Showing posts from May, 2016

Final Score

Heh heh.

Packing Catharsis + Scrabble Whinge

Getting rid of stuff is, of course, one of the great pleasures of a move. Just dropped off at the Used department of Harvard Book Store : Copies of my books in lots of languages, including a few in English. They won't put everything on the shelves right away, so if you're curious if anything specific is available, ask at the desk, or email . Thanks to Steve, Emily, and Jenni for your help with my piles of books. Extra thanks to Steve for helping me lug them! Thanks also for the packing boxes :o) In other news... I regularly play Scrabble on my phone, against the expert computer. Maybe I average one game a day (maybe more). When I first moved from playing the advanced computer to playing the expert computer (which is the highest setting), I probably got destroyed for the first ten or twelve games... but I learned from it. After that, I started to win. Now I win about half the time. But it has always been, and continues to be, a frequently ridiculou

The Last Few Days in Pictures, Again

At the Colonial Inn in Concord, Massachusetts, they keep the register on display, set to October 19, 1895. One traveler on this list is from Ohio, but the rest are from sooooo nearby... my friend pointed out that in 1895, Lowell (about 14 miles from Concord on today's roads) and Waltham (about 11 miles) were far enough away that you might reasonably want to stop at an inn overnight. In the skies above Vermont, I saw a cloud shaped like a pegasus. At SkyVenture in New Hampshire, Kevin... ..and I did this thing called indoor skydiving that involved entering what is basically a spherical windtunnel... where the wind holds you up and bats you around, and you feel like you're flying. Kevin adopted more of a superhero stance whereas I literally look like I'm about to attack someone and I'm way too happy about it. It was fun, and interesting, and different. You can get a discount with a Groupon , in case you'd like to try it you

In case I didn't sell you on the Summer of Darkness app...

Here's what I found just now when I picked up my phone. More info about the app here .

1816, Summer of Darkness -- the most fun iPhone/iPad app ever!

Mary Shelley fans, romantic poetry fans, geology fans, Switzerland fans: have you heard of the iPhone/iPad app Summer of Darkness ? From the app's website: "Between 1812 and 1815 several large volcanoes erupted around the world including Mount Tambora in Indonesia, which was the largest volcanic eruption in a millennium. Ash accumulated in the atmosphere and changed weather patterns worldwide. "1816 became known as the Year Without Summer. The average global temperature dropped by several degrees. Crops failed, many starved, and the normally beautiful Swiss summer was shrouded in gloom and rain. The world was prophesied to end in July." And, what else was happening? Mary Shelley (then Mary Godwin), aged 18, was traveling through Switzerland with her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley and her step-sister Claire Clairmont... who was in pursuit of her erstwhile lover Lord Byron... who was also in Switzerland, because he'd fled England in an attempt to avoid debtor

The Last Few Days in Pictures

I finished a major revision I've been working on since before Halloween. Whew! I took a trip to see my parents for Mother's Day. Here's a blurry picture of me and my Dad in Wanamaker's Department Store in Philly, on a very rainy day. They have a famous organ in the store. My Dad talked about going to concerts when he was a kid. Moments later, watching the Philadelphia Philharmonic get ready to play. (My Dad calls this "batting practice.") Scrabble tragedy. Is there anything worse than having a 7-letter word and no place to put it? Knitting a TARDIS washcloth :o) (Pattern by Arwyn Arising can be found on Ravelry , behind the comments tab.) When I got home, I discovered that five of seven buds are now open. The sun set on Boston while the Red Sox beat the Oakland A's. And I'm reading and rereading mysteries, in preparation for diving into a revision of my other book that's in revisions. I also found a