Current Distractions, Belated September 2011 Edition

September was... an interesting month. I switched work locations again, and then within a week I contracted a mysterious plague that basically knocked me on my ass for the next two weeks. (Seeing as this plague hit me the week after I started going to the pool to do laps, I can only surmise that the exercise was what made me sick.)

Needless to say, I didn't get as much blogging done as I would've liked.

However, it's worth noting that although I'm a bit behind on reviews, I'm at least reading again, and enjoying it. It's nice to be working my way through the unread books on my bookshelf, because it kills me to have unread books on my bookshelf. That, and when I think of a book that I absolutely must read, I don't have to put it off for five years from now when I finally finish the project.

There are reviews coming for all (two) of the other books I read, but I'd like to also mention the graphic novel Logicomix. I picked it up at Drawn and Quarterly in Montreal this summer, because I'm trying really hard to get the hang of graphic novels (I struggle a lot with the visual aspect of them, but I feel like I'm missing out on good stuff by not reading them). It's sort of the story of Bertrand Russell, but I suppose moreso the struggle to develop logical foundations for mathematics. As I said, I have a really hard time with graphic novels because I don't look at the pictures unless I'm making a conscious effort to do so, but this one was alright. It reminded me of the book A Brief History of Infinity, in that it had interesting bits about crazy mathematicians, and also really dry bits about crazy mathematics.

Speaking of A Brief History of Infinity, I lent it to someone to read for my book club and now I don't know where it is! Serves me right for breaking my strict policy of not lending books to people. (NB this is totally my own fault, because I don't even remember who I lent it to in the first place.)

Anyway, hope you're all healthier than I am. NaNoWriMo is less than three weeks away!

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