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And yes, it has been almost a year since I last posted. I may expand on this later, but figured I'd start with something low-energy and work my way up to last year's Yuletide, what else I've been doing and the tiny handful of books I've managed to read.

You can tell a lot about a person from their music. Hit shuffle on your iPod, MP3 Player, etc. and put the first 10 songs! One rule, no skipping! Tag 10 people and pass it on!

First five from the laptop, second five from my iPhone.

At least we tried – Gold Motel
Break – The Cinematics
Snow desert – Speechless Project
Bring him home – Les Misérables, Broadway original cast
The only living boy in New York – Simon and Garfunkel

Jump through the fire – Oysterband
On the bus mall – The Decemberists
The land of do what you're told – Chumbawumba
Ordinary girl - Alison Moyet
Cherry tree – The National

What you can actually tell from this is that I get a lot of music off the internet - only one of these songs, On the bus mall, was ripped from an actual CD. On the other hand, if I like what I hear, I'll buy albums rather than singles - iTunes is responsible for Gold Motel, Oysterband, The Decemberists, and The National, and I have multiple albums for all bar Gold Motel. I also have bought Chumbawumba albums, but not with this song on them. The Les Misérables was one of those late night purchases when I realised I was never going to track down which box my CDs were in and, like the CDs, it is still not the version in my head (my mother taped this off the radio in the dim, distant past, and I don't know which version it was, but it's the one I'm stuck with).

I am also somewhat miffed that this appears to be the only time I've put my iPhone on shuffle when it hasn't played at least one Michel Thomas Italian for Beginners track, as I have 8 CDs worth on there and they always show up when I actually want music.

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I might almost be getting the hang of this.

What I've just read:

Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto. I like all of Gawande's books, and this was actually better as a reading experience than I'd expected - I'd read his original piece in the New Yorker, and quite a bit of the associated literature, so I thought it might all be a bit of a retread, but there's new material and it's all very well put together. I particularly like his emphasis on heroic values being about discipline, training and teamwork rather than being the bold maverick (he talks about that pilot who landed a bird-struck plane on the Hudson River, only as opposed to the media he presents it as a story of teamwork and expertise, together with having - yes - checklists to go through). I also like the work he does on implementing checklists, and working out how to make them work in practice. Very good.

What I'm reading now: Two interminable m/m romances, both of which have a premise and characters with potential, which are then irritatingly squandered in favour of lots of sex and a complete detachment from any emotional or narrative consequences from anything outside sex, leading to a kind of bubble of explicit unbelievability. Both have a lead called Nate.

I am also still reading The Looking Glass War. A transformer blew nearby two nights ago, so I sat out on the front deck and read it by the fading evening light, which was all terribly atmospheric until a mosquito bit me on the ankle.

What I expect to read next: Something without a Nate in it. Also, those Len Deightons aren't getting any less overdue. Also, after a rec from mossybomb, I am going to heroically throw myself onto an m/m with an urban fantasy setting with shape-changing dragons.
cyphomandra: boats in Auckland Harbour. Blue, blocky, cheerful (boats)
This was supposed to be posted Wednesday, but why not?

What I'm reading. )


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