November 11th, 2007

Books 02

You Are There, Part 2...

It took me a couple of chapters to get comfortable in Halting State, by Charles Stross. The book is told using second person narrative, and it took awhile to get used to it. (Well, that and because the first character the reader takes on both speaks and thinks in Scottish.) The device makes perfect sense, since the book is about the investigation of a crime that takes place in a virtual world, so just as the investigators have to take on avatars to investigate the crime, the reader in turn takes on the investigators as avatars.

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Dandelions

The Knee... It's Always the Knee...

My knees are killing me, and it's my own damn fault. Also, it was 25° outside when I got up this morning. I am in no way, shape, or form ready for winter. At least it was sunny, and the wind had dialed it back a little bit. It eventually got up into the mid-forties. It was about then that I looked over at the packages of flower bulbs sitting quietly in my kitchen that I remembered that bulbs need to be planted to work properly.

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Afterward I layered up and went for a ride. I tried wearing two pairs of socks, and that seemed to work. I also tried wearing both a headband and the ear clamp, but that didn't seem to work as well. I'd hoped that the band would at least pad some of the clampiness, but no. The band actually let cold air get at my ears, and the clamp still squashed them just as hard.

Turns out the digging and crawling took a toll, because a third of the way into my second lap of the path I ran out of gas. I did manage to complete the lap, but I was really tired, and my knees were really sore. They still are. It hasn't helped that when I got home it was time to do a couple weeks worth of laundry, so I've been charging up and down the basement stairs ever since.