2012.11.17 13:00 - A good book and some good wine -- Heaven!

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Bruce Mowbray. The comments are by Bruce Mowbray.

    Bruce Mowbray: Hey., Qt! Always good to see you.
    Qt Core: hi Bruce :)
    Bruce Mowbray: How's it going today?
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm going to drop the fountain so I can see us better.
    Qt Core: more boring than other days, and lately that's a good thing
    Bruce Mowbray: [There!]
    Qt Core: ok
    Bruce Mowbray: Ahhh!
    Bruce Mowbray: A nice "boring" day!
    Bruce Mowbray: Sounds like you've been busier than you'd prefer to be.,
    Bruce Mowbray: I have been retired for a few years -- from work, I mean....
    Bruce Mowbray: So each day becomes a challenge. . .
    Bruce Mowbray: . . . a sort of "test" to find ways to get interested in things....
    Bruce Mowbray: and since I am a hermit,
    Bruce Mowbray: I can't count on others to provide that direction or stimulus.
    Bruce Mowbray: My dog is fairly satisfied to sleep....
    Bruce Mowbray: but that doesn't work for me.
    Qt Core: retiring... something i may be able to do in no less than 25 years... ;-)
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh my!
    Bruce Mowbray: I well recall those years when I said the same thing.
    Bruce Mowbray: When I was in my 50's.
    Bruce Mowbray: Back then, it was not even conceivable that some day I would be an OLD man!!
    Bruce Mowbray leans over to turn on speakers....
    Qt Core: still wondering about being a man at 40...
    Bruce Mowbray: Tonight I will finish reading a marvelous book. . .
    Bruce Mowbray: that sort of deals with these subjects:
    Bruce Mowbray: "Night Train to Lisbon" by Pascal Mercier.
    Bruce Mowbray: It is a WONDERFUL book!
    Bruce Mowbray: Actually, if I might make a personal note here....
    Bruce Mowbray: It is [finally] in a man's forties that he might first really think about what "being a man" really means.
    Bruce Mowbray: And with that,
    Bruce Mowbray: sometimes comes the "mid-life crisis."
    Bruce Mowbray: I say:
    Bruce Mowbray: Any life worth living is worth having a few crises about!
    Bruce Mowbray: But mid-life crises are REAL....
    Bruce Mowbray: no question about that.
    Bruce Mowbray: It is good to have other men to share this experience with.
    Bruce Mowbray: (preferably, men who don't talk as much as I do....)
    Bruce Mowbray: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Train_to_Lisbon
    Qt Core: I've read the first paragraph, not the kind of book i read, i almost get only sf and fantasy and nonfiction
    Bruce Mowbray: Ahhh! I also love science fiction!


    Bruce Mowbray: Do you have a favorite SF author? Bradbury? Asimov? others?
    Qt Core: Asimov
    Bruce Mowbray: Great!
    Bruce Mowbray: Over 40 years ago, I used to teach Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" to all of my 8th grade students.
    Qt Core: I've read him a lot from mid teen up to 25
    Bruce Mowbray: Getting them started with SF, hee hee.
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, Bradbury seems to be a younger person's author (to me, anyway).
    Bruce Mowbray: I met him personally at Disneyland in 1971.
    Bruce Mowbray: He and two others:
    Bruce Mowbray: Frank Herbert and Harlan Ellison,
    Bruce Mowbray: We were at a California Teachers of English conference there...
    Bruce Mowbray: that I attended.
    Bruce Mowbray: I got all three of their signatures.
    Qt Core: the single author i read most lately is Pratchett
    Bruce Mowbray: (a bit of lag tonight)
    Bruce Mowbray: Not familiar with him/her . . . Can you say more?
    Qt Core: fantasy and humor, a lot of both
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh! Terry Pratchett!
    Qt Core: yes
    Bruce Mowbray: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett
    Qt Core: I have to wait for the geological slow rhythm his book are translated
    Bruce Mowbray: I have book-marked that page for reference later....
    Bruce Mowbray: I see -- You need it translated into Italian?
    Qt Core: probably not, but i fear I'll miss something otherwise
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, I understand that totally.
    Bruce Mowbray: I can only read English, alas!
    Bruce Mowbray: "Night Train to Lisbon" was originally written in German.
    Bruce Mowbray: How I wish I could read the original!
     Qt Core: i was wondering about that a book written by a German with a French sounding name speaking about Portugal
    Bruce Mowbray: Could you recommend one of Pratchett's books for me to read?
    Bruce Mowbray: Hello, San!
    Santoshima Resident: hello Bruce and Qt :)
    Bruce Mowbray: We've been talking about our favorite authors.
    Santoshima Resident: ahh
    Santoshima Resident: so far who?
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm about to finish reading a fantastic novel.
    Santoshima Resident: long list?
    Santoshima Resident: oh
    Santoshima Resident: what is it?
    Bruce Mowbray: and Qt says he enjoys science fiction and fantasy novels.
    Bruce Mowbray: My novel...
    Bruce Mowbray: Just a second.
    Bruce Mowbray: I shall copy/paste for you.
    Santoshima Resident: ok
    Bruce Mowbray: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Train_to_Lisbon
    Bruce Mowbray: There it is.
    Bruce Mowbray: So Qt: Could you recommend one of Prachett's novels for my next good read?
    Qt Core: I'll suggest "Guards! Guards!" the first of a trilogy
    Bruce Mowbray: OK. Thank you!
    Qt Core: in there he had to put a little more plot than in other books
    Bruce Mowbray: kk.
    Bruce Mowbray: Here's the author that Qt has recommended, San:
    Bruce Mowbray: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett
    Santoshima Resident: ok, ty
    Qt Core: one of his accomplishments is being the more stolen author of England ;-)
    Bruce Mowbray: kk.
    Bruce Mowbray: I already have the following books by Pratchett:
    Bruce Mowbray: "Dark Side of the Sun"
    Bruce Mowbray: " Shall Wear Midnight"
    Santoshima Resident: " ... credits his education to the Beaconsfield Public Library"
    Bruce Mowbray: "Strata"
    Santoshima Resident: nice
    Bruce Mowbray: "Wee Free Men"
    Bruce Mowbray: "Wintersmith"
    Bruce Mowbray: and "Wit and Wisdom of Discworld"....
    Bruce Mowbray: Which of those would you recommend....?
    Bruce Mowbray: so I don't have to buy a new one?

    Qt Core: Wee Free Men, and you even have the two sequels
    Bruce Mowbray: YAYYYYY!
    Bruce Mowbray: I have these on my Kindle reader. . . .
    Bruce Mowbray: (not on my bookshelf).
    Bruce Mowbray: oooops.
    Qt Core: you'll get to know one of his best characters, Granny Weatherwax
    Bruce Mowbray: Sry about the drop.
    Bruce Mowbray: kk.
    Santoshima Resident: { please excuse me, avoiding work ... need to slip away, see ya }
    Bruce Mowbray: I look forward to getting to know Granny.
    Qt Core: (or whatever her name is spelt)
    Bruce Mowbray: kk, San.
    Bruce Mowbray: Bye for now!
    Bruce Mowbray: np, Qt, I will figure it out.
    Bruce Mowbray: I always appreciate it when I'm finishing one book -- that someone recommends another good book.
    Bruce Mowbray: (No boredom for me!)
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm wondering:
    Bruce Mowbray: Which two are the sequels?
    Bruce Mowbray: (in the trilogy, I mean....)
    Bruce Mowbray: I should probably look that up for myself.....
    Qt Core: "Wintersmith" is n. 3
    Bruce Mowbray: kk!
    Bruce Mowbray: Thanks!
    Qt Core: the other i was wrong you haven't mentioned it...   it is "A hat full of sky"
    Bruce Mowbray: I have heard of that but,
    Bruce Mowbray: unfortunately,
    Bruce Mowbray: do not have that one...
    Qt Core: i've found these three books lighter than other Pratchett books, as they are targeted to younger readers
    Bruce Mowbray: Here's the beginning of "Wee Men..."
    Bruce Mowbray: "Some things start before other things. It was a summer shower but didn’t appear to know it, and it was pouring rain as fast as a winter storm. Miss Perspicacia Tick sat in what little shelter a raggedy hedge could give her and explored the . . . .
    Bruce Mowbray: First Chapter...
    Bruce Mowbray: "A Clang Well Done"
    Bruce Mowbray: I am sure that I will enjoy reading them.
    Bruce Mowbray: and I very much appreciate your recommendation!
    Qt Core: :)
    Bruce Mowbray: I need to be away from the keyboard for a couple of minutes...
    Bruce Mowbray: I am cooking a crock pot dinner,
    Qt Core: ok
    Bruce Mowbray: and it needs to be stirred....
    Bruce Mowbray: (brb)
    Bruce Mowbray: OH MY!
    Bruce Mowbray: That smells SO GOOD!
    Korel Laloix: Osiyo
    Bruce Mowbray: Hey, Kori!
    Qt Core: hi Korel
    Korel Laloix: How are you both today?
    Bruce Mowbray: Oooops. Hit the wrong hot key.
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm much better than I was this morning, Kori.
    Bruce Mowbray: How are you?
    Korel Laloix: Oh.. why?
    Korel Laloix: Good.. just got back from the race.
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh, didn't sleep well last night, so the vertigo acted up a bit this morning....
    Bruce Mowbray: the usual thing.
    Bruce Mowbray: But I am fine now.
    Korel Laloix: How does that feel when it is bad?
    Bruce Mowbray: Did you win your race ???????????????????????????
    Bruce Mowbray ponders how his vertigo feels.....
    Korel Laloix: lol... well, no... feel sort of silly really.
    Bruce Mowbray: Really?
    Bruce Mowbray: But you got out there and that makes it all worth while!
    Korel Laloix: Told the step dad to meet me there to run.. he doing the half marathon, me doing the full.
    Bruce Mowbray: Did you finish!?
    Korel Laloix: And as it turns out... the half and full marathons are tomorrow... on Sunday.
    Korel Laloix: lol... frowns
    Korel Laloix: Sooooo.. we just walked the 5k instead.
    Korel Laloix: lol
    Korel Laloix: But still running in the morning.
    Bruce Mowbray: So you have lots of time now to eat lots of carbs.
    Bruce Mowbray: Get fired up.
    Korel Laloix: Just had a nice carb load lunch again.
    Korel Laloix grins
    Bruce Mowbray: ;-)
    Korel Laloix: yes
    Qt Core: an excuse to eat more pasta ;-)
    Bruce Mowbray: Beer also has carbs, you know.
    Korel Laloix: So three days of carb-loading vs two.
    Bruce Mowbray: ;-)
    Korel Laloix: I am more of a wino though.
    Bruce Mowbray: YAYYYY!
    Korel Laloix: Bill is a beer guy though.
    Bruce Mowbray loves carbs, and wine, and beer.
    Bruce Mowbray: (and science fiction).
    Korel Laloix: It will be good.
    Bruce Mowbray: The three of them together are heaven.
    Korel Laloix: Never got the hang of SciFi.
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm rooting for you, Kori!
    Bruce Mowbray: [`·.] APPLAUSE!! [.·´]
    Korel Laloix: I just want to break the 3:30 mark.
    Bruce Mowbray: That would be good....
    Korel Laloix: That will be my best for my last marathon.
    Bruce Mowbray: I'd do well just to make it to the side-lines and cheer folks on.
    Korel Laloix: So sort of looking forward to it.


    Bruce Mowbray: Yes!
    Korel Laloix smiles
    Korel Laloix: Hyea Stevenaia.
    stevenaia Michinaga: greetings
    Qt Core: hi Steve
    Bruce Mowbray: Hey, Steve!
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Bruce, Qt
    stevenaia Michinaga: gtsy
    Korel Laloix: So will be ready for the morning.
    Korel Laloix: I am up for it... and feel in good shape.
    stevenaia Michinaga: Did I miss "look like a pirate" day?
    Korel Laloix: Arrggggg
    Bruce Mowbray: Not really. I'm just trying to shift my worlds a bit.
    Bruce Mowbray: Arrrrrggggg!
    Korel Laloix: OK.. besides the navy, what are pirates' favorite military?
    Bruce Mowbray: Hmmmm.
    Bruce Mowbray: What are they?
    Korel Laloix: The arrrrrrrrrrrr my
    Korel Laloix smiles
    Bruce Mowbray dies from laughing....
    Bruce Mowbray: and what are pirates' favorite movies?
    Korel Laloix: So what are pirates' favorite vegetables?
    Korel Laloix: no idea... smiles
    Bruce Mowbray: I give up. What are they?
    Korel Laloix: Arrrrrrr ti chokes
    Bruce Mowbray: ha ha!
    Bruce Mowbray dies from laughing....
    Bruce Mowbray: kk.
    Bruce Mowbray: What are pirates' favorite movies, then?
    Korel Laloix: no idea
    Bruce Mowbray: Any movie rated "RRRRRRRR"!
    Bruce Mowbray dies from laughing....
    stevenaia Michinaga: lol
    Korel Laloix smiles
    Korel Laloix: I think it will only go down hill from here.
    Bruce Mowbray agrees.
    Korel Laloix: No way I would have remembered those without the prompt though.
    Bruce Mowbray: always nice to have a few other worlds available to escape to.
    Korel Laloix: I soooo can't remember jokes.
    Korel Laloix: Anyone have big plans for Thanksgiving.. US people at least.
    Bruce Mowbray: I have only stay-at-home plans --- and to read....
    Korel Laloix: What you reading?
    stevenaia Michinaga: hmmm, travel a bit, eat Turkey
    Bruce Mowbray: Well, strange that you should ask. . .
    Korel Laloix: Do tell.
    Korel Laloix: I am helping my boss with a big dinner at their place.
    stevenaia Michinaga: ..listens
    Bruce Mowbray: I will begin reading "Wee Free Men" by Terry Pratchett.
    Korel Laloix: Then having friends over.
    Korel Laloix: Never heard of.
    Bruce Mowbray: (suggested to me right here today by Qt.)
    Bruce Mowbray: and I already have it on my Kindle reader....
    Bruce Mowbray: a science fiction novel.
    Qt Core: fantasy
    Bruce Mowbray: kk.
    Bruce Mowbray: a fantasy novel, sry.
    Korel Laloix: Never got the hang of SciFI.
    Korel Laloix: Erin kept trying.
    Korel Laloix: But when she made me watch Buckaroo Bonsai.. it was over.
    Bruce Mowbray: Sci Fi seems, to me, to be a combination of future-science-prediction and fantasy-philosophy.
    Bruce Mowbray: Buckaroo Bonsai would do it for me too, Kori.
    Korel Laloix: SciFi for me is..... boring and silly
    Korel Laloix: But there are those that love it... so I will not take that away from them.
    Bruce Mowbray: Sci Fi is, in a way, a safe way to look into the future, as well as into our own frames for how the world works.
    stevenaia Michinaga: most of what is written today would be considered Sci Fi in the past
    Bruce Mowbray: I love it!
    Bruce Mowbray: What sorts of novels (fiction) do you enjoy, Kori?
    Bruce Mowbray: (if you enjoy reading fiction)....
    Korel Laloix: I don't.
    Korel Laloix: I like non-fiction.
    Bruce Mowbray: kk.
    Korel Laloix: Bios.
    Bruce Mowbray: So, history?
    Korel Laloix: Papers.
    Bruce Mowbray: Bios,
    Korel Laloix: Histories.
    Bruce Mowbray: gotcha.
    Korel Laloix: Theology.
    Korel Laloix: Science... etc.
    Bruce Mowbray: Really!?
    Bruce Mowbray: I used to read theology all the time.
    Korel Laloix: I do like some short stories though.
    Bruce Mowbray listens.
    Korel Laloix: Love EA Poe and PZ Bright.
    Bruce Mowbray: Hmmmmm.
    Korel Laloix: Something I can get through with one glass of wine.
    Korel Laloix: Is the I Ching thing today?
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, time to go
    stevenaia Michinaga: see you there
    Korel Laloix: OK... think I am supposed to talk.
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye
    Korel Laloix: Not sure about what though.
    stevenaia Michinaga: lol, yes
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, I Ching starting NOW.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I think it's Q&A,
    Korel Laloix: Can you TP us please.
    Bruce Mowbray: Thanks, everyone!
    stevenaia Michinaga: so you get to make up the answers
    Korel Laloix: Just no idea what people want to talk about.


    Korel Laloix: I did not get any questions in advance.
    Korel Laloix: You going to come qt?
    Qt Core: no

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