Monday, March 30, 2015

Everyone Should Have A 5-Year Supply of Books Stockpiled In Case Of Emergency.

Today's fun link: a helpful/terrifying tool to calculate how long it will take you to finish all your unread books.

My results look like this:

Reading all 783 books will take:
5 years and 8 months

You will finish your TBR pile on:
November 23, 2020

And you will be:
49 years old

That's not too bad, right? Let's just ignore that small matter of me buying them faster than I read them.

I'm also very amused that apparently I will finish reading my stash on Doctor Who Anniversary Day. Clearly, I'll need to finish up with a Who-related book. Guess I've got five years and eight months to decide which one.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Qapla'! Well, Almost.

Just got back from the Geeks Who Drink Star Trek trivia quiz in Albuquerque, which I attended with a team of co-workers. And, my, we are a gloriously nerdy lot. We tied for second! Which, alas, nets us no prize -- oh, if only we had been able to remember what ore the Cardassians were processing on DS9! -- but nevertheless allowed us to emerge with a nice, warm feeling of Trekkie pride.

Also, I drank something alcoholic and green. Just call me Scotty!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More Dental Adventures

Ever since I had that big ol' chip in my tooth fixed it's been bugging me anytime I drink or eat something cold, or even drink room-temperature water, if it makes too much contact. So I finally went back to the dentist. He probed around with his little air-blower thingy to see where it was bothering me and exclaimed, "Oh, that makes our lives easier!" Man, that is definitely the sort of thing you want to hear at the dentist. Anyway, he thinks probably all it needed was some varnish to fill in a little "insufficiency." As opposed to, y'know, a root canal. The whole thing took 15 minutes. Right now, I've got a giant wad of gauze in my face that I'm not allowed to remove for half an hour, and I may have to go back for a couple more applications. But I will definitely take that over a root canal. Whew!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Three Completely Unrelated Things

Because three things make a post, right?

1. Happy Pi Day! This is an extra-special one: since it's 3/14/15, we've got a couple of extra digits! Too bad I was asleep at 9:26, or I could have really celebrated! Alas, I have no pie, although I do have to go to the grocery store soon, so I think I'm going to rectify that. In the meantime, I will observe the occasion by linking to Phil Plait's 8 Things About Pi for Pi Day post.

2. I am watching Game of Thrones again, now that season 4 is out on DVD. (I've got two episodes left. Do not spoil me!) My reaction to this show at the moment is an interestingly paradoxical blend of, "Man, this crapsack world is too crappy even for me!"[*] and "Ooh, I have got to get around to reading these books!"

3. While we're in mourning for Leonard Nimoy and Terry Pratchett, let's also take a moment to remember Nimoy's fellow Star Trek contributor Harve Bennett, who, as a friend reminded me recently, was responsible for much of the success of the Trek films, and was the person who convinced Nimoy to return for The Wrath of Khan. He died on February 25.

[*] I have something of a taste for dark stories where really bad things happen to everybody. It makes me feel way better about my own life, by contrast.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

This Is Getting Depressing

And then today, I got to wake up to the news that Terry Pratchett had died. I confess, I found myself shedding a few tears at that, which I didn't when I read about Nimoy. I think maybe it's because my brain is simply incapable of processing the idea of a world without Spock, whereas the thought of no more Discworld novels hits home all too easily. (Then again, maybe it's just lack of sufficient sleep making me feel more vulnerable to such things. Unlike Nimoy's greatest creation, I do not have control over my emotions.)

Dammit. Talented, likeable people who bring us, or help to bring us, wonderful, meaningful, entertaining stories should not be allowed to leave us, slow or fast.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Currently, In March

Current clothes: The same brown t-shirt from Uluru I was wearing last month. Blue long-sleeve denim shirt over it. Nearly new blue jeans. Not at all new brown leather boots.

Current mood: Kinda tired. I was up earlier than I should have been this morning. Although the nice brisk walk I just took helped a little.

Current music: Nothing at the moment. Instead, I've just been listening to someone read me a Lovecraft story. Y'know, so much of Lovecraft's stuff was over-written to the point of reading like self-parody, but "The Colour Out of Space" is genuinely good. It's a little slow to get going, admittedly, and takes entirely too long to wrap up. But it's marvelously, effectively creepy.

Current annoyance: Having to interact with other human beings, when my impulse is to hide from them all instead. But I think I have been doing a remarkably good job of pretending to be socially functional lately. Also, having to work for a living. I had five days in a row off last week, which is a rare occurrence. It's great when it happens, but when it's over, it inevitably just leaves me longing to return to that brief taste of what life would be like if my time were entirely my own. Sigh.

Current thing: Attempting to be a responsible adult and do responsible adult things. I have been doing OK at this. Not great, but OK.

Current desktop picture: Still Uncle Iroh from Avatar. Iroh is my new role model.

Current book: Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All by Paul A. Offit, an extremely good, extremely informative book about a subject that should not be nearly as controversial as it is.

Current song in head: "The Witch's Promise" by Jethro Tull. Which has now been stuck in my head long enough that I'm starting to feel desperate to get rid of it.

Current refreshment: Nothing, but I need some lunch now.

Current DVD in player: I've got the first disk of Futurama Vol. 8 in the player in front of the treadmill, because I really need to get back into watching-and-walking. In the one in the living room is the first disk of season 3 of Key & Peele. It was supposed to be season 2, but Netflix doesn't have that for some reason. Well, whatever. It's not like it's a show you need to watch in order, anyway. To be honest, Key & Peele frustrates me a little, because I find their humor varies wildly, from hilarious to annoyingly unfunny and back, sometimes in the space of a single sketch. And I actually find their on-stage bits funnier, overall, than this skits, and wish they were longer. I would happily watch a full half-hour of those guys doing standup.

Current worry: I'm trying not to.

Current thought: Indeed, rather than worrying I am going to take some advice from my new role model and, when in doubt, have a nice cup of tea.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Sort of a Random Links Post

This Twitter feed is my new favorite thing. Unless maybe it's this Tumblr.