I tossed this as close to the front door as I could. I tried, really.
In the News
France has agreed to send 1000 troops to Afghanistan, according to CNN.com, in addition to the 1900 they already have stationed there. Being an ally of the United States does have its drawbacks.
And who can turn away from watching what’s going on in Tibet? China aims to “resolutely crush the ‘Tibet independence’ forces’ conspiracy,” but have also found a huge PR problem on their hands, including talk of an Olympic boycott. The words resolutely crush aren’t easily digestible.
Arts & Culture
Should we throw off our old attachments to actual books, made from paper and bound with nice covers, for this?: Kindle, the portable library, available exclusively from Amazon.com. I’m a tough sell on this one, since I love the feel of books, and I love seeing rows and rows of them on my bookshelves. Somehow I can’t imagine that seeing this lone device, in its charger on a shelf, would give the same feeling. But does my argument for printed books fall into the realm of “10 miles to school in the snow, uphill both ways”? Last November, Newsweek ran a cover with the title, Books Aren’t Dead. (They’re Just Going Digital.)
I’ll admit, the device would save a lot of trees. And after watching a couple of promotional videos on the Amazon website, it looked tempting. In addition to books, the Kindle also has the capability of storing and updating multiple newspapers and blogs (blogs? hmm…), and its battery can last for days.
I’m not sold yet. If it smells like a book, then they might have me. But then I’d have to justify the $400 price tag, and I really think I prefer to indulge my book addiction $24 at a time.
I have to go put on my snow boots now (for walking to the bookstore uphill both ways….you know.)
Interestingly, Amazon is currently out of stock on the item. Maybe I’m one of the few holdouts. Or, as they like to call me, their target market.
Is anyone else counting the days until we get to see George Clooney and John Krasinski in Leatherheads? Put a big red X on April 4. Or whatever weekend provides a babysitter, and an extra $300 to cover the cost of tickets, popcorn, soda, and Milk Duds. Without the Mild Duds, you can slide in just under $260. (Remember when a matinee didn’t cost 9
Lately, I’ve had my heart set on traveling to a few places, most of them in order to visit with good friends (soon, everyone, I promise). But after that…The city of Dublin seems to cross my radar a lot lately–from a Rick Steves episode on the city, to the article I just opened to today in Town & Country magazine. I’ve never been there, and it’s calling to me.
When I arrive (because in my rich fantasy life, I actually do make it), I have to visit the Dublin Writer’s Museum and have a pint or two at Davy Byrne’s. Actually, that’s my whole itinerary so far. That’s almost worth a plane ticket, right there. But before I go, do you think I should finally finish reading Ulysses and Dubliners? They’re both on my nightstand. My apologies to James Joyce. His memory deserves better.
Here’s Ha’Penny Bridge at night: