• I finished reading "One Day In May," by Catherine Alliott. Here's my review from Goodreads:
The plot was thin and the main character was unsympathetic, but I found it an interesting read. I particularly liked the non-linear narration. The descriptions of the French countryside, the English aristocratic lifestyle and the antiques trade were interesting. Then on page 294 the narrator reveals herself to be a liar. I hate when narrators are untrustworthy because it makes me feel manipulated. Honestly, I doubt I'll ever again bother with a book by this author.
Now I'm onto a new book ("The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton) and I am completely suspicious of every thing all because of the Alliott book. There's no trust anymore.
• In the event of a zombie apocalypse I hope to be one of the first victims. I am just not up for the rugged survivalist life style. Why fight the inevitable? Also: I like showering every day. Rugged survivalists look dusty.
• What is the etiquette of flash mobs? Is audience participation the goal? I thought this was the case, but now I'm seeing very professional flash mobs with tight choreography. There is no way any random person could join in. Check out this one:
• On Facebook, MaryLUE linked to an article about NYU's ‘Replyallcalypse.' This reminded me of when I worked at the University of Alberta and a coworker sent out an email telling other employees about a problem with a database we managed. Her email account was set up so that every time a person opened an email from her, she would get a verification email. Complete with a PING! sound effect. She'd sent the email to several hundred people. PING! PING! PING! PING! PING!PING!PING! PING!PING!PING!PING! PING!PING!PING!PING!PING!!!
It was funny for the first 10 minutes. Then it got annoying. Then I got stabby. Then I went deaf.
Fifteen years later, I'm back to thinking it was funny.
• My ten year old heard a Beastie Boys song today. He called it "Old People's Rap Music."
• I gave myself quite a start this morning when I stumbled out bed and caught sight of myself in the mirror. I'd forgotten that I had my haircut yesterday. Now I no longer look like Gary Sandy:
• Lyn (aka HappyGeek75) recommended a recipe for Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies. I've made three batches in two days. They are so tasty though it's crazy that there are no eggs in the recipe.
• The other day as we returned home from a walk, I remarked that Fogo is doing really well lately and it's amazing how far she's come. The 8 year old muttered, "Now you've jinxed us."
Not two minutes later I found myself wrestling with Fogo in the backyard trying to pry her jaws open and get a bird out of her mouth. The bird -- like countless other birds before it -- had flown full speed into our south facing bedroom window and died. In the end, I learned:
a. Fogo can swallow a bird whole,
b. Bird legs are not strongly attached to bird bodies and should not be used as leverage, and
c. I totally jinxed us.
Good thing she's cute. In a scary Borg-eye kind of way.