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Hero book thinger

March 19th, 2010 (07:26 am)

current mood: cynical

I suppose I should cut it more slack for having been written a while ago, but Joseph Campbell's book about heroes (whose title I am far too lazy to turn around and verify) is sooooo boring. Also, I find a hard time accepting some of the things he seems to think are true/big deals/revealing/interesting. This makes me sad, both just because I'd expected more (maybe it'll be more interesting when I get into the journey part of it) and because I kinda wonder about the people who find it so very interesting. Which then makes me feel bad for judging people. Or something. (I've been awake since 4am for no reason, so I make no claims on coherency.)

On the other hand, I've gotten through a lot more of Outliers than I thought I would. It's point that hard work, circumstances, and upbringing all play a role in monumental success don't really seem like they should be that surprising, but the telling of the stories and the presentation of the facts is quite interesting. I'm a bit worried that I'm going to get to the end and sink into despair about never being able to accomplish anything because the world just isn't set up right. Except, well, you know, that hard work part of it is all, like, important and stuff. After I'm done with this, I may need to go re-read Drive to get my motivation back!

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Interesting effect

March 15th, 2010 (08:22 am)
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current mood: awake

I've been suffering from a terrible cold that's trying to turn into bronchitis. Or maybe pneumonia. I've been dosing myself on cough meds, have an antibiotic, and have missed four days of work. (Going in today, though I'm not totally certain that isn't a big mistake.) Anyway, I've been taking nyquil and its generic equivalents to help me sleep. While I've still woken up sometimes (last night to use my inhaler), I am getting a lot of sleep. And...I can actually feel the difference. I'm certainly not about to turn into a raging optimist who wakes up and runs 20 miles every morning and still gets to work by 7am. However, I feel more alive. You might think that it's just because the meds are working, and I'm feeling a little better. There is some of that, but that's by no means the whole story. My brain is more awake. This is pretty awesome.

And .... and it probably means it's time to find a doctor who will listen to me when I tell them that I am not sleeping well. *sigh* I hate doctors. :(

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March 7th, 2010 (08:47 am)

current mood: meh

I started Joseph Campbell's "A Hero With a Thousand Faces," and so far, I'm rather underwhelmed. He's talked a lot about Freud, a bit about Jung, and some about dream symbols, and I'm just ... not particularly interested. It'd be more interesting if he actually talked about some of the myths. Eh, I'll keep reading it, but so far? not impressed. I'm so picky!

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March 4th, 2010 (07:33 am)

current mood: exanimate

(Special game: Spot the Star Trek: TNG reference!)

Assuming I was going to have difficulty sleeping, I took a benadryl as advised by Fail!Doc. I actually slept pretty well, including falling back asleep after waking up. Problem is that I'm still really tired, since it's benadryl. So, given that a lack of sleep makes me tired, as does actually getting sleep, I think I may be due a homicidal rampage or two, since I don't have an android on my ship that I can turn over control to.

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Proposals for e-book reader maker types

February 23rd, 2010 (09:04 pm)

current mood: thoughtful

Having just finished a fascinating book on motivation, I'm eager to share it with people. However, it's an e-book, so I can't lend it. The frustration of this has actually led to two possible ways that the various industries that support e-books could actually solve the frustrations of users who want to share books they've read with others, as they've been doing for years.

1. The loan program
Users can have the right to "lend" an e-book to a friend for a given amount of time. During the loan period, the user won't have access to the book (as they wouldn't if loaned to a friend), while their friend's account will have access to that book at that time. This could be taken a step further to allow gifting of read books, but that might be going too far.

2. Recommendations
Each user is given a certain number of "recommendations." When user A recommends a book to user B, user B can download the book for free for a limited period of time. User A still has the right to read their book, while user B has the option to expand their reading circle. In order to have a permanent copy of the book, user B might either have to buy it, though of course the nicer way would be to allow the user to have that and just buy more of the same by the author/in the series.

Both of these ways mimic how people treat paper books, giving them the feeling of freedom, even if just a little. Both would not risk much financially for the companies.

I'd wager that the first company that allows one or both of these methods will win the e-book fight.

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February 7th, 2010 (10:56 pm)

current mood: Cabin Fever Ah!

