July 25th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

A Day of Links and Petitions

I've had a quiet day: working on BFAC letterhead (expecting to change it drastically), signing a petition to try and get San Francisco to raise the rails on the Golden Gate Bridge to prevent suicides, and making a clickable button for HOPES.

So many of the folks from San Francisco don't want their bridge to change and they say that people who try to kill themselves would just go do it elsewhere. That's not true, as these stories by the NYT and WashPost show. Most people who have an impulse to commit suicide, if stopped, go on to live long lives. It will change the way the bridge looks, but it will keep impulse jumpers from killing themselves.

HOPES is a new group founded by a 13-year-old to raise money to save endangered animals. She's looking into making it truly non-profit, which would make donations tax-deductible and so forth. In the meantime, they have an auction up for a really spectacular 100-year-old buffalo skull.

And on a less-serious note, when I was out yesterday I saw a Honda Element with this license: A TWUCK.
20111112, Marilee

Reflex by Steven Gould

This is the sequel to Jumper, which I reviewed here. It was written 10 years later and the story takes place ten years later. Davy has been working for the NSA, Millie is a family therapist, and their life is great.

This book is much darker than the first -- Davy is captured and controlled by a vagus nerve stimulator. The NSA is told to stop looking for him and the corruption goes higher and higher. Millie has to try to find Davy and she becomes quite inventive. It's a brisk thriller and I recommend you read it right after Jumper.