Hermit days are over!

My detox from blogging and being a stat whore is over for this time; it has been a well-needed rest, and I feel eager to get going again. The first two weeks, the weather in Sweden were suckier than ever, but the last week was spent on one of Sweden’s “large” islands, Öland, and the weather was perfect.

The initial bad weather, however, didn’t disturb me at all. I had two goals with my vacation; spend time with my daughter and girlfriend, and read books. And these were basically the only two things I did the first two weeks. I haven’t used a computer at all for three weeks and hardly no TV watching either. And it felt great! To me, life without computers feels like time better spent, more quality to it. At least if you use the time playing with the cutest kid ever, and drifting away in imaginary worlds in books! πŸ™‚

The books I read was:

Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
This is the fifth book of seven in Stephen King’s magnificent Dark Tower opus. Only two books left now, and I just ordered the sixth one before I wrote this post (and waiting for the seventh one to be released as paperback, I really prefer that format). Incidentally, two persons who I really respect seem to be hooked on the series too, although they seem to have completed all seven books (Roger about books , Tommy’s summer summary)
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Now I’ve read all four of Dan Brown’s novels, and I started reading him just before the The Da Vinci Code-hype (although that book being the first I read from him). Of course his stories might stretch the truth sometimes, and it can get a bit annoying when his characters are extremely handsome and supersmart and brave like no one else alive etc. But if one looks past that, the books are also exciting and grip your attention. Personally, I like Angels & Demons the most of his books.

Anyway, now I’m back and boy, do I have a lot of things to write about! Tomorrow, I start working again and I have to get back in the loop with things, so expect my next post on Tuesday 23rd. And oh, it’s about Microsoft, so don’t miss it… πŸ™‚

13 Comments

  • Welcome back! I was wondering where you had gone to already. πŸ™‚

    I've read Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" on vacation and wasn't overly impressed with it. I was fascinated by the Holy Grail theory and other history, but the story itself was quite weak — especially after the theory was explained.

    I also read Joseph Finder's "Paranoia". It's brilliant! I am a fan of Grisham's work and Finder's work is similar, but focuses on the corporate world, instead of mostly lawyers in Grisham's books.

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Jeroen,

    Thank you!

    Well, you were gone for some time in Spain, so I guess we're even now, right? πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the book tip, I might look into it after I've finished the Dark Tower series. πŸ™‚

  • Martin S, says:

    Yup, welcome back!

    Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code was a book I enjoyed very much while reading it. I started to read Angels and deamons short afterwards but didn't have the time to complete it . Hated the library by then.

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Martin S,

    Thanks!

    Hated the library? I guess it was due for returnal before you got to complete it then?

  • Welcome back. Hope you're feeling more rested than I did after my vacation πŸ˜‰

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Roger,

    Thank you, I feel pretty rested and eager to write and develop again!

    And well, your vacation lasted forever. I'm amazed that you made it back at all! πŸ˜‰

  • Tommy Olsson says:

    Welcome back!

    If you've enjoyed the first five parts of The Dark Tower, I think you'll like the final two parts as well. The ending of part VII is just … wow! πŸ™‚

    I, too, like Dan Brown's books. I haven't read Angels and Demons, to thanks for that tip. πŸ™‚

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Tommy,

    Thanks!

    I can't wait to read the last two parts, it's an amazing series. πŸ™‚

  • Chris says:

    It will be nice to read your posts again πŸ™‚ Welcome back!

    Öland is one of my favourite places in Sweden, particularly the sandy beaches in the North-East and the landscape of the South (Alvaret).

  • Yay, welcome back!

    Lots of stuff that you've missed in your absence!

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Chris, Faruk,

    Thank you!

    Chris, regarding the sandy parts, I think you're talking about Böda beach. A nice place, we went there one of the days.

  • Nice to have you back in our civilization πŸ™‚

    I do not think time without computers is better spent… at least depending on what you do with (on :)) them. However, I really do think that TV is something that should almost completely removed from everyday life. If I look at myslef closely, time with computer is much more creative and active than hours and hours of staring into TV. Even better, if you look at organization of your home, usually whole living room is organized around TV as some kind of modern "altar". Horrible indeed.

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Dejan,

    Thank you!

    Well, I do agree that one's a lot more active when it comes to using computers compared to slouching in the couch in front of the TV.

    But to me, I also really like being outdoors, doing active stuff. I guess it's a delicate balance… πŸ™‚

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