I have also decided it's time for bed already. I'm actually sleepy and tomorrow I have to venture out under the scorching sun to get a lump looked at. (When I caught that stupid cold several weeks back, the lymph nodes under my ears came up and one has come and gone a bit since then, but now seems to be most definitely up and not receding, so my GP wants to check it's all okay.)
And I'd like it to go away because it's kinda sore, possibly because I keep poking it to see if it's any smaller yet. OTOH, it does make my face look slightly less long and narrow, so maybe I should keep it.
This will be my first arena/stadium style concert in Japan and that is exciting. We will be on the arena floor, which is standing room only, but separated into sections. Our section probably isn't all that great considering those probably sold out during the presale period, but who cares? I'm going to see Sakanaction. IN TWO WEEKS.
So yeah, I am totally excited. The rest of my Sunday was pretty good as well. We met up with Donna and our other friend Sam, and we had a picnic at Ryokuchi Koen, a big park near Donna's place. The weather was beautiful and we shared some delicious food and talked and stuff. And there was this cute little kid, probably about 3, who kept coming over to collect acorns. He would talk to us (in Japanese and a bit of English), give us acorns, and he even shook our hands? Haha. His mom kept apologizing to us, but it was super cute and we didn't mind. XD
I'm reading Dozois' Best SF of the Year 2014 (sold as The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection for the US, Mammoth Book of Best New SF 28 for UK) and enjoying it very much.
I've bought this as an ebook and it's so much easier to read that way. The printed volume is big, heavy and the print is very small. Kobo - light, handy, and so good for train journeys.
Something I do, when I'm reading, is look at online reviews to see what other people think, and how they've reacted to the same book. Not always a good idea. This time I found this Amazon review and wow, it's a sharp reminder that some people read live in alterative worlds and get to read an entirely different book to the one I'm reading.
"The fifth dragon" by Ian McDonald – near future, colonized Moon; a bisexual woman remembers how she emigrated from Earth, joined a kind of swinger sex-cluster and met the love of her life; under the pretence of SF it's mostly LGBT soft porn story. I didn't like it much.
I think that LGBT soft porn means "lesbians, yeech", because if I read this story looking for "LGBT soft porn" I would have been soooo disappointed.
"Shooting the Apocalypse" by Paolo Bacigalupi – in United States devastated by – what else? (sigh) – global warming and Republicans, two paparazzi in need of money are chasing a scoop on the border between struggling Arizona and devastated Texas… Story without a real conclusion and ultimately without much of plot, lazily mining once again global warming hysteria. I didn't like it.
Myself, I read a stand-out Hugo-worthy story with a ferocious cut-throat ending.
"The man who sold the moon" by Cory Doctorow – this 59 pages long novella I cannot rate, as I couldn't finish it; it seems to be about a group of highly educated people living in a kind of counter-culture in California who make an invention – but as I found the characters unlikeable this story wore me down and I gave up. You will have to read it and make up your own mind.
Alternative cultures, hackerspace, burning man - where are we going and how are people doing 30 years in the future. Set in the future, but very much a finger on pulse of now. Doctorow knows better than anyone how net-based projects work and don't work. I was fascinated.
The whole review really was a look inside someone else's mind - sad puppy, science-fiction is not what it once was in the 1950s & 1960s, I don't like the world today, Christians are persecuted, and there is too much global-warming hysteria.
I always try to watch episodes in production order instead of airing order because the canon fits better that way. Unfortunately, I can't always do that with live action shows because they sometimes do those recap things at the start of the episode which ruin my plans boo.
Work has finally calmed down a bit post-move - don't get me wrong, there's still a million things to do, but I'm actually spending some time each day working on things which aren't immediate emergencies that have to be dealt with. I answered some emails! And wrote some documentation!
I also got through the Bible Study Group presentation I was doing for this month - it's the only one I'm signed up for this year, which is great, but it was also the first which meant I only had a couple of months to do all the research. We had a good turn-out, probably because it's the first session for the new year, but hopefully they'll keep coming - I think the presentation went OK, anyway.
Aaaaaand all the follow-up doctor appointments told me exactly what I knew they were going to, namely that I am now officially diabetic. Which means eleven million more follow-up appointments, of course, plus medication and goodness knows what else.
However, the rest of life isn't too bad. Choir is about to step up to ridiculous levels (four rehearsals and three concerts in two weeks, which timespan also includes two singing lessons, lunch with current and former choir member friends, and singing at a wedding for a friend from choir, not to mention non-choir-related engagements) but on the other hand part of that is the Star Wars concert, which I have been looking forward to for months already. Star Wars! How much fun is this going to be! (perfect random icon is perfect)
1. On Friday, Owen and Barry are in the restricted raptor-handling area, working to acclimate the girls to human touch.*
2. Peter dumped the week's groceries on the kitchen counter.*
3. Blue and Delta are fidgety this morning, and Owen's not in the best of moods either after his crapfest of a first (and final) date with Claire last night.*
4. Mikey is standing in line at the refreshment stand, deep in a game of Panda Ball Penguin on his phone.*
5. "How many engines should we have? Two?" Neal selected the red marker and waited for instructions.*
6. At four-thirty P.M. on Neal's first day working at Burke Premiere Events, the bell over the door rang, and a young man with glossy hair, a toothpaste smile and "trust fund" written all over him strode in and announced, "I'm hiring you to throw my grandmother a surprise birthday party on Friday."*
7. Yvonne poured a glass of pinot gris from the open bottle in the staff refrigerator, made a plate of leftover stuffed mushrooms and savory petit fours, and some crackers with peanut butter, and settled in to work on her spreadsheets.*
8. "So, what do you think? Is it a con?" Clinton opened two beers and gave one to Diana.*
9. "What do you mean, you've gone straight?" exclaimed Mozzie. "Do you have any idea how dangerous that is?"*
10. The kiss was unplanned and unforeseen, but the real shock was how good it was: confident, sensual, neither too wet nor too dry.*
( Thoughts. )
Most of what I've been doing lately, fandom wise, is tumblr, and entertaining friends in private emails in their own fandoms ;)
Looking back on the past months at least, I haven't posted much (here) that wasn't "check out this song, if I had any vidding talent". So... I'd better come up with something better, if only for practice.
I want to get back to writing, maybe arting, any sort of fannish creations, but I don't really feel the drive or have anything to say. That's another reason for rambling on, trying to find hidden sources of words.
Hm. I'm afraid it's gonna be boring for a while, but that's scientific experiments for you. It might lead to great results! Or to a small unusable petri dish. We'll see.