Commentary: June 2009 Archives

As per usual, I get my news from Twitter these days (usually from Dave).  When he first mentioned that Michael Jackson had had a heart attack, I went to the Sydney Morning Herald website and the headline news was that Farrah Fawcett had died.  After I got to work there were the Twitter updates that he'd actually died.  And poor Farrah's story was bumped for his.

Michael Jackson was pretty obviously a damaged guy, I guess we'll never know what was going on in his head all these years.  Rest in peace.
Finished reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis today.  It was ok, but a little tough going (not really being a narrative and fairly old now).  But I think it's the first C.S. Lewis book I've ever read.  

Really must borrow myself a copy of the Narnia books some time...
Have got pretty much what will be my final cut of "highlight" photos, although I may still add a few more in.  Almost fifteen hundred photos - eep!  Having a slide night on Saturday, which is always a good way to force you to do these things :)  Still need to pull out food, hotel, Engrish and man hole cover photos for separate "albums".


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For some reason last night (in my slightly hungover delirious state where sleep is interrupted for a while while I recover) I was thinking about Stu's grandmother and if she died in the next few days whether I'd be able to take the time off work before Wednesday to go the funeral (the problem being that until Wednesday night next week I'll be crazy busy at work with a release and leaving it could be a little tricky).  I mentioned this to Windy this morning, and even to Tony that I might need to take some time off soon.   

So I just found out that she died this afternoon :(  

So pretty sad for the family, but at least we all know she's gone to a better place, and she's no longer in pain.
I finished reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier last week.  I actually had to read this book in high school in about year 10.  It was probably one of the better books we read in high school, and I quite enjoyed reading it a second time.  Although to be honest I have no idea why she fell in love with him.  Maxim is distant and aloof at the beginning of the book - someone you might possibly have a crush on but not someone you could actually easily love.  Meh.  I probably threw out all my notes on the book from high school before I moved to Canberra, so can't look at what sort of work we had to do on it.  Oh well.

Finished Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl last week.  And then saw the second half of the movie again after having read the second half of the book.  So that was pretty cool.  

Finished reading Inner Space by Nathan Elliot today.  I really loved the movie, seeing it when it first came out at the movies.  In fact when I saw the movie I had absolutely no idea what it was about, just that it was by Steven Spielberg so was likely to be good.  So I picked up the book at a book fair last year.  The book is actually pretty boring.  Well not boring in terms of story line - but that's all it is - just a narration of the movie.  It doesn't add anything to it, and apart from a few very tiny differences, is identical to the movie. Identical is fine, but a little character development to add some interest wouldn't have gone astray.  This is basically just a kids book.  

Three books finished in a week.. scary..!

Oh, just remembered I read Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl at the weekend too (yes, reading through the box set I got a while back, in chronological order :) )
Before we went to Japan I put a lot of work into a big Google Map of things we wanted to see.  I even found out how to  make a backup of it - you put &output=kml  to the end of the url.  

Trying to decide if I'll update that map, or make a Google Earth kml file of some of the places we went to .. decisions decisions...
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