Saturday, May 19, 2012
Feeling Kinda Snarky from the Evening Walk
I'm a busy guy. When I can multitask, I usually will. Take tonight, for example. I'm researching for what I think will be my first full-length science fiction novel (working on chapter 8 of the first draft now and have a loooong way to go). As a part of said research, I am reading Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life. It was already getting dark as I set out on a walk (you know, to maximize my use of time - exercise and read at the same time!), but I figured I could get some good reading in, shut the book when it was too dark to read, and finish my walk home. Well, the need to read over-rode the dark. I occasionally popped my eyes up from the book when both the streetlight behind me and the streetlight ahead of me were too far away to shed enough light to make words intelligible. The stars were out. How cool is that? Reading by starlight. Not to mention that, out of nearly 500 songs on my mp3 player, the random shuffling musical brain chooses this song not once, but twice! Statistical chances of that happening randomly? I can't remember how to figure that out, but I'm guessing it involves factorials. Listening to Devo from the Heavy Metal soundtrack, reading a book about the future grandfathers of the Blade Runner geneticists, all under a starry sky. Seriously got my geek on. And then, to top it all off, random mp3 player selects Ozzy Osbourne's Diary of a Madman for the last song of the walk. So appropriate. It felt like home. Oh, and special props to the guy in the SUV on Waunona Way who kept his brake lights on for far longer than was necessary. You got me through another paragraph of the Watson and Crick story, bro. And the red light didn't spoil my night vision when I peeked up at Ursa Minor after you finally shut the vehicle down. Thanks for looking out for me. Don't worry: I was too busy reading to be stalking you.