October 3rd, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Heat vs. Air Conditioning

Last night I watched the last tape I had and I'm not going to watch The Whole Truth again. I read the paper and got to read in bed starting 3:45am. I finished Asimov's at 5am and still set the alarm at 2pm because my left big toe hurt so much that I'd taken two narcotics. At a point when I woke up and turned over, Junie came and pushed her head in under my hands -- forceful petting -- so I put my hands under the covers. I reset the alarm to 2:30pm and got up then.

I arranged the Sunday paper and called in a refill for Junie's prescription. The sheets are being laundered and I have the new giant litterbox in the utility room where Loki's used to be and it takes two boxes of litter to fill it. I went ahead and cleaned the litterbox Junie was using and put it in the workroom. I'll do the litterbox that Loki was using later.

I've been turning the a/c to 74 when I get up (and to 70 at night) and it was still at 70 two hours later, so I've turned the heat on. We go back to 70s in four days or so and I'll probably go back to a/c then.

The Commonwealth Games are in India this year and the infrastruction is falling apart. A lot of countries have already decided not to come, and those that came are not happy.
20111112, Marilee

Asimov's December 2010

While Sheila was at the Nebula Awards, she and some other SF fans got a seat to watch Atlantis launch. She writes about it and there's pictures. Silverberg writes about Kornbluth.

Here's the stories I liked:

1) "Libertarian Russia" by Michael Swanwick -- the libertarian has some problems and the ending will surprise you.

2) "Freia in the Sunlight" by Gregory Norman Bossort -- making an intelligent drone and giving it access to data can change the mission.

This is my favorite:

3) "Uncle E" by Carol Emshwiller -- four kids try to live without their mom (her body is still in her bedroom) and when they're about to starve, they let Uncle E in to help. He has to go back after he sets them up.