Busy busy busy busy.  So busy.  Lots going on at work with weeding and teaching and programs and committees and TAG meetings.  After work there was getting the car looked at (looks good), birthdays, meeting with previous co-workers for dinner, getting my hair cut, going for massage to help with my arm/back strain froom falling on the escalator.

And tomorrow we are leaving for a 9 day driving vacation to two cities in Nevada and the Spokane Washington to see The Mister and mom-side family.  Today has been frantic catch up so that nothing blows up at work while I am gone, tonight will be frantic packing and checking things off my list so that the cat has enough food and the snake has fresh water and we have enough socks and underwear.

A quick What am I reading?  I forgot to mention The Unidentified by Rae Mariz.  It is a futuristic dystopia where education has been taken over by corporations and everyone wants to get branded. It reminds of So, Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld or Little Brother by Corey Doctorow–all about cool hunting and knowing what the next big trend will be.

I just finished Hacking Timbuktu by Stephen Davies, which starts out in modern day England.  Danny is a hacker and a traceur, although his IT skills outstrips his parkour.  One day after a long day at a hacker conference, Danny finds himself drug into a 700+ year old treasure hunt for 2 million bars of gold when a stranger breaks into his flat and tries to force him to hack a computer in Timbuktu to get the treasure map.  He gets away, then finds the  map himself.  Greed, loyalty and cunning all play roles in his dash to Timbuktu with his friend, an expert traceur at his side, chased by other treasure hunters, some of which are willing to kill to get the gold.

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