But primarily of shoes. Aside from getting settled in at Chez Seastrom, I've managed to fit a fairly decent bit of reading in. I finished China Mieville's The Scar
, and was suitably impressed. The man builds a good world... good enough that I plowed through the entire thing in two hours, and sat back wanting more. I'll have to pick up Perdido Street Station
at some other point and see if it's as good.
I got The Gulag Archipelago
as a Christmas present from wombat_socho
, and I still haven't managed to plow through it. On the other hand, I don't think this book CAN be plowed through. The scale of the horror doesn't sink in well if you read it quickly. You have to go through a chapter once, put it aside, and go back through it, and then give it a few days to sink in. And then the twitchiness and the implications will set in. It's a glorious book, and I really should have read it before I got it as a gift. It's a fascinating read.
On a less recreational note, I've been poking at an LPC tutorial
and a more specialized DGD
tutorial in the interests of wrapping my head around a side project. It's been slow going, mostly due to a lack of basic understanding of programming concepts. In the interests of developing actual useful job skills and being able to grok LPC and LPC DGD, I'll be sticking my head back into Perl for the first time in about a month. (Speaking of which... stuckintraffik
, can you drop another "assignment" into my Gmail account when you've got the time?) I've got a few things in mind for now, mainly another, more complicated database for tarot information, and the integration of my quote program (right now it's two separate commands, I'd like it to dump into a menu with input and output options).
And now I will make and eat the tasty salad.