Three completely unrelated topics in one post.

Spent the day today at the North Carolina Eastern Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament where Tucker’s team finished first in their division and in their problem and will be going to the state tournament March 31.

Spent Friday after the WebWise 2007 Conference at the National Museum of the American Indian which I highly recommend for many reasons — the great displays, the intelligent interactivity and access, the wonderful architecture in plan and in detail, the novel ideas about curation, the fantastic artifacts, the broad inclusiveness of First Peoples cultures.

During my conference down time and during my brief travel time, I was able to finally read Mark Haddon’s A Spot of Bother [NPR]. I had enjoyed his first novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and I wasn’t expecting a repeat. In fact, I was glad that Haddon chose to do something entirely different. Spot isn’t in the first person but it does focus on a different character from chapter to chapter which allows Haddon to visit some very different functions and dysfunctions that gather in the web of family, aging, changing and discovering varieties of love and responsibility — and to be very very funny all along the way. Some one in a review criticized Haddod by saying that he combined the attributes of Anne Tyler and Nick Hornby. I see that as a positive and I see Haddon as different from both. His view of family is verified and varied by his explorations of what love might be to each and to all. Great book and a fun read as well.