Good Movie

Dec. 16th, 2007 01:18 am
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No Country for Old Men. Good book, too. Read then watch. Or watch then read. Or just do one and forget the other. The movie is that true to the book.

Good Stuff

Jul. 17th, 2007 07:43 pm
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Yesterday, after a long delay occasioned by some distraction I cannot now recollect, I sat down and finished The System of the World. With Stephenson's Baroque Cycle thus concluded, I can say that it was one of the most enjoyable literary experiences I have had in a good long while. I'll admit it takes a lot of effort to get through. It's long, and while Stephenson's writing is good, it's like a good bread pudding, rather than a good chocolate mousse. But overall I was very happy, because by the end of the book I had a proper ending (or several to be precise, because he tied up everyone's loose ends), and I knew exactly what happened to my favorite character. As a bonus, he did not kill said character, though at several times in the series I was in fear that he might. If you have the patience, I highly recommend these books.

When I got to work today, I discovered an automated e-mail informing me I am receiving a $300 (read $150 or so post-tax) cash award. Which is great, except I don't know exactly what for. The distilled justification said "for willingness and issues expertise." Now the first part I assume refers to the fact that I am always stepping up and taking on extra work when my co-workers need help. The second confuses me. Sounds like I'm getting an award for knowing my stuff. But I've been there for almost seven years now. Shouldn't I know what I'm doing by now? Is it normal in the government for people to not know what they're doing? Or is it that they believe my expertise is as deep as the abyss? Or perhaps it's as wide as the sea (I do try to broaden my horizons continually at work). I'm hoping they just, as usual, distilled the justification so much that it doesn't give a wholly accurate picture of what the award is for.

Progress

Jun. 4th, 2007 10:20 pm
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I am one-fifth of the way through The System of the World, after only two evenings of reading. I have not ploughed through a Stephenson work so fast since I read Snow Crash This is a pleasantly surprising turn of events, which I attribute to addiction. I hope he finishes another book soon.

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