drneutron's (Jim's) Reading to Avoid Work - Chapter 2
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Here's the Parker Solar Probe heat shield in the thermal-vacuum chamber getting ready for final testing.
2. Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen
Late last year, Mark shared a couple of books with me: Darktown and the sequel, Lightning Men, mystery/police procedurals set in circa 1950 Atlanta. Those who saw my comments on the first know I really, really liked it - the realistic mix of characters true to their time, the horrible situation for the first African American patrolmen on the Atlanta PD, the gritty realism of the city a la Dennis Lehane. This one is just as good, and I dearly loved seeing these characters again. You must read these.
Happy new thread, Jim! I really want to read Darktown. Haven't heard a bad thing about it...
Happy new thread, Jim. Is the shield the spidery-looking thing inside? Looks a bit like the Arc Net.
The spidery thing is the strut assembly that attaches the heat shield to the spacecraft. The heat shield is the flat plate on top of it. 4.5 inches thick, 10 feet across, made of pure carbon!
Happy new thread, Jim.
First time you've beaten me to a new one, I reckon!
Have a great Sunday, dear fellow.
Great topper. Another fan of the Darktown books here. Hope he writes a third one.
Happy new thread, Jim. The Mullen books sound interesting. I love the topper, how fascinating.
Good morning, Jim, if it is still morning, where you are.
>1 drneutron: Very cool topper. Thanks for the further explanation in >11 drneutron:.
>Very much looking forward to Lightning Men. I'm glad you think it is as good as its predecessor. I heard Mark's warbling last year as well and thought Darktownwas a well written and compelling piece of historical fiction. I'll add my voice to any chorus singing its praises.
Good afternoon! Thanks for the comment about the topper. There's actually a much cooler picture out there with great lighting and a closer look at the heat shield, but it hasn't been approved for public release yet. When it does, I'll probably post that too.
I've got Mark's copy of Lightning Men - if you'd like it, PM me your address and I'll send it to you.
Happy new thread and happy Sunday, Jim. I hope you have time for lots of good reading today.
>33 Familyhistorian: Thanks! It's been a pretty quiet day so far. Got mrsdrneutron's new streaming tv set up in her quilting room so she can Netflix or Hulu while she's fabricating. I may never see her again... 😂
Happy new thread! I don't think I ever told you, but my 11 year old waits with interest for each new space gizmo photo. He wants to invent things and I figure space is a good direction to point him.
Cool! I'm glad he likes the pics. If he wants to see more, we have videos of the integration and test process and more at http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu
He wanted to see more. Thank you!! He liked the time lapse one a lot. I have bookmarked the link so we can check again later.
>34 drneutron: Ooooh, I'm SO telling Tomm about this idea! I never even knew I needed a streaming tv in my sewing room until now!
So Peter Jackson's King Kong is on Netflix this month. I'd forgotten just how much I love this thing!
Happy second thread(!!) of the year, Jim. I'm super excited that you're joining in the Philly meet-up in March!
>51 EBT1002: Wouldn't miss it for the world! mrsdrneutron will also probably come along. We renewed our membership to Longwood Gardens, gardens really doesn't begin to cover what they've done to an old du Pont family estate. So we'll go Saturday and spend the night there outside Philly, then do the meet up on Sunday!
Ooooh, the Doctor and Mrs. are going to be at the Philly meet-up?!? Looking forward to it even more! My other half will also be there...
Cool! I get to meet The Wayne!
Hmmm. I better get Solar Probe trinkets for everybody...
>1 drneutron: Very cool pic.
Happy new thread! At this rate you'll be on number 12 by March.
Thanks! Last year was a person best for number of threads - I'm hoping this year's even better!
Happy new thread. Just to let you know there is a vote happening over on my thread.
So - anybody have experience with Home-delivered meal kits? Mrsdrneutron and I tried Plated this week. We ordered Hoisin Pork Tacos, Persian Chicken and Rice, and Faro and Arugula Salad. All three were great and easy to prepare. Some thoughts:
- It’s nice not to have to figure out what to cook after a long day of work, and it’s nice to have something relatively easy and quick to prepare. Certainly healthier than take-out with more variety. Cost was the same or less than take-out.
- Portion sizes were good, and represent more closely how much I should eat instead of the portions I *do* eat. Plus, less meat and more veggies is good - we’re trying to pick a vegetarian option each week.
- I like to cook and some of the recipes take a little skill, so those are good for me. Mrsdrneutron doesn’t like to cook and likes the quick and easy stuff. Nice balance between the two. I’ll still probably cook on my own some, but this scratches the itch.
- Recipes lean to Mediterranean and Asian. Not a problem, since we like that, but cooking on my own will probably lean to chili and stew and Cajun, heavier stuff that can take more time.
- I was surprised by the amount of packaging involved. Everything’s individually packaged in pre-measured sizes. All recyclable, though, so that helps. Plus when I think about it, there’s probably just as much packaging when you count shipping to grocery stores or restaurants anyway. Just trying not to jump up the ol’ environmental footprint.
>63 drneutron: We tried Blue Apron last year and another one years ago before they were the fad, and which I think has gone out of business. I liked Blue Apron from the standpoint that I didn't have to go to the grocery store, and everything was pre-measured. What I didn't like was that the meal selection didn't really work for our family - I have two picky eaters, and they don't really like the same type of foods. One is meat and potatoes, and the other is international and spicy. There was nothing I could find that would meet the requirements of both. Also, I thought the price was way too high for what we got. Honestly, we could have gotten a restaurant meal for the same price, and I wouldn't have had to cook it. Now I do like to cook (as long as someone will eat it), but to have to pay the same as a restaurant meal AND put in the work, didn't really appeal to me. I think once the boys are gone, we might try again, but honestly now since I can do grocery shopping online and either have it delivered or pick it up, I'm not necessarily motivated to pay the money for a meal-kit. Having access to new recipes would be a big benefit, though! So, bottom line, mixed feelings for us.
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A Happy new Thread
Be Happy with a lot of good books
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Thank you for all what you're doing!
Happy new thread Jim. Those solar probe headers are fascinating, a snapshot of how things are advancing.
Re the meal thing, I wouldn't buy a meal kit like you have, I think they are too expensive, but I did have a vegetable package for a couple of years. It was nice to have a choice of vegetables each week that often were quite new to me, with recipes added, so that I had to cook. It got me out of a rut of always making the same things.
>64 rretzler: Yeah, I think you hit the nail on what I'm thinking about it. It's more expensive than the normal process of shopping/preparing/cooking, but we're not doing that so much anyway given that we both work at lot plus have extended family to care for. Fortunately, we don't have the incompatible eater problem - mrsdrneutron and I have pretty similar tastes. I don't know about other services, but this one's $10 a serving, which can be beaten by low end take-out. But, yeah, then you have to prepare it too. So we're ambivalent, but giving it a go. I'd bet we'll do this for a couple of months, then go back to what we were doing. 😁 And I saw a news report on the Wall Street Journal site that said that's the trend with these companies - people try it out, then move on, so retaining customer base is a serious challenge for the long term.
>65 SirThomas: Thanks! It's a pleasure for me to do this!
>66 EllaTim: Things are getting more intense now, but I'm getting cooler pictures! 😁 We've discussed doing the CSA thing to get fresh produce. That takes care of some of the shopping time (plus we're using the online order process at our local grocery store more often now), but doesn't really help with the time it takes at the end of a busy day for cooking. I do like the freshness and the local farm support with that option, though. Bottom line is we need to retire. 😁
I've not tried any of the meal-kit services but they intrigue me, Jim, so I'm glad to hear your and Robin's thoughts on your experiences. I read a story in the Washington Post a while ago about Tovala, where you buy a special steam oven to then cook the company's packaged foods or your own. That one doesn't require any actual prep or cooking; it's more like traditional freezer meals in that way, but supposedly much better quality. I'd like to hear how it actually works from a real person, though!
>68 rosalita: Huh, never heard of that, but I can't see me making that serious a commitment that I'd buy a new kitchen gadget.
I am less and less enjoying eating a "real" meal at the end of the day. We've been experimenting with eating bigger lunches and more of our calorie intake before 4:00pm and then having something small for dinner - just a salad or (my favorite) pb&j on a slice of toast - that sort of thing. I seem to sleep better doing this but my favorite benefit is not having to deal with cooking and/or cleaning up a lot at the end of the day :)
3. The trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in our Time by Brooke Gladstone
Best way to let you know what this little work by the co-host of NPR's On The Media is to give you the blurb from the back:
Reality. It used to seem so simple -- reality just was, like the weather. Why question it, let alone disagree about it? And then came the assault, and unending stream of 'fake news,' 'alternative facts,' and lies disguised as truths, all of it overwhelming our notions of reality. Now we can't even agree on what a fact is, let alone what is real. How on earth did we get here? Here's how.
Gladstone packs a lot of ideas in 50 pages. For instance, facts are not reality. We all see facts and interpret them to create our own realities. And if that's true, someone can (and often does) choose to discount (or willfully ignore) facts to preserve their reality. Which leaves people open to manipulation (or even cooperating with manipulation) by bad actors.
Or for instance, that Trump is not an unwitting demagogue - he's actually following a well-established path that reaches back all the way back to Jonathan Swift's day. Or that the media is partly to blame for our situation as they allow Trump to distract and redirect; they should have "laughed less and reported more".
Anyway, there's lots here and it's well written. And clocking in at 50 pages means it's pretty easy to read in one sitting - or to go back and reread as one thinks about the ideas expressed. Well worth the time.
>70 katiekrug: I'm actually a two-meal-a-day kind of person. No breakfast, early lunch (~11 AM), then dinner around 5:30 or 6. And when I have time off, dinner time wanders a bit earlier, so you scheme would work pretty well for me. 😁
>72 drneutron: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Or so I’ve been told constantly.
>73 humouress: Yeah, people tell me that, but I just can't eat more than coffee and toast or pastry unless it's brunch later in the morning.
>67 drneutron: Jim, that actually sounds a little cheaper than Blue Apron. I'm thinking that the meals were about $70 per family of 4, so $10/serving is not bad. I just looked at Blue Apron's website and it said starting at $8.99/serving, but I'm certain it was more expensive than that.
We have had some success with both MarketDay and Schwanns, although MarketDay is closed and we don't use Schwanns anymore. Schwanns has pre-prepared frozen meals or food, that need just a little cooking or heating, and there are some healthy options to be found.
>71 drneutron: Hmmm, definite BB there!
>72 drneutron: I was a two-meal-a-day person for most of my life. A few years ago I started to take a banana for breakfast and that is something my stomach can handle after at least two hours of being awake.
>78 evilmoose: hiyah! Happy new year to you!
>79 rretzler: A friend used Blu Apron for a bit, then switched to another service - apparently too much kale for his taste. 😀
>80 FAMeulstee: For me it’s bread of some kind. Anything else when I get up doesn’t sit well. If I wait a bit, eggs and bacon are fine. 😀
>81 drneutron: If I wait a bit, eggs and bacon are fine
That is what I eat for lunch, an own version of the English breakfast, with beans, toast, eggs & bacon :-)
>71 drneutron: Hi, Jim! I listen to the On The Media podcast every week, since my NPR station insists on airing the show at 6am Saturday mornings, so I'm glad to read this review.
Nate and I had tried a meal service when we were trying to eat healthier. A couple issues we found were the calories per meal were well above what we were allowed for our diet plan and they need to be used in a timely fashion and we found that life got in the way and some meals expired before we used them.
I did love having new recipe ideas to try though. Got us out of our comfort zone for a couple meals a week.
Good morning, Jim!
I have started Paradox Bound by Peter Clines. Fun start. Might be up your alley. It's described as Doctor Who meets 'National Treasure'.
>85 ChelleBearss: I can definitely see us having the "life got in the way" problem. Since they're providing raw ingredients and fresh produce, I think meal kits will last reasonably long, but then there's another box showing up... They offer a "skip week" option that doesn't cost anything, so I suspect if we get stacked up or are away we'll be using that.
>86 brodiew2: I read his Ex-Heros and enjoyed it, but never got to the sequels. And I need to. This one sounds interesting!
I have not read Ex-Heroes, but I did listen to the audio of 14 which was creepy cool fun.
Oh wow, you are already onto a second thread and I am barely getting started! Reading to avoid doing work sounds like a noble goal though.
>87 drneutron: Jim, you should read the rest of the Ex-heroes series; I've enjoyed every one as much as the first, pretty much.
For what it's worth, I found Paradox Bound just okay. Felt like Clines' approach wasn't up to the outrageousness of the premise. Felt much the same about his The Fold, which is more genuinely science-fiction-y than most of his work. I did enjoy it though.
Oh, I plan to read the rest of the series. Will probably check out the rest, but there’s just sooo many good books out there! 😀
Did I see you're reading The Essex Serpent? My sister gave it to me, saying she didn't like it, but thought I would. Not sure what to make of that! I'll look forward to your thoughts on it, if you are.
Interesting discussion about the meal services. We only do organized meals together on weekends. During the week we're on a "Freestyle Independent Dinner" plan. This is mostly because The Hubster is hungry for dinner about an hour and half before I'm ready to eat. We'll cook things that reheat well so it works.
Interesting food talk. I've looked at the delivered, pre-packaged meals. They appeal to me, but my kids are picky. One eats veggies and one doesn't. It's a little expensive to feed four, when four won't actually eat it all. In a few years when it's just us, maybe. I sometimes do a massive freezer meal prep and do enough meals for several weeks. I like that. We just have to remember to get the freezer thing out and defrost for the slow cooker.
Have you tried the Instant Pot? We love ours.
Will be watching for your review of The Essex Serpent. I read it last year and it was interesting.
>98 nittnut: Jenn, do you have any suggestions for where to find recipes for the Instant Pot? We have something similar, not called The Instant Pot, but its basically the same thing, and I can't find any recipes that my two picky kids like.
>100 rretzler: I spend a lot of time on Pinterest. Most of the time I find good stuff there. Here are a couple I have had good success with:
I have also done a mashed potato and pork chop one and I can't remember where I found it. It was potatoes on the bottom and pork chops on top, a little water in the bottom and mash the potatoes at the end. Turned out pretty tasty.
We also do a lot of pulled pork or pintos or black beans, things that usually take ages in a slow cooker.
I have learnt to be very suspicious of anyone who tells me I can cook meat from frozen in less than 20 minutes. It's never happened at my house.
>98 nittnut: Haven’t tried an Instant Pot yet, though friends have one and love it.
>98 nittnut:, >99 rretzler: Yup, Chapter 3. So far, I’m keeping an open mind. As I said, a bit flowery in prose. I’m hoping for more tension, maybe even some creepiness.
>101 nittnut: Yeah, I can’t imagine frozen to cooked in 20 minutes unless it’s hamburger meat. 😀
>100 rretzler: - I've tried some Skinnytaste recipes for the IP and they have been good. Skinnytaste.com (Mamie introduced me to the site). I also follow the Weight Watchers IP group on Facebook and have gotten some good recipes there.
ETA: Hi Jim!
Time for an update!
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Yeah, I'm probably the last person on LT to read this one - it's all over the place. But I've seen the movie a few times and snagged it when it became available on Overdrive. Decent dystopian fiction just like I knew it would be.
5. Emerald Labyrinth by Eli Greenbaum
The Democratic Republic of Congo is a deeply troubled place. But also a place with a huge biodiversity, and it's disappearing. Eli Greenbaum studies reptiles and amphibians across the Congo, trying to save as much as possible as humans encroach on more and more of the rain forest. Emerald Labyrinth is the story of his travels across the Congo looking for new species and trying to understand how the world is changing.
And his story is an interesting one. It's not an easy trip, but he gets into some truly wild places and finds some interesting animals. And he tells us quite a lot about the history of the region and how it's affected the environment. Unfortunately, Greenbaum is a scientist, not a teller of great stories, so the writing is choppy and full of little distractions that take away from his important message.
>105 drneutron: I see you've also read a couple of the Divergent books. Which do you like better?
Hunger Games, for sure. I thought the world-building was better. Lots of similarities, though.
Morning, Jim. Happy Sunday. Glad you finally got to The Hunger Games. It is a solid trilogy and yes, much better than the Divergent books, although I did like the first one.
I am meeting Joe in the city today for lunch and brews. We are overdue. That will be plenty of gab and laughter, I am sure.
>105 drneutron: No you're not the last to read The Hunger Games; I've been expecting to read it "someone soon" for several years now. I'm encouraged that you liked it!
>111 LovingLit: I highly recommend the Gladstone. And The Hunger Games. 😀 I hope get to ‘em both!
Glad to see you enjoyed The Hunger Games. I agree that they were the better read over Divergent, but I did enjoy them all.
I enjoyed The Hunger Games and read it in one sitting. However, it was a little too dark and violent for me overall, and I decided not to continue with the rest of the books. Do you plan on continuing the series?
Yup - I've seen all the movies, so I'm aware of where the story goes. At least as far as consistency with the books goes. 😁
Glad you liked The Hunger Games. That's one series that both The Hubster and I both liked a lot.
>117 tapestry100: I actually find that with a lot of series - romances, SF, YA... It may just be that, with all the adventure and thrills that have built up over the course of the series, no end could be perfect enough. But it is very frequent that the last book is far from the best of the series.
I have similar experiences with series. >118 jjmcgaffey: you may be right.
We would love it, if you made it into Chicago and we could take you to a couple of our favorite watering holes. Now, that would be a great photo opportunity.
Really far behind here after taking a break to visit an old friend.
We used a coupon for Hello Fresh, and I have stuck with it for about a month. For two of us, it works pretty well as it helps with the "what's for dinner" question that seems to be mine to answer. I like that we can skip weeks and have found the meals to be very good. I have "hacked" at least a few when they weren't quite what we wanted, and we do add a salad as a side sometimes.
I have not read The Hunger Games trilogy even though I think they are in my Audible library. My father and sister loved them, but I guess I am a little tired of dystopian fiction. Sounds like, from the thread, that I might give them a try.
>119 drneutron: >117 tapestry100: >118 jjmcgaffey: Halfway off the topic, but I always found that to be true with self-help books and the like. There, it's explainable: the first is written based on knowledge acquired by the author as some kind of practitioner; if a second is called for, it means the author has stopped practicing and started lecturing, and the book contains what they didn't get to put into the first; by the third, they're just making stuff up.
I wonder if there is something similar in fiction, where the force that drove an author to write gets dissipated over installments, or something?
I'd guess that has a lot to do with it. I don't know how authors sustain characters over long series - it seems like the author would just lose sight of what to do next. It's why TV series fade out as they go along the years, probably.
wow! your work seems fascinating. what's your job? I'm also amused that we have similar excuses for reading
I'm Mission System Engineer for Parker Solar Probe - I lead the engineering and operations team building, launching and operating the mission.
>117 tapestry100: >118 jjmcgaffey: >119 drneutron: That's been a really common and frustrating problem for me as well. Recently though, I read The Fifth Season, which is the first book of an absolutely amazing dystopian trilogy that builds and ends incredibly fulfillingly. I've been recommending it to everyone I know! drneutron: based on your job, I suspect you'd be particularly interested
Oh awesome! I'm heading out sometime this week to buy Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Glad to hear I should keep my high expectations.
I read it (Hundred Thousand Kingdoms) and hated it - it's extremely well-written but it pushes one of my No buttons. Every character, including the protagonist, is a manipulator - forcing/tricking/persuading others to do what the manipulator wants. I hate that in real life and can't bear it reading. Same with The Lies of Locke Lamora and sequels - in both cases, I read (all of!) the first book and decided I didn't need to read any more, ever.
Fair enough. That didn’t stop me from liking the book overall. I like the first Lamora book quite a lot, though the sequels weren’t nearly as good for me.
>101 nittnut: >103 katiekrug: Thanks Jenn and Katie.
I think I have to agree with the majority on The Hunger Games versus Divergent. I did like Divergent, but I was very disappointed in the wrap-up of the series. In some ways, I could see Divergent being a little more realistic, as it was perhaps somewhat less extreme. I am also a fan of The Maze Runner series. I've seen the first two movies - the third is coming out soon - and while I thought the first movie was good and faithful to the book, the second made a big departure from the book and I didn't like it as much. If you haven't read that series, I recommend it.
>134 drneutron: Oh yes, that's my own peculiar complaint. There's quite a lot of books that many people love and I can't stand because of that.
Hi, Imposter/Science Jim!
Chiming in on the Hunger Games vs. Divergent: I practically inhaled the Hunger Games series (stayed up *very* late reading them and I almost never do that), but was pretty meh about the first Divergent book and didn't read any more.
>135 rretzler:, >137 scaifea: Looks like a pretty unanimous opinion!
>136 jjmcgaffey: Who am I to comment on peculiarities? I read math for fun. 😁
>137 scaifea: You forgot His Hotness.
>138 EllaTim: I'e heard from multiple folks they're not. My main complaint is that they're never available on Overdrive - and I've been banned from buying more books until I read down the Big Stack Beside My Chair.😁
I found the first two Hunger Games books quite enjoyable (the third one very 'meh'), but I only finished the first Divergent book under duress.
Got interviewed by Newsweek the other day - story got posted today:
>143 drneutron: That's pretty awesome!!How long will it take the probe to reach the sun?
About 3 months after launch. Six weeks to a Venus gravity assist, then 6 more weeks to our first perihelion. Eleven days close to the Sun, then in six months we do it again!
>138 EllaTim: They're very different from the first, but not disappointing at all! Best part is that certain things that you kind of just accept in the first book end up making so much sense.
>139 drneutron: I actually read the entire series on a couple of online sites (since I'm still a college student and money is tight), and the experience isn't so bad.
>148 shuwanted: Overdrive is our public library’s ebook lending service. About 2/3 of my reading last year came from there. Jemisin’s stuff is on Overdrive but always checked out, so I haven’t gotten to them yet. Someday I’ll put them on reserve...
>143 drneutron: Very cool! Or do I mean hot? Is it a mixed metaphor to say it's cool when it's re solar probes... hmmm...
Anyway - brilliant!
Thanks for sharing the Newsweek article, Jim! These are exciting times for the Solar Probe, and I feel like we have a front-row seat.
>154 drneutron: You can never be overenthusiastic! You should be super proud of what you have accomplished. It is no easy feat :)
>143 drneutron: Very, very cool- congratulations! Go ahead and brag, you earned it.
>143 drneutron: This is amazing. And -always- be enthusiastic about this. It's incredible what you are doing and you have every right to be excited!
Thanks! It’s been a big hit back in Louisiana. My dad’s been sending the link to all his friends. 😀
I keep forgetting to share this, but if ever in Seattle first beer is on me here:
Apologies to anyone on your project who was unable to lockdown that domain
Thanks for sharing the Newsweek article! I sent the link to my husband Bill.
I read The Hunger Games trilogy and really liked it. The first movie was good, the second meh, and the third unwatchable, IMO.
>162 pbirch01: I'll take you up on that. The beer looks great! One of the tests we so is a water load into the propulsion system, which is a titanium tank and plumbing system. We saved the water from that test and one of our team members is going to brew a beer from it for the post-launch party. This has become kind of a tradition in the spacecraft community.
>163 EBT1002: Heh, yep, it's not easy to move 1300 lbs that cost nearly a billion bucks without getting lots of people excited. 😁
>164 karenmarie: Hope he likes it! We'll be getting more media attention as we get closer to launch.
6. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
First of my Secret Santa books - thanks, Kriti!
The supposed "best thief in the world" gets coerced by the King's magi to retrieve a divine artifact. Sounds simple, right? except things never go as planned... Really well done YA fantasy. Whalen Turner has a great feel for characters and plotting, with nicely turned prose. First of a series, and I plan to read the rest!
7. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
If you read the blurb on the back, you might come away with the idea that this is a gothic-ish, more speculative tale - at least I did. Instead, what I got was a study of a handful of very interesting people brought together through various circumstances around the possibility that a pre-historic (or maybe mythical) serpent is haunting a small town in an estuary outside Victorian London. And it turns out, I'm pretty ok with what I got. Perry's book is dream-like in spots, and what matters here is the psychological response to events happening around folks, tied up with love and attraction, sometimes returned, sometimes not. Definitely worth a read if you know what to expect.
So I saw on the library's new book list that the second Bobiverse book, For We Are Many, put it on reserve. Because even though I'm supposed to be reading down my stack, this one's a small book, won't take long to read. So then I thought to myself that while I'm at it I should probably pick up the sequel to John Dies at the End, This Book is Full of Spiders, because, you know, that one won't take long to read either. And then while picking up those two, Bunk and White Mountain snuck off the new book shelf and into my pile. Then today, I got a notice that The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter is ready for pickup too.
So somehow I went from no books until I finish reading my stack to five (5) library books... Now I just need to figure out how to hide them from mrsdrneutron...
>167 drneutron: I regret to report that wherever you hide them, she's gonna find out. That's my experience anyway.
That's always the way. Imagine working at a library.
Of course, I'm not a famous rocket scientist (congrats on the Newsweek article).
>166 drneutron: The book interests me with one exception--the serpent. I don't think I could handle it. I'd probably hyperventilate the entire time I read it.
Way behind here, Jim! I have yet to try the pre-assembled dinners...maybe when I have an empty nest. The Newsweek article is SO cool! You are famous! Have fun with the second Bobiverse story; sorry you are addicted to books; good luck hiding that from mrsderneatron. : ) Oh, and happy Saturday.
Catching up to see you've just read one of my favorite books (well, series really) of all time (The Thief) and a book that's been on the TBR list for awhile (THe Essex Serpent).
I *do* work at a library and can tell you from personal experience I almost never read my own books, which is a problem because I have over 200 owned books unread. That is, for me, about two years' worth. Having only five library books out is a breather in which I *might* get to one of my own. On the plus side, it's better than buying more books, right?
I have to figure out how to enter the house later today with my bag full of books and hide them from P.
Nah, I won't even try. The good news in this instance is that she knows I went to Powell's and she wouldn't even believe me if I said I didn't buy anything. I'll just emphasize that two of the books I'm bringing into the house were gifts from Kim and at least two of the books I purchased were reduced price.
>175 scaifea: Cool! I’m glad the rest are good too. I’ve been hoping for a fantasy series I can get into.
>176 Berly: Happy Satdsy!
>177 bell7: Yeah, I think it would drive me crazy to work in a library - especially when a patron checks out a book I want! 😀 But yeah, I don’t know what I’d do if I had to buy all my books.
>178 EBT1002: Heh, Mrsdrneutron hasn’t noticed yet... 😀👍
>143 drneutron: Cool!
I have been very good at not buying too many books lately :) Lack of space for them it a bit part of that, and also, when I scan my shelves I see 80% that I am still waiting to read!!
Great article about your work!
>167 drneutron: I went to the library yesterday to get my card renewed and managed to get away with just two books. I really need to read my own books but my resolution for the year was related to buying books rather than borrowing them.
Will you be out of work because of the shutdown? My friends at the Air and Space Museum are open for now because they had some prior year funds to use. Not sure how long they can hold out.
>180 thornton37814: 😀
>181 LovingLit: Yeah, i’m Starting to have to cull, so I get the space issue. So far it’s limited to books like ERs that I don’t want to keep. We’ll see how deep I have to go...
>182 witchyrichy: We’re working through the impacts - I actually work for Johns Hopkins University, so no shutdown for us. But the spacecraft is on the phase where we’re using government facilities for testing, so we’ll see how it goes.
Good morning, Jim! I came here to say I enjoyed the Post article this morning but was deeply disappointed not to spy you among the quoted scientists. It must be exciting to see your project getting so much attention leading up to the launch!
I loved Bullet Catcher's Daughter. Good book. I hope you love it too. :)
>186 rosalita: I'm glad you liked the article. Careful readers might note the funniest thing we've got going. The shipping case for the heat shield - the thing that keeps us safe from the Sun - is labeled "Do not expose to direct sunlight"... 😂
>187 The_Hibernator: It sure looks like it'll be right up my alley.
Good morning, Jim! I can't remember if I asked you about What If?. It looks like a lot of fun and is narrated by Will Wheaton. He usually does an excellent job. Are you familiar with this one?
Yup, The Son got it for me and I read it back in 2016. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Good to know. It's next up once I conclude Bonhoeffer which seems a definitive work by Metaxas. Only a couple of discs to go!
Woot, Jim! I had to forward the Newsweek article to my Facebook page. Very cool and congratulations for the recognition. "Do not expose to direct sunlight" indeed!
Good review for Emerald Labyrinth. I haven't started reading it yet. A large glut of library books all arrived at once and I am now officially Behind on Everything.
I've enjoyed all the food talk. I haven't tried any of the shipped meals, because living in a very small town, shipments promised in twenty four hours almost always take an extra day to arrive. Then there is the problem of that 24 hours on unheated UPS or USPS trucks as they make the hour-long drive from the airport in Missoula. They do sound very handy for busy schedules.
>192 brodiew2: Yup, it's a good one.
>193 streamsong: Yeah, somehow the Library Fairy deposited some at my house too...
We were a bit concerned about the temperature issue, but the packaging is pretty well insulated and we haven't had any problems. Though we don't have the extra day you're concerned about. Probably wise to pass on your part.
Mostly caught up with you, Jim! Cool Newsweek article!
I shared it with The Wayne who may now go all Fan Girl on you in Philly in March ;-)
Good morning-afternoon, Jim! I hope all is well. 'Bonhoeffer' is 18 discs and I am on 17! Not long now. His death is imminent and I have a feeling there will be a legacy section.
>202 drneutron: Not true: You have an entire 2nd grade (now third graders) class full of groupies, not to mention the teachers, here in Wisconsin...
>143 drneutron: Great article in Newsweek! Congrats! Keep us posted.
>173 thornton37814: >174 drneutron: Lori, as Jim says, I wouldn't worry much about the serpent.
I've discovered if you get your books on Kindle, the significant other has no idea...(I hope he's not looking over my shoulder). Nah, actually, mine accepted many, many years ago that if he got me, he also got my books, and he's been very accepting of that. It's really easy for him to buy me presents too - he just needs to look at my amazon wish list!
Interesting Newsweek article, Jim. That is so cool. I have a better idea about The Essex Serpent after reading your review so hopefully my eyes will be open when I finally take it off my shelf.
Catching up here - cool on the Newsweek interview.
I need to start the Bobiverse series.
That's a helpful review of The Essex Serpent, Jim, thanks. I'm a pushover for "dream-like", so that helps.
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