Thursday, October 19, 2017

Who really IS a good boy? Will there be cookies?




Currently reading SOONISH by Kelly & Zach Weinersmith. Nonfiction.

What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up? In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way. New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization. To this end, SOONISH investigates ten different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish.

Published 2017, 364 pages.

Also reading THE FAITHFUL DEAD by Alys Clare. 5th of 17 in series featuring Abbess Helewise and Sir Josse d’Acquin, a French knight, at the Hawkenlye Abbey in England during the 12th century.

An elderly pilgrim dies in Hawkenlye Vale. It is nothing suspicious, for he was gravely ill when he arrived. Meanwhile, Josse d’Acquin has a visit from Prince John, seeking news of a stranger, Galbertius Sidonius. Hurrying to Hawkenlye Abbey to enlist the help of Abbess Helewise, Josse finds she has a problem of her own—a decomposing body has been discovered, naked and killed by an expert hand. When Josse’s brother, Yves, arrives, the three are hurled into a mystery with roots that reach back further than the Second Crusade.

Published 2002; 305 pages.

So, yes. I'm reading again.


I've got Arrow on TV tonight. "Tribute":

Oliver tries to balance being the mayor, the Green Arrow and a father to William. Meanwhile, Anatoly returns to Star City with a deadly agenda.


We'll see if I make it until then to watch it. I'm very very tired today.



But tomorrow is Friday. Woot. And today is a fabulous Fall day. Have a good one.



Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wishful thinking




On the front desk today. More wishful thinking:



Nah, it wasn't that bad. Mostly pretty quiet. 

I was in a pretty low funk the last few days due to some family issues. 

 
But I'm better now.


Tonight on TV I have This Is Us, "Still There":


Randall and Beth adjust to a new family dynamic; Kate books her first big gig; Kevin suffers a setback; Jack and Rebecca are visited by an unwelcome guest.
Gorgeous Fall day out there. Have a good one


Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, October 16, 2017

You got some 'splainin' to do.



Sorry for not posting in several days. Life has become rather complicated in my family so I wasn't able to be on the computer much. I may continue, I don't know.



Because of the chaos going on in my life, I've been having a reading slump. Yesterday, I decided to do a re-read of something that I loved when I first read it and it has been long enough for it to seem new again, if you know what I mean.

Currrently re-reading THE NOVICE'S TALE by Margaret Frazer. 1st of 17 in series featuring Dame Frevisse, a medieval nun in Oxfordshire, England.

Autumn 1431, the nuns of England's St. Frideswide's prepare for the simply ceremonies in which the saintly novice Thomasine will take her holy vows. But their quiet lives of beauty and prayer are thrown into chaos by the merciless arrival of Lady Ermentrude Fenner and her retinue of lusty men, sinful women, and baying hounds. The hard-drinking dowager even keeps a pet monkey for her amusement. She demands wine, a feast... And her niece, the angelic Thomasine. The lady desires to enrich herself and her reputation by arranging a marriage for the devout novice. She cares nothing for the panic and despair she leaves behind her. But all her cruel and cunning schemes are brought to a sudden end with strange and most unnatural murder. As suspicious eyes turn on the pious Thomasine, it falls to Sister Frevisse, hosteler of the priory and amateur detective, to unravel the webs of unholy passion and dark intrigue that entangle the novice and prove her innocence... or condemn her.
Published 1992,  239 pages.

Last night was episode 3 of the new season of NCIS: Los Angeles. "Assets":

During the murder investigation of a Navy Lieutenant on leave in Los Angeles, the NCIS team uncovers classified surveillance briefs she smuggled into the city that may have been sold to a foreign buyer.
Best scene:




Tonight I have Scorpion "Nuke Kids on the Block":

A simple accident while decommissioning an old nuclear missile causes Team Scorpion to be exposed to toxic vapor. But they must endure it to prevent the nuke from detonating. Meanwhile, Paige confronts Happy about constantly tagging along with her and Walter.



But I may not stay up to watch it and will watch the Amazon Instant ep tomorrow.

Have a great day




Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

No, it's only Wednesday


And for some reason my mind keeps feeling it's Thursday.


Nothing on TV tonight for me. I've got family support NAMI class.

I haven't started another book yet.


Tomorrow will be the season premiere of Arrow. At last!







So I'll post about tomorrow.

Have a great day



Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Yep


Just taking it a day at a time.


Month -- but who's counting?

I finished the Dan Brown book. Interesting concept behind it; not executed that well. So much to read...


I don't know yet. Maybe tonight I'll figure it out. In the meantime, on TV, I have This Is Us. "Deja Vu":




Kate visits Kevin on the set of his movie; Randall and Beth receive exciting news; and Rebecca tries to reconnect with Jack...


Have a good day



Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, October 9, 2017

Stare down with Monday



New episode of Scorpion tonight, "Grow a Deer, a Female Deer":


Poachers almost kill a pregnant endangered deer, so Team Scorpion recreates the animal's womb to save it and its baby's life. Meanwhile, Happy and Toby discuss the future of their family...


Pages away from finishing the Dan Brown book.


Have a great day




Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, October 5, 2017

It's been a rough week


Sorry for missing a post yesterday and that today will be extra short. I'm having a tough week as sometimes happens. I'll do a better one tomorrow.



On the bright side, I went to an awesome concert last night. Home Free. An acapella country group. I don't like country music these guys are great. This is the 3rd time I've seen them but this time they had new songs because of a new album out. Here's a sample:





Have a great day



Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster