I crawled almost to the end of unit 2 in my Haskell book. I have a bit more to do on the final exercise, which I’ll try to finish in the next day or so.
As much as I want to keep going through unit 4, I need to get back to my Christmas project, so that’ll be this week.
I listened to some Edgar Allan Poe. I had read a little of him in school—I remember “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”—but he didn’t grab me until I heard PodCastle’s version of “The Fall of the House of Usher” a few years ago. Listening to to more of his best works (according to ST Joshi) this past week, I got a better sense of the breadth of stories he told. He was very good at capturing certain moods and adding layers of interest to simple plots. I kept feeling that you could sit with each story quite a while plumbing the depths. I spent a little too long searching for the recordings I wanted for each story, but here were the sources I settled on:
- MS. Found in a Bottle
- Shadow—A Parable
- Silence—A Fable
- The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion (a little unnerving given my current climate interest)
- The Haunted Palace (the Algy Pug recording)
- The Fall of the House of Usher (I revisited the PodCastle episode)
- William Wilson
I found another few climate podcasts to follow. The climate podcasts and my regular political ones from earlier in the year will get me through the tension of following the climate-relevant Build Back Better Act in Congress and COP26 at the United Nations over the next couple of weeks. Here are my new ones: