I’m reading again, though my eyes are still a bit sore. I do need to spend some more time franticly pounding away on the keyboard to be where I should be on word counts at various levels. I’m pass the 30k mark and I’m astonished. It’s been many years since my creative story telling juices have gone this way but I don’t want to focus on that right now. I need to regroup and focus on the other reading, writing, and “coding” I need to do.
This past week I finished:
The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal
by Afua Cooper
I read this for class and I hope to write a proper review of it once the class discusses it. I found it a nice overview of the history of “New France” (which I really didn’t know) than of giving voice to Angelique, the most famous slave in Canada.
Knitting Lace: A Workshop with Patterns and Projects
by Susanna E. Lewis
The photography is clear as are the charts. The patterns are varied. This is a book I would welcome on my bookshelf.
Electronic records retention: New strategies for data life cycle management
by David O Stephens
This is a very good overview of the vast topic of electronic records. I like it because it doesn’t advocate keeping everything because storage space is “cheap” and provides a well argued rational as to why. I believe it is readable by Records Managers, IT staff, and those who might “accidentally” fall into a role which needs to cover Electronic Records. ARMA produces materials with clear writing. However, I feel this reads slightly dated in 2008 and I would like to see an update to incorporate changes in legislation, hardware, software, and of course the changes of the internet of the past five years.
I’m still reading quite a bit. I’ve finished through Chapter 26 of Wake by Robert J. Sawyer and will now impatiently wait for the next edition of Analog (Jan/Feb). I’m trying to read through all of my other books too. Right now I have about 25 books out from various libraries and perhaps 10 others with a bookmark in them and I refuse to count up the total number being completely neglected or waiting for me to start. *sigh* I must read and knit from my stash. ;)
Do you support your local public library? (those of you who are employed by one give a considerable amount, and I think you) While we don’t give exactly the equivalent cost that all my reading would be if I were to purchase every book I check out, we do give as generously as we are able to the NYPL (NYPL serves Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Brooklyn and Queens have completely separate systems. I find Brooklyn not as very user-friendly for me, when I do use them I do provide support, just not as much as NYPL. Which saddens me because they probably need the funds more, but there really is only so much to go around.) [edited to add: check out this unshelved comic strip for today good to see bill and i are on a similar wavelength?]
Coding is just some lite stuff: php, css, and html. Not “real” coding but because of browser quirks not easy or something I truly enjoy.