the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone (whiskyinmind) wrote,
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone

first of all, thank you all for the kind thoughts you sent my way earlier. This is a very strange day for me, very emotional but also unpredictable. I took the day off work because I really didn't know how I'd feel and whether I could cope or not. I've been okay. A bit melancholy I guess, but okay.

I did spend quite a lot of time today trying to keep my mind active, not to focus on things, I did a little bit of graphics work this morning for rileysaplank (I haven't done anything more since then Andy - sorry); I coded a bit more content for the new site and tried to get the php elements to work properly (I'm almost there with that); and I read the Da Vinci Code. I'm not that impressed.

I studied linguistics and semiology, I've been fascinated with symbols and symbology for years and you'd think this would be a book that I'd be all over. Kinda. I giuess. Except... there's a lot of importance given to translations and word games - the whole Sangreal/San Greal/Sang Real thing - but some of the translations are really awkward. Not any of the important plot device translations, just the average conversations with the french police for example, just shows a lack of research I guess.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, it revealed a whole lot of fascinating stuff - the revelation about Da Vinci's Last Supper blew me away to be honest - but it just felt... like a let-down.


It's an okay read, if you like that sort of thing, but get it from a library or borrow a friend's copy. It's not really worth buying.

(and just as I was choosing an icon for this post I realised I had the perfect one in place already...)

Edit I knew there was something else that irritated me about the book. There's a stereotyped librarian in there (the first thing she's described doing is making tea for crying out loud, just put her in a twinset and pearls and have done with it!) who runs a database search for a search string containing six keywords. It takes 15 minutes. What the hell kinda database was she running the search on? I run search strings of up to 50 keywords on a weekly basis and if the whole thing (for eight strings) takes longer than five minutes then I'm doing something very wrong.

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