Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Running and reading (not simultaneously)

My ipod shuffle hates me. I'm pretty sure it's jealous of the nano.

As I've previously said, I take my ipod shuffle with me when I go running. My usual routine is to run for two songs, then walk one, then run for two again and so on until I've run usually about 1.6 miles. Normally this takes about four songs and is a rather pleasant run. However, this method poses a certain problem when I hit one of those 12 minute techno remixes for the second song.

I'm gonna be sore tomorrow.

On the upside, these days I've got off have gotten me reading again. On Sunday I finished Wider than the Sky by Edelman (the neurology book I was reading), and I can honestly say that I understood maybe 10% of it. Regardless of what Oliver Sacks of the New York Review of Books says, it is not "highly readable," that is unless you happen to have an MD and PhD. There was more technical jargon in that book than in my quantum mechanics textbook. Not to say the jargon wasn't properly used or necessary, just that unless you were willing to t
ake the time to memorize what the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, the basal ganglia, the cerebellum, the corpus callosum, and other parts of the neurological system of your brain are and exactly what they do, you probably won't understand much of the book.

However, finishing said book did give me good reason to head to B&N and pick up a new stack of reading material on Monday. Yesterday I cleaned through Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions and today I plan on starting (and subsequently finishing) Slaughterhouse Five. Afterwards I'm going to plow through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because it will be coming out on Friday night, and then I'm going to start on Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susana Clarke or The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. By the end of next week I hope to have all the above read and a new stack begun.

I love reading.

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