This year's Hallowe'en was pretty active: folks showed up in droves. Credit is due my most excellent neighbors, who are kind enough to decorate for my slack ass, and who also go to the trouble to get city permission to block the street off. There was even a blurb in the Herald-Sun. And the Grim Fiddler had a surprise repeat engagement. OTOH, we had a cop come through looking for someone who'd done something (never found out what). And someone hit me with an egg. It didn't break, but it hurt. I hope the thrower is happy they know how to throw eggs and run away. I bet they made their mom proud. Jackass. :( But even more of my excellent neighbors showed up to hang out, despite my forgetting to tell folks and getting home late. I also had a Cthulhu pumpkin, even if it did look like a squid. Hell, I had two pumpkins. Life just keeps getting better. :)
Not that I think anyone actually cares, but I thought it might be cool to see what I'm going to read, rather than what I've just finished. So now I have a list for both. Yeah, over there on the left. You can even check up on me if a book doesn't go from one list into the other, and say "Joe, why didn't you read that?" Not that I'm guaranteeing anything: I just thought it would be neat to do. Maybe it'll elicit some questions, or other folks might read the same book. It takes a village, you know. Or a thousand points of light -- I can't remember which.
I love the government, especially when it spies on people without telling them: Secret Code in Color Printers Lets Government Track You. The headline overstates the case a bit, but it's still scary. Now I wonder if the gummint will figure out a way to prosecute the EFF folks who broke the code: DMCA? Some buried Patriot act clause?
This blog is now officially Hallowe'en themed for the duration of the month. Start buying those tooth-rotters for the wee ones! And anyone who refers to this month as "Rocktober" will be hit with a rotten pumpkin.
I told myself I wasn't going to buy books while I was in Texas. I was wrong: I only bought two and was given one. :) I'm glad I broke my promise to myself: I read the entirety of The Argument Culture by Deborah Tannen while still on vacation. It really speaks a lot to how I feel about US politics right now, as well as how we as people relate to each other; my job (I have this expression about my workplace culture -- "culture of complaint" -- and she has a very similar expression: "culture of critique"); how crappy the news is these days; and a lot of other stuff. I loaned my copy out the same day I got back. I'm tempted to buy copies to send to my friends, but I don't think I'd know where to stop. But do read it if you have the chance.
One of the book's themes is how the media plays up conflict to attract people to the media's products. Despite Dr. Tannen's opinion about the dangers of such manipulation, the publisher plays up the idea of conflict, at the expense of Tannen's message about overall danger Look at the difference between the covers of the previous hardcover and current trade paperback editions of the book, and see if you see what I do.