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I’m on a real reading binge at the moment — it seems to go in waves. I think I’ve read 3 books in the last week. The current one is Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. I feel really very slow in reading this book – I mean it’s been out for years now, and getting absolutely astonishing reviews such as this one. And the thing is, that normally I’m a real sucker for a bunch of quotes from good reviews on a dust-jacket sleeve, or on the cover. Lately, however, I have been a little weary of books that – let’s see, how to put this delicately? – are from war-torn areas, or developing world authors, because it seems to me that a lot of the time the reviewers are so blinded by political correctness that they forget to actually review the work itself. Perhaps this is wrong of me, but anyway …. I finally decided to give the book a chance. At the moment, I am halfway through, and I haven’t regretted a single moment of it. Hosseini’s style is absolutely wonderful … and the brutal honesty of the narrator is excruciatingly good. It is especially his honesty in depicting his own character that is heartbreaking. I cannot wait to see how it plays out. Perhaps what I am finding the most refreshing about it is that the story is not directly about the war and about displacement, although those both figure prominently in the story, but about a personal story, and a personal journey. Bravo!

BGT FINAL -Paul Potts high quality video/sound

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only Blogger commenting about this video. Paul’s voice is absolutely amazing … It’s nice to see someone who seems to be a genuinely modest man get the recognition he deserves.

It’s also great to see that Simon is honest not only in his criticism but in his praise as well.

Welcome!

So welcome to my world – While I spend a great deal of my time in Azeroth, I do spend time in the real world as well! Today, for instance, I have already done two loads of laundry!

I haven’t yet completely settled on a format for this blog yet, but I am assuming that it will all come together as I progress.

I hope you will come back to visit soon!

Dragon Age Redemption


Dragon Age Redemption
Originally uploaded by felicia.day

I’m so excited to see this web series this summer. Felicia Day is so amazingly inspiring. She has self-started, self-promoted, and had enough self-belief to really make it.

So impressive. The hard work and energy required to make it in this way is so impressive!! I’m torn between being intimidated, inspired, or totally jealous.

Anyway, I’m going to go dig out one of the boys’ copies of Dragon Age: Origins and try it again. Last time I tried I sort of failed miserably in the opening stages of the game and left it. I’m starting to think that was a mistake – everyone says the story is epic.

Ow I just have to decide: PS3 or PC version?

Joint Present for ourselves

Some of you already know that we are avid bibliophiles.

I got our first first edition about 14 years ago. I started very grandly with a first edition of The Tale of Two Cities.

Collecting that kind of classic first editions is NOT cheap. I’ve had my eye on a $6000 first edition of Wuthering Heights for a while. But if I go buying that, my kids won’t be going to college. Not with our help anyway.

We have, however, started buying much more modern first editions here and there. When I was browsing Alibris.com (where you can filter for first editions and signed copies) last week, I came across this first edition of The Life of Pi. We both loved this book. Like a lot. If you have not read it, you must rectify this mistake immediately. Popular modern first editions still aren’t cheap. Especially if they are ‘famous’ or prize winners.

This copy of the Life of Pi is a signed true Canadian first edition of the book. I am thrilled to add it to our collection!

I suggested to hubbie that instead of buying each other separate gifts we get each other this. He was actually really pleased with the idea. I am hoping it can become a tradition. I guess jewelery will have to be a birthday thing ūüôā

Residential Data Transfer Limit Rubbish

I am a Comcast customer. I can’t help it. ¬†They’re the only cable internet provider that offers service in my area, and I refuse to go back to anything except cable broadband ever.

But this also means that I am trapped, of course.

There are four of us with various mobile devices in the house.  iPads, iPhones, iTouch.  We have an x-box player or two.  We have a few WoW players.  We like music.  We like movies.

And Comcast has this ridiculous data transfer limit for residential customers per month. The limit is 250GB a month for residential customers. ¬†You can’t get more by paying more, unless you get a business customer account. ¬†No idea what’s involved with that.

If you hit the limit they cut you off. ¬†They don’t slow you down or anything. They cut you off for excessive use.

The usage is for ALL data that comes through my cable modem, including on-demand movies from Comcast/Xfinity TV.

The closest we’ve come to our limit so far is 75%. ¬†It does worry me though. ¬†What if we download a lot of music and films one month? ¬†It’s a constant worry for me towards the end of the month, and I check our usage every day the last few days.

So, I have canceled my cloud-based backup service.  The last thing I need is Carbonite eating up data allowance.  I have set up my own backup system here at home.  Sucks to be Carbonite with such shitty plans from Comcast.

And then, today, I find out that Comcast has launched video streaming on it’s Xfinity TV iPad app. Huh?!? Don’t they realize they’re going to have to do something about this data limit at some point? With more and more opportunities to stream content, high usage households like ours are going to get nearer and nearer that silly limit.