Jan. 4th, 2012

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In and around trips to S's family in Michigan, my family on Cape Cod, and [livejournal.com profile] papersky and [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel for New Year's in Montreal.

All the Dan Ariely you can shake a stick at )

I'm now in the middle of Kahneman's recent book on the same topic.  In addition to being deeper and more intelligently written, Kahneman isn't trying to boost his own ego.  It's refreshing, and I'd recommend it over the Ariely easily if you're interested in the topic.

Somewhere Beneath Those Waves, by Sarah Monette )

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer.  Reviewed elsewhere.

Brokedown Palace, by Steve Brust )

Reality is Broken, by Jane McGonigal )

Other Media Consumed:

Hadestown )

Plus the usual assortment of podcasts.

Total Books: 6
Recent Publication: 3/6
Rereads: 0/6
Recommendations: The Arielys were for work, but recommended only in the sense that we decided to do a book club on them, pre facto, and technically that was my idea.  Going to be an interesting discussion tomorrow; I'm not the only one who found them annoying. [livejournal.com profile] papersky reviewed Brokedown Palace some time ago. [livejournal.com profile] robling_t is, um, responsible, for Twilight. Hadestown was recommended on the SF Squeecast.
New Music: 1 album
New Media Produced:Some Aphra Marsh, some Highways and Labyrinths
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Books Read: 56--fewer than last year; life will do that. Twelve non-fiction, and, er, one fiction that wasn't SF or fantasy. Nineteen rereads, mostly Brust in preparation for Tiassa. Eleven authors that I've never read before, some whom I could probably have done without (Meyer) and some of whom I will take great delight in continuing to follow (Daley, Vinge).  One book thrown against the wall.  Five books failed the Bechdel test: some with good excuses (first person narrative by a gay male couple; focused on Thor and Loki), and some not so much (disappointing William Tenn short story collection, I am looking at you).  Twilight passed, thus proving that the Bechdel test isn't everything, even from a feminist perspective.

Music: 6 new albums (also life will do that). Genres include filk, neoclassical, folk, and scientifically based Gregorian chant.

Movies: Seven.  Which may be the most I've seen in a year since I graduated from college.  One of them was even good.

TV: Seasons from four series.  Doctor Who continues awesome; Being Human I am entirely done with

Other: The Star Wars radio plays, and several podcasts.


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