Question of the Day

From Dave,

What’s your favorite vegetable?

My far, carrots. Especially sauteed but I can eat carrots raw. Least favorite by far is peas. It’s the thing that really frustrated me about eating in London. You order a wonderful plate of fish, a good pile of chips, and then a side of mashed up green peas. Guys, why do you ruin perfection?

Question of the Day

Thanks to Sarah for today’s QOD:

What’s the most serendipitous thing to happen to you lately?

I was in my local knitting shop and happened to overhear a new customer introduce herself to the proprietor. It was the wife of the couple we bought our house from 20+ years ago! I (re)introduced myself to her and we had a nice chat. It’s always fun to have those chance encounters.

Let me mull my answer over an afternoon walk and I’ll respond in the comments.

Question of the Day

What’s the first computer you owned?

Commodore Vic 20 baby! The Com 64 was a bit out of our price range for a keyboard that hooked up to a tv so I had to make due with the 64’s little brother, the Vic 20. I even had a tape drive for it:

Our school had just gotten the Apple II’s which were magnificent but my family wasn’t going to plop down a grand (or was it 2?) so that I could play lemonade stand on it. But the Vic 20 was amazing to a 7 year old. You could learn BASIC on it, plug a cartridge in the back and play games. I think we ended up getting a printer for it at some point but I don’t remember ever having a word processing program for it.

Good times.

Question of the Day

What’s the last gift you bought for yourself.

For my birthday this year, I bought this for myself:

A 1930s Remington Portable typewriter. I have been using it for the past 3 months and I absolutely love it. I’ve been using it mostly for personal correspondences, thank you notes, etc. and people really seem to love getting a typewritten letter. There’s more of a personal spin on a typewritten letter than one that’s been printed from your computer. Especially if you have awful penmanship like me. I was worried when I bought it that I would use it for a week and get bored but so far that’s not the case. I’ll get back to you in a year.

Question of the Day

What are your favorite reads of the year so far?

I’ve talked about how I love using Goodreads plenty of times. As book tracking software it does the job but where it really shines is being able to see what friends are reading. I’ve found so many good recommendations that way. Here are some of the books I’ve read this year that have been fantastic.

I’m currently reading The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. which is Neal Stephenson’s latest tome. I can’t fully recommend it yet since I’m only a third of a way through and sometimes his novels have a way of unraveling but I’m loving it so far.

The Stranger in the Woods. Totally engrossing story about a guy who walks off into the woods one day and lives there for a few decades. He isn’t exactly a sympathetic character considering that he manages to live in the woods by burglarizing the neighborhood community but the story is still compelling.

American Kingpin. About the founder of The Silk Road aka for drugs. I had heard of The Silk Road a few years ago but couldn’t understand why anybody would actually get illegal substances through the mail. That’s about as much thought I had put into it which probably helped when reading this book since I had no idea how it ended. Probably the 2nd best book I have read this year. I should probably mention my favorite.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters. Holy crap. I’m not a huge fan of graphic novels, or comics, or whatever you choose to call them. I heard about this from an NPR story and the library happened to have it in. The story of how the author wrote it is a story in itself, and this is her debut graphic novel. A girl transfixed by monster movies, who sees herself as a monster detective trying to unravel a murder of a survivor of the holocaust in 1960s Chicago. There’s a lot going on in that book and the graphics are breathtaking.