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May 4th, 2011

07:37 pm: Changing Plans

I was due for labs on Tuesday, but planned to get them today after I took the trash & recycling out. I realized last night that I hurt a lot, it was supposed to be cold and rainy, and I would be getting to bed late again, so I shifted those to tomorrow. I watched TV, read the paper, made iced tea, washed cat blankies, and got to bed to read at 3:30am. I got very sleepy at one point, but I wasn't far from the end of the book so I read until 6:30am. I came down and got the paper and watched a bit of early news with Spirit. (The news a day or so ago had that a couple trapped an almost-starved little girl -- would have died in a week -- in a cage and this morning the couple says they did it because she had Down Syndrome and MS and was too much trouble. I wonder how accurate that will turn out to be. There was a baby buried in their yard, too.)

I went to bed to sleep at 7am and woke up at 4:30pm. I've just read the front pages of the paper sections and been online so far. I'm going to see about getting to bed earlier tonight.

Sony had a second breach and isn't attending the hearing at the House.

The CDC reminds those of us over 50 years old that we need to heat cold cuts, lunch meat, hot dogs, etc. to over 165F to kill listeria. I don't eat those things, but I wonder how many people would actually heat them up.

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07:50 pm: Dragonheart by Todd McCaffrey

Remember how two of the three books he wrote with his mom overlapped? Well, this one is exactly the same time as his first lone book, Dragonsblood. It's an almost completely different batch of people, but we know a bit about what happened to them at the end of the first book. He would certainly have a lot more to write about if he kept writing decent stories at the same time but different places and people. He's not nearly as bad as Piers Anthony was with Incarnations of Immortality.

He does introduce the equivalent of Arabs in this book. People with robes, scarves over their heads held by twisted ropes, travel in caravans, spicy food, etc. They claim to be able to track their history back to Earth. The two primary Arabs are in a lot of the book and turn out nice, but when they're first met, all of them seem a bit sneaky. I think he should have had someone look at that.

I'm going to read the next one -- last one out so far -- but I think I'll keep these. He does seem to be getting better.

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