This, a Meme, and That

The trip back was uneventful. I spent yesterday unpacking, straightening stuff out. Disc was played, much to my enjoyment. While I didn’t gain any weight while in Omaha (?!), I was definitely feeling slow. This morning my quads are unhappy with the state of affairs. Today, I’m up early again, doing laundry and preparing to wade into work on Divine Fire in a meaningful way. Tonight, women’s league. Pulling off a win against Miss Red would be spiffy.

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Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

I’ve added a little when & why.

1. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – Freshman year of college, not for a class.
2. “Paladin of the Lost Hour” by Harlan Ellison – Sometime in high school.
3. Dune by Frank Herbert – First attempt was in 7th grade. I knew there was something good going on with this book, but couldn’t wade through it until my 30s.
4. “Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Alan Poe – 3rd of 4th grade?
5. “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” by Arthur Conan Doyle – Again about 3rd or 4th grade.
6. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – Sometime in high school.
7. The Cat in the Mirror by Mary Stolz- This is the first book I read in 7th grade in public school. It was fantasy, it had a willful girl protagonist, and it was “YA.” All of those things were beyond my previous experience.
8. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – Freshman year in college, not for a class.
9. “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare – Freshman year in college, not for a class.
10. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury – Summer before junior year in college.
11. Paradise Lost by John Milton – Junior year in college, I believe. Has greatly shaped my notions of religion, especially the concept of original sin.
12. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg – First English class in college.
13. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – First English class in college.
14. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach – No, really! This book changed the way I think about death and “what I want to be when I die.”
15. Cosmos by Carl Sagan – Sometime in my childhood.

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Oscars Will Now Feature 10 Best Picture Nominees | /Film

Brandon Sanderons starts new series at Tor, for big money – SFScope – Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Holy cats.

Probiotics Still Misunderstood:

“What is clear is that during the economic crisis manufacturers need to continue to create probiotic products, which consumers find an integral part of their daily routine, otherwise much of the early good work will have to be repeated to get these consumers to resume consumption if they sacrifice it now to save money,” Mark Whalley [Datamonitor’s consumer markets analyst] said.

From a marketing standpoint, it sounds like they’re too late. If consumers don’t know what your product is supposed to do now, during the “economic crisis,” they’re not going to start trying it based on its cost alone. After a conversation with my diabetic grandmother about what is and isn’t a carbohydrate, I think there are bigger problems with consumers and nutrition.

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