenges. Nothing disastrous just relentless.

J had two migraines last week. While that's bad, he seemed to recover more quickly from the one on Thursday. I suspect the second was triggered by the lack of sleep from us attending the Red Sox’s game on Tuesday night and us not being home (parent-teacher visits) on Wednesday evening to make sure he went to bed early. I think he might have had a low-level one most of Wednesday and didn't say anything (urgh, it’s much easier to stop them early!!). But the boys loved the game. It was their first MLB game in person and the Moogy Betts hit two home runs over the "green monster" J was particularly thrilled to attend the game. It's one of those parenting moments when your kid's enjoyment far exceeds what you expected. In hindsight, I wonder if some of the excitement was the manic behavior we frequently experience prior to a migraine, although there typically isn't a very long lag between manic and migraine.

On a positive note, we met J's and S's teachers and I'm optimistic. S's teacher, while new to the school, is very experienced and appears to have the necessary skills for managing his challenges. Although, they gave her most of the high-energy/sports boys. Not the easiest task but she's raised a couple of their own so at least she has experience. J's teachers seem to be a good fit, especially his academic support teacher. He actually came home and said, "Mr S is AWESOME". And after speaking to Mr S, I think we have the potential for a better academic year.

Gaelen and I had a medieval event this past weekend. It was unusually hot and humid but we did well. I got to catch up with friends that I don't see very often (even though some of them live 5 minutes away).

House renovations are progressing well. A couple of glitches but the contractor has been more than willing to address them. Actually, the contractor's direct crew is AWESOME. A couple of their subs are less than awesome. I'm really looking forward to the boy's rooms being done. Having S sleeping in our room is less than ideal - although the dog is going to miss sharing S’s bed.


Ok, time to start my week.
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Sep. 16th, 2017 04:28 pm

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"If I turn sideways, you can't see me."
Sep. 14th, 2017 09:16 am

[work] "Okay. Where are we?"

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Things I say non-ironically: “I’m used to occupying a weird spot in the corporate realpolitik orgchart… the big open spot in right-center field where the outfielders aren’t because someone read the play wrong.”

More on that later, but I wanted to get the thought out.
Sep. 10th, 2017 07:45 pm

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[personal profile] flexagon said she'd encountered a tasty "people chow" type food in the cafeteria, and it sounded like something I might like, so I found a recipe and tried it.

How can Serious Eats and Ottolenghi go wrong? Well... )

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