April 27th, 2011

20111112, Marilee


Last night I watched TV, then read the paper, and decided to watch one of the movies I taped on Sunday. I noticed a four-star movie that I'd never heard of and it was very preachy. "Ordet" had two families of different Christian faiths and won't let children marry, one family has a son who thinks he's Jesus and does actually revive the wife of another son, and in the end everybody is agreed. It was almost a flowchart on how people can join their faiths. I went to bed at 3am and read until 5:45am. I slept until 2:30pm and was out to start errands by 4pm.

I got the mail from today and my check had come so I deposited it at the credit union and went on a few blocks to turn the book in. Then I dropped the DVD at the post office and went a block further to have lunch at the new Roy Rogers. It was much more fast food than the one I usually go to, and they don't have the potato pancakes. Each chair has a balloon tied to it, but it wasn't too bad to sit. I have Peapod coming tomorrow so I just went to the grocery to get wet cat food and Spirit's meds. I got home at 5:30pm, having had the odometeer move to 123K while I was on my way to the grocery.

We've had two tornados actually fairly close here so far, but now they seem to be further east.

Scientists have figured out why fire ants float in a raft. They link legs and jaws and never actually touch the water. This might help with new waterproof materials and robotics.

Ezra Klein shows how the Congressional Budget Office proves that Paul Ryan's new health care plan costs most than Obama's health-care plan.
20111112, Marilee

Dragon Harper by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey

This is the last of the mother and son books, so far at least, and it starts after the first one. There's a brief mention of part of the second book. This has another illness problem where many holders, healers, and harpers die. The person who figures things out is Kindan, the protagonist of the first book. He thinks of mood stones to put on foreheads to see temperatures, thinks of masks, thinks of fruit, and then thinks of having the dragonriders & dragons working with the beasts and grain so the people who survive the flu won't starve. It's the dragonriders who bring all that stuff and drop it because Thread is too close to risk the riders. Ir seemed to have a very firm end, as if this is the end of the group of books.