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Some books in my recent readings..

The Cult of LEGO, by John Baichtal and Joe Meno.  This was a birthday (or Christmas?) present some years ago that I'd read a fair bit of but never finished.  Finished it reading in bed a couple of months ago.  Interesting look at all sorts of aspects of the Lego universe.

You Always Remember the First Time, edited by B.S. Johnson.  I picked this up at a Bookcrossing meetup years and years ago.  This might have been more interesting if I'd actually heard of any of the authors.  But a 1975 British book isn't going to have anyone much I know in.  Some of the stories were really good and well written.  Some of them were practically unreadable.  One even sounded made up (sex slave to a maharaja? really?).  Meh.

The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink.  Stu must have had this book since it came out, and we went to see it at the movies back in 2009.  I remember enjoying the movie.  The book was pretty good too.  Might have to see the movie again at some point.

On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.  This was recommended in Little Brother along with Cryptonomicon.  But Cryptonomicron weighs about three kilos, so wasn't going to cart that around on the bus.  So took On the Road instead.  OMFG this has to be one of the most boring books in history.  Nothing happens.  It's a rambling, at times manic, drivel of words, about thoroughly unlikeable characters who criss-cross the country multiple times by various means.  Urgghh.  So boring.  I'm half way through it.  Unless someone can give me a pretty compelling reason, I doubt I'll ever finish it.  (I stopped at the beginning of Part 3 - where there was a bookmark, likely from Stu who also probably never finished it)

In February 1968 my Mum flew on this little plane to Tasmania for a holiday with a group of friends, travelling around Youth Hostels on the island.

This photo was taken by her in Launceston.

VH-RMQ in Launceston

Ten months later the wing broke off due to metal fatigue caused by a maintenance error and it crashed near Port Headland killing all aboard.

That metal crack had been forming for several years.  My Mum could just as easily have been killed in a crash on that plane!

Quite a sobering moment really...

We received the devastating news today that dear sweet George had to be put down.  He'd had urinary problems for years, likely since being trapped under the neighbour's house for a week when he was young.  Today, after a week of stress and thousands of dollars in vet bills Kit made the hard call.  We all loved that stoopid jerk face cat. 

George

George up a tree

George takes my seat

George scritch

George and the fish

George pillow

George the pest

George the pest

George the pest

Depressed George

Us with animals

Sleeping buddies

Geroge

George

George

George

Kitty snuggles

Pals

George perched

George being Maru

George is a spud

Curious George

Just the sweetie and George

Just the sweetie and George

George sunbaking

Goodbye George

Goodbye George

Just a few books I've read over the past few months.

Heaven is for Real - Todd Burpo.  A book Mum lent me a couple of years ago but hadn't gotten around to reading.  Read this one in bed.  Whether to believe as-is or not, it was a great read.  I'd like to see the movie although apparently the movie focusses a lot more on the doubts of the father, which didn't really come across so much in the book.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and six more - Roald Dahl.  I bought this on Kangaroo Island in 1994 and have read it all before.  I don't think I've read it since actually seeing the Mildenhall Treasure though, so that was pretty cool.  

Silicon Snake Oil - Clifford Stoll.  I read and loved The Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll years ago so looked forward to reading this.  Except the dude spend literally an entire book complaining about how hard to use and what a waste of space computers and the internet are.  And Facebook hadn't even been invented when he wrote it.  Honestly I have no idea how it got published.  Sure he had some good points (computers shouldn't/can't ever properly replace teachers) but some of his predictions were laughably bad (noone will ever bother to try and hack databases because they're all different and rely on people to enter the data correctly, and video streaming will be too hard to ever achieve).  I really should have taken more photo snippets like this, but I ain't going back to find them again!

Silicon Snake Oil snippet

Silicon Snake Oil snippet

bwhahahah - omfg a quarter of a megabyte or more for a picture is b-i-i-i-g-g-g!
Silicon Snake Oil snippet

I slogged my way through to the end of it, but it was many hours of my life I won't get back.

Little Brother - Cory Doctorow.  I used to read Boing Boing and remember when this first came out (I remember he published it online for free).  Stu actually bought a copy so I read it before bed recently.  Basically an essay on privacy wrapped in a pretty good story.  I really enjoyed it.  It's over ten years old now, but just as topical as ever.

