Sunday, July 23, 2006
Global Warming: Believe It, Care About It & Act Now
I don't really want to preach here, but honestly it is very much time to take global warming seriously, and I hope you will. If you have the opportunity to watch An Inconvenient Truth (a.k.a. Al Gore's movie), please do. It's actually a good film.
Hoping For The Best
Tonight I'm listening to music on my portable CD player, to reduce the possibility of locking up my computer mid-post. (It's the Ramones tonight, if you're curious.)
Most recently I have read Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami and Lunch Money by Andrew Clements. Bindi Babes was a good young adult story. I'm still loving Andrew Clements, although for now Frindle remains my favorite by him.
Unrelated note: my new ear buds won't stay in my ears and it's really getting on my nerves! I've never thought of my ears as little, so I'm not sure why this isn't working. If you were here, you might notice my eyes drifting to the roll of tape on my desk.
Now, about those books I listed last time; I'm actually going to tell you a little bit about some of them now.
Indesicion by Benjamin Kunkel-- This one reminded me of Catcher in the Rye, or at least what I read of Catcher in the Rye, except that I liked this one. I didn't completely like the book's ending, although it wasn't bad. The thing is, even though the ending is lacking, various other parts of the book are really, really good. Dwight, the main character & narrator, often times reminds me of myself, most especially on in the first couple of pages, when he talks about how he never really changes.
I'm really glad I finally read Nights of Rain and Stars, because even though it's hardly the best book I've ever read, it was good and it brought me back to Maeve Binchy, who is an old favorite of mine. I've been reading her books off and on since high school when I started with Circle of Friends. The last book of hers I read, I really didn't enjoy, and reading Nights of Rain and Stars reminded me why she's a favorite of mine.
Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja is my current favorite young adult novel. It's really short and really good.
Monday, July 10, 2006
I Have a 7-Year-Old Car and a 5-Year-Old Computer
Most people think I have a pretty nice car. Most people think my computer is really old. I'm all for cool new technology, but I don't think it's fair that after just five years, my computer is so very behind the times, and I'm running around with my fingers crossed that I'll get around to purchasing a new computer before this one crashes one final, deadly time.
Anyway, I was all set to finally write about the books I've been reading but not reporting on over the past month, when my computer decided that it didn't want to listen to Loretta Lynn, and the best way to tell me that was to lock up so tight I was forced to hold in the power button to shut it down. That wasted time and really killed the mood, so all you're going to get right now is a list, and I'll try to tell you a little more about some of them on another day.
Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy
Serving Crazy With Curry by Amulya Malladi
Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming (children's novel)
Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel
Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja (young adult novel)
"You want to see karma coming? Go look in the mirror, right now" -- Justin, in Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja