I succumbed to easy thrills of pulp novels and read
Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler. It's the kind of
novel that requires turning off your brain for the duration,
but it's exactly what I needed. He is not a bad author, but
some portions are written with evident ham-fistedness. Also,
while the novels of this type are bound to feature
stereotypical archtypes (a dashing rogue, a trusty sidekick,
a damsel in distress), this one doesn't really develop them
into interesting characters. Well, at least the main
ones are adequate. I understand that this book is only one
of 18 based on the adventures of the same character, so I
will probably make an attempt at another one in the series,
and then decide whether to continue or not.
Also started reading Stephen King's The Gunslinger
and Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves. That last one
lives up to reputation as one scary book.
I must be one of the last few people who don't have a DVD
player. I realized this after a friend wanted to come over
with a movie to watch and after I asked if it was VHS or
DVD, he looked at me strangely and said, "Funny."
And I also haven't turned my TV on in six weeks.
I am supposed to give a talk on PHP-GTK at the PHP
International Conference in Frankfurt in November, but I'm
waiting to see how soon my passport/visa situation gets
resolved, because both of them expire at about the same time
in November and I don't want to be denied entry back into
the USA if I travel. The whole INS thing is really ticking
me off -- so many rules and bureaucratic junk, I've been
here for 9 years and I still have over a year to wait for my
green card. And now I read that Mexican president wants Bush
to make it easier for illegal immigrants to stay here, where
is the justice I ask you?
The Russian group that I'm involved in is producing a weekly
radio show that's broadcast on Sundays. Last couple of times
I was sitting behind the controls and directing the show.