Snow! Snow, glorious snow, white snow, wonderful snow, fluffy snow, snow snow snow! We have snow! *races through the fluffy whiteness and propeller-wags like crazy*
Thanksgiving today was good. Had a walk in the park with the kids, saw Harry Potter 2, which I enjoyed, oddly enough; played a board-game and then stuffed ourselves to the point of “ooomph”
I finished two books in the last few days.
“The Emigrants” (“Die Ausgewanderten” im Original) by W.G. Sebald impressed me with its beautiful prose and its sad yet dreamy and light mood. It is a book about four people, their lives and often deaths, as researched by relations of theirs: Specifically however about memory, memory of Nazi Germany, and the way these four people struggle with this memory, lose it, and regain it to their detriment.
I liked this book so much I am probably going to buy the original and put it on my bookshelf.
And then an old favourite of mine, Robert B. Parker. “Death in Paradise” revisits Parker’s character Jesse Stone, police chief in Paradise, Mass. Jesse is tasked to solve the murder of a teenaged girl, and quickly finds that he cannot even find someone to claim the body. While this case is gripping, and the action and dialogue are good, what I liked best is the typical Parker-esque strugglings of his hero. Jesse, in this case, struggles with alcoholism, and with letting go of his ex-wife. In this regard I like him a lot better than Spenser; Jesse is less “clean-cut”. He will promise things and break his promise; he will threaten the very people he is sworn to protect with death if he thinks it justified.
I like the way the Paradise series is going, and look forward to reading more in that vein.
On the wireless side, I have ordered an Orinoco Gold card for about 50 bucks (well, really a Dell Truemobile 1150 … I hope to be able to flash firmware and will let ya’ll know , and a Belkin USB wireless PA for about 40. The Orinoco really does seem to be the best deal, price-wise. The Belkin I just got because it was cheap. And doesn’t require me to buy a hub and cables, we just network with a crossover right now and this way we can keep on doing that. It doesn’t have “eliminate weak WEP keys” and all those features, so if security is your thing and you have the money, maybe get an Orinoco AP-200 for your Access Point instead.