Monday, July 31, 2006

The weekend was rather pedestrian.

I've already forgotten the weekend's exact timetable but we did grocery shopping and hit Target early Saturday morning. We'd taken offspring #2 clothes shopping on Friday evening. It was an expensive weekend certainly. I bought a mystery at Borders on Saturday, Flowers Stained by Moonlight, told in epistolary fashion. On Friday, I had picked up a serious textbook-style reader on the topic of spiritual theology, Spiritual Traditions for the Contemporary Church. And at home, waiting for me was a DVD set of Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple, ordered from Amazon. Plenty of entertainment for the weekend.

Sunday was the slow day. No church because everyone was moving -- in fact -- slowly. Offspring #2 had specifically requested that he be allowed to sleep in since Saturday at Friendly's was a late night. Spouse didn't sleep well due to the heat.

Reading in Past Week:

The Best of C.L. Moore - Two outstanding stories - Black Thirst is a Northwest Smith story that protests emphasis being placed on a woman's beauty, simultaneously breeding out all courage and intelligence. No Woman Born is a story involving a female entertainer, burned badly in a theater fire, who has allowed her (organic) brain to be placed in a (mechanical body). Can she adapt? The male scientist and her male manager have doubts that her essential beauty will shine forth, supplanting the image of a robot entertainer in the mind of her public, and yet she proves both wrong in a unique fashion.

His Majesty's Dragon - Excellent entertainment story of dragon and captain-rider (Think Russll Crowe in Master and Commander and then put him on the back of a dignified, intelligent Chinese Dragon). No particular theme or depth of message, but well-paced fun and emotionally satisfying. There's a point where an injured dragon dies that causes a bit of a lump in the throat.

Upcoming Week:

Newletter article to be written on product development
Offspring #1 returns home from his Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Major news stories this week were the war in the Middle East (guys, we're past the so-called crisis phase; this is a war. Call it that) and the heat wave across the country.

Monday, July 17, 2006


Wonderful article about how university presses might start figuring in the blog community in disemminating scholarly research at Inside Higher Ed.

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