I’ve stopped reading Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs; it’s a memoir about a young boy growing up in an odd environment, with lots of unusual, often sad events that illustrate what’s influenced the boy’s perception of himself and the world. I grew tired of it, not caring about him or his mother. The writing seemed forced, as if the memoir was painful to tell; maybe that was the author’s intent, but it didn’t work for me.
Real One Player is a necessary evil that’s required to play some media online. Unfortunately, by default it installs lots of crap on your computer you don’t need, annoying you with popups and features you’ll never use. describes how to install and configure it to make it as unintrusive as possible.
I don’t mind going to malls if there’s a purpose; I don’t like wandering around aimlessly, and I won’t go when it’s crowded. I do most of my shopping when stores first open.
A co-worker and I went to the Oakland mall this morning; he had to return some boots and I just went along for the ride. Along the way we stopped at Costco where I bought Ship Fever: Stories by Andrea Barrett for $8.29 U.S. This blurb on its back-cover sold me:
Beautiful stories about the wonder and work of science… In Barreett’s hands, science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange, and thrilling fictional material.
At a Borders store in the mall I bought:
- Don’t Know Much about the Universe by Kenneth Davis: It only cost me $5.99 U.S. and the portion I read in the store was interesting. A good, easy-reading reference book. It reminded me of Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, which I recommend.
- The Ultimate Quilting and Patchwork Companion: I got this for Dawn; the projects in it looked like stuff she’d be interested in.
I’m an impatient video game player. I don’t have the patience to figure out puzzles or work through mazes. If I’m playing an action game where you have to defeat a "boss" to continue further, I’ll quit if it becomes difficult or repetitive. I often resort to FAQs for games; I care for seeing the story and action played out than trying to figure it out. As a result, I tend to play games that are considered simple and easy like racing car games.
I bought the following this morning:
- R-Type Final: this is a 2-D side-scrolling space ship game, where you control a space ship and blast everything that gets in your way. All its reviews are good. Here’s an example.
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: I got this used. It’s gotten rave reviews and I played it briefly on my laptop. It seemed easy to play and it looks cool, so what the hell.