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Chilling in Norway

Drawing towards the end of a great week in Norway. Highlight has to have been a fjord cruise yesterday, absolutely stunning scenery that I took a full memory card’s worth of pictures of. In general, it has involved wandering round a pretty little Norwegian town, and feeling rather relaxed. You can see all my photos (and there are a lot) here.

The latter emotion is despite giving up smoking, which thanks to patches has worked out alright thus far. This is stage two on the flotsky self-improvement front this year, stage one being my exemplary gym work thus far (N.B. exemplary equals going to in my personal dictionary).

Kurt Vonnegut reads Breakfast of Champions

92Y Podcast: Kurt Vonnegut Reads Breakfast of Champions – 92Y Blog – 92nd Street Y – New York, NY

I’ve been going through some old links I’ve been meaning to read, and found this. It’s an MP3 of Kurt Vonnegut’s first public reading of Breakfast of Champions. This was my favourite Vonnegut novel for some time, until Bluebeard just pipped it in my own affections, when I read it on honeymoon in Paris, visiting galleries and seeing the works of some of the artists mentioned in the book. So Bluebeard kind of had an unfair advantage there.

Glasses

I wear glasses, pretty much full-time. I’ve got to thinking this week, why do my glasses at best simply get my sight up to a working level? Why can’t I have some bonus functionality built it? If I’m going to stick some metal and glass on my face, I should at least have a zoom function. A camera would be nice, but at a bare minimum, could I have zoom, night vision, and a screensaver for when I don’t want to talk to someone please? All the technology is there, I just need someone to make it smaller, affordable, lightweight, and style it reasonably. If they could do it in the next six months that would be lovely, thank you.

Meetings

A day mainly of meetings today. Good by the end of it though, did feel like we thrashed out what was needed, have something useful at the end of it.

I am considering the possibility at the moment of forcibly retiring from watching reality television unless I have to. I think this series of the Apprentice will finish me off. Certainly don’t have any passion for Big Brother this year (I know regular viewers of Big Brother often say this, but I think I might mean it for a change. I’ve usually embraced it, this year I just can’t be naffed). I’ve got a backlog of actually good telly to watch, and I think I just want to concentrate on that.

Gym

I’ve been going to the gym for about three weeks now. It’s unexpected, but I was talked into it by someone sort of, sort of talked myself into it too, and I’m enjoying it. It’s hard work. Very hard work for me. However I seem to be able to handle it, and to know just what my limits are without being too lazy either. There definitely is a buzz at the end of it too, about an hour later I just tend to feel somewhat serene, if I’ve done it properly. I’m going to need to stick at it for some time if I’m going to get the benefit of it properly, but thus far I’ve managed at least three times a week. Happy with myself for it thus far. Although tonight I ache, tomorrow I know I won’t.