I hate this day...

Yes, indeedy, it's 'rotate your clocks' time once again...

Why do I hate this time of year? Or, more particularly, the Sunday of?

Well, first off, there's the whole losing an hour of sleep every day thing that is particularly annoying. With both 'spring forward' and 'fall back', my rhythms fall totally out of whack, and it often takes me a week or more to recover.

Then there's the issue of not everyone choosing to reset their clock. So, about half the businesses, and half the channels on tv, are an hour off. This morning, the teriyaki place across the street didn't open until 11:30!! And then I had to wait three times as long for my order as usual, because—of course—they didn't come in a half hour before opening their doors to warm up the cooking surfaces. Every single one of their staff was late.

The Speed of Dark

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cover of The Speed of DarkThe Speed of Dark

author: Elizabeth Moon
rating:
asin: 0345481399
binding: Mass Market Paperback
list price: $7.99 USD
amazon price: $7.99 USD


Corporate life in early 21st-century America is even more ruthless than it was at the turn of the millennium. Lou Arrendale, well compensated for his remarkable pattern-recognition skills, enjoys his job and expects never to lose it. But he has a new boss, a man who thinks Lou and the others in his building are a liability. Lou and his coworkers are autistic. And the new boss is going to fire Lou and all his coworkers--unless they agree to undergo an experimental new procedure to "cure" them.

This book is told mostly through the eyes of the main character, Lou. It was very well done.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

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cover of The Moon is a Harsh MistressThe Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

author: Robert A. Heinlein
asin: 0312863551
binding: Paperback
list price: $15.95 USD
amazon price: $10.85 USD


I recently finished reading this book, reading it for the first time. Quite an interesting and thought-provoking book, if you can get past the fact that it's written almost entirely in slang.

Thingy...

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Oh, what to write about? I know I should write something. I haven't written in a while now, and it's probably not a good habit for me to get into.

Well, here's an idea. How about a piece on publishing industry news?

Windows hijinks

Okay, so I haven't posted in awhile. Bad boy. Alright, let me relate to you an experience I had not so long ago that I don't want to repeat anytime soon.

I use a dual-boot setup on my computer, Win2k and Debian Linux. One day, I was messing about with somthing or another in Linux (I think I was blending*) when I decided it was time for bed.

Gedcom db for character family trees?

I'm thinking that it would be a good idea to build a GEDCOM-based db of the family trees of the colonists for my story.

Certainly, since it's going to be a closed genepool, it wouldn't be that large to start. However, we are looking at at least half a millenium's worth of offspring to follow.

Of course, I've got a ways to go before I'm ready to publish anything relating to this project.

Migrating from uw-imap to dovecot

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So today I migrated my mail server. Fun, fun, fun. (Not.)

I got totally fed up with not being able to connect to the uw-imapd-ssl server I've been trying to use (since, after all, I'm using it on the old machine just fine). So after reviewing the options listed at debian-administration.org, I decided to install dovecot.

Editing

Recently, I've been line editing on a volunteer basis for a new fiction magazine.

In essence, the job involves reading through new short-fiction authors' works and fixing glaring spelling and grammatical errors. Minor stuff gets replaced then and there (like when they put 'there' when they mean 'their'), but major stuff has to be noted and sent back to the author for their input.

The interesting thing about it is that it's giving me a real hankerin' to write up my old mud concept's backstory in novel (or serialized short story) format.

First post

This is my first blog post. Ever.

Hopefully, I will actually keep a journal here.