It's been a busy Memorial Day weekend. Yesterday was picture day for William's Little League team. The game that followed matched the weather: it started out well, and then turned bad right at the very end. The kids played hard though, and I'm sure they will win a few more before the season ends. We all went to see Revenge of the Sith again in the evening. This was Katie's first time and will probably be the last: she hated it. William and I really liked it while Judith was fairly noncommittal to positive. In between all that I squeezed in a guitar lesson and some painting on the house.
As I mentioned I was going to do in a previous post, I rebuilt my desktop machine again because I had to replace the original hard drive. It was running slower and slower and had occasional disk errors. It's much faster now, and I'm getting pretty good at restocking it with all the applications I need within a few hours. The first new thing that went on it was the adventure game Syberia. William and I have played it for a few hours and it's been a lot of fun. He and I have fought for control of the mouse more than once, but as long as I share, we do ok. While I tend not to excel at them, I really enjoy adventure games as long as the graphics are good. I don't really have too much time for them, but since this is a holiday weekend, I can play this one without feeling guilty.
This morning I finished reading Codex by Lev Grossman. I had really high hopes for this and it wasn't entirely disappointing, but I never really felt I cared much for the main character, a young investment banker in between assignments in New York and London. I was anxious to be done with it and didn't quite guess the end, but my guess would have been more interesting. This book committed one of the cardinal sins of these types of books: it screwed up some simple geography. Old Forge, New York, is not right on the Hudson River, it is in the middle of the Adirondacks. Forget poetic license, the name of the town in the book was arbitrary. Once I spot that sort of thing I tend to think that other details may be wrong, details that I don't know enough to mentally correct. At that point part of my interest dissipates. If the book is otherwise good, I'll hang in there. This one had just enough to keep me reading to the end.
The worst book I have ever seen in this regard is The Rule of Four (no link -don't read it). In that book they played fast and loose with Princeton and how people got around from place to place. For me, and perhaps others who know the campus, it was downright annoying. I did finish reading it eventually, but it was more guilt at having paid so much for a hardcopy book and then possibly not getting to the end. The book has enough other faults that I suggest you avoid it altogether.