misscam: (Nerd)
Been writing on a new BSG fic, whereupon I scribbled down the following line: He trusts her with books - "it's a gift, never lend books" - and thus part of him. (What you read is part of who you are, after all. She's a teacher, she knows that.)

I started to think about that - my mind is horrible at wandering off on tangents, truly - and comments from the last post I did concerning my bookshelf. So, are we what we read?

Here are the last ten books I read (or reread). With opinions. Draw your own conclusions.

Thud!, How Football Explains the World, A Deadly Brew, What Came Before He Shot Her, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Nordfronten, War of the Ancients, Simply Love, Stalingrad, Berlusconis Italia )

Give me your last ten - or five, if you can't remember ten. I'll tell you what impression of you I get from it. Also, taking book recs eagerly, oh yes.

(Yay football now, and my team won yesterday wheeeee.)
misscam: (Sleeep)
I'm so behind on everything it's sad.

Sleep? Check.
Fandom stuff? Check.
Fics? Check.
World of Warcraft? Check. (Wah, my WoW.)
Cleaning and general Christmas stuff? Check.

Reason is of course work - specifically, overtime, Christmas work party (Tuesday - came home at one in the morning, got up at six for work again, fun times) and people at work being ill so I have to fill in for them too. Urk. (On the bright side, paycheck will be glorious. I might even use it to get a new harddrive, since my old is almost checking out.)

Then I've been reading Jesus Land, which is a book that depresses me on so many levels, and Terry Pratchett has Altzeimer's.

...

I love his books. They're funny, but they're more than that - they hold up a mirror to our world without being a lecture about it. They give me heart.

I haven't felt like this about an author since Astrid Lindgren died - it was like a punch to the stomach. A tribute to their ability to make writing an emotional connection between writer and reader, I suppose.

Altzheimer's is such a nasty thing too, I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

Tomorrow, it's mum's birthday and there are celebration things to do and that'll undoubtfully make me more tired. I want five weeks in the sun somewhere, getting oiled by hot males and served drinks by the same. Shut up, I can have daydreams.

All in all, I got the overworked, tired blues. So, o flist, what do you do when you're feeling down?
misscam: (*is misscam liek whoa*)
I've spent the day cleaning, sorting through old stuff to see if I should keep or throw away and setting up a new set of shelves for DVDs. As a result, I'm now dusty and disgustingly pleased with self. Cleaning always feels good after.

In the process, I found postcards I had to spare from the last time I did a mass mailing. So, I got seven cards. Who wants? First come, first serve. Just comment with CARD and if you're among the seven first, one shall be yours. The cards all long to see the world, after all. All cards have found homes, yay!

The tale of the lurid e-mails go on

Which just goes to show sometimes, the cover-up is a bigger problem than what is being covered up. Though that can be bad enough, of course.

Norway's white moose ("Neste" will bring you to the next picture.)

Yes, we have an albino moose about in Norway. They're extremely rare. Unfortunately, moose hunting season starts soon, which might be the end of our white friend. He doesn't get any special protection for being white, though he was spared last year, so who knows.

First intact example of a Pliosaur found

At Svalbard, as it turns out. Looking awesome, I must say. They're going to dig it out next year. Svalbard's actually become quite a research place. Being so close to the Arctic and having permanent Norwegian settlements, it's become quite popular. (Amusing fact about Svalbard - though it is officially Norwegian territory, under international treaty, it can be used by people of any country. If you can find work there, you can settle at Svalbard. The immigration rules that apply for the rest of Norway do not apply there.)

[livejournal.com profile] misscam looks awesome, doesn't it?
[livejournal.com profile] lotus79 totally
[livejournal.com profile] lotus79 Adric didn't die in vain


Also, I'm reading Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything and it's pretty funky. (Most startling thing I learned so far - Kazakhstan was once attached to Norway!) It is in a sense of history of science too and you get a sense of how accidental groundbreak theories sometimes are and how the more you learn, the more questions you have. I love that about science. It's like an infinite game of Russian dolls. Every new theory just open up to a new one and a new one and a new one... It can also be sort of maddening.

But yeah, good read. I give it a thumb's up. It covers so many fields there's bound to be something you didn't know. (I learned a great deal about geology, while I knew a lot more already about theories on the Universe, for instance.)

Finally, [livejournal.com profile] ligaras, I got the TV Guide. Thanks!
misscam: (Frog Grin)
The mystery of the 'reindeer' visitor

And that's not far from where I live, either. Heh. I must admit, I found it funny. The things people will do with their time, eh?

What are the odds this CSI post will turn into a shipwar?

Or alternatively, remain sane?

Random notes:
- Is it sad of me to buy the Civ IV expansion pack just so I can play the Vikings and CONQUER THE WORLD with them? Cripes, me and computer games sometimes.
- Yesterday was Roald Dahl Day. Yay Dahl. I love his books. Grew up with them, really. (Him and Astrid Lindgren were probably the two most enduring influences from my literary childhood.) Not so strange, he was of Norwegian descent (his parents were both Norwegian and he is named after Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian polar explorer) and we are fiercly fond of our own.
- GAFF is kinda going to the shits, innit?
- I've started reading the Temeraire books, and I'm really liking them so far. Yay flist for alerting me to their existence.
- House is actually starting up on our main TV channel very soon, I've discovered. Should I watch?
- I need to buy a new shelf again. Damn, books and DVDs fill up fast.
- I'm having some professional pictures taken soon and feeling a bit weird about it. Ah well. I'll scan in some of them when it's all done, anyway, so you can all see how I look. Blurry webcam pics ain't the best, after all.
- I wish Bush would STFU some. Then again, I always do.

And then I got to thinking about Islam )

In other news:
Hezbollah accused of war crimes
Norway refuses NATO plan
Damaged Munch paintings to be shown
Oil prospects in Cuba raises issues with the US embargo
Drastic shrinkage of Arctic ice
Rowling in slight airport security hiccup
misscam: (Reading by celandineb)
In honour of my icon...

Nicked from [livejournal.com profile] magika83

Top 100 books by BBC's Big Read

Bold = the ones I've read.
Italic = the ones I'm planning to read.

A long list of books... )

The recent discussion on YTDAW had me thinking - I really do review too little. But of course, I can be a very blunt reviewer and some don't much like that. So here's my offer - if you want, give me one story you want me to review (give a link in the comments for convinience, please). Keep it within a fandom I know (since otherwise, I can't much comment on certain aspects of it), and don't pick something way, way long or I'll never finish it. I will review it and I promise it'll be something beyond "Great story! More!"
misscam: (Delennstupidity by eldamere)
I was taggeth.

The last book you bought: The Torment of Others, Val McDermid
The last book you read: Good Omens, Neil Gaiman
Five books that mean a lot to you:
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
A Little Lovesong by Michelle Magorian
The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
A Town Like Alice by Nevile Shute
And tag five people you want to see do this quiz...
[livejournal.com profile] lotus79, [livejournal.com profile] briasoleil, [livejournal.com profile] norwegianne, [livejournal.com profile] ekwy, [livejournal.com profile] hadria

Speaking of reading - NICK LIVE'S Meet hick and Grissim. Don't people even look over the stuff they're posting these days? (Oh, the fanfic has slight spoilers for the season finale, though only if you haven't seen the previews.)

It burnssss, precious. (*plots OFUC(SI) evilness to ease the burning*) I swear, sometimes I think the general state of CSI fic is getting *worse* and there needs to be a CSI Goodfic Movement, Bringing Quality For Your Sanity(TM). Grissim?! Ow, ow, ow.

Reading for you:
Abolitionists eye end to death penalty
Aw, I missed Orgasm Day!
Alcohol more damaging for females, apparently
Article about the village of Dahaniya
Narnia trailer I drool. Yeah, I'm an atheist, but I grew up reading Narnia and I love it in my widdle dark heart.(Okay, this is more watching than reading, but ah well.)

Tomorrow is May 17th. Hurra!

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