Just checked online at my local library. They have Mortal Engines, and I put it on hold. I’m number 9 in the queue to read it. Guess others have the same idea to read it because of the movie. Now the question is do I wait to read it or do I just buy it and start reading it now. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

I had mentioned in a previous post that I was having a hard time wanting to read again, and I was trying to figure out ways to drive my interest back to books. Well, good news, I think the movie Mortal Engines has done just that.

I went to see the movie on Sunday. I went by myself because my wife wasn’t sure if she would like it. I knew nothing about this movie other than what little I had seen in the trailer. I never looked it up to find out more. I was simply intrigued by the trailer and decided to give it a shot and just see. At the end of the movie, I was sitting there during the credits happy that I had taken a chance on the movie. I really liked it, and while I was getting ready to leave, I saw on the screen that it was based on a book. WHAT?! Really?

Many years ago I saw a suggestion for people not sure if they want to read a book: go see the movie if there is a film adaption. I’ve taken that to heart over the years and seen movies of books that I may be interested in. This time, I wasn’t even aware that the movie came from a book and was a little surprised, so I have decided to find the books and read them. A little digging turns up that there are four of them in the series, so I’ve got some reading ahead of me very soon.

Want to Read; No Motivation

I’ve been wanting to read a new book lately, but I can’t seem to find the motivation to start reading right now. I don’t know what it is, but it really bugs me because I normally love to read. I’ve got quite a collection of books that I haven’t read yet, so it isn’t like I don’t have something to read, but I find myself not really getting past the first page of a book right now before I put it down and go do something else.

I just picked up another couple of books thinking that would help, but I haven’t really touched them since getting them. I browsed through my Kindle library recently to see if there was something I might want to re-read. I looked through my bookcase for the same reason. Nothing. Maybe I need to take a trip to the library and see if there is something there that can spark my interest again. I find that when my desire to read is there, I will read quite a bit. I just need that motivation to push me in the right direction.

We shall see how I do over the next couple of days. I have a day off coming up soon, and I have no plans. Might be the perfect time to see if I can push myself through this hard spot. We shall see.

I saw the new Robin Hood movie last night with my wife. I was very unsure if I would enjoy it or not. I did. The movie had a very V for Vendetta vibe to it. You can tell they tried really hard to not make just another Robin Hood movie but try a different direction, and I really appreciated that. There were some awkward moments and the movie seemed like it couldn’t make up its mind which era it was set in, but I guess I like weird stuff like that.

Chromium-Based Edge Browser

If you follow Windows news, you have probably seen the news regarding Microsoft moving to use a Chromium-based version of Edge in future Windows 10 updates. The news first broke as a “we are hearing rumors about” articles followed by Microsoft confirming this news the very next day in a blog post.

When I first heard the rumor, I was curious how this would play out. Most articles said something like “Edge is dead” but I didn’t feel the same way. I personally felt that Microsoft would just continue using the name Edge for the browser included in Windows 10, and that is exactly what happened. This means that Edge as we no it will be no more in the future, but it doesn’t mean that Edge is going away completely. This move is a smart one considering a good portion of Windows 10 users probably only associate the Internet with the E on their taskbar. Just ask anyone who works in tech support for Windows users.

I’m still trying to decide how I feel about this move. This move means Microsoft is moving away from their rendering engine, and I have always felt that more competition is good. Dropping another rendering engine means more stuff is going to be served by Blink, the rendering engine in Chromium, and I feel like this could push us towards a path where websites start being built specifically for Blink while ignoring other engines. This would put browsers like Firefox in a tough position and create an online environment similar to what we had back when Internet Explorer was the main way people accessed the Internet. Many websites came with “Internet Explorer required” on the website and would only run using stuff built into Internet Explorer. I don’t remember that time fondly, and I don’t want to deal with it again.

The Mozilla CEO actually responded to Microsoft’s announcement, and they feel very similar to what I feel. You can read the response here: https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/12/06/goodbye-edge/

Time will tell how this plays out. I’m curious to see what a Chromium-based version of Edge will be like. It is possible to sign up for the Edge Insider program and get access to preview builds. I’m not sure if I will do that or not. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll definitely sign up!