Sunday, March 28, 2010

50 books in 2010 challenge - 9 out of 50 so far

Books I've read so far this year:
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (some audio, some print)
  • The Darwin Awards (mini-book)
  • Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques (audio)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Contamination by John Vornholt (audio)
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (audio)
  • The Full Cupboard of Life (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #5) by Alexander McCall Smith (audio CD in the car)
  • Gardens of Water by Alan Drew
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • Murder to Go (audio)
These are the ones I remember. I hope I have not missed anything.

13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nice story. A girl inherits 13 envelopes from her aunt. Each of the envelopes contains directions for her of what to do. So she travels around the world with just a backpack for luggage. I liked the fact that the story was actually believable even though this thing with the envelopes is so unusual. It even got me thinking what I would do if something happened to me like to her aunt. Could I do something special for my nephew like her aunt did for her?

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Monday, March 22, 2010

101 Go to a Classical Concert

I've been to several classical concert since setting that goal. The most memorable one was the 9th Symphony by Beethoven. It was really awesome to hear it in person, not only on CD or something.

I've also been to a few Gold Line Concerts. They're concerts taking place every first Thursday of the month at noon at Lake Avenue Church right by the Lake Ave Gold Line station. They're short so that people who work nearby can come during their lunch brake just for the concert.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

101: Get Rid of the Unused Mac

We did that yesterday. I had kept it in the hopes of getting some data off it, but I wasn't able to connect it to the Internet or the local network with the other computers. And it didn't have any drives compatible with the other, newer computers we have. The data were only some old images, so I gave up on saving them.

We're doing a big spring cleaning. So yesterday, we brought all our old computers, including my old Mac, to electronic waste recycling. At first we thought we'd have to drive all the way to Pomona, but I found a electronic waste recycling fundraiser event right here in Pasadena at the First Baptist Church.