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Went out and did grocery shopping today at Wal-mart and Harris Teeter, with a stop in between at the library, about which more in a bit. I'm pretty happy that I managed to keep the grocery bill around $40, but then I did go a little overboard on frozen vegetables last week. The menu is going to have a lot of chili and beans in it for the next week, to say nothing of tuna salad, but that's okay. Having grown up as an Air Force brat in the pre-Nixon era, I'm used to eating a lot of the same things repeatedly. *shrug*

I also picked up a printer at Wal-Mart, an HP Deskjet to replace the dead Lexmark. It would have been less expensive to rely on the Foxchase Media Center, but their printer has been out of ink for a couple of days and the staff in the rental office don't seem to be in any hurry to deal with the problem. So considering that I have applications I need to print out and send in, it was either this or throw money I don't have at Kinko's/Landmark Printing/Staples so I can get stuff printed off the thumb drive - and that also requires time & gas and wear& tear on the Sportage.

Okay, on to the library gets...
Every goon in the Sports Argument Stadium has been recommending Baseball Between The Numbers by the Baseball Prospectus crew (along with The Dugout, which is painfully hilarious) to people who aren't up on wOBA, UZR, and all these other newfangled stats these rotten little kids have been making up while I wasn't paying attention. I think the book's subtitle* is annoying on account of being more than a little patronizing, but we'll see if it's anther math-packed snore fest or whether these people actually have something constructive to say.

I've been wanting to read Escape from Hell, the sequel to Inferno by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle, ever since I heard they were working on it. Plot is similar to the first novel -an American SF writer wakes up in Hell- but from all accounts is even closer to the original Divine Comedy than Inferno was. I'm looking forward to seeing all the people who Niven & Pournelle think deserve a helping of eternal (sic) torment. :D

Speaking of Larry Niven, he appears to have opened a new part of the Known Space universe in a trilogy co-written with Edward Lerner. I'm going to take it one book at a time, and the first book is Fleet of Worlds. I'm hoping it's good so I can go on to the other two books.







*Why Everything You Know About The Game Is Wrong

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redmartel
Nov. 19th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, I'm going to have to recommend /not/ getting Escape from Hell. My brother and I loved Inferno, but this book has a feel like late Clancy offerings, where the author has deemed himself (or in this case, themselves) as not needing an editor. I was severely disappointed. Maybe you'll like it better.
wombat_socho
Nov. 19th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
I already checked it out from the library; am not buying books until the job situation improves. It looks kind of skinny to be suffering from Clancy bloat, but I guess I'll see.

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