January 8th, 2011

20111112, Marilee

Back Requires Pain Meds

I had really big back pain by the time I got offline -- there was a lot of walking & sitting up straight to get the narcotics -- so I stayed in today even though we only got a dusting of snow. Last night I watched TV and read the paper, then went to bed to read at midnight. I finished the book at 3am and still needed calories and protein so came out to get a Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwich that would finish those requirements up, and hot tea. I went to bed about 3:30am and went right to sleep but woke up with more pain and took more meds at 7:45am, 15 minutes early, not that it killed me, brought the paper in, and went back to sleep. I got up at 2:45pm as the cats were starting to be insistant.

Wow, a gunman killed a federal judge (on the middle in the immigration argument) and five other people in an Arizonan constituent meeting, shooting Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords (husband is Mark E. Kelly, astronaut who took the shuttle up last time) in the head. Eighteen others were injured. The surgeon is optimistic about Giffords. They found the shooter who left confused messages about the government online.

The Congressional Budget Office says repeal of the health-care bill will cost us even more money. Boehner doesn't believe it. I saw Boehner in an interview by Brian Williams and when Williams told him study numbers (I don't remember exactly, but it was more than 50%) of people who want the health care, Boehner gave him anecdote after anecdote about people who don't.

A columnist breaks down the Republican phrase "job-killer".

The TV ads of "The Season of the Witch" are pretty grotty, but a WashPost reviewer thinks it's worse: The age of chivalry has never looked dingier than in "Season of the Witch," a sluggish mash-up of knight's tale and creature feature.
20111112, Marilee

OMNI Best Science Fiction Two

When I volunteered for OMNI on AOL, we were given a lot of these books as presents. Usually I just have extra time for a story or two, but this time I was filling in before I start reading the bookgroup book tonight.

All the perfumes of Araby / Lucius Shepard -- a story about a smuggler who has a woman get him in trouble

The robot and the one you love / Tom Maddox -- a man who gathers data to sell using his robot, has the robot keep him safe

Chimera dreams / Gregg Keizer -- lots of people can put cloaks on that make them look like a creature, but what if some of them are real?

The pear-shaped man / George R.R. Martin -- cheese curls will steal your soul

Kingdom come / Bruce McAllister -- the world is joined to a different world with evil beings

Mother's Milt / Pat Cadigan -- Mother gets a man out of jail instead of her husband and puts him to surprising work

Black velvet / Maggie Flinn -- can you hide paranormal abilities when the government wants to know?

One small step for Max / Dan Simmons -- the man tries to make his big score on the moon, but hasn't quite heard everything

The cave painting / Garry Kilworth -- what happens when Dreamtime comes again?

In the month of Athyr / Elizabeth Hand -- far in the future, women are killed and replaced by creatures designed for sex

I particularly liked The Pear-shaped Man (I put cheese curls on my grocery list), Mother's Milt, and One Small Step for Max.