More Daylight Savings Time (Great)

I just read that the U.S. wants to extend daylight savings time:

It would mean people would turn their clocks forward one hour on the first weekend of March [instead of April] and “fall back” on the final weekend in November [instead of October].

It’s supposed to save energy, but really it’s the answer to the question we’ve all been asking: “How can they make Daylight Savings Time an even bigger pain in the ass?”

Moon Palace – Part 1

I enjoyed every aspect of Paul Auster’s novel, The Book of Illusions. It has tragedy, humour, romance, mystery, and a fantastic ending. It’s about a guy who deals with a personal tragedy by obsessively researching the films of an obscure silent-movie actor, and then writes a book about it. Which may not sound exciting, but it’s great. The day after I finished the novel, I went to a used bookstore and picked up two more books by Paul Auster: The New York Trilogy and Moon Palace. I also bought W.P. Kinsella‘s If Wishes Were Horses with the hope of getting back into his writing. However, I began reading Moon Palace during the walk home, and was immediately drawn into it. Not having much time to read, I’m only now on page 88, but so far so good. Auster begins the story by again creating a believable character who experiences a personal tragedy — and it’s been fun watching this sad, unheroic character crawl out of this hole. I don’t know if Auster intended for us to laugh at this guy’s misfortune, but that’s what I’m doing, and I’m having a good time.

I’ll say more in another 100 pages, or whenever I finish the book.

Continued: Moon Palace – Part 2.

Updates and RSS Feeds

For the next day or two, those subscribing to any of our RRS feeds might notice several small updates to Steel White Table and wonder what’s going on. Some apostrophes, quotation marks and other symbols were converted to questions marks during the recent WordPress upgrade, and we’re in the process of manually fixing these errors.

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” Movie

The novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, is being made into a movie:

Director Gus Van Sant told SCI FI Wire that his next movie, a big-screen adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s best-seller, The Time Traveler’s Wife, will focus on the central relationship. “Telling the story is very hard, too, but it’s the chemistry with a film [that matters most],” Van Sant (Psycho, Finding Forrester) said in an interview.

They’ll screw it up. I posted about The Time Traveler’s Wife over a year ago. It’s a great novel.

(via LibrarianInBlack)

Motorcycle Firsts

One of the many exciting things about riding a motorcycle for the first time is experiencing things you’ve only heard or read about. It’s fun talking to fellow motorcycle riders about them because everyone has a different story.

Some of my recent firsts:

  • Having a bee smash into my visor at 100 km/hr, feeling like a rock thrown at you. One hit me in the leg, too. It hurts.
  • Scratched my nose at 100 km/h. On a motorcycle wearing a full-face helmet this is an accomplishment. A stupid one, but still.
  • I did an emergency stop when a vehicle in front of me quickly slowed down for a turn without putting its signal indicator on. An emergency stop on a motorcycle is: pressing clutch, kicking down into first gear, and applying all your brakes without locking up. It’s nerve-racking at first, not knowing if you’ll stop in time, but a bike’s stopping power is greater than that of a car.

Other “firsts” I expect to occur soon: dropping the bike, getting stopped by a cop, running out of gas, riding in snow…

Post your own motorcycle firsts in the comment section.