Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Rats, I cannot find my "activities" list from last year. I had kept track of all the books I read, and all the films we watched on our "Dinner & Movie" nights... and it went well into two pages.

This list was much shorter of course, being only about a month, with 6 days in bed to "kill time." Still, it represents one of the best parts of doing these studies. You screen to see if you can make it, you check in to see if you can do it -- but it doesn't hurt to have lots of time to "catch up" on stacks of books or rental DVDs :)

So here is how I spent my downtime when I wasn't blogging or net surfing:

The Japanese Mind by Roger Davies & Osamu Ikeno
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Failure Is Not An Option by Gene Kranz
All We Did Was Go To The Moon by Richard Lattimer

A Beautiful Mind
The Last Samurai
The Duchess
Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch, Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Star Trek: Nemesis
Fire Over England
Millennium (TV series, Season One)

I'd always recommend Kranz's book -- read that one twice now. Lattimer's recap of our moon jaunts was also interesting, and I expect to see a whole lot about that in the news this summer as the 40th Anniversay of Apollo 11 draws near.

If you appreciate an irreverent sense of humor or even mild flippancy, treat yourself to "Good Omens." My best friend, Karin, recommended it to me the last time I was on the ward, and I purchased it online from Amazon just in time to evacuate. So, I saved it in the hopes I would return. And hey, I finally got to read it. Awesome book, and extremely funny in a Monty-Python-Meets-The-Antichrist kinda way.


Sach said...

Yeah! Kranz and Lattimer are on my hitlist after reading that book list; In a good way - As in I intend to read their books! I'm finishing a book called 'Riding Rockets'. Very funny and insightful. By Mike Mullane, a shuttle astronaut in the 80's and 90's.

Sach said...

Hey - I was thinking of something, and who better to ask (if you know the answer): When you're in the 'head down' phase of the study, and your head is lower by 6* - that'd mean the your brain is just flooded with that nutrient and oxygen rich blood. SO now that you get to stand around a lot, and your brain obviously has to compete for the same amount of blood, does that mean you'd be less intelligent now than you were when you were in bed?? (You know kinda what happens when people get all nervous and stop breathing, and they panic, etc)

Sach said...

Infact: a 'book exchange' hobby might be even better than postcard exchange for self professed space geeks! :))

Mrs. L said...

Ahh...Terry Pratchett. Read any of his Discworld series??

PillowNaut said...

Answer #1 - I haven't noticed my IQ dropping sharply or anything, so no. Once the body regulates, the cognitive faculties are the same as they were before :) There are some astronauts who have spent more than a year in space (not straight time, but cumulatively), and there are equilibrium adjustments, and some instances of depression -- but I've never heard of losing yer smarts (thank goodness!)...

Answer #2 - Haven't read Pratchett's other words, but I definitely will now. The style really remands me of Douglas Adams :)