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Ben Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

3 Articles Tagged with “shopping”

  1. Are You Sure This is Legal?

    Books I bought

    Today I went to renew my iRewards membership at Chapters. I took with me my gift cards from Christmas, because I know that any time I enter Chapters, I can't leave without buying at least one book.

    I bought twelve.

    As usual when leaving Chapters, I experienced this giddy sensation as if I had committed some sort of crime and gotten away with it--how could they let me leave with so much knowledge?! Sure, I paid them for it, but it still seems like a crime. Buying books leaves me exhilarated--I don't know why people do drugs when they can just get high off reading. At least, I find reading that enjoyable; I suppose other people don't.

    The photo above includes books I acquired prior to today as well, including some older editions of Sense and Sensibility and Middlemarch, which I got for free. Highlights from today's trip include Remix, by Lawrence Lessig, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, and Before the Dawn, by Nicolas Wade.

    I'm looking forward to reading all of these, as well as the nine books I borrowed from the library today. This is how I intend…

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  2. Shopping logic

    I must say, I seem to lack a lot of the basic social knowledge required to survive in the modern world. One must wonder why the Sierra Club hasn't blacklisted me yet.

    My former English teacher, Ms. Sukalo, is in town for Easter this week (she now teaches in New York, so I don't get to see her often). Myself and a bunch of friends finally got to see her today; we met for coffee (well, I had iced lemonade) and caught up, talked, etc. 'Twas quite fun. Afterward, I had to drive my friend Cortney home. She lives in Kakabeka, so this basically entails driving along a single road until we got to Kakabeka, dropping her off, then turning around and going back home.

    Driving in the dark is scary because it's so hard to see. Driving on the highway is scary because you're moving at speeds humans aren't, technically, supposed to be using. So, combine driving in the dark on the highway and you'll get an activity that I don't like very much. :D Suffice it to say, I think that it's crazy to hurtle around in a large metal object at dangerous speeds while similar large metal…

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  3. The addictive nature of online shopping

    It all started with The Little Book of Calm...

    I was putting together the semblance of a costume to wear tomorrow to school, since it's Halloween--aka an excuse to wear a housecoat to school. :D Anyway, I wanted to make a fake Little Book of Calm. It's an actual book, but in this case I'm referencing a British comedy series called Black Books. For some reason I looked it up on Chapters' website ... one thing led to another ... eventually it disappeared from my shopping bag but I found myself staring at other purchases.

    I think that after seeing The Little Book of Calm I decided I should go ahead and buy American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. Then it occurred to me that Chapters now sells DVDs, so I could search for Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (the Sci-Fi miniseries). I've wanted that for so long but couldn't find it in stores. Just my luck--it was there! :w00t: Then it occurred to me to search for the soundtrack to Love Actually. Into the shopping bag it goes.

    After this was all over, I looked at the shopping bag page and stared at it for…

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