We're not typical because not many households run 4 computers 24/7, which isn't likely to change. But thinking about our usage did spur me to look round the house for things I could change about electricity usage, which is something we'd been thinking about from a point of view of being greener but not got round to doing - so the telly/DVD player/PS2 are off at the wall now, as is the upstairs hifi during the day. I'm going to find the plugs for the phono & phono pre-amp coz they can go off except when in use, and we're going to try and remember to switch off the downstairs hifi at the wall for overnight. And I'm going to get used to it being darker ;) I like to have lots of lights on when it's dim like this in the daytimes, but it is a bit of a waste having lights on in rooms I'm not in. I was surprised while I was looking at how much of our electrical stuff doesn't have real off-switches, it's switch it off at the wall or have it on standby.
The other annoyance was that I'm going to have to go back into town today because something I bought had an expiry date that I wasn't aware of (to check) till I got home, and it has expired so it's not much use. So today I get to go into the shop again and make a fuss (politely, of course ;) ).
I did pick up a bunch of books in the library (mostly book N of a series where N != 1, and I've not read the first book), and bought myself the next book in the Dresden Files ("Fool Moon" by Jim Butcher). Which I've finished already :) I liked the way it's beginning to set up a series arc rather than this being not quite connected episodes with a common cast of characters, which seems the default with PI series. I did want to shake Harry sometimes and tell him to just trust people with a bit more of the information, but that is at least a plot-point in itself rather than a mechanism for setting up the plot if you see what I mean. Good book.
The other book I finished before I went to town - "Blue Genes" by Val McDermid - wasn't as good. I'd got it free with a copy of Cosmo a few years ago, and while I was cataloguing stuff a couple of days ago I realised I'd not ever read it, so I did. Straight-forward thriller/PI story set in Manchester in the present day (of when it was written, over 10 years ago now). I think it just all felt a bit unreal - the plot just worked its way out with no feeling of suspense, our heroine always had someone to give her the information/teach her the skills she needed/set up the meet she wanted. From in story references she was supposed to be someone with great integrity and sense of justice, but that didn't feel adequately conveyed by the characterisation - she trotted through the story breaking the law on a whim, using other people as suited her needs and never seeming to consider anything to be an action she wouldn't take because it was against her ethical system or what have you.
New week of flute practice:
- Harmonic Exercise 1 - still splitting notes
- Tone Exercises 1-4 - lowest notes are the biggest problem, but the whole lot can be breathy at times
- Technique Daily Exercises I, major & minor - up to top B now
- Technique Scale Exercise A - up to top B
- Platonov Studies 5 & 6 - these are all definitely too easy so far, but it's fun to play something I can just play
- Teleman, still working at the the embellished Adagio, the Vivace is getting faster