… and by the way, I don’t know about you but I’m preparing for the release of Harry Potter VII by re-reading the rest of the series. I hope that it will arrive in the mail right about the time I’m ready for it.
Oh, you know. Around.
No, really I’m still here, just been lazy lately. Let me contemplate a spell, and I’ll try to do a little posting soon.
I have to put in a plug for one of my all time favorite book stores. The Sleuth of Baker Street is a mystery book store located in the heart of old Toronto. Actually, that’s a bald-faced lie. Even though it should be in the heart of the old city (does Toronto have an old city?), it’s actually in the East York area of the city, close to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Bayview Ave.
What a great book store. If you like mysteries, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for there. If by some chance they don’t have it, they’ll know how to find it. And if you don’t know what you want, they’ll help you figure it out.
The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. In fact they publish a regular newsletter, which it appears that they all participate in writing, that first gives their recommendations and then details pretty much every new mystery book that’s been published in the last few months.
Looking for the next book in a series? They’ll know when it’s due out and will be happy to pre-order it for you. And if they don’t know, they’ll find out.
Yes I’m back and trying to blog again. For an initial entry, note another new look. I think this one may be the keeper of keepers. It’s a nice color, a nice font, there’s room for the banner, I can do all the editing I need to do right from the front page (you can’t see this of course), the widgets are well placed and look nice… I like it and will stick with it.
I’ll try to be a little more active this week. Mrs. C is on a business trip starting tomorrow which will leave me with some extra time on my own, and so I’ll try to get back into the swing. How about a (very late) review of January’s A&R to start? Followed by February’s issue? And then perhaps a quick look at some other articles?
Oh my, this done sound ambitious! Well I’ll at least try the first of these options. So tune back in soon…
Lately I’ve been re-exploring the books of my youth. This is great fun. As I told someone the other day, the best part about reading a book you’ve already read, is that you know it’s going to be good – otherwise you wouldn’t be re-reading it, right? And if you’ve got a crappy memory (like some rheumatologists I know) you won’t remember the plot, so it’s almost all new again anyway!
So for me this means some mystery, some science fiction (SF please, not sci-fi. You see sci-fi on TV; you read SF in books and magazines), and some fantasy. So over the last few months it was a festival of Dashielle Hammett (kicked off by the new Maltese Falcon release) and Raymond Chandler. Now it’s re-reading Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Cattle of Dune, Dune Goes to Maine, etc. Frank Herbert’s great actually. I love the Dune books, and he’s got other great SF too. In the near future will be some fantasy: I have the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser books bought and ready to go, and just bought the complete, new edition of the complete Conan stories by Robert E. Howard. After that, who knows. Isaac Asimov? Robert Heinlein? Or maybe delve into some more “literature” like fiction with Robertson Davies.
And how do I have the time to do all this reading? Quite honestly I don’t. Every time I pick up a book I feel guilty about all the medical/epi reading I should be doing, or the paper I should be writing, or the data I should be analysing, or the homework I should be doing. But you know, I’ve been reading fiction since I was, what, 12 or so? and I don’t plan to stop now. It’s something I love and plan to do for a long time to come. I get it from my mom – she always had a book going.
So I’ll try to keep things balanced as much as possible, and try to make sure I continue to get some work done in between trips to Arrakis and Cimmeria. And of course I’ll try to make a little time to write about arthritis, rheumatology, and things epidemiologic …
A friend who lives in another city emailed me today because she was worried that something had happened to me. She pointed out that I had done no blogging in month. I guess that’s a pretty big hint.
So let me apologize for my laxity in writing. I have no good excuse. Yes, I have been busy, but the fact is that I’ve just had a little trouble working up the energy to blog recently. It does take effort, doesn’t it?
So let me try to restart things by filling you in on the personal matters, especially those relating to my career. Hopefully it will give you a little window into the world of the academic physician.
First off, the good news: I have 2 papers basically accepted for publication! The first is that same old paper I have been trying to get published for ages. What a riggamarole I went through! I won’t give too much detail here, because I just can’t, but let me say that it was refused for a third time, then reconsidered, then accepted with rewriting, and now I am just awaiting the final word that it has been finally accepted so that I can sign the paper work and get it published. Yippee!
I’m forgoing the A&R Roundup this month. I went through the Dec. issue last weekend, and you know, nothing caught my eye. How many hundred pages, but not one article that grabbed my attention. There were three articles that I flagged for my own reading, and maybe to review, but more because I feel like I should, not because I want to. So screw it. Tune in next month and we’ll pick it up again.
The last few weeks have been hectic which is why I haven’t blogged much. The semester is coming to an end and I’ve been catching up on projects and homework. But maybe this weekend I’ll try to kick things back into gear again.
Oh my! Mrs. C. has just reminded me that her parents — at whose home we’re spending the holidays — don’t have broad band access! What, no blogging!? Well, maybe I’ll have to save things up until I get back and do a massive upload. Or maybe I’ll just forgo things until I’m back home. Guess we’ll just have to see.
… to spend money.
Merry Christmas, family! Your gifts are going to be in your email boxes a little early, but I thought I’d better just do it before I forgot! Sorry that they’re so boring. I have a few other little post-Christmas gifts for later on though …
Sorry I won’t be home to spend X-mas with you; I feel like this year of all years, I should, but I also feel obligations to the Carpus-in-laws – we’ve barely seen them this year. I hope you’ll understand.
But have a great time with the cousins, and wish them the best from me! I promise we’ll talk soon.
I’ve been truant again.
I just haven’t had a lot of blogging energy lately, but tonight I did modify the site a bit. I miss the gout monster, but he seemed to go over a lot of peoples’ heads, so maybe he’s no great loss. Maybe I’ll post him on the ‘About’ page so he can be around somewhere.
I have plans. I’ve 2 issues of Arthritis & Rheumatism to catch up on and a whole slew of articles I’d like to review. So I hope you won’t desert me forever!
In the last 2 weeks we’ve buried both my mother and my uncle. That’s not literally true, actually, as they both wished to be cremated and we’ll inter/deal with their ashes at a later date, but they both certainly had memorial services. I think we’re all glad that they’re done and over with; I never realized just how much time and effort they required.
What I really wanted to comment on in this post, however, was some of the general things I’ve noticed.
The first is that the newly deceased is seen in the best possible light. Don’t get me wrong, this is completely appropriate and necessary; we all want to remember the wonderful things after all. But I do find it interesting that faults are glossed over. I don’t think this is intentional. I think it’s natural to remember the good things about a loved one and to disregard the bad, at least for a while. But I still do find it interesting.