July 18th, 2006

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Boring book, meet your conqueror

Further proof that Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes is among the least gripping books I've ever read:

After like three months, I am still somewhere around page 200 of the little paperback version I have, because I just can't read more than 10 pages at a time. I'm a very fast reader, but not when it comes to wading through molasses of, I don't know, turbid, plodding prose.

Yet Friday I got hold of the conclusion to Lynn Flewelling Tamir trilogy, The Oracle's Queen, and seeing as it was total crack (I even read at my desk at work a few times today), tonight I managed to finish it -- all 600 pages! And it was AWESOME! (God, Flewelling is good!)

Don't know what to do about that damn boring book. I hardly ever give up on books, but I'm getting really tempted. Maybe I will just give it a rest and read some good fiction, like the Mary Renault and Octavia Butler and China Mieville novels I have piled up waiting. Hell, and I've been watching to read Wraeththu over again! Gah!

Yeah, I'd say it's time to give Edith Hamilton's supposed masterwork a rest. The only thing I've read that was that boring, when it shouldn't be, is a Medieval German history book I had to read for a literature class once. Just tons of strings of kings and knights killing each other over kingdoms.
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And I'm a cheap date

Your Personality Is Like Alcohol

You're the life of the party, a total flirt, and probably a pretty big jokester.
Sometimes your behavior gets you in trouble, but you still remain socially acceptable.
You're a pretty bad driver, and you're dancing could also use a little work!


I don't know if I'm a bad driver, and I am definitely NOT a flirt... well, hardly ever on purpose. But I definitley am a cheap date.

Meanwhile, Harpua's owners paid me for my services with two bottles of Riesling from Trier. Hey, I was going to ask for cat food, but now with that bottle of red they gave me for last time, I have three bottles of wine stocked up. My birthday party in August is going to be alcholic for sure.
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Lair of the WTF

After a delay of some two months, I've finally watched my latest Netflix movie rental, Lair of the White Worm, and I'm so glad I didn't give up on myself and just return it, because it turned out to be one hell of "WTF?" horror movie. And "WTF?" horror movies are my favorite kind, not for being scary, but for being full of bizarre scenes, freaky music, cheesy special effects, colored lights, messed up eroticism, etc. -- for example, The Hunger and Suspiria. This one was right up there!

This movie was like one big hour-and-a-half WTF moment. Witness:

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And it goes on.

There were all just some really, really English things in the movie, like characters constantly talking about how they've got to make the tea, no matter how absurd the occasion, and nosy neighbors who call the one local cop if they see anything "suspicious."

Also notable? Some of the worst sound effects I've EVER heard. This ties in to the bad use of video collage and/or clips, like when Hugh Grant turns on the TV and there's this 1910s movie that *happens* to be on about a caterpillar. Was this the only thing Ken Russell could find?

Anyway, despite / because of all this, I highly recommend this piece of garbage and may post some screen caps later.
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Twins with Gay Daddies

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how my office threw a baby shower for my co-worker Barry and his partner Dan, who were about to become daddies to twins. Well, the twins were born yesterday, over 5 pounds each and quite healthy, a boy and a girl, David and Elyssa. And because the pics Barry shared with us are so cute, I'm posting a couple here:

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The surrogate mom is doing well too. She has two other children, who've been staying here in Atlanta with her for the past couple of weeks, and will be going back to North Carolina in a few days. I'm sure they'll be staying in touch with her.
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Today Alternet pointed to a blog post about Bush being labeled a "dictator" on TV. It pointed out that the definition kind of fits really.

Here, see this:

1. An absolute ruler.
2. A tyrant; a despot.
2. An ancient Roman magistrate appointed temporarily to deal with an immediate crisis or emergency.
3. One who dictates: These initials are those of the dictator of the letter.

Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition


n 1: a speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording machine 2: a ruler who is unconstrained by law [syn: potentate] 3: a person behaves in an tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime" [syn: authoritarian]

Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University

I think the second definition, meaning #2, is really what Bush is going for.