Unlike the last book I read, this one took me about twenty-four hours to read. Yeah, it’s fluff, at best. But it was fun fluff. Book’s about a woman who is part of a worldwide secret society of folks who control the weather. Or rather, they try to control it. She gets in some trouble, she has some dangerous adventures, and it resolves itself nicely.
Book was okay. It has the feel of a first book, meaning that the characters are all pretty pat, the bad guys fairly simplistic, the plot not overly complicated. It’s like the author was trying so hard to just finish the thing without screwing it up that she did just that, and managed to make it not terribly memorable. I’m looking forward to the next book she’s writing, because unlike some of the new genre authors out there, I think her writing has promise.
Though I did get the sneaky feeling that she might be teetering on the edge of romantic fantasy/sci-fi, which is a genre that makes me want to puke. Also, her second book seems to be coming out straight to paperback, which can’t be good.
Well. Wasn’t that close.
Yes, Edwards is inexperienced, at least compared to Kerry (though not to George W. Bush when he was running for office, Tiffany was quick to point out). Yes, he isn’t all that popular even in his home state of North Carolina (approval ratings about 40% during his one term as Senator). But he skews young, he looks good, he’s articulate, and he can talk to the working classes from their point of view.
Kerry’s campaign needed some energy, and Edwards will add that. Kerry needed someone from outside Washington, and Edwards is a D.C. neophyte. Kerry needed someone who made their millions, rather than inheriting/marrying it. Edwards was the first in his family to go to college. And Kerry needed someone who could run circles around Dick Cheney in the veep debate(s).
Edwards can do all that.
I hope it is enough.
I started reading this book just after Christmas, and did not manage to finish it until last week. My mother gave it to me, saying she’d thought of me throughout, or at least at the beginning, when Pi talks about the Pondicherry Zoo quite a bit. You see, one of my former lives was going to be working in a zoo.
In any case, Tiffany had already read the book (in fact, we already had a copy) and had been trying to get me to read it for a while, because she wanted to discuss the ending with someone.
And now I know why.
What comes next is a discussion of the end of the book. If you have not read the book, don’t continue, and go buy it. I think it is worth the effort. If you are currently readingthe book, you might as well finish it first. If you have read the book, well, we would be interested in your opinion.
Read on if you know the ending.
Kerry is supposed to announce his vice-presidential running mate on Tuesday or so. Today, I heard on ABC News that in a secret face-to-face meeting last night, Kerry may have cemented his selection of Dick Gephardt.
And I’d like to go on the record as saying… bad choice. Really bad choice.
On par with Gore choosing Lieberman. Which was bad. What, Gore thought he needed to shore up his liberal-northeast-jewish base?
Anyway, Gephardt brings what, Labor? Like they are going to vote for Bush. Like the ones who are going to vote for Bush will change their vote because of Gephardt. What has Gephardt shown us that he can do? Lose Presidential Primaries year after year? Preside over the loss of Congress to the Republicans? And this qualifies him to be a boon to the ticket?
Even Vilsack would be a better choice. At least he has a track record of winning close elections.
Reading some stuff about Dashboard today, it occured to me what Apple’s next step will be.
Exposé, the technology that lets you zip apps off screen, or spread them out to see all windows, is very cool. Dashboard introduces a layer of (essentially) desk accessories that normally resides off-screen, but zips on-screen at the touch of a button.
The next logical step is to, at the touch of a button, zip regular applications on and off-screen, creating virtual desktops, really. So you’re working on your woefully pitiful single 23″ LCD monitor, and you have Photoshop taking up all available screen real estate. Suddenly, on the left side of your screen, a little Mail.app icon starts to bounce. You carelessly hit F1 (for Screen 1, or you could hit Command-Left Arrow to navigate virtually geometrically… or something) and zip, your screen off to the left slides over, showing Mail and iCal or something. You’ve got mail! And virtual desktops.
Of course, this would mostly be useful for your XServe admins to zip from one machine to the next, or for (mytho-poetical) iPalm users to eke out more real estate from their 200 x 400 pixel screens. Of course, you’d have to replace the F-Key with a stylus gesture, or maybe that Air-Force mind control link.
See: Dashboard II by Dave Hyatt
and: Dashboard vs. Konfabulator by John Gruber
and: Monkeys Control Robotic Arm with Brain Implants