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  1. Avatar aaron david says:

    I have been reading Waugh’s of Honor, his take/novel of WWII. Just watched Faster, and here is the trailer:

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    • Avatar aaron david says:

      That’s Waugh’s Sword of Honor…Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        The original three novels, or the edited, single-volume edition? Too late now, I know, but I preferred the complete version.Report

      • Avatar aaron david says:

        The completed version, I read the three individually years agoReport

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        Cool. I enjoyed it as a story (It’s funny, inventive, at time absurd, closely-observed, pointed satire, i.e. Waugh), but its political views make me a bit queasy.

        As you probably know, there’s lot of autobiography in it. Waugh also did his best to find a way to serve, even though, like Guy Crouchback, he was a bit long in the tooth for combat, and his experiences parallel Guy’s in Africa, Crete, and Yugoslavia.Report

      • Avatar aaron david says:

        @mike-schillinh Indeed, his proofs of Brideshead were parachuted to him while in a cave in Yugoslavia.
        I know my politics differ from yours, but when it comes to reading, I usually ignore that part in any novel 10+ years old. Unless it is intenesly laughable, such D.H. Laurence.Report

  2. Avatar Glyph says:

    When I used to watch Hannibal, I would say things like ‘I cannot believe I just saw THAT on network TV.’

    After this past episode, I am dropping the ‘on network TV’ part.

    Can’t believe The Americans is almost over, this season has been great.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      I used to get that from Seinfeld (there was one season in particular where they seemed to keep pushing the envelope on just how much they could get past the censor, each week a bit more) and Arrested Development (that’s the worst of George Carlin’s seven words, and they just made an obvious pun on it?)

      You know what I’d like to see that I wouldn’t believe? The real last episode of Breaking Bad. Not the one where Jnyg vf fnar ntnva naq pbapbpgf fpurzr gb chavfu gur onq naq erjneq gur tbbq, nas gurl nyy jbex, the one where fvpxarff naq ybaryvarff unir qevira uvz pbzcyrgryl bire gur rqtr, naq ur chavfurf rirelbar ur’f rire unq n tehqtr ntnvafg nf ivpvbhfyl nf uvf srirevfu oenva pna vzntvar, naq gung nyy tbrf gb fuvg va jnlf gung znxr vg rira jbefr. Lbh xabj, whfg sbe n fgnegre, gur evpva jvaqf hc va Sylaa’f jnssyrf.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        I read an interview with Bryan Fuller where he was being asked how NBC’s Standards and Practices had allowed what happened this last week on Hannibal, and what he said was they told him as long as he kept it in shadow, he’d be fine.

        And of course, keeping it in shadow (though, it LINGERED) did what it always does – you brain makes the horrific EVEN WORSE.

        He also told a story about how in an earlier episode, S&P had a problem with the exposed buttcrack of a corpse.

        So he slathered more blood on it to make it “decent” enough for broadcast.

        Says it all really.Report

      • Avatar Kim says:

        I got that from Torchwood and the Simpsons (of course, with the simpsons, most of the time they were jokes that were intended as red herrings for the censors. like the one about seamen).Report

  3. Avatar Maribou says:

    I’m up to the 5th season of Parks and Rec. Been reading quite a bit too. Comics, short stories, fantasy series novels. I finished Voyage of the Beagle and Mary Roach’s Gulp, and now I am in the middle of the latest Lukynanenko to be published in the US, New Watch.Report

  4. Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    I saw Godzilla last night, in 3D

    Much to recommend, especially if you want to watch the Bay Area get flattened by nuclear powered monsters (and really, who doesn’t?).Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      History shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man.Report

    • Avatar Roger says:

      As I entered the theater, I joked with the guy selling me the ticket that it would be hilarious if they brought back Mothra next. Joke was on me. This actually was a remake of the old Godzilla vs Mothra movie of the 50s.

      Nice to know Godzilla is there not to point out the folly of man (sorry BOC and Glyph) but as a balancing system built into nature. Perhaps King Kong can save us from the horrors of AGW, and the Creature from The White Lagoon (post racial lagoon) can save us from Obamacare.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schillinh says:

      Make it L.A. getting flattened, and I’d watch it.Report

  5. Avatar Roger says:

    I kept up with three good shows this weekend…. Orphan Black, De Vinci’s Demons, and Fargo. Interestingly, OB is much weaker this season than last, but De Vinci is just the opposite.

    BB Thornton has created one of the best amoral bad guys ever in Fargo.Report

  6. Avatar zic says:

    I’ve begun reading A New History of Western Philosophy, which Chris suggested as a good introduction to philosophy; just so I wouldn’t feel so stupid around ya’ll. I’ve got a giant crush on Anaxagoras, and I wept that Socrates execution came from embracing some of his ideas.

    Now, I’m in the Theory of Forms. May have to take a side trip to read through the dialogues; we’ll see if I still need to by the end of the first of the four books. But they really mix out on the fractal nature of things is all I have to say. Statistics to even out all that vibration would have helped, no?Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      There are a lot of dialogues. I have a complete dialogues, and go through it every couple years. It takes me much of the year to give it a good reading. But if you want some suggestions of dialogues that you definitely should not miss, I have some ideas (as, I suspect, do several people here).Report

      • Avatar zic says:

        I am always happy for reading recommendations, @chris.

        I already have The Apology, Phaeto, and Crito since they’re in The Harvard Classics. I suppose they’re all available on line; too.Report

  7. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Watching The Following. I enjoyed the first season, but it got tiresome really quickly. I don’t think I’ll be watching the third.Report

  8. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    Had a day to myself as the gf studied for law finals. Walked over to the small local theater to see The Grand Budapest Hotel before it left. I’m a Wes Anderson fan. Not his very best, but solid.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      My daughter and I realized we were Wes Anderson fans after we loved both Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox. We had pretty much the same reaction as you to GBH. Some lovely bits, but it didn’t really gel.Report

      • Avatar Michael Drew says:

        I definitely liked it at least as much as half his oeuvre. So it’s not like it’s lesser Anderson IMO. FMF is spectacular, though. MK was just good for me – I wasn’t quite the audience I don’t think. (Though “Social Services” as a character name is hilarious.)Report

  9. Avatar Saul DeGraw says:

    Currently reading: Augustus by John Williams and Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with DH Lawrence by Geoff DyerReport

  10. Avatar veronica dire says:

    What am I reading? Well, boring answer: I’m re-reading Stroustrup, because my new job (yay!) uses C++, and it’s been a few years for me. So, nerd-stuff. No time for any TV at all. I’m totally in intense study mode, have been since I decided to change jobs.

    The effort paid off.

    (Lesson for the kids at home: when things get hard, work harder.)Report

    • Avatar aaron david says:

      Congratulations!Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      Hopefully C++ hasn’t added too much bloat since you looked at it last. (I’m kidding: of course it has!)

      My (not) favorite new feature in C++11 is this:

      In addition to being able to declare a function as:

      int foo(int bar)

      you can also now declare it as

      auto foo(int bar) -> int

      Why? To work around some problems with template syntax.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      Check out Boost. Boost is awesome, multiplatform.
      (they may have added most of it to the standard C++ spec too, by now).Report

  11. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    Last week I powered through the first season of Orphan Black at my wife’s request. It is really, really good. Tonight we’re starting the current season which is in progress. We should be caught up by next weekend.

    Love this time of year. All my shows are wrapping up their seasons which means I can start binging on all the ones I don’t watch in real time. I’ve got lots of episodes of Castle and Turn and yeah, we’re still torturing ourselves with Grey’s Anatomy.Report

    • Avatar Roger says:

      Without giving anything away, I was surprised that they have taken a break from the defining (and to me enjoyable) gimmick of the first season… Having an actress play a half dozen characters well who are each playing each other badly.

      There is something about the recursiveness of it all that makes it fascinating (such as watching Cage play Travolta and vice versa in Face Off). Of course I still think The Parent Trap was great cinema.Report

  12. Avatar Damon says:

    Watched two short plays by Woody Allen…

    Non New Yorkers don’t seem to have what it takes to pull it off–according to my jewish actress friend–at least at the community theatre level.

    The greek food beforehand was great though 🙂Report

  13. Avatar Kim says:

    Game of Thrones makes Dr. Who look like it was run by 12 year olds.
    Still wanting to look at Dr. Who’s source material. (how can it be gone? It’s the internet!?!)Report

    • Avatar Roger says:

      Doesn’t Dr Who start again soon? They sure have taken a strange intermission on that show considering it is finally popular in the States now.

      Going back to an old Doctor is a risky move considering the young, fresh Doctors paid off so well.Report

  14. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Caught up on Game of Thrones yesterday after vacation. Ended up a bit too fuzzy around the edges to approach grading papers with the kind of alacrity my students deserve.

    Got papers to grade tonight and tomorrow. After that, catching up on The Americans.

    After that, it’s back to “S.” by Dorst and Abrams. Can’t figure out how to use that damn Eotvos Wheel.Report