August 1st, 2008

20111112, Marilee

News and Bruises

A lot of news today. Bruce Ivins, who developed the anthrax vaccine, turns out to be a suspect in the anthrax poisoning and as he was about to be indicted, he killed himself. He apparently sent the poisoned letters so he could prove his vaccine was valid. Killing five people, driving Steven Hatfill nuts.

A turtle led police to a marijuana planting in Rock Creek Park. Turtle #72 is part of a research project in the Park and three of the turtles have transmitters on them so the reseachers can follow their movement. One of the researchers decided to find #72 after some days and came upon a pot planting.

New rules say that TSA may take any laptop, even those of US citizens when they cross the border and take them to another place for a while without any suspicion of wrongdoing.

A private beach gets new rocks to stop erosion and what turns up? Explosives. The company who delivered the rocks and explosives isn't talking.

As to bruises, last night I heard a thungk! from under the desk chair. Then there was another one, and a long spring landed across the room. I'm pretty sure it lost the two loops it was attached by at one end because the other end (and the other spring's ends) have coils tilted up. I moved the chair into the living room and sat on the couch to turn it over on its side. I found where the spring goes and tilted two coils up with pliers and then tied thick yarn just below the tilted coils. I dropped the coil through a long narrow tunnel and anchored it at the bottom, then pulled the yarn up, gripping it with pliers, to get the spring pulled out and attached to the top. Then I cut the yarn off. At one point, I lost the grip of the pliers and I was too close and the pliers hit me just under my nose. I have a lovely bruise there, plus others from turning the chair down and then back up when I was done.

Today I put a returned package (a winter top that looked lavender in the catalog and was called Viola, but was actually very grey) in one of those UPS drops, got money for next week since the drop is in the parking lot of the credit union, and went to the post office to mail the first necklace and a DVD.
20111112, Marilee

Asimov's September 2008

The front stuff: Sheila talks about the reader's awards, and then Silverberg talks about how it's the 30th anniversary of his column (repeating part of an earlier column), and says that he came back to SF because "I could no longer bear to be invisible, after so many years at the center of things." I've never thought of him as at the center of things. I think this is one of the peaks of his self-delusion.

I thought there were two good stories this time:

1. Cut Loose the Bonds of Flesh and Bone by Ian Creasey -- Susanna's dying mother has decided to be transferred to computer and has arranged to come live with Susanna. She's nagged Susanna every instant of her life, should she do so dead as well?

2. Midnight Blue by Will McIntosh -- rich people have acquired all the spheres that provide superpowers. What happens when a poor boy finds the rarest sphere of all?

Stephen Baxter did an alt-hist and what is it about these that they have to have famous people in them?

Another story. Usurpers by Derek Zumsteg. Writing choppy. Hard to read. Eight Deadly Words.
20111112, Marilee

In Good Company

The first few minutes of this DVD made me think it was a good thing I was beading. Then it changed.

A middle-aged father is the head of the advertising sales team of a sports magazine. A twenty-something is promoted to be his boss and to bring S Y N E R G Y (symbolized by interlocking hands). He's been told to completely change how the advertising department operates and to fire a lot of people. He does this, there's a lot of conflict (plus he falls in love with the older man's daughter), the older man's wife has a baby, and things fall apart via an uncredited cameo from Malcolm McDowell. There's a twist ending which I didn't expect; that's unusual.

Not a fabulous movie, but definitely one of the better ones I've seen recently. A good couch with popcorn movie.