June 25th, 2009

Weather, and an Observation

Another hot day in Ottawa shaping up. The weather is ridiculous, and with the high humidity is extremely uncomfortable. There are thunderstorms of a major variety expected later today, so with luck the humidity will come down. The office is comfortable for now, but still have a doctor's appointment at the family physician this afternoon. Hope I don't get soaked and all.

And now a personal observation:

I have recently noticed that when the weather is hot like this, I don't read as many books as I normally do. The heat and humidity doesn't seem to inspire me to read all that many books during this type of weather, for some reason, and it kind of saddens me. Yes, I'm still reading stuff, of course, but the weather just turns me off reading. Don't really know why.

Reading Meme

Got this meme from partofthequeue2


1. Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack?
I sometimes snack while I read. Depends on the time of day, depends on whether I'm hungry. If I do snack when I'm reading, it's something light. Usually a fruit bottom yogurt, or perhaps some celery or cucumber slice and some cheese.

2. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
As a general rule, I don't tend to write in or mark my books. There are exceptions to that rule. I'll sometimes mark up some roleplaying books with notes and stuff, or errata, and if it's a text book that I own, then definitely will mark stuff up.

3. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
Bookmarks, always bookmarks. I hate people who dog-ear their books and never dog-ear my own, and I dislike opening the book wide to lay it flat open, especially if it's a 700-page paperback!

4. Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
While I tend to read more fiction than anything else, I do enjoy books on history, archaeology, anthropology, and a few other subjects as well.

5. Hard copy or audiobooks?
Definitely hard copy. I've listened to a couple of audio books, but find that I don't get the experience of the book too well from audio, and, depending on what else is going on around me, that can be distracting. Besides, nothing beats the feel of a good paper book, especially a tome-like hardcover.

6. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
I'm one of these folks who prefers to read to the end of a chapter, but sometimes one gets interrupted and can't do so. It annoys me. In those cases, I do have to read to the end of the paragraph.

7. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away? Write it down to look it up later? Just try to infer what it means from the rest of the sentence, and keep going?
A lot of the time I try to infer the word meaning from the rest of the sentence, but in the case of a technical book or some such, I do tend to look up the word straight away. I have a very good vocabulary, and am quite "word"y, so don't have this happen when I'm reading fiction and non-fiction all that often, but when it does, I look up the word right away.

8. What are you currently reading?
Paragea by Chris Roberson. A re-read, actually.

9. What is the last book you bought?
The latest book by Kage Baker, called The Empress of Mars.

10. Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can read more than one at a time?
I'm one of these folks that reads more than one book at a time. I read one book by day, and have a different book to read by night for bed-time reading. Can even juggle a magazine or a roleplaying game book in the midst of it all. :)

11. Do you like re-reading books?
That largely depends on the book and the author. There are certainly a few authors - Terry Pratchett, Christopher Moore, and a few others whose books I've read several times. Most of the books on my book shelves are "one read only", unfortunately.

R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009)

Terriby sad stuff in the news this afternoon.

Farrah Fawcett Dies of Cancer at Age 62

The actress with the gorgeous hair has finally succumbed to the cancer that she's been fighting for the last few years, dying in the mid-morning hours. She will be sorely missed. I will always remember Charlie's Angels with a good deal of nostalgic fondness.

R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett, 1947-2009
  • Current Music
    Rick Wakeman - "Catherine Parr"

Right Hand, Left Hand...

Home from the family physician.

I want to scream.

The family doctor said he doesn't understand why the diabetes doctor didn't up the dosage of Metformin, instead of the dosage of Diamicron. So, he said we'll see what the increased dosage of the latter does, and is sending me for blood tests at the beginning of August to assess the effects. If there's no real change in my glucose biochemistry, he's going to increase the dosage of Metformin as well.

Right hand, left hand, right hand, left hand....
  • Current Music
    Chess - "One Night in Bangkok"

See JohnK...

JohnK has been a bad boy.

JohnK has engaged in retail therapy.

JohnK has just bought a whole bunch of Fading Suns rpg stuff. A *whole bunch*.

JohnK feels somewhat better.

JohnK feels somewhat poorer.
  • Current Music
    Chess - "The Deal (No Deal)"

R.I.P. Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Well, most folks have heard the latest news...

Michael Jackson Dead at 50

Tributes Paid as Michael Jackson Dies of Cardiac Arrest

While this definitely comes as somewhat of a surprise, I can't honestly say I'm shocked by it one way or the other. I was never a fan of Jackson's musical work, although I acknowledge that he contributed to the body of music and to the art in many ways, but his personal life and all...that's another matter we won't get into at all.

What annoyed me the most today was the fact that here in Canada, Global Television interrupted the Entertainment Tonight tv show that was doing a retrospective on the life of Farrah Fawcett, who was taken from us earlier today.

All I will say is...

R.I.P. Michael Jackson, 1958-2009
  • Current Music
    Annie Haslam - "Blessing in Disguise"