October 9 2000

The Cider House Rules

Craig is reading The Cider House Rules by John Irving:

“… a novel that deals with the abortion issue. As with most books that have been made into movies, the book is much better than the film. I recommend the book. The movie was good too and if you’ve already seen the movie, the book is very different so you can still read it!”

I’ve read the book a few years ago and recently watched the movie. I was surprised that I couldn’t remember the story as well as I thought – until I heard that the story in the book is quite different from the one in the film! I liked the film better, too, by the way.

I recommend other books by John Irving, too. I especially enjoyed A son of the circus and A prayer to Owen Meany (but I haven’t read all of his books yet).


Hal announced that blivet is going on hiatus because he has to write his thesis and the weblog tends to distract him too much. I can understand that very well because I’m in a similar situation. My deadline is still far away (mid-March 2001), but when it comes closer I won’t be able to update as much as I do now, I guess.

Hal, I’ll miss your updates!


After I started the computer this morning and edited a text in BBEdit, the machine crashed so bad that the built-in tools of MacOS couldn’t repair it. So André and I had to make backup copies of important files and format the hard drive and install a new system.

This took so much time, I guess I won’t get to write my Expo report today since I’ve got to work on my thesis, too. Tomorrow, hopefully…

I’m back!

I just returned from Hanover… exhausted and tired.

I spent the weekend with my sister, Katrin. We went to the movies on Friday night and watched Im Juli (German movie), which we enjoyed very much. – Obwohl der Film zugegebermaßen recht viele Zufälle hatte… aber der Tip war gut, Jörg.

On Saturday, my sister and I visited Gabi and Swen, two friends of mine. (André and I went to their wedding party in August.)

Twipsy thumb:  And yesterday, I went to the Expo. I had an afternoon ticket, valid from 3 p.m., and I had to leave the Expo at 7:30 p.m. in order to catch the last train to Bonn, but I managed to see quite a few interesting pavillions. I avoided all the crowded ones, so I didn’t get to see the pavillion of the Netherlands (which I really wanted to see!), but the less crowded ones were interesting as well.

Now I’m off to bed. Expect pictures tomorrow – um, I mean, later today!