16 November 2009
10 June 2009
Posted by eileen at 5:52 PM
19 March 2009
After finishing another book by Gibson with a few of the same central characters, I decided to read Spook Country. This was a mistake.
The characters and plot are both confused, disjoint and incomplete. Short of taking notes there is slim hope of tracking what is going on with the characters, but I shouldn't have worried about it because most of them are irrelevant and the few that are relevant never gain any sense of closure. The interactions between characters are like a political-correctness-gone-crazy dystopia where giving a damn about anyone would result in a harassment lawsuit. There are some interesting settings described, however not so interesting that they compensate for the cardboard cutout characters, all of whom keep one another at more than an emotionally safe distance throughout the whole story.
The last 50 pages are very chaotic. It reads as if the author had hit his deadline for turning in the manuscript and scribbled together a plot outline that tied off a few of the threads of the story and then walked away. I found Pattern Recognition passable, but this book, set with some of the same characters, really seems like the effort was phoned in and was a disappointment.
01 February 2009
Posted by eileen at 12:33 AM
18 January 2009
|From Snoqualmie River Flooding 8-Jan-2009|
As of Friday, the highway washout that had cut us off from Fall City has been fixed. Thanks to the WSDOT for their hard work in getting a big mess repaired as quickly as they did. I still need to hike down Fish Hatchery Road (pictured to the right) to see what it's looking like now.
This flooding is by far the highest I've seen the river go since we've been living here, and it was the second time this flood season that the houses down in the floodplain wound up underwater. Hopefully they have the option of moving to higher ground rather than rebuilding in a place that requires a helicopter rescue when they don't get out in time. The situation is somewhat less hopeful for the RV park that's across the river from the highway.
Posted by wac at 12:12 PM
08 January 2009
07 January 2009
After an extended period of snowfall, the freezing level has climbed drastically while we receive over half a foot of new rainfall. The result is extensive flooding.
We have a few videos from Snoqualmie Falls along with a gallery of other images from around Spring Glen.
Update: More photos and video from January 8th.