Hmmm, almost six months since I posted here. I suppose I ought to write something. I'm fine, busy, commenting on other folks' journals, talking about Elizabethan costumes and portraits on Facebook. Fixing this and that around the house, reading books, watching a handful of TV series, thrashing the garden, working hard (but not too hard). You know, the usual. Life is good.
Folding laundry in the quiet while the rest of the household naps. The good thing about company at Christmas is I can greet the new year in a clean house with a full larder, beginning as I mean to continue. May 2012 bring you all sorrows and joys in proper measure, rain and sunshine in season, and much music and laughter.
Just stumbled across this 2007 PhD. thesis: Elfland Revisited: A Comparative Study of Late Twentieth Century Adaptations of Two Traditional Ballads by Stephanie Giebert. The ballads are (inevitably?) Thomas the Rhymer and Tam Lin. I haven't had time to read this yet, but I wanted to share...
Yesterday, from work, I saw on my Google home page that there was a new Shadow Unit story. Clicked the link, clicked the Readability "send to Kindle" button in my browser. Saw in Twitter that the new Bear novelette is in the January Asimov's. Clicked my Amazon bookmark, searched for Asimov's, clicked January issue, bought Kindle edition with one-click. Arrived home to two new stories waiting on the Kindle by my bed.
I have a Blackberry Torch in my pocket. I have an older Kindle for reading. I now have an iPad for work and week after next I will have a Kindle Fire. I also have two laptops. I expect I will become completely dyslexic about the keboarding differences over the next few months.
[Lest this seem like nerdish consumerism, I do want to mention that I work in digital media - we advise people on mobile apps and social media, so I am required to be conversant with these platforms and the apps built for them.] [Was that convincing?]
I am surprised to discover that I prefer Facebook in its new iPad app to Facebook on the PC. I am amused that virtual office supplies feed my office supply and stationery fetish quite as nicely as the real thing, while costing far less and taking up no space. (Check out the pen rack in in Noteshelf...)
Everyone I talked to at the office said the iPad had changed the way they work (and one said it had changed his life). Despite my distrust of the Cult of Mac, I begin to see what they were on about.