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I started reading The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World today.   So far it's a quick, enjoyable read.   Nothing too earth-shattering new to me as I've been reading about introversion for years.   But this --> "research suggests, we’re slow at translating thought to speech. Also at shooting computerized asteroids," offers a new link for me.   One that I do not know if it's just unique-ish to me, or prevalent among introverts; namely that I dislike (bordering on hate) playing video/computer games.  Mostly because those games typically require fast decision to action/reaction.   Drives me bat-shit insane.   This bit in the book discusses theories/research about brain studies related to introversion/extraversion.   Yes, introverts are "deep thinkers", but what I hadn't considered was that the process to translate those thoughts to some external form, especially speech or physical action, is like an extreme switching of gears.  Something that is not innately natural to me and that I've had to train myself to do and which still requires some level of conscious effort to accomplish.   So is therefore draining.

Update:   THIS --> "We know what it feels like to have our energy drained by too much interaction. It feels like my brain is tired, almost like a muscle would be tired. The more depleted my psychic energy is, the slower my thoughts come, the harder it is to speak full sentences or focus on what’s going on around me. My senses become even more sensitive; noise and fuss are more overwhelming. And I become tense, irritated, cranky. That’s when I know I need to stop, sit down, let my brain relax and put up its metaphorical feet."  <-- THIS is me to a T.   My boss is a total extravert.  I sat next to her on a plane on a work trip once.  I attempted to explain to her bits of this.  While she looked confused, she acknowledged verbally that she kinda understood (I knew she really didn't).  And of course, then proceeded to "forget" the conversation.  lol.   But she *does* recognize when I hit this point and insists on sending me home to rest.   I structure my work days (and my non-work days) to accommodate my need to recoup from human interaction.  This is especially needed because my very job is typically *very* human-interactive.  




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The other reason I enjoy Tumblr is some great images regarding non-SPN interests.  This one grabbed me this morning.

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Found via nilchance, a book meme - Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

I did a few more than 15. I could not whittle the list down. Plus this was very interesting as I thought to go check my buying history on Amazon. It goes back to 1999! It was really interesting to see the phases of interests I went through. Some very interesting, some very embarrassing!

My list of books - In no order of importance - just as I thought of them.

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ETA: Guys? Based on this list of books there's NO reason in the world why I would be in love with SHOW, right? *sarcasm*   I'm still surprising myself by all this recall of my early interests in life.  How the heck did I lose track of all that? 



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Most (likely all) SPN fans know that Jim Beaver, the actor who plays Bobby Singer on SPN, has just had his book "Life That's Way" published.

As a good SPN fan and a big fan of Jim as well, I had the book pre-ordered on Amazon and it arrived at my home a couple of weeks ago.  But I didn't get around to reading it until about 2 days ago.

I haven't yet met Jim in person as he hasn't been at any of the Cons I've been at.  He's scheduled to be the Con in Vancouver in August, so *crosses fingers* I should get to see him then.  All Con reports have been very positive about Jim and he's a fan favorite not just because of his character but because he's a genuinely nice person.

This book moved me very deeply. 

Jim's wife was diagnosed with cancer shortly after the birth of their first child.  Within a year she lost the battle with cancer.  During the time of her struggle, Jim started writing nightly emails to keep everyone up-to-date on what was happening to them.  The email distribution grew to about 4,000.  This book is all those emails, mostly unedited from when they were first composed. 

I cannot tell you how moved I was by it.  Jim has an amazing way with words.  It grabbed me from the first moment.

I'm not done with the book yet, but I have read through to the time of his wife's death.

On a whim I started reading the book out loud to my husband the other night.  When we got to the part where his wife was dying, I was bawling my eyes out.  I had to pause every few words to try to compose myself.  When we got through those moments I was very moved to see how very affected my husband was by what Jim had written.  Bob and I ended up talking for a few hours afterwards about some traumatic points in our lives.  It was a wonderful and moving conversation that I'm not sure would have occured if it wasn't for Jim's book. 

So I feel like I owe Jim some kind of special thank you.  I'm hoping I don't break down crying when I finally do meet him in person.  I know I'm going to want to hug him and I rarely hug people.

Jim displays such a vast depth of feeling in this book about his family's difficult journey through this time.  And while the subject matter is sad, I was also uplifted by it as well.

If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend that you do.







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I believe the Multi-vac is synonymous with the Internet (among other things).  (Yes you have to read the story I rec'd here, to understand what the heck I'm talking about.)
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For anyone who has not read Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question."  Go.  Here.  Now.  And READ it! 

It's a very short story.