Adrian Mole - the Cappuccino Years - Sue Townsend.  I read The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 years ago and I think I enjoyed it.  So picked this one up at a Bookcrossing meetup years ago, thinking it was an adult sequel.  I started reading it a few years ago on one of our trips to Queensland.  Problem is I just couldn't get into it.  And it certainly didn't help that I had to keep referring to the index of characters just to figure out who was who.  As it turns out it was the fifth book of the Adrian Mole series.  Maybe it would all make a lot more sense if I read them all together in quick succession.  Anyway after sitting on the shelf for years I gave up on it and put it back in the pile of Bookcrossing books I need to give away.  

Lego Movie 2 posterLast Tuesday night Neil and I went to see The Lego Movie 2.

It was ok.

I mean sure it was a bit of fun.

But it was a bit more disjointed and didn't seem to flow as well.

I did recognise what's his name's hair (won't give any other info because spoilers).

They made fun of the catchy song from the first movie with a new "catchy" song.  That was so catchy I couldn't remember it by the end of the movie.  Definitely not as memorable as the first one.

I think they should have sung Everything is Awful instead of Everything's Not Awesome.  That's what I do hehe.

Last Wednesday I bought a small external hard drive big enough for *everything*.  I started backing everything up at 17:23. It finished this morning at 00:23.

!!!

Five and half days to back everything up. 

Should probably get a computer capable of supporting USB 3 .. hrmmm....

Some TV

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So we watched all eight episodes of Marie Kondo's Tidying Up.  OMFG people have a lot of clothes!  It'd be interesting to see just how many clothes we have.  I feel like I don't have many clothes at all.  Be cool to see though.  But probably not until Stu's next uni break.

Saw the first episode of season 4 of Fuller House on 26/1, and the second episode tonight.

We've seen the first four episodes of season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery.  Still enjoying that.

And we've seen the first seven episodes of season 1 of MacGyver that I have on DVD.  It hasn't aged so well, although better than Knight Rider.

Some Movies

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25.1.19

Io.  OMFG I want those hours of my life back!!  Nothing happens.  Slow.  Boring.  But mostly "yeah right".  Did not like.

26.1.19

Julia sans Julie.  Someone edited all the Julie Powell bits out of Julie and Julia, leaving just the Julia Child sections.  I enjoyed the original movie, although it seems they made the movie version of Julie nicer than the real life version.  But I never read any of the original blog, so no idea.  Did enjoy the version with just Julia Child.

The Usual Suspects.  I hadn't seen this since I first saw it at Luc and Lizzi's about twenty three years ago.  Even knowing the ending didn't help much.  I'd forgotten just about everything else about it.  And I think if I watched it again now I'd still struggle to keep up with what was going on heh.

2.2.19

Dunkirk.  Ok so I realised there were different time speeds happening.  But it was still a bit confusing to watch.  Otherwise not bad.

That's really not very many for nearly a month..

Ok so it's been really freaking stinking hot since we got back (and apparently before we got back as well).

In January there was a week where we had 40C days for like four days in a row.  Hottest January on record.  Our cooler was going nonstop for a couple of weeks straight.

The blue periwinkle went a bit crazy while we were away.  This was about five weeks of growth.  I ripped it all out and have been keeping it down, but is going to take a lot of effort to kill..

One month of blue periwinkle

It got over 50C in the parked car on 18 January..

Hot car

We had a very nice sunset on 27 January.  I was at Chrissie's and Zac called me to come look.  It was all over social media that night.

January sunset

We have had a *lot* of thunder storms.  On 30 January one went over, but most of the lightning was cloud lightning rather than ground lightning.  It flashed *a lot*.  I even captured this on my phone.

Lightning

Today we had a dust storm.  I'll append a pic here when I download them.

Food Scraps

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On the weekend after cooking dinners I found myself with a bowl of food scraps - offcuts from the veggies I cooked.  Ordinarily I would throw all these over the fence to Kit's chickens.  But she moved and took all her chickens away :(:(:(

That bowl sat out on the bench for days.  For some reason it felt completely wrong to throw those food scraps into the bin.

We'll just have to get our own chickens.  Or a rabbit.  We just don't really have a good space for them.  We have plenty of space now that the pool is gone, but that space is like a desert in summer, and chickens can overheat.  Have to think about that one some more.

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