Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Finally Got Out of Bed At Noon

Was feeling unusually lethargic. And found some interesting sites online using my Nexus. Finished Hugo winner Ancillary Justice a couple of days ago, and have not really started the next reading project (Writers of the Future #29). My nutshell review of AJ is this:
- Fairly well-written. It mostly held my interest by not revealing much of the plot at a time. Onions were peeled, from the inside and the outside.
- The author had the main character confused about what gender to call people, depending on which language was being spoken. It failed big-time for me. I speak Thai, which doesn't have a gendered him/her, and would have understood if the confusion was that in some languages there was and in some there wasn't, but this seemed more of the character's inability to recognize what gender a person is. But that was handled poorly, because as we get closer to the end, everyone is referred to as female, regardless of the person's gender. Or maybe everyone is female, and the author has neglected to clue us in.
- The ending is a clusterfuck, and completely negates for me the heroism of the main character.
- The invention of ancillaries is pretty clever. I would have liked more science and less fiction around those, though.

Having not read any of the other entries for best novel, I can't say if it deserved the award, but it was not an embarrassment to the awards to have it chosen.
Out of bed, took care of some low-priority to-dos. Moved the swinging bird feeder holder back to where it had been, and installed a second hummingbird feeder on it. Installed a longer, non-swinging feeder holder so the seed feeder would drop seeds on the hedge instead of on the porch, and hung the seed feeder from it. Used an outdoor wire guide (the nail in type) to fix both swinging feeders at their furthest from the porch position.

Went to Petco in search of a second, larger automatic litterbox, but they didn't have the model I wanted. They also didn't have the brand of hummingbird feeder mix I like. Got two 26# boxes of clumping litter on sale. OSH had the right brand of hummingbird mix, but it was way overpriced.

Home, ordered the litterbox from wag.com. The don't carry any hummer food. So I did a search online and decided my little sister is right, I should just make my own, 4 parts water to 1 part granulated sugar, no coloring. That's what I'll do when the commercial stuff runs out, probably next week.

Watched the 49ers-Cowboys game on Tivo delay, thus skipping all the commercials and a lot of the commentary, which was even more lame than usual. I thought Dallas played much better, especially on defense, and should have won by 3 TDs, but they kept making major mistakes. Turnovers accounted for most of SF's points. The officials made several bad calls against the 49ers, but the few they called against the home team were game changers. The 49ers were shut out in the second half, mostly because they stupidly kept running Gore up the middle, into a wall of very good Cowboys defenders.

I did not watch the Oakland game against the Jets, but from the sound of it, they both sucked, but the Raiders at least made a game of it toward the end. 19-14.

Finally watched the 2nd and 3rd Capaldi Doctor Who episodes. I am not impressed with the writing, the tech or the score. He's a better Doctor than Smith, but they don't seem to know what his personality is yet. His companion is very photogenic, and had a lot of the best lines. And they are building a sub-plot for her apart from the TARDIS which involves some romance. I'll keep watching the series, hoping it winches itself back to David Tennant quality. 

Ducked out for a few minutes to get ice cream, limes and strawberry sugar-free jam from F&E. Hate hate hate their anti-intuitive self check-out. They really need to give that up and have at least one employee-run line. It's not like their prices are so low...

Plans for tomorrow

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