I am currently watching episode four of a 6-part documentary called Robo Sapiens. Even though I have always wished for a world filled with robotic helpers, I cannot help but get a bit freaked out by the current development in robotics and artificial intelligence. Maybe the tone will change to be a bit more optimistic at the end of the series? One can hope…
I am more for Star Trek, but what the heck…
May the 4th be with you! Peace!
During the 90s when I was a student in Kalamazoo Michigan, I got completely hooked on The X-Files. I watched the series faithfully every week until I left the United States for Malaysia at the end of 1994. Fortunately for me, The X-Files was so popular that it was also broadcast back home, with only a one-year lag. My youngest brother and I watched the series together. We often got freaked out, quite confused, but loved every bit of it. M left for college in the late 90s and I went back to college for the second time in 2001. Our college lives simply made watching TV a low priority activity and something that we no longer have time for. Nevertheless, my fascination for the series and its characters never wane.
Today at FACTS, I attended the Q&A sessions of Manu Bennett (Crixus from Spartacus), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington from Stranger Things), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark from Game of Thrones) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully from The X-Files)! This year’s FACTS was fun, interesting, entertaining and all that. But at this moment, only one thought burns in my head – Holy crap! I just saw Agent Scully!
For the past two weeks, I have been experiencing mild lower back pain. The culprit is known – my science fiction e-books! To read, I have to sit. And to read long intense stories of space adventures means sitting down way too long.
So this morning, I made the decision to not read even if I have the chance to do so. Instead, I occupied myself with some light household chores. I also took on a task of transplanting and repotting some of my house plants. I planted the sad looking pansies into the flower bed under the bird house, knowing that it will probably die anyway. The potted Chrysanthemums I got for free were planted next to the hibiscus. These stand the chance of surviving spring and summer. I moved my young avocado plant into a bigger pot. Also did the same for the tough little Christmas plant.
Time to reward myself now. Time to finish up the first book of a Chinese science fiction trilogy: The Three-Body Problem.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.
~George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
I am currently reading a trilogy by Dennis E. Taylor. By doing so, I am exploring and travelling through the Bobiverse. And wow, this is turning into an incredible journey!
After about two months of not reading in bed, I have returned to this bad habit. Lo and behold, I am sleeping like a baby again!
Am I damaging my eyes reading e-books in the dark? Worsening eyesight versus damn good night sleep. Hmmm, tough choices. I guess I will just have to keep things in moderation.
Since young, I have this tendency of reaching for reading materials that is a bit ‘out of my league’.
Reading English story books was a challenge when one was only eight years old growing up in Lahad Datu. Then one day, I was breezing through these. At the same time, I was also reading comic books and fairy tales in Chinese. The complexity of the Chinese language and culture did not deter me, it was too much fun to give up. Then there were cook books with foreign and unknown ingredients, old history books with epic tales, and my mother’s business motivational books. I encountered mysteries, fantasies and science fiction in my early teens and never let go of the latter. Borrowing text books belonging to a classmates older sister, I was into Malay literature for months.
Living in Belgium, reading materials in Dutch was a necessity turned habit. After a while, whatever I read will just translate into knowledge, awareness, and information – regardless of the language. Give me something to read, anything.
Boy am I glad that audio book technology exist in my lifetime!
As much as I love turning pages of real books and having a library of e-books at my fingertips, I am truly thankful for the alternative provided to me by audio books. This technology allows me to let my imagination wanders through all those wonderful stories without tiring out my eyes. Thanks to it, I am able to enjoy many incredible epic tales involving thousands of pages while being hands free.
After what seems like months of postponing and delaying, I finally finished reading the Hyperion Cantos. What an epic tale!
At this moment, there are no old magazines waiting for me to read and I am half way through most of my library books. With just a few short stories and the sixth book of The Expanse on my tablet, I am pretty much caught up with this year’s reading material…
I have chosen the non-fiction book which I am going to read next. The main motivation and reason influencing this choice is my dear grandma, my parents who are in their 70s, and the future D and I.
How To Age by Anne Karpf is available at the local library. It is only available in Dutch, but I think I can handle that. It will be amongst my next library lending.