Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Thoughts on books/authors I'm reading...

In science fiction/fantasy, I was interested in Stephen Baxter for awhile,but he hasn't released anything in awhile, apart from one bookthat seemed kind of derivative. I'm still keeping an eye onhis stuff. Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is a continual interestof mine. I liked Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Good Omens,and Neverwhere -- I might want to try one of his series works.Stephen King's non-horror stuff, like the Gunslinger and Talismanseries are good.

In philosophy, I've been trying to decide what I want to start readingnext. Maybe I should get one of the linguistic philosophers, like Debbsuggests.

In technical/science books, I'm currently working on Design Patterns,on loan from a co-worker. It's a good book, but the examples for the patternsarn't always good enough that it's intuitive why one would ever want some ofthe patterns. Perhaps my choice of Perl and C as my primary languages isresponsible -- different things are hard in different languages.

Debb and I wrote a simple CGI recently. It was a lot of fun -- it doesmad libs. It'd be great to be able to do more.. I also should investigateher laptop -- she's thinking about putting linux on a partition.

I've been having problems sleeping recently. Today is a lot better than thelast few days -- I'm on 6 hours, but I need to get better at falling asleepfaster when my head hits the pillow. Why do I get so tired at times whereI shouldn't sleep? I think that's not just a recent thing either -- in thepast, I remember being at my place, needing to stay awake because someone wascoming over, and feeling incredibly tired and sleepy. Then, they called andcancelled, so I relaxed, and tried to let that fuzzy seduction take me.. butit was gone. How perverse.

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