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16 April 2012 @ 02:57 pm
Right, home a week and all caught up fandom wise. Not so much the rest of my life, but I will be by the time I leave again. Maybe.

Tanzania was amazing, and where I want to live. It is so beautiful and (at least in the rural parts) incredibly friendly. I deliberately avoided the North with its tourists though, so I cant talk for the whole country. I also loved realising that actually learning languages is not outside my ability, but that I just learn them by speaking, not reading. (I actually picked up more than anyone else I arrived with, despite having the least when we arrived). The work was less good, but I still learnt a lot (even if a lot of it was what NOT to do).

Home until 1st May when I will go to Bonaire, in the Caribbean. Initially for 2 months unpaid work, but if all goes well longer and paid. Researching parrots, with grants (so far) from Disney, WWF and the Dutch Government. So not bad for a new project! I will be the first science staff member so will have a lot of freedom and ability to mold it to me, which bodes well.

So, fandom...

Sherlock was love. I can go with the swimming pool scene quite happily. Love the development of the dynamic with Sherlock and John (and did break my heart a little in Reichenbach Fall). It managed to balance having fun with it (deerstalker!) and still being good drama, with everything in between. Now if we could just have co-ordinating schedules for the third series please.

Think I perhaps should have watched the rest of the season again before watching The Wedding of River Song. But I liked it all the same. Still lacking in some answers, but we have some and I'm happy. The Doctor, the widow and the wardrobe was good fun (are we going to keep going with re-telling at christmas? Not sure I really mind).

Have also brought a Kindle on my visit home. (Well, been brought.) Having said I wouldn't get one. Because, books! I love books. But then travelling you can't carry many with you, and with everyone else having Kindles you can't swap books between you. So I spent the last 6 months scrounging round to find as many books as I could. Which led me to read some books I otherwise wouldn't have (The Arabs: A History being one, really interesting and well worth reading) but given how much I travel not really great. So. Kindle.

And now I'm kind of liking it. Not that I've actually read anything on it yet, being home and having plenty of real books to catch up on. But being able to access so many classics for free. And being able to just type in the name of a book and have it loaded in under a minute. Being able to carry a whole library with me and all my scientific journals is amazing. And in a way it makes books more accessible, as I will be able to continue to get any book I like even on a tiny Caribbean island. And classics for free.

But then it does require an ability to pay £89 for the Kindle first. Then have an internet connection, and a knowledge of how to use the internet. Which books don't require. Which may lock books away from those that can't afford them. UK libraries are already closing, if everyone has e-readers does that mean we are going to lose them altogether? And therefore lose free access to books? (Plus the purely aesthetic pleasure of trawling through musty smelling books to find the one you've been looking for, chatting to the owner in the second hand bookshop to see what interesting things they have in, curling up in the corner of an independent cafe with one of their books.)

Opinions? (or book recommendations?)

vervet_monkeyvervet_monkey on April 17th, 2012 09:56 am (UTC)
Just so you know, those links are both amazing and dangerous. No prizes for guessing what I've spent my morning doing...