April 22nd, 2005


Many Meetings, To Say Nothing of the Dog

I am FINALLY done with all the damn meetings at work. After getting back from a trip to California for meetings, I had two meetings (at the same time, because I am stupid and can't keep track of my appointments)on Monday afternoon. Tuesday was a meeting with people from a federal agency ALL DAY LONG, most of which wasn't really relevant to me, so thankfully I still had the laptop and was able to multitask. Wireless intarweb is teh awesome. And then yesterday was part two of the ALL DAY MEETINGS. That was much better, though, because it was all interesting and relevant, my presentation was easy and exactly as long as it was supposed to be, and we got to demo the game afterwards.

Today I actually got to write code, and it made me happy.

More importantly, I finished To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis, and I can report to you, dear reader, that it is a great book that you should read. Very funny! It's pretty clever, because it's a nod to (sendup of?) a famous British comedy (Three Men In A Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome, subtitled "To say nothing of the dog"), a comedy of manners, AND a mystery novel. Oh, and there's time-travel, so it's technically science fiction. Mostly, it's a lot of fun, and the author does a really good job of keeping the reader just a few steps ahead of the characters, thereby deriving much humor and suspense, without making the characters dumb.

I had read a number of Connie Willis books before, and they were well-done, but not much fun, so I wasn't really sure why she was so acclaimed. Now I get it.