Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ebooks: not written, but CREATED?

I spent the morning driving a rental car which was thankfully endowed with satellite radio. With this glorious tool I tuned into BBC Radio 1 and the Chris Moyles show who had Stephen Fry on as a guest. Having grown up with many a Blackadder reference/quote thrown around the kitchen table, and being one of the few people I know who knew Hugh Laurie was actually British prior to seeing him on an awards show with his accent coming through, I was excited to hear the interview. It proved to be truly entertaining as Fry is an incredibly intelligent and eloquent person who is inherently silly (the perfect combination for radio, really). Moyles talked about Fry's new book, The Fry Chronicles which has apparently just been released and covers his life from 1987 (when he met Laurie) on.
When I got home this evening I was very interested in seeing if I could track down a copy of this memoir and went to the kobo site to find it isnt available there. I skipped over to chapters to see if it has even been released in north America yet, and it doesn't appear to have been. As a last ditch effort, I tried the BC public library catalogue of ebooks. I selected the search function and entered "Stephen Fry", then clicked the drop down menu to choose author... But it wasn't an option. I could choose ISBN (the numbering system for all books), Title, or Creator. Maybe it's just that I'm over-tired right now, but using the term "creator" seems, well, a bit grandiose, doesn't it? And really, if it's a memoir, aren't we now treading into existentialist territory? Fry has written about his he the creator of his own life, or did someone/something else do the creating for him? If so, doesn't that make all authors who are dubbed "creators" by the BC library system just plagiarizers? Yeah, that's right, I went there. Chew on that for a while...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Anniversary Photos

For our first anniversary, we asked Rob, once again, to take some photos of us (I thought it would be a fun bookend to the engagement and wedding shoots). They were in our mailbox this afternoon when I came home from work! Here are a couple (ok, a few) of my favorites!

Sunday, September 05, 2010


(Farmer) Brad was out in the garden this morning digging up the spoils of his work in the garden. Last year was the first year we had a garden and we learned a few things from it. 1) leave some room for things to grow. 2) don't plant too many potatoes or you'll be trying to pawn them off on other people who also planted potatoes. 3) plan carrots into soil that allows them to grown deeper so you don't just have little fat squat carrots. ~
4) only plant or two tomato plants because they seem to like the location of our garden and grow to a daunting and unmanageable size. ~
And 5) you better like cucumbers because you're going to get an assload of them.
I'd say we learned our lessons and this year had pretty good results.