December 22nd, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Less Snow and Ice


I had an hour of tape and wanted to watch it later, so I started with reading the paper. I finished the extra section -- Health & Science -- and just kept nodding off so I apologized to Spirit and went to sleep three hours in the bed. I had the machine set to tape the late news. When I got back out here, we watched The Closer, which was a part 1. I read the rest of the paper and got to bed to read at 2am. I finished the book and went to sleep at 4am (the paper was here) with the alarm set to noon. I woke up at 10am with a lot of pain and took some acetominaphen and then slept until 1:30pm. Still painful, but I wanted to get the two-weeks of trash & recycling out.

It was very difficult to get it all in the car's back seat, since I already found out I fall into the trunk, but I managed. I already took narcotics when I got home.

I'm sure Spirit is very very close to blind. She looks for me by yelling and waiting for me to answer, and she tried to jump on to the recliner last night by jumping (claws out) on my red slippers and nude ankles. She would never have done that if she knew that's what she was aiming at.

South Carolinians had a Secession Ball not for slavery, no, but for men who were willing to sacrifice themselves for state's rights. mmmhmmm The NAACP showed up to complain.
20111112, Marilee

Borrowed Tides by Paul Levinson


This is Levinson's second novel in order, but the first, third, and fourth are a series. I wish he'd written more in the series (mysteries with detective who figures out stfnal elements).

This is fairly close to our future, about 20 years ahead of the publishing. He has a number of cute names for future products, but "SmithSONYan" particularly struck me. There's a guy who talks a government agent to letting them leave the system, the first humans who will do that. They think there's planets around Alpha Centauri and hope to see them while using the boomerang process to get back without having more fuel.

Strange things start happening -- a child's ideas will cause things out in space; a man goes to a hulk around ACA and comes back unable to talk; when they take the boomerang back home, things start going backwards. They realize time is rolling back and don't know what will happen when they get back to their origin. The man unable to talk knows what will happen -- the ship will go back and forth forever -- and two of the crew take him off with them. The others stay on the ship because they don't want to forget what they have. Plus, between them, there's three children and they don't know what will happen to them because they didn't exist when they launched. Those three who get off the ship, including the man who couldn't talk, no longer know what happened to them, but they do all talk.

It wasn't bad, but if you haven't read the Phil D'Amato books, I recommend them: The Silk Code, The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye.