Saturday, September 17, 2011

Another Slow Week.

It's been very nearly a week since my last post. Much of the blame can be placed on my having changed shifts recently, putting my circadian rhythm slightly out of whack. Not only that, but I have more time to spend with wife and son.

With my new schedule, it's early to bed and early to rise; I'll read a bit before going to sleep. When I finished reading Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe (by Simon Singh) I thought my brain needed something less intellectually intense. In his review of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" , Father Robert Barron mentioned the classic horror story by Mary Shelly, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein would be the perfect follow-up to Singh's book, I thought.

Cheapskate that I am, I went to Project Gutenberg and downloaded a file suitable for Kindle. I could have gone to Amazon.com and picked up a Kindle version for $3.99, but, did I mention that I'm a cheapskate?

I was sure that I'd read the book years ago, but as soon as opened the file, I knew right away that I hadn't after all. Since downloading the book, I've been reading a few pages every evening. The story starts slowly.......I was all set to proclaim the novel "cheesy"; had I written a review after getting to the death of Victor Frankenstein's brother, William, I would have given the book a very low rating. I'm further along now and it's getting better (though the monster's narrative of the De Lacey family was a bit tedious at times).

Rather than wait until I've finished reading the entire book - that could take a while at the rate I'm going - I'll go ahead and give it a proverbial thumbs up.

I've also been occupied of late corresponding with yet another Nigerian scammer , this one claiming to be an American soldier in possession of two boxes containing $40 million which he found hidden in Saddam Hussein's secret underground chambers.

I'll be posting details of our email exchanges in the near future. All I can say now is that his name is Eddie Shields and he and Misty Meaner are getting along splendidly.

2 comments:

Dom said...

Ha ha! Up to your old tricks again, I see. I use your Misty Meaner correspondences in my Information Security classes, by the way. The kids have a hoot reading through the emails.

Robert said...

Thanks Dom. Misty is always happy to be of service.