Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I Learn Me Well

My thirst for knowledge, or my fear of total ignorance, recently enveloped itself around me, and I decided to do something about it. I read magazines and books. Not magazine articles about who’s doing what to whom, but insightful articles about the world around me. Not non-fiction novels (though I do love them) but books that would expand my brain power.

What did I read?

My stack of “The New Yorker” magazine was getting dusty from neglect so I dove right in and read all the back issues (and there were many). From the financial crises to the presidential election to art and theatre I’ve quenched my thirst for knowledge. Of course I took time to giggle at the numerous cartoons that pepper the magazine. Even when I’m in learning-mode I do need some comic relief.

For books I’ve just finished “Mac OS X Leopard for Dummies.” It was geek of me to do so, but how else was I to learn all the nooks and crannies of my new laptop? Did you know that Option+G will create the copyright symbol? I didn’t, but now I do. I also learned the joys of widgets. Oooh baby, widget me silly.

My love of wine has brought me to “Windows On The World Complete Wine Course” by Kevin Zraly. I’ve just started it but the excitement is almost too much. Did you know that a bottle of wine is 86% water? That vitus is Latin for vine? That “brix” is the winemaker’s measure of sugar in grapes? Now you do.

I might not know tons about everything but I do know a little about a lot, which I’ll be certain to use during the next cocktail party conversation.

But all good things do come to an end, and today I started working on a new film. There be long working hours and little time for reading, but I will persevere.

Knowledge is power.

And choosing and drinking a good glass of wine while playing with my MacBook is the perfect aah.

1 comment:

Natalie MacLean said...

Great blog! I’d love to hear your suggestions for wine and food pairings for my online matching tool:


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