I just finished reading a really amazing book. It had me riveted the entire way through. It was called Intensity and is written by Dean Koontz. It is about this girl who goes home with a friend to visit her friends family and a homicidal maniac kills her friends family and kidnaps her friend. Our heroin “Chyna” is a girl already struggling with serious issues from her own life and just trying to survive, goes all out to help save her friend from the man who has her.
Hiding out in the man’s RV when he wasn’t looking, she waits for an opportune moment to rescue her friend and get away. As it turns out, it is not as easy as she thinks it will be. The man is truly deranged as he believes that doing whatever he wants without fear or regret helps him live his life to the fullest. He has perfected his modus operandi and is absolutely deadly.
Chyna’s own personal demons try to hamper her throughout the story, but she overcomes her own fear and insecurity in amazing feats of bravery and daring. I was happy to learn there is also a movie taken from the book, that I will now have to watch. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it.
Today I was cleaning out the part of my basement that is under the stairs. It is a tiny space, next to the water heater and can’t be used for much of anything useful – certainly not an actual closet. So I had put a lot of storage things into plastic tubs and stuck them under the stairs. I call it my deep storage.
So the water heater is pretty new and it’s working good – knock on wood. But I realized that it does not have an insulating blanket around ti. So I decided to get a blanket from Home Depot and the only way I could get to it and reach all the way around was to pull some of the tubs out from under the stairs.
It was pretty weird to pull out those tubs – I was worried about dining spiders. Around here we have a huge problem with brown recluse spiders in basements and garages. So, I was being all paranoid about being under the stairs and didn’t even notice that a cardboard box was teetering on the edge of the tubs. I bumped into it as I was turning around in the tight space and it fell over.
The box was full of old Playboy magazines. I was surprised because I didn’t even know we had any copies of the old Playboy magazines. It turns out that someone has been buying them in secret and stashing them in a box under the stairs without me knowing about it.
I love the Amazon web site and I find myself chopping there almost weekly instead of going to a regular shopping center, mall or store. I would rather buy something I like at a fair price and have them worry about finding the right size and color for me. I hate looking through racks of clothing or shelves of items trying to find the right brand or the right fit or the right style. Invariably there is every size and color on the rack except the one that I want.
Amazon has been heavily promoting their digital reader called the Kindle. It is featured on the front page of their web site and they even send me emails promoting it. I like the idea of one, but don’t know a single person who has one to give me an actual testimonial. If you have one, how about leaving me a comment about what you like best or if it has any shortcomings that you’ve discovered once you started using it.
Last year the best selling item at Christmas on Amazon was the Kindle. I think that they are really cool, but this is so early in the development of the new electronics. My biggest objection to most of them is that they are mono displays. I want a full color screen and books with color illustrations and photos. So I am waiting a bit – there will be better models coming out.
I hardly ever get a chance to catch up with Slate, but I was on some website that had a one liner about patterns in architecture, and I have always been a big fan of patterns and architecture, so I clicked over and found an article talking about e of my favorite books and authors. A book called a pattern language describes outside the box ways to look at neighborhoods, houses, rooms, designs, all kinds of things to consider when building a house, an addition, a community – it is one my all time favorites.
That book changed the way I look at houses and streets, and it definitely gave me insight when looking into code and how to setup coding projects – and that is actually mentioned in the slate article – check it out to learn more.