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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet) by Elizabeth Enright One of my favorites since I was a very little girl.
2. Bound for Glory A bio-pic based on Woody Guthrie's memoir.
3. Girl Genius The best webcomic out there. They've won the Hugo Award three times, and are generally awesome.
4. Holly Near A folk singer with a beautiful voice. One of my favorite things about her is how she advocates for all sorts of issues I'm passionate about, without sacrificing the music. HARP - A Time To Sing!, which she recorded with Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert, and Pete Seeger in 1984 is one of my favorite live albums.
5. The Avengers This is the first movie in years that I've seen twice in the theatre. I like it so much that I was seriously tempted to see it three times in the theatre. I don't think I've ever even considered doing that before. the DVD will be purchased as soon as it's available.
jennythereader: (Default)
I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet) by Elizabeth Enright One of my favorites since I was a very little girl.
2. Bound for Glory A bio-pic based on Woody Guthrie's memoir.
3. Girl Genius The best webcomic out there. They've won the Hugo Award three times, and are generally awesome.
4. Holly Near A folk singer with a beautiful voice. One of my favorite things about her is how she advocates for all sorts of issues I'm passionate about, without sacrificing the music. HARP - A Time To Sing!, which she recorded with Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert, and Pete Seeger in 1984 is one of my favorite live albums.
5. The Avengers This is the first movie in years that I've seen twice in the theatre. I like it so much that I was seriously tempted to see it three times in the theatre. I don't think I've ever even considered doing that before. the DVD will be purchased as soon as it's available.
jennythereader: (* Card Catalog)
I've been thinking about how to sub-divide my science fiction books. The categories I see most people use ("Hard" vs "Soft," or "Space Opera," "Military SF," and the like) don't really work for me. They're too subjective and hard to define.

After a lot of thought I think I've come up with one story characteristic that is always a question in science fiction, but can be objectively evaluated: how far from Earth has human civilization spread? This also has the advantage of being similar to the trait I used for my Fantasy categories.

So, these are the categories I'll be using:
- Earthbound Human civilization only exists on Earth. There may be a tiny research presence on other bodies or artificial stations, but if an extinction level event happens to the planet the species is toast. Examples: The real world.

- Earth System There are significant numbers of people living in a permanent settlement on the moon or in other (natural or artificial) satellites orbiting Earth. The species might survive an extinction event, but not easily. Examples: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein.

- Sol System Humanity has spread through a significant portion of this star system, but has no significant presence around any other stars. The species would survive most disasters that only affect Earth, but is still vulnerable to Sol going nova or a similar disaster. Examples: ? (Can't think of any right now.)

- Local Systems Humanity has settlements at some of the nearer star systems, but has not spread into the majority of the Milky Way galaxy. Examples: ? (I'm drawing a blank at the moment.)

- Galactic Humanity has spread throughout this galaxy, but not beyond it. Examples: Dune by Frank Herbert

- Inter-Galactic Humanity has a significant presence in multiple galaxies. Examples: ? (still blanking)

Comments? Suggestions? Examples? (I'll edit examples of my own in as I think of them.)
jennythereader: (* Midnight Stories *)
Season 3 of Shadow Unit is airing in about 2 weeks. That gives you just enough time to get caught up, if you read fast. This list is all the stories and extras in the recommended reading order.
jennythereader: (* Midnight Stories *)
Season 3 of Shadow Unit is airing in about 2 weeks. That gives you just enough time to get caught up, if you read fast. This list is all the stories and extras in the recommended reading order.
jennythereader: (John Lennon)
The fact that this exists fills me with a geeky joy.

With Strings Attached
"What if you woke up and found yourself on a strange new planet...
sixteen years younger...
accompanied by people you have issues with...
possessing nothing but the clothes on your back and a musical instrument...
and totally clueless as to why you're there?"

I'm a couple of chapters in, and so far it's not bad.
jennythereader: (John Lennon)
The fact that this exists fills me with a geeky joy.