And yes, it's sci-fi.  But my opinion is that even someone who is not a sci-fi fan will be impacted by the story (don't want to say more).  So if you are not into sci-fi, try to get "over it" and read through the story to the end.  It really is short.

If you do read it (or have read it in the past), I'd love to here what you think of it.  If you aren't a sci-fi fan and you read it, I'd also like to know that and how you liked it.

I've been carrying this story around in xerox form for about 20 years. Every year or so I used to hand it out to folks saying--Hey, Read THIS! 

Since the INTERNETZ, I no longer have to xerox.  I just send the link.

Note the Asimov comment excerpt at the beginning of the link.  Years after I first heard the story (I heard it recited first), I picked up a book of Asimov short stories to read while in college.  Asimov had written an intro to each story.  At the beginning of this story he wrote:

    It is a curious fact that innumerable readers have asked me if I wrote this story. They seem never to remember the title of the story or (for sure) the author, except for the vague thought it might be me. But, of course, they never forget the story itself especially the ending. The idea seems to drown out everything -- and I'm satisfied that it should.

This was EXACTLY my experience.  As soon as I read that intro, I KNEW I had found the story I was always trying to remember the name of.

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[profile] gdg just recommended a book titled Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Knowledge Here Begins Out There.  This is exactly the type of thing I love about Battlestar Galactica.  Just ordered the book as it sounds very interesting.

BTW, I'm still reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman.  I'm really enjoying it.  Just finished a chapter where a male character just had a brief sexual encounter with a Djinn (a male Djinn).  Hee!  This book is different in the way I like--I never know what's coming next and it reminds me so much of Supernatural as well (doesn't *everthing* tie back to Supernatural?)  It was cool that this taxi driver had a random encounter (at least it's random at this point--who knows how/if it ties to the overall story) with a Djinn and I *knew* about Djinn's because of WIaWSNB!

I love my show.
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Last week I posted that I had started reading Neil Gaiman's "American Gods".  I mentioned how much it reminded me of Supernatural.  Not to long later I was browsing LJ for meta's on either Mystery Spot or WIaWSNB and came across a post by [personal profile] setissma where she mentioned "American Gods" and said: 

"I know the novel is listed as an influence on the show, and the connections are obvious..."

So I guess Kripke must have been partially influenced by "American Gods."   I just thought it was my mind's habit these days to somehow connect *everything* to Supernatural! 

I'm really enjoying this book.  The main character just realized the fellows he's been traveling with are actually old gods.  He's just identified his main traveling companion as the old Norse god Odin.  This prompted me to go off and read about Odin.  Which is cool--I'm half Norwegian and I just realized today how little I know about Norwegian folklore.  I find myself wondering how much my grandmother (who was born in Norway) would have known about old folklore.  I'm betting not much--she was a no-nonsense type of woman who was also a very strong Lutheran.  But who knows?

More rambling thoughts... I found myself thinking about Kripke earlier this morning.  I was musing on how it must be to be a writer, to create a set of characters, imagine them in a world that you created.  And then to have it "come to life" so to speak by directors, cinematographers, and actors who breathe life into them.  I've heard that Kripke is a Jensen-fan.  I wonder if it's partly because of the depth of life Jensen has given to the character of Dean.  Which made me wonder if Dean is somehow partially an aspect of Kripke's self and/or a fantasy self for Kripke.  Kripke has said he loves classic rock, as does Dean.  Kripke loves the gore and lore, as does Dean.  I'm betting Kripke self-identifies a bit with Dean. 

Of course I'm not a writer myself, so I can only speculate what it must be like to create something and see it come to life.
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It's probably just because I'm tired.  I didn't get much more than 4 hours of sleep last night.  But things seem weird to me tonight. 




So less than 2 weeks (OMG!!!! *hyperventilates*) until the LA con.   I watched Mystery Spot for about the billionth time this weekend and spent Sunday evening browsing LJ for meta's on the episode.  I really, really, really love that episode.  It's right up there with WIaWSNB for me.

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Got back from camping at Diamond Lake in southern Oregon.

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Book meme

Aug. 8th, 2006 04:28 pm
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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.



"The idea that a scientist should be responsible for his discoveries is absurd--a scientist is very busy trying to find new ways to think, and he's not in tune with traditional ways to think." "No Ordinary Genius. The Illustrated Richard Feynman" by Christopher Sykes.

I tag anyone else who is interested in doing this.

On another note: Just returned from neurologist visit for my son. After 8 years his EEGs are normal and we will be transitioning him off of the meds. Scary. But good.

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