July 23rd, 2003

Fishy Circumstances

Once upon a Wednesday

* I'm finally doing dissertation writing again today. Not having my computer has put a damper on my ability to work. It's not that I'm lacking computers, or backups of the data. It's just my setup is just how I want it on the machine that's still in for repairs. They're going to try replacing the screen again. At least it's under warranty now, since the repair job came with 90 days warranty on it.

* Several medievalists have been wandering my way lately. juniperus and minira are two, plus Andrea Lankin who co-writes a weblog, and who quite rightly asked to be included on the medievalist list. I could do it manually - but it's just so much easier to use the lovely update scripts which C. wrote, and which are designed to work on - guess what! - my computer.

* I'm back in class again. Latin started up again this week, and meets every morning. This week, we're reading something obscure from Bede's juvenalia.

* I finally got around to organizing my birthday party for this Friday. Indecision over where to go was the primary delaying factor.

* The rose bush is large and lovely and healthy. The clematis has grown about 8 inches. The mystery plant which came with one of the creeping thyme pots is now higher than the fencing around the deck. I hope it blooms soon so I can use the flowers to help figure out what it is. Only the alpine poppy is looking particularly pathetic at the moment, although the racoon traffic has been trampling some of the scotch moss.

* The carpet is going to be replaced next week, reports the landlady. I hope the weather is good so we don't have to cart the furniture downstairs, but can leave it on the deck instead.
Fishy Circumstances

Books

I read Under the Tuscan Sun last week while at home. It's a autobiographical account of a creative writing professor from California who buys a rundown Tuscan villa and renovates it, travelling and cooking some amazing food along the way, all with the help of her long-term partner. I found out today that it's been made into a movie for September (this year) release by Disney. The plot? A 30-something lawyer leaves her job, moves to Tuscany, and finds romance. Perhaps "made into a movie" is rather strong language for such a plot. It's safer to say that the movie was "loosely based" on the book of the same name.

Speaking of movies based on books, Michael Crichton's Timeline, which I read thanks to my German teacher loaning it to me after she heard I studied medieval technology, will be coming out in movie-form in November. My hopes for the movie version are not high, but then again, Crichton writes his books so that they are easy to turn into movies these days. Trivia: one of my advisor's books is cited in Crichton's footnotes for the book.

I also reread the Dirk Gently books while I was at home since I hadn't read them in so many years that I couldn't remember the plots anymore.

Meanwhile, the postal service delivered the last of my outstanding Indigo book orders today: James Dyson's A History of Great Inventions. (Yes, that's the Dyson of vacuum cleaner fame.) It's actually fairly well done, given its target audience, as long as you ignore the dust jacket blurbs, and all the section titles, subtitles, and precise dates which are given for each and every invention on back into the far reaches of history past. And it has lots of pretty pictures.