November 29th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

I Think I Must Have More Entries With the Subject: Sleep Than Anybody Else

After turning the desk chair over and back up last night, I hurt a lot and ended up taking narcotics, so I slept until almost 4pm. I went out to get mail, which all went directly into the mixed paper recycling bin. I should have put a coat on.

There's a new study where mice who were fed junk food developed the brain tangles characteristic of Alzheimer's. This would explain why my father got Alzheimer's and nobody else in our family has. The Evil Stepmother couldn't really cook, so they had fast food three times a day. Even after his heart attack, when the dietician said they should have more salads, she bought potato and macaroni salads.

If anybody wants to keep up on Alzheimer's articles, the Match It For Pratchett site runs an accumulator at the bottom right.
20111112, Marilee

The Devil's Eye by Jack McDevitt

This is the latest in the Alex and Chase books. They're out in a jump when Vicki Greene, a paranormal author, tries to talk to them, but since you can't be reached in a jump, she leaves them a message. The message is very cryptic, but she has transferred a lot of money to them, so they start investigating. During the time they were in the jump, she had a mindwipe, so is now an entirely new person and they can't ask her what she meant. They find out where she was last and try to follow her steps. Clues finally lead them to a world-ending future, which it turns out some folks on that world knew and didn't tell about. Alex and Chase are in a lot of danger and have some damage during this part. They eventually get to tell that world what's coming, but do the other humans come to help evacuate? No, they won't give up the uneasy push-and-pull with the Ashaiyyur, a mantis-like telepathic intelligent being. Will the Ashaiyyur help?

I love these books, although I know some people think there hasn't been enough change between now and then. I highly recommend this one.