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December 19, 2004

First Cooking, Now Reading?!

I was amazed when I wanted to make meals at home again, and today I had another shocker - I'm starting to want to read again. It's been a while since I've had the time and energy to want to read recreationally, so it's a really nice feeling to have back.

Mind you, there are a few important things that I should be doing now that I feel that my life is a little more in order, but still, this is another good sign. And for another aside, I wonder what loophole Chapters uses to get around the Sunday shopping laws in Nova Scotia?

Anyway, today after having a nice lunch at East Side Mario's with a few of my friends from church, I stopped in to the Chapter's in Bayer's Lake for a little browsing. I saw three books that interested me: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Hofstadter, a nice little coffee table book called Full Moon, with pictures of the Apollo moon missions, and Reaching for the Invisible God, by Phillip Yancy. From looking at the Amazon.ca descriptions, I must have seen a smaller-sized edition of Full Moon, because chapter's price was only $12.99!

I restrained myself and just bought one, the Yancy book. I'll have to add the other two to my books list. Note to family members: if you haven't yet found the perfect gift for me, these two are quite reasonably priced!

December 12, 2004

Web Tidbits

Came across two interesting things on the net tonight. First, tomorrow the Geminid meteor shower will peak, so I might try to convince a friend or two to brave the cold and go star-gazing with me. Or maybe not. We'll see.

Second, I came across a very interesting article analyzing consumerism and how anti-consumerism is really just another facet of consumerism, and a part of what continues to drive our consumer culture. This article is a companion to a new book called The Rebel Sell, and I found it fascinating.

I want to cook

In the last week or two I've had a strange desire - I'm starting to want to cook again. This is a really good sign. All summer and most of the fall I've been so busy with work and the few other activities I could maintain that the thought of preparing food just ruined my apetite. Wanting to cook again means that work is finally calming down and I've had enough time to get my apartment - and to some extent, my life - back in order again.

December 02, 2004

Toronto Visit

I've been in Toronto for the last two days for training with Yamaha on their new digital audio products - the PM5D console and the DME24N and DME64N processors. I wish I had a little more time actually, because I'm kind of enjoying the city more than expected. I haven't been here in a while and from a distance Toronto seems sort of bland, but I am an urban person, and now that I'm here in the hustle and bustle of downtown, I'd like to have a little more time to explore, see some sights, and maybe do some Christmas shopping.

Oh, well. I can't complain, since I'm not paying for the trip.

The work part of the trip has been great. It's no surprise that the PM5D is a killer mixer, and I can't wait to get my hands on one on a gig. More to the point, I can't wait until ABI buys two.

Anyway, I can blog later, but right now I have a few hours to myself before the day ends. I fly back first thing in the morning, so I'm going to go and take advantage of the time I have.