June 11th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Minimal Sleeping

Yes, another night watching Donovan's Reef and beading and then reading the paper. A lot of these old movies have the male protagonist at least a generation older than the female protagonist, and they even look it. John Wayne (this was from the John Wayne Collection) was so wrinkled he looked like he needed some ironing. The DVD that came today is newer, so I guess I'm done with the old ones.

I had a horrible night. I set the alarm for 1pm and turned the light off at 5am. I slept only a bit because Junie started waking me up all night. When the alarm went off, I gave her the pill, hoping that would stop her, but no, she continued to bother me. This time she kept sprawling on the top of the side of my chest, and she's too heavy for me for that.

I finally got up at 4:30pm and took the DVD to the post office and had dinner at Chili's. I had the house salad with a half-order of Texas Cheese Fries (didn't finish those) and the salad reminded me of how my mother had her salads all those years ago. Back when I was a kid, so in the 50s and 60s, entree salads didn't usually have chicken tenders and so forth on them, they were just general salad things. Mother always had them without dressing because Dad always yelled at her about how she needed to lose weight. She was a bit plump, but salad dressing wouldn't have made much difference. In fact, when she gave up on Dad being reasonable, she started coming home from school and going to bed to work on her students' papers and other school things. She'd have me bring her dry toast, a hard-boiled egg, and some fruit most nights, and she never lost weight.

The FDA is considering a longer-lasting pill like Plan B, it's called Ella, and as before, lots of people think it's really abortion. The WashPost has a non-scientific online poll that has a massive preference to make the pill legal.
20111112, Marilee

Asimov's August 2010

Sheila reports the Dell Magazine Award winners and James Patrick Kelly talked about new planets. Silverberg's title was Brave New Words which made me think he was talking about the book, an SF dictionary, and he was. I read it because I'd just skimmed my copy and as it turns out, we looked at the same words.

The stories I really liked in this issue were:

"Warning Label" by Alexander Jablokov -- everything in the world has "tags" on it so it's hard to see what's real.

"Slow Boat" by Gregory Norman Bossert -- a hacker is abducted and shipped to Mars. When she wakes up partway, she gets her revenge.

"Superluminosity" by Alan Wall -- the husband has a forbidden time machine that his wife forces him to use. She doesn't bring him back, but he's happy about that.

The story "Crimes, Follies, Misfortunes, and Love" by Ian Creasey is about a post-Apocalypse world. Some folks scavenge for hard drives and so forth to find out more about what happened back in the Oil Age and to see if there's anything useful they can still find. Our protagonist muses "The old-timers preserved every tiny moment of their lives, like electric slugs secreting a data-trail everywhere they slithered." I guess I'm an electric slug.