A hint

If you're planning on sending a bunch of glassware halfware across the country, don't pack it tightly in a box, wrapped only in newspaper. And, by golly, don't mail it book rate. Unless you want your recipient to open two boxes full of broken glass and newspaper, that is.


San Diego

Before Sunset last night, I walked to K's house in Ocean Beach, taking pictures of lush sub-tropical gardens. In OB, all the streets perpendicular to the ocean have alleys between them, so that you can see more of the ocean as you walk around. The semi-tropical weather produces lush, flowering gardens, with lilies, morning glory, palm trees and tall banana plants waving their large leaves in the night-time breeze.

After dark, I returned to the hotel on the seashore where I stay. I walked past the night-lit houses in the quiet streets, the sound of waves in my ears. I contemplated the flickering windows, imagining the lives inside, yet happy to be on the outside. An infinity of lives exists just beyond those gauzy barriers – what is real, objective, and what imagination can create.

At the end of Narragansset St., there is a cliff overlooking the sea, with a stairway down to the beach. I was beguiled in that direction by the roaring waves, and found myself holding on to a corroded rail as I made my way haltingly in the dark. The stairs soon led me far enough down that I could no longer see houses or roads or advertising signs or any writing at all, only the rusty stairs and the smoothed stone of the worn-down cliff. I stood at the bottom of the stairs, leaning on a concrete seat, as my feet found balance on a rock that had been worn away by the inexorable flowing of the waves.

I watched the waves roll in, each one with its own personality, it seemed. I realized this was the first time in many days that I was in a place that wasn't engineered, not fully contained by a human goal or purpose. I was in a place meant for contemplation, not commerce. I spent about 20 minutes there, just lost in the waves, enjoying each moment and each breeze for their own merit, rather than thinking about the future or the next thing.

Wedding Music

Jeff and I are planning on using "Mr. iPod" as our wedding DJ. The good thing about this is that we can play whatever music we like, without having to deal with annoying wedding DJ's or a single style of music. Another good thing is that we can solicit songs from our friends well in advance of the ceremony. Anything is fair game, as long as it's not ... wrong .. for a wedding.

Songs that are "wrong" for a wedding, but yet I've heard played at weddings:

"Yesterday", by the Beatles.
"Every Breath you Take" by the Police

This list will surely grow as I listen to the seven best of the 80's CD's I just got. Unbelievably, these lack Debbie Gibson, and Wham, and other old favorites that I'll have to dig up later.

Maker Faire 2006

Jeff and I had a booth at the Maker Faire. We showed off our "Cardboard Creations", Halloweedn costumes and a castle we made on site.

On Saturday, we had a workshop, where people came and made their own stuff. Many of the pictures in the set show off the things that people made.

The Maker Faire was a lot of fun. There were nerds and kids and families, hipsters, hippies and the technorati. Everyone seemed excited, with a look in their eyes that said they had arrived at something wonderful, something that needed to be brought in one place.

Check out my photos and narrative about the event.


Well, I just bought my Mom an iBook. I was over there this weekend and set it up for her, showed her how to get online in the cafe where there is free wireless, and gave her an email address. She looked very, very happy about all of this.

Books I've Read Meme

(Only my second LJ posting ever)... I usually post on my own blog (http://blog.anca.tv/musings/) .  Copy this into your journal, bolding the ones you've read, and add three new ones at the bottom.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
 7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. 1984, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
 33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
 43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
 66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Susskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
 85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
 86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
 97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
103. The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker
105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 1/2, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
114. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy  (but damn if I can remember what it's about)
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde 1
19. Shogun, James Clavell
120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt
130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
131. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
(the rest of the list)
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl 133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck 134. George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl 135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett 136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker 137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett 138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan 139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson 140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson 141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque 142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson 143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby 144. It, Stephen King 145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl 146. The Green Mile, Stephen King 147. Papillon, Henri Charriere 148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett 149. Master And Commander, Patrick O’Brian 150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz 151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett 152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett 153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett 154. Atonement, Ian McEwan 155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson 156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier 157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey 158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad 159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling 160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon 161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville 162. River God, Wilbur Smith 163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon 164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx 165. The World According To Garp, John Irving 166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore 167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson 168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye 169. The Witches, Roald Dahl 170. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White 171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley 172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams 173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway 174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco 175. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder 176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson 177. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl 178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov 179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach 180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery 181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson 182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens 183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay 184. Silas Marner, George Eliot 185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis 186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Gross-mith 187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh 188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine 189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri 190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence 191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera 192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons 193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett 194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells 195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans 196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry 197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett 198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White 199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle 200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews 201. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien 202. The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan 203. The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan 204. The Dragon Reborn, Robert Jordan 205. Fires of Heaven, Robert Jordan 206. Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan 207. Winter’s Heart, Robert Jordan 208. A Crown of Swords, Robert Jordan 209. Crossroads of Twilight, Robert Jordan 210. A Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan 211. As Nature Made Him, John Colapinto 212. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland 213. The Married Man, Edmund White 214. Winter’s Tale, Mark Helprin 215. The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault 216. Cry to Heaven, Anne Rice 217. Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, John Boswell 218. Equus, Peter Shaffer 219. The Man Who Ate Everything, Jeffrey Steingarten 220. Letters To A Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke 221. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn 222. The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice 223. Anthem, Ayn Rand 224. The Bridge To Terabithia, Katherine Paterson 225. Tartuffe, Moliere 226. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka 227. The Crucible, Arthur Miller 228. The Trial, Franz Kafka 229. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles 230. Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles 231. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther 232. A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen 233. Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen 234. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton 235. A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry 236. ALIVE!, Piers Paul Read 237. Grapefruit, Yoko Ono 238. Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde 240. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley 241. Chronicles of Thomas Convenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson 242. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny 242. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon 243. Summerland, Michael Chabon 244. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole 245. Candide, Voltaire 246. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Roald Dahl 247. Ringworld, Larry Niven 248. The King Must Die, Mary Renault 249. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein 250. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle 251. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde 252. The House Of The Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne 253. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne 254. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan 255. The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson 256. Chocolate Fever, Robert Kimmel Smith 257. Xanth: The Quest for Magic, Piers Anthony 258. The Lost Princess of Oz, L. Frank Baum 259. Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon 260. Lost In A Good Book, Jasper Fforde 261. Well Of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde 261. Life Of Pi, Yann Martel 263. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver 264. A Yellow Rraft In Blue Water, Michael Dorris 265. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder 267. Where The Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls 268. Griffin & Sabine, Nick Bantock 269. Witch of Blackbird Pond, Joyce Friedland 270. Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH, Robert C. O’Brien 271. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt 272. The Cay, Theodore Taylor 273. From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg 274. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster 275. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin 276. The Kitchen God’s Wife, Amy Tan 277. The Bone Setter’s Daughter, Amy Tan 278. Relic, Duglas Preston & Lincolon Child 279. Wicked, Gregory Maguire 280. American Gods, Neil Gaiman 281. Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry 282. The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum 283. Haunted, Judith St. George 284. Singularity, William Sleator 285. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson 286. Different Seasons, Stephen King 287. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk 288. About a Boy, Nick Hornby 289. The Bookman’s Wake, John Dunning 290. The Church of Dead Girls, Stephen Dobyns 291. Illusions, Richard Bach 292. Magic’s Pawn, Mercedes Lackey 293. Magic’s Promise, Mercedes Lackey 294. Magic’s Price, Mercedes Lackey 295. The Dancing Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukav 296. Spirits of Flux and Anchor, Jack L. Chalker 297. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice 298. The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices, Brenda Love 299. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace 300. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison 301. The Cider House Rules, John Irving 302. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card 303. Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland 304. The Lion’s Game, Nelson Demille 305. The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars, Stephen Brust 306. Cyteen, C. J. Cherryh 307. Foucault’s Pendulum, Umberto Eco 308. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson 309. Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk 310. Camber of Culdi, Kathryn Kurtz 311. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand 312. War and Rememberance, Herman Wouk 313. The Art of War, Sun Tzu 314. The Giver, Lois Lowry 315. The Telling, Ursula Le Guin 316. Xenogenesis (or Lilith’s Brood), Octavia Butler 317. A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold 318. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold 319. The Aeneid, Publius Vergilius Maro (Vergil) 320. Hanta Yo, Ruth Beebe Hill 321. The Princess Bride, S. Morganstern (or William Goldman) 322. Beowulf, Anonymous 323. The Sparrow, Maria Doria Russell 324. Deerskin, Robin McKinley 325. Dragonsong, Anne McCaffrey 326. Passage, Connie Willis 327. Otherland, Tad Williams 328. Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay 329. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry 330. Beloved, Toni Morrison 331. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore 332. The mysterious disappearance of Leon, I mean Noel, Ellen Raskin 333. Summer Sisters, Judy Blume 334. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo 335. The Island on Bird Street, Uri Orlev 336. Midnight in the Dollhouse, Marjorie Filley Stover 337. The Miracle Worker, William Gibson 338. The Genesis Code, John Case 339. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevensen 340. Paradise Lost, John Milton 341. Phantom, Susan Kay 342. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned, Anne Rice 343. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman 344: The Dresden Files: Grave Peril, Jim Butcher 345: Tokyo Suckerpunch, Issac Adamson 346: The Winter of Magic's Return, Pamela Service 347: The Oddkins, Dean R. Koontz 348. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok 349. The Last Goodbye, Raymond Chandler 350. At Swim, Two Boys, Jaime O’Neill 351. Othello, by William Shakespeare 352. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas 353. The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats 354. Sati, Christopher Pike 355. The Inferno, Dante 356. The Apology, Plato 357. The Small Rain, Madeline L.Engle 358. The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Richard E Cytowick 359. 5 Novels, Daniel Pinkwater 360. The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Juliet Marillier 361. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier 362. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf 363. Our Town, Thorton Wilder 364. Green Grass Running Water, Thomas King 335. The Interpreter, Suzanne Glass 336. The Moor’s Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie 337. The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson 338. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster 339. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky 340. The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux 341. Pages for You, Sylvia Brownrigg 342. The Changeover, Margaret Mahy 343. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones 344. Angels and Demons, Dan Brown 345. Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo 346. Shosha, Isaac Bashevis Singer 347. Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck 348. The Diving-bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby 349. The Lunatic at Large, J. Storer Clouston 350. Time for Bed, David Baddiel 351. Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold 352. Quite Ugly One Morning, Christopher Brookmyre 353. The Bloody Sun, Marion Zimmer Bradley 354. Sewer, Gas, and Eletric, Matt Ruff 355. Jhereg, Steven Brust 356. So You Want To Be A Wizard, Diane Duane 357. Perdido Street Station, China Mieville 358. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte 359. Road-side Dog, Czeslaw Milosz 360. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje 361. Neuromancer, William Gibson 362. The Epistemology of the Closet, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick 363. A Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr 364. The Mask of Apollo, Mary Renault 365. The Gunslinger, Stephen King 366. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare 367. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke 368. A Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman 369. Ivanhoe, Walter Scott 370. The God Boy, Ian Cross 371. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King 372. Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson 373. Misery, Stephen King 374. Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters 375. Hood, Emma Donoghue 376. The Land of Spices, Kate O.Brien 377. The Diary of Anne Frank 378. Regeneration, Pat Barker 379. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald 380. Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina Garcia 381. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway 382. The View from Saturday, E.L. Konigsburg 383. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia Wrede 384. Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss 385. A Severed Wasp, Madeleine L.Engle 386. Here Be Dragons, Sharon Kay Penman 387. The Mabinogion (Ancient Welsh Tales), translated by Lady Charlotte E. Guest 388. The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown 389. Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Thomas Cahill 390. The Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris 391. My Antonia, Willa Cather 392. Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath 393. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins 394. Conceived Without Sin, Bud MacFarlane Jr. 395. Pierced by a Sword, Bud MacFarlane, Jr. 396. Tully, Paullina Simons 397. On the Beach, Nevil Shute 398. Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood 399. Earth Abides, George R. Stewart 400. Double Play, Robert Parker 401. Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott 402. Bookman’s Promise, John Dunning 403. The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton 404. We Are All In The Dumps With Jack And Guy, Maurice Sendak 405. Sabriel, Garth Nix 406. Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino 407. Kushiel’s Dart, Jacqueline Carey 408. Idylls of the King, Alfred Tennyson 409. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair 410. Dreadnought, Robert K. Massie 411. The Guv’nor, Lenny McLean 412. Farenheit 451, Ray Bradbury 413. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood 414. Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut 415. Acid House, Irvine Welsh 416. L’Etranger, Camus 417. Vurt, Jeff Noon 418. Amnesia Moon, Jonathan Lethem 419. Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann 420. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain: Stories, Robert Olen Butler 421. Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel 422. The Illuminatus! Trilogy, Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson 423. The Dunwich Horror and Others, H.P. Lovecraft 424. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig 425. Gardens of the Moon, Steven Erikson 426. A Drink Before The War, Dennis Lehane 427. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney 428. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Jared Diamond 429. Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey 430. Goedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas R. Hofstadter 431. The Iliad, Homer 432. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin 433. The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker 434. Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind, George Lakoff 435. The Lion in Winter, James Goldman 436. The Stranger, Albert Camus

Blizzard, you've done it again!

Sunday night. I look up, red-eyed, in a daze. Oh my goodness, I've just spent the whole weekend playing Diablo II. My character, the Assassin Sinistra, has just gotten killed by a huge swarm of Baal's minions in the very creepy Act V. I sit here, with Jeff's laptop next to me, tempting me. I could just open it, and play. Ah, the grim sounds, the "shick" of Town Portal, the echoing holler of my Shadow getting killed.

Diablo II has a subtle undertone of menace, of evil and misery overtaking the world. Like Lord of the Rings, it provides a gloomy backdrop that leaves you in a perpetual state of anxious fear. Even though my character is a fighter for good in a world that desperately needs her, there is no peace at the end of her journey. Darn it, when you finish this game, you can start it at the beginning again, only it's gotten harder. Ack.

Hmm. Enough pondering. Let me open up that seductive black case and see if I can get my body back in short order.
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