October 27th, 2004

Fishy Circumstances

Happy trivialities

Today I tripled the amount of RAM in my laptop, and already I can tell the difference. Now the real test is how my computer responds with several dozen web browser tabs being open for several days running. Unfortunately, I had to backorder (again) the replacement laptop battery. Maybe this time they really will call me when it comes in.

Half of the books I mail-ordered from Indigo arrived promptly this morning, a day and a half after I ordered them with free (theoretically slow) shipping. Usually when I order from them, it takes a few days and arrives by Canada Post. Maybe because my order was larger this time, they hand-delivered it themselves rather than pay for my free postage.

And what lovely books they are! I gave in to a fit of food-related web browsing this weekend, adding all sorts of foodie weblogs to those I follow, and ordering some of the highlights from the Julia Child cookbook awards from the last few years. I like cookbooks, but even more than cookbooks, I like reading about food, so I've enabled my first two forays into culinary non-fiction with award-winning recommendations. The cookbooks came from the bibliography at the end of How to Cook Everything. (Jane Grigson's Fruit Book; Zigerman's Guide to Good Eating: How to Choose the Best Bread, Cheeses, Olive Oil, Pasta, Chocolate; Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Cooking; On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town; Cucina Simpatica: Robust Trattoria Cooking from Al Forno; Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food; Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art)

This afternoon's IHPST talk was very well-attended, thanks to this weekend's Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, happening right here in town. It was also a reunion, a chance to see many people from out of town, and even from around town, that I don't see very often.

Also, if you read any Latin at all, however little, and don't know a poem called "Carmen Possum", you should read this entry posted by saffronjan.
Fishy Circumstances

Suzuki; Sørenson; Fforde

Twenty years of experience as a television executive is excellent preparation for being an author on a book promotion tour. Both jobs require good public speaking skills; audience rapport; a convincing pitch; and preferably a certain degree of competency in being presentable for the occasion. Jasper Fforde does it all well. But that's not how Monday evening began...

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