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I-Pod trouble ahead 
20th-Apr-2005 08:14 pm
knitting sketch
The troubles of yesterday over staying logged in to LJ have doubled today and taken the form of I-Pod chaos On a routine update, I suddenly lost over 30 tracks. The losses were random. Two entire playlists went pooof and the odd track from other playlists. It makes no sense at all.

So while I'm working on finding the tracks on the PC and reinstating them in I-Tunes, I've done the thing I've been reading on other people's LJs over the past few days. I found it incredibly difficult to pick my ten favourite books so this is a shortlisted version of my favourite books, in no particular order. Comment with the title and author of books whose opening lines are listed under the cut.


1. I am, I discover, a very untidy man.

2. The motto was 'Pax' but the word was set in a circle of thorns.

3. Let the reader be introduced to Lady Carbury, upon whose character and doings much will depend of whatever interest these pages may have, as she sits at her writing-table in her own room in her own house in Welbeck Street.

4. Lest anyone should suppose I am a son of nobody, sold off by some peasant father in a drought year, I may say our line is an old one, though it ends with me. The Persian Boy - Mary Renault correctly identified by kathyh

5.1801. - I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte correctly identified by calove

6.It was a nice day.

7. Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. Middlemarch - George Eliot correctly identified by kathyh

8. Aristotle contemplating the bust of Homer thought often of Socrates while Rembrandt dressed him with paint in a white Renaissance surplice and a medieval black robe and encased him in shadows.

9. 'The Bottoms' succeeded to 'Hell Row'.

10 The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen correctly identified by kathyh
Comments 
20th-Apr-2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
I am rubbish at books.

This ipod ownership seems like hard work.
20th-Apr-2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
It's not the I-Pod that's the problem. Whatever disabled my LJ cookies also affected the software that manages the Pod (I-Tunes). I suspect Real Player. Ever since I updated to version 10, I've been having nothing but problems with the PC. It keeps insisting on managing the Pod for me and it buggers it up.I don't use Real Player on the laptop so I'm not having the problems there.

20th-Apr-2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
Realplayer is crap, but there is always one thing that needs it.
20th-Apr-2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Bad luck about the i-pod. What a pain.

Lots of these sound very familiar but I can only do two definitely.
7 is Middlemarch (and I know this because it was one of mine *g*) and 10 has to be Sense and Sensibility. 4 is sounding more and more familiar so I'm going to guess that it's The Persian Boy. I think I've read 9 but I can't think what it is and 3 sounds like Trollope but I don't know which one. How did I do?
20th-Apr-2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
Correct on the first three.

Number 3 is distinctly Trollopean and you definitely have read number 9.
20th-Apr-2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
9 is going to drive me mad now because I can't think what it is!
20th-Apr-2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Eek! I keep avoiding the update - maybe I'll just keep on avoiding it.

#5 is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

#6 sounds like a Pratchett to me, but I know not which.

#9 is annoyingly familiar and I think we may have read it at school.

Poor show, huh?

BTW - which Bierdrome are we meeting in for lunch on Saturday? G needs to know.
20th-Apr-2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
Correct on the first one.

You're probably right about number 9.

We're meeting on Friday 29th, the day of the Islington Concert. I thought the Kingsway one would be best.

Have you thought about going to MK to hear ASH and AD do the Watcher's talk on May 1st? Now that we're delaying the take-off to France. (Did I not say? There are floods and more rain forecast, so MWNN has changed the travel date to 7th) I'm, hopefully going to Collectormania with willowfae if she's managed to get tickets. They're still available. I'm going to try for the Nancy Tribe full-house of autographs.

Had some nice feedback on the Soul Searching Prologue and Boggy is going to help out with some scene writing where necessary. I'll get the outline to you as soon as you want.
21st-Apr-2005 08:12 am (UTC)
I don't think I could do Collectormania - way too much work! But you have fun and give James and ASH a really big snog for me.

We're meeting on Friday 29th, the day of the Islington Concert. I thought the Kingsway one would be best.

I know that, I know that! I typed Saturday but my brain knew it was Friday - stupid fingers. Still making it around noon?
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