So, I usually don't do much on the weekend. I get my allergy shot, do grocery shopping, go to church, and ... that's about it. This weekend? The fact that I can't go anywhere has made me more antsy than I normally am. I WANT to go somewhere. I don't know where. I realize this is silly.

So, I've started the knitting project for my mom, sorted through boxes, had a nice shower including a deep conditioner on my hair... No writing, but that's okay. Watched a fair amount of TV.

Work is canceled tomorrow, though I'll probably put in a couple of hours on the laptop. Beyond that, I guess maybe I'll finally break down and watch Doctor Who. I've watched most of the shows on my TiVo. Doom! :)

Sadly, I made a mistake about half-way through what I've done on the knitting project support that I've done. I suppose I'll have to fix it, because it's pretty obvious. If only I were actually skilled enough to fix it without having to un-knit or start over. *facepalm*

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One for the books

January 6th, 2010 (06:07 pm)

current mood: cynical

Of course, politicians can deal with more than one issue at a time. But the media can't, and voters get their impressions through us.

Gotta be the first time I've heard a journalist actually admit they do influence how people think.

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Ahoy thar!

January 2nd, 2010 (10:34 pm)

current mood: ecstatic

My screenplay has a middle! Or at least, the story does. I haven't written the screenplay part of it, as I've been outlining, but I made a couple of tweaks, and had some angst, and now I have a middle that actually connects with both the beginning AND the end! I'm so excited!!! I might be able to finish this darned thing! *happy dance of joy*

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New favorite quote

December 30th, 2009 (05:57 pm)

current mood: amused

"I just realized how bad the economy really is. I recently bought a new toaster oven and as a complimentary gift, I was given a bank." - Larry Legro

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December 19th, 2009 (12:52 am)

current mood: frustrated

My brain is being very noisy tonight, with the result that I am not sleeping. Think I'll take this opportunity to do some much-needed laundry. Might clean off my bed, too, if the frustration doesn't get to me about the whole lack-of-sleep thing. *sigh* This is NOT the way to get over being sick!

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December 15th, 2009 (07:31 am)

current mood: depressed

I am going to have to talk to my boss today about something that I told him yesterday wasn't a problem. Because apparently it is. It would have been nice if my brain could have told me yesterday that it was a problem BEFORE I said it wasn't. /emo

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You know it's bad when...

December 7th, 2009 (06:00 pm)

current mood: exhausted

You not only leave after the boss leaves, but you got in at least half an hour before he did. At least I got my email sorted out so I know what things I need to deal with and what can just be tucked away into their little folders. My brain is all fuzzy now, though, and I am out of chocolate. Combined, these two factors make me want to go home as fast as I can, where I have chocolate and a bed, which should cure both problems.

But really? 178 emails, plus everything I got today? Not cool, universe!

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Interesting tidbit

December 5th, 2009 (01:46 am)

current mood: curious

I've been at a training for managers the last few days. It's been really interesting, and I've gained some good insights on things I can do to improve my own leadership of my team. One of the videos we watched, though, and the discussion from the leader after, made me really wonder how far we as a nation have come in terms of gender.

The scenario is that a guy is late for the fourth time, so his supervisor (a woman) has to talk to him about it. After some nudging, he explains that he and his wife are having problems and he has to take care of his kid in the mornings and it's been hard. She is empathetic, but she also still pushes/encourages him to determine what he needs to do in order to get in on time the next day.

Our trainer said she had experienced very intense reactions to that particular scenario from some of her classes. Many people felt that the reason as valid, and she should have give in. As we discussed, we don't know the work environment, and there are places where being able to make those concessions is just not possible. Our team was mostly okay with how it was handled, given that assumption.

However, I cannot help but wonder at what the reaction of those who so violently opposed it would have been if the manager was a man, rather than a woman. Is there an expectation that the woman should be more considerate, and that is part of the intensity of the reaction?

I don't know, and it's not possible for me to find out, but it was really interesting to ponder on. I mean, maybe it wouldn't have, and those who objected were in a situation where they felt they should have more flexibility in terms of hours than they were getting, so they felt frustrated. Hard to know. Yet I couldn't help wondering....

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Irritating 's

November 20th, 2009 (11:31 am)

current mood: stressed

So, the BBC has taking to using single quotes when there is some as-yet-unproved allegation or statement in their news articles. (It apparently takes up too much screen-space to say "alleged.")

Now, it's not necessarily a bad approach, until you get headlines like Italian sex scandal woman 'dies'

It just makes it look like she didn't actually die, but was somehow faking it. Maybe that's because here in the States we use "air quotes" to imply that whatever is in the quotes is how someone else described it and probably not true? I don't know, but it just makes my brain cringe when I see it in this sort of case.

I mean, at least put it around the woman, since someone did actually die! 'Italian sex scandal woman' dies, for example. That's the bit you're not sure about. Someone really is dead, after all.

Aaanyway. Avoiding work. Can you tell?

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Unseen Academicals

November 13th, 2009 (04:32 pm)

current mood: contemplative

I'm starting to think I'm the only one that loved this book. I've read so many reviews from people who didn't like it. Some of it is because there are people who are "shipping" established characters in fanfic (including those who I don't particularly feel are justified by anything we've read so far) and who therefore don't like the different things done in UA. And it got me to thinking about fanfic and how it relates to the enjoyment of a fandom. For some people, they just can't help writing fanfic, it seems. Yet, when they start to feel an ownership in that particular show/book/movie, it seems that, in the end, it hampers their pleasure. That is sad.

And, since I'm trying to get out of here at a reasonable hour today, that's all I go.

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Movie report

November 8th, 2009 (09:35 pm)
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current mood: sleepy

What Women Want: NOT this movie, for one thing. It had some funny moments, but it just did not come together as a story at all. Plus, it was pushing the boundaries of what it takes to be "Ping-rated."

The Legend of Johnny Lingo: Much better story. I kept expecting the trader guy to be the one from Johnny Lingo, but that's because I am silly. It was very sweet. Very unpretentious, too, which the previous viewing attempted failed at. Plus, hot Polynesian guys!


Now for bed. Hopefully I'll sleep, at least a little. Sooooo tired, but sleep has continued to be illusive.

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November 8th, 2009 (11:01 am)

current mood: silly

I'm mildly tempted to make myself slog through the Wheel of Time so I can get to Brandon Sanderson's part, except that I want to listen to them as audiobooks. The narrator is the same one that did the Mistborn trilogy, and I finally had to borrow the last couple of books in order to get to the end before I died, because he...read...so....sllllllooooowwwwwwly. Ah well. Maybe I'll go back to the WoT wiki thing I found. Or ... just not bother.

Yet, if Brandon Sanderson is my nemesis, I feel I should be familiar with all his works.

What a dilemna!

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November 5th, 2009 (06:27 am)

current mood: chipper

Work has been really stressful lately, on top of still trying to not be sick. Considering my perpetual sleep problems, this is a Bad Thing (tm). I decided to appeal to the super-conducting copy machine for relaxation and meditation help. Google found me all sorts of videos. Some aren't as helpful as others, but I've been able to wind down to go to sleep.

When I woke up this morning, I tried one more focused on meditation than relaxation, and I feel much better about the day just from that. This, despite once again not sleeping as well as I should like. 'Tis awesome!

After making what might be an important breakthrough in my screenplay, I even feel inspired to do a little work on that. Yay!

The trick is going to be to carry this with me through the day.

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October 26th, 2009 (08:35 am)

current mood: blah

I've been feeling run-down for the last couple of weeks. I have also been waking up coughing. I could go to the doctor, I suppose, but I'm not running a fever and my sputum isn't discolored (EW!), so they'll just tell me to take some meds and come back if it gets worse. So, i'm going to keep taking my meds and add some mucinex to the mix and see if that helps. If I'm not better by Friday, I am going to have to give in and schedule an appointment.

Perhaps I'll add some OJ to the mix, too. /hates doctors in general

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Scriptures for the iPhone?

October 24th, 2009 (05:42 pm)

current mood: curious

I recently got an iPhone, and I'd like to get my scriptures on it for easy of carrying to and using at church. I know you can find several versions through Kindle, but then I found there are stand-alone apps like "LDS Scriptures" by Standard Works LLC. Anybody have a preference? (I don't know if I'll use it to actually read my scriptures, but I'd be willing to listen to comments either way.)