September 29th, 2005

Yellow head

Air ChaChaCha

I've come to the conclusion that the awful lethargy I was suffering, wasn't a Prozac side-effect at all, but simply exhaustion caused by the long placement on the dementia ward. While I was working there, I didn't have time to be tired, but once I'd left and let my defences down. Well, it all caught up with me. However, I'm feeling much like my old self now.

Good news. I passed the research assignment. Only just, but I got it over the net and that's what counts. I needed 40 for a pass and got 46. Considering I was still writing the thing a hour before the deadline for handing the work in was due, it's amazing I passed at all.

The other assignment result should be out next week. I'm quite confident I've passed that one, as I put a lot of work into it.

Reading Air by Geoff Ryman. A novel set in the last village in the world to be connected the internet: a peasant mountain village in the imaginary country of Karzistan close to the border with China. In the year 2020, all across the world, the internet is about to be replaced by Air: a communications technology that needs neither computers or powerlines. Air brings the benefits of the internet to everyone in the world - whether they want it or not. Air is coming and nothing can stop it. Can the villagers adapt, or will they be swept away by the new technology?

I'm finding this a gripping read, with strong, believable characters and a powerful suspenseful plot, which reminds us how far we have come in the last fifty years, and how far we have yet to go.

I'm listening to a lot of Latin/South American stuff at the moment. I recommend Senor Coconut and his Orchestra, Bebel Gilberto, and Suba.