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  1. Avatar Maribou says:

    I’m in the middle of an SF novel by M.J. Locke called up against it, which I really like. And otherwise … yeah… it’s the busy season.Report

  2. Avatar ScarletNumbers says:

    This post loses its meaning when you post it so late.Report

  3. Avatar Glyph says:

    I’ve been working my way through Season 1 of Vikings. While I can’t exactly say it’s a great show (some of the characterization seems inconsistent and strictly plot-servicing, though since it is depicting an old pagan culture, it’s conveniently possible that character motivations will be a bit inscrutable), it’s pretty entertainingly watchable. You don’t really find yourself looking at the clock.Report

    • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Glyph says:

      I’m a big fan of Vikings. The nice thing (for them) is that the info surrounding Ragnar is half-myth, half-historical fact so they can really take some liberties with the story. It’s a fun show.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko in reply to Mike Dwyer says:

        I have a massive viewer-crush on Kathryn Winnick because of her portrayal of Lagertha. As in, I think my wife feels a little threatened by it in a way she doesn’t by the likes of Amy Adams, because when we watch the show she’ll ask me things like “But isn’t Auslag pretty too?” and she seems just a shade too concerned about it because it’s not usually like me to prefer a blonde (my wife has lovely chestnut hair herself). I usually deflect it by pointing out that all the man-Vikings are really hot too, but she pretty much sees right through that.Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Mike Dwyer says:

        Lagertha is pretty damn sexy. Her face sometimes reminds me a little of the actress that played Tara on Buffy, except her character is THE EXACT OPPOSITE – Tara always had this hangdog hunched-shoulder mopey thing going on.

        Whereas Lagertha…does not hunch, nor mope. Oh no.Report

      • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Mike Dwyer says:

        Yes – Lagertha/Kathryn Winnick is lovely. Not to spoil things for Glyph, jura fur ergheaf nf na rdhny, jvgu ure bja fbyqvref, nsgre gur ybat frcnengvba orgjrra ure naq Entane, vg jnf znlor bar bs zl snibevgr zbzragf va gur frevrf.Report

  4. Avatar Glyph says:

    Also, I got through the first twenty or so pages of Horns by Joe Hill, which seems to be about all I can get through anymore. Maybe I will start a series of reviews of the first twenty pages of books.Report

  5. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Watched the Ascension miniseries of Psy-Fie last week. I like that they swung for the fences but missed badly rather than just go to the same sharksquito schlock.Report

  6. Avatar Kimmi says:

    I just finished a plotline that the writers didn’t even know about.
    Amazing, really.Report

  7. Avatar zic says:

    Because @glyph recommended it, I’ve been watching Black Mirror on Netflix. Oy. Difficult and dark and really, really worth watching. But difficult enough that I cannot binge it; I need time to ponder and recover between episodes. I’ve watched the first three episodes; and 3 is mind bending for someone who’s read just about everything Iain Banks published. The first is pure shock value; the second depressing beyond measure.Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to zic says:

      @zic – Heh. I’m….sorry, I guess? 🙂 I know what you mean about needing to chew on them afterwards.

      I just re-watched 2 and 3 with a friend and will probably watch them a third time with my wife at some point. They are definitely my favorites of the entire series.

      I’m not sure that the first one is solely shock value (though that’s obviously a big part of it). I DO think it was trying to say something about:

      A.) The way a modern “pure” democracy, as run via instant Twitter polls and immediate internet feedback, might run into problems with yrggvat penaxf jvgu grzcbenel znq juvzf frg gur ntraqn,

      and

      B.) this idea that just because we are *all* experiencing something, doesn’t somehow automatically make it OK. One guy wants to jngpu gur CZ shpx n cvt, naq ur’f n creireg; ohg na ragver angvba qbrf, naq gung’f whfg vagrearg ragregnvazrag va gur zbqrea jbeyq; ab qvssrerag guna cenaxvat rnpu bgure jvgu tbngfr.

      I keep thinking I’d like to do recaps for the show here; would you be interested in doing some guest posts on them?Report

  8. Avatar aaron david says:

    The wife and I just finished one of the BBC mysteries, Broadchurch. Holy Shirt was it good. It didn’t pull any punches, didn’t treat you like you were an idiot, and had real emotions and ethics backing it up. Highly recommend.Report

  9. Consider this a bleg of sorts. Long ago there was a short story in which odd things were happening to the main character. For example, he hits a golf ball into the woods and when he goes after it, he doesn’t find his ball but does find a lei made with badly wilted flowers. He eventually figures out that at a specific interval the “story” of his life is experiencing a misplaced “e”. In the example, instead of getting a “bad lie” (a golf term) he got a “bad lei”. He times things so that at the proper moment he’s stepping across the city line for a place named Haveen or something like that and winds up in Heaven, where he explains his problem. It’s traced to a celestial Linotype dropping an occasional “e” early (that it’s a Linotype says something about how long ago this was). I’m stumped about where I read the story, and haven’t found anything like it online. Anyone got a clue?

    I’m going to have to sit down and have a stern talk with the guy in the back of my head that runs the filing department — tossing this over the wall for me to think about is just silly.Report

  10. Okay, the voice in charge of the filing system in the back of my head is not listening to reason. There was a TV episode — Twilight Zone? — where the world is just sound stages assembled by little guys at the last minute when needed. Sometimes they miss out on the details, which is why you can go through the drawers in a room and not find whatever it is you’ve lost, but can come back several minutes later — the stage has been torn down and rebuilt in your absence — and find the lost thing right there