With Strings Attached
"What if you woke up and found yourself on a strange new planet...
sixteen years younger...
accompanied by people you have issues with...
possessing nothing but the clothes on your back and a musical instrument...
and totally clueless as to why you're there?"

I'm a couple of chapters in, and so far it's not bad.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Everything seems OK so far.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I've heard such good things about Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace that last night I decided to give it a try. At the end of the free sample chapters I felt like my brains had been replaced with silly putty. I'm not going to give it a number rating because I don't think I can do so fairly. I will say that I might give it another try someday, when I haven't already had the sort of day that yesterday was, but that day won't come soon.

Reading: After reading the above I flailed around trying to find something sufficiently light and fluffy to let my brain re-form itself. Nothing quite worked, and eventually I gave up and went to sleep. Had odd dreams all night.

Hearing: Random music that I've liked enough in the past to give 2 or more stars to in iTunes.

Etsy Find: Toniette's Treasure Box: a gorgeous chest, designed specifically to hold BPAL bottles. This is the smallest of the three designs he offers.

Project Follow-up: Partial success on the swap: the spending limit is $10, and between Target and the dollar store in the same plaza I found $7 worth of stuff. I'll try Michaels some time this weekend. I didn't make any progress on the dishes but Tom got sick of my putting it off and did some himself. And I did get another couple of yards of the tangle un-tangled.

Tonight's Project: Gym and dinner with the gang.

Randomness: What's a song you love the music, but hate the lyrics? Or other way around? For example - "If He Moves His Lips" by Shemekia Copeland has some of the most depressingly cynical words I've ever heard, paired with great up-beat music.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Everything seems OK so far.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I've heard such good things about Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace that last night I decided to give it a try. At the end of the free sample chapters I felt like my brains had been replaced with silly putty. I'm not going to give it a number rating because I don't think I can do so fairly. I will say that I might give it another try someday, when I haven't already had the sort of day that yesterday was, but that day won't come soon.

Reading: After reading the above I flailed around trying to find something sufficiently light and fluffy to let my brain re-form itself. Nothing quite worked, and eventually I gave up and went to sleep. Had odd dreams all night.

Hearing: Random music that I've liked enough in the past to give 2 or more stars to in iTunes.

Etsy Find: Toniette's Treasure Box: a gorgeous chest, designed specifically to hold BPAL bottles. This is the smallest of the three designs he offers.

Project Follow-up: Partial success on the swap: the spending limit is $10, and between Target and the dollar store in the same plaza I found $7 worth of stuff. I'll try Michaels some time this weekend. I didn't make any progress on the dishes but Tom got sick of my putting it off and did some himself. And I did get another couple of yards of the tangle un-tangled.

Tonight's Project: Gym and dinner with the gang.

Randomness: What's a song you love the music, but hate the lyrics? Or other way around? For example - "If He Moves His Lips" by Shemekia Copeland has some of the most depressingly cynical words I've ever heard, paired with great up-beat music.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: I actually feel pretty good today.

Stress Level: 1

Book Review: I finished Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner last night. Very good book! Picture a collaberation between Jane Austen and Alexandre Dumas, with a very modern attitude towards relationships and sexuality, and you sort of have this story. Sword fights, romance, and politics in a comedy of manners. The only thing I didn't really care for was that sometimes the "manners" part made the rest of it feel a little cold-blooded. Rating: 8 out of 10. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I started The Crazy Years by Spider Robinson last night. I finished the free sample chapters last night, bought the entire book once I got to work, and will download it to my Kindle tonight.

Hearing: Music - at this moment, Howlin' Wolf's original recording of "Spoonful." I do not have anywhere near enough of his work.

Etsy Find: I can't pick just one of her products -Latherati Soap makes literary themed bath and body products.

Project Follow-up: The dentist said my teeth look fine, except for some chipping on the seal on an old filling. It's not super high priority, so I'll have it fixed at my next regular appointment 6 months from now.

Tonight's Project: I need to drop my car off to have repairs done. I'm not sure how much of an evening I'll have left after doing that.

Randomness: I'm so tired of snow. Can somebody teleport me to someplace warm?

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: I actually feel pretty good today.

Stress Level: 1

Book Review: I finished Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner last night. Very good book! Picture a collaberation between Jane Austen and Alexandre Dumas, with a very modern attitude towards relationships and sexuality, and you sort of have this story. Sword fights, romance, and politics in a comedy of manners. The only thing I didn't really care for was that sometimes the "manners" part made the rest of it feel a little cold-blooded. Rating: 8 out of 10. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I started The Crazy Years by Spider Robinson last night. I finished the free sample chapters last night, bought the entire book once I got to work, and will download it to my Kindle tonight.

Hearing: Music - at this moment, Howlin' Wolf's original recording of "Spoonful." I do not have anywhere near enough of his work.

Etsy Find: I can't pick just one of her products -Latherati Soap makes literary themed bath and body products.

Project Follow-up: The dentist said my teeth look fine, except for some chipping on the seal on an old filling. It's not super high priority, so I'll have it fixed at my next regular appointment 6 months from now.

Tonight's Project: I need to drop my car off to have repairs done. I'm not sure how much of an evening I'll have left after doing that.

Randomness: I'm so tired of snow. Can somebody teleport me to someplace warm?

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Pretty good. My right hip feels like it doesn't want to work quite properly for the first dozen or so steps every time I get up from my chair, but nothing else seems to be wrong.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished The Born Queen. I enjoyed it, but as I said yesterday it has some major flaws. Events and changes to characters come out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing at all, and the overall ending feels very rushed. I actually wonder if the author originally planned on 5 books in the series and was limited to 4 by his publishers. Rating: 6 out of 10, and if I hadn't liked the earlier books so much I'd probably only give it a 5. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I read a bunch of sample chapters, but didn't actually decide to finish any of those books.

Hearing: Co-workers on the phone, and tapping away at their keyboards.

Etsy Find: Miniature chemistry set. Yet another thing that I love, but have no earthly use for. The mere fact that it exists is pretty cool though.

Project Follow-up: Purse shopping did not happen, mostly because the roads were bad enough I decided that making extra stops was a bad idea.

Tonight's Project: Back to the house to grab my phone, then the gym and maybe purse shopping. Once I'm home for the night there may be knitting. Definitely goofing off online.

Randomness: I think for next year's Arisia I need to volunteer for a panel or two. I'm not sure what subjects I'd be able to talk about, but I sort of feel like I should start giving something back to the con that I enjoy so much.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Pretty good. My right hip feels like it doesn't want to work quite properly for the first dozen or so steps every time I get up from my chair, but nothing else seems to be wrong.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished The Born Queen. I enjoyed it, but as I said yesterday it has some major flaws. Events and changes to characters come out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing at all, and the overall ending feels very rushed. I actually wonder if the author originally planned on 5 books in the series and was limited to 4 by his publishers. Rating: 6 out of 10, and if I hadn't liked the earlier books so much I'd probably only give it a 5. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I read a bunch of sample chapters, but didn't actually decide to finish any of those books.

Hearing: Co-workers on the phone, and tapping away at their keyboards.

Etsy Find: Miniature chemistry set. Yet another thing that I love, but have no earthly use for. The mere fact that it exists is pretty cool though.

Project Follow-up: Purse shopping did not happen, mostly because the roads were bad enough I decided that making extra stops was a bad idea.

Tonight's Project: Back to the house to grab my phone, then the gym and maybe purse shopping. Once I'm home for the night there may be knitting. Definitely goofing off online.

Randomness: I think for next year's Arisia I need to volunteer for a panel or two. I'm not sure what subjects I'd be able to talk about, but I sort of feel like I should start giving something back to the con that I enjoy so much.
jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
(Trying to get back in the habit of posting this every day.)

Body: I've been feeling pretty good lately.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: The Briar King, The Charnel Prince, and The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes, the first three books in his The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone quartet. Very good dark fantasy. Too much to try to summarize, so I'll just say it's a complicated story with interesting characters and good world building. Rating: 7 out of 10. Not loanable on the Kindle as of 1-13-11.

Reading: I started The Born Queen (book 4 of the series above) last night.

Hearing: The sound of my co-workers working.

Etsy Find: Beautiful Wool Coat. I don't need a new winter coat, and this one is on the expensive side, but oh is it ever pretty.

Tonight's Project: The usual Thursday night dinner with the gang. Around that I need to stop and pick up the last few odds'n'ends of stuff for Arisia, mix up some honey mustard to take, and do my packing. I also want to wind the yarn for the project I'm bringing into a ball, and if I have time cast on and stitch a row or two.

Randomness: So in addition to getting more exercise, I'm also trying to change the way I eat. For now, I'm just making a couple of small changes. 1) I'm using My Fitness Pal to track my calories consumed, and trying to stop when (or before) it tells me I've had enough. I've told it my goal is to lose half a pound a week, which seems achievable. 2) I'm trying to drink more water. The rule I'm using for now is that I need to consume as much water as soda. The way I'm doing it is that when I finish a soda I refill the container with water and drink that before I let myself buy another soda. At some point I may up that to 2:1.
jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
(Trying to get back in the habit of posting this every day.)

Body: I've been feeling pretty good lately.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: The Briar King, The Charnel Prince, and The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes, the first three books in his The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone quartet. Very good dark fantasy. Too much to try to summarize, so I'll just say it's a complicated story with interesting characters and good world building. Rating: 7 out of 10. Not loanable on the Kindle as of 1-13-11.

Reading: I started The Born Queen (book 4 of the series above) last night.

Hearing: The sound of my co-workers working.

Etsy Find: Beautiful Wool Coat. I don't need a new winter coat, and this one is on the expensive side, but oh is it ever pretty.

Tonight's Project: The usual Thursday night dinner with the gang. Around that I need to stop and pick up the last few odds'n'ends of stuff for Arisia, mix up some honey mustard to take, and do my packing. I also want to wind the yarn for the project I'm bringing into a ball, and if I have time cast on and stitch a row or two.

Randomness: So in addition to getting more exercise, I'm also trying to change the way I eat. For now, I'm just making a couple of small changes. 1) I'm using My Fitness Pal to track my calories consumed, and trying to stop when (or before) it tells me I've had enough. I've told it my goal is to lose half a pound a week, which seems achievable. 2) I'm trying to drink more water. The rule I'm using for now is that I need to consume as much water as soda. The way I'm doing it is that when I finish a soda I refill the container with water and drink that before I let myself buy another soda. At some point I may up that to 2:1.

Book Glee!

Dec. 27th, 2010 01:43 pm
jennythereader: (* Kitten: OMG)
The Girl with the Silver Eyes is being re-released! No date yet, but still!!!!

This is one of my all-time favorite kids books, and is one of the first SF books I remember reading and loving. I think I read it in third grade.

Book Glee!

Dec. 27th, 2010 01:43 pm
jennythereader: (* Kitten: OMG)
The Girl with the Silver Eyes is being re-released! No date yet, but still!!!!

This is one of my all-time favorite kids books, and is one of the first SF books I remember reading and loving. I think I read it in third grade.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: The pain in my left ankle is not only still there, but it's spread down to my toes and up my calf. It feels like one big charlie horse. When I get home this evening I'm going to try wrapping it in the heating pad for a while and see if that helps. At least nothing else hurts, which is a pleasant surprise after this weekend.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I finished The Habitation of the Blessed last night. Wonderful book. 9 out of 10, and the only reason it isn't a perfect score is because you need to have at least a tiny bit of familiarity with the source material to get the most out of it.

Etsy Find: Adorable little dragon earrings!.

Project Follow-up: Busy, fun weekend. Tom & I spent Thanksgiving day with [livejournal.com profile] 11th_letter, [livejournal.com profile] ioldanach, [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs, [livejournal.com profile] purpura, and the rest of their household and guests. There was way too much amazing food, and lots of top quality hanging out. Friday was a lazy morning, and then a second Thanksgiving dinner (this one with Mom & the kids) in the late afternoon. Saturday I got up way too early for a day off, picked my brother Jon up from Mom's house, and went to NYC. We didn't really do anything particular while we were there, but mostly just wandered around and people watched. I did take him to The Strand for the first time, which was pretty cool. We ended up going home a little earlier than expected because my legs were toast. When I got home Tom and a visiting friend were in the middle of making Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosas from scratch. So yummy. They had also gotten and set up our new couch (actually a futon). Sunday was spent in pretty much a vegetative state, recovering from the entire weekend. Overall, it was a great few days.

Tonight's Project: Moving my craft supplies/books from their current home to a new bookshelf. Hopefully, this one will be able to support the weight. I may also take pictures of some stuff so that I can add things to my etsy shop. I have a few finished projects that have been waiting to go up for a while and I have some supplies I'm never going to get around to using that I need to de-stash.

Randomness: Just as a public service, I'm going to remind people that if you buy me yarn (or any other craft supply), you get first dibs on what I make with it.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: The pain in my left ankle is not only still there, but it's spread down to my toes and up my calf. It feels like one big charlie horse. When I get home this evening I'm going to try wrapping it in the heating pad for a while and see if that helps. At least nothing else hurts, which is a pleasant surprise after this weekend.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I finished The Habitation of the Blessed last night. Wonderful book. 9 out of 10, and the only reason it isn't a perfect score is because you need to have at least a tiny bit of familiarity with the source material to get the most out of it.

Etsy Find: Adorable little dragon earrings!.

Project Follow-up: Busy, fun weekend. Tom & I spent Thanksgiving day with [livejournal.com profile] 11th_letter, [livejournal.com profile] ioldanach, [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs, [livejournal.com profile] purpura, and the rest of their household and guests. There was way too much amazing food, and lots of top quality hanging out. Friday was a lazy morning, and then a second Thanksgiving dinner (this one with Mom & the kids) in the late afternoon. Saturday I got up way too early for a day off, picked my brother Jon up from Mom's house, and went to NYC. We didn't really do anything particular while we were there, but mostly just wandered around and people watched. I did take him to The Strand for the first time, which was pretty cool. We ended up going home a little earlier than expected because my legs were toast. When I got home Tom and a visiting friend were in the middle of making Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosas from scratch. So yummy. They had also gotten and set up our new couch (actually a futon). Sunday was spent in pretty much a vegetative state, recovering from the entire weekend. Overall, it was a great few days.

Tonight's Project: Moving my craft supplies/books from their current home to a new bookshelf. Hopefully, this one will be able to support the weight. I may also take pictures of some stuff so that I can add things to my etsy shop. I have a few finished projects that have been waiting to go up for a while and I have some supplies I'm never going to get around to using that I need to de-stash.

Randomness: Just as a public service, I'm going to remind people that if you buy me yarn (or any other craft supply), you get first dibs on what I make with it.
jennythereader: (Bear: Nap Time)
Body: I'm really tired, even though I turned the lights out around 11:30. I kept waking up all night long. My lower back is bothering me and the pain gnomes have been having a busy day with their ice-picks and sledgehammers. Overall, not a good day.

Stress Level: 4 - I'm really having to fight the temptation to leave work early.

Book Review: I finished Kidnapped (Dover Juvenile Classics) last night. It was fun, but sort of a light-weight book. 7 out of 10

Hearing: So far just music. I'll probably switch to podcasts this afternoon.

Etsy Find: Tree of Life pendant made with moonstones. Very pretty.

Tonight's Project: Knitting: I'm 99% done with the scarf I'm making for [livejournal.com profile] purpura. I just need to bind off the last row and weave the yarn ends in. Once I've done that I'm going to start a scarf for Tom. I'm probably also going to play some Sims tonight.

Randomness: As far as impulse buys go, what can't you resist? Lately my downfalls have been fun socks and pretty yarn.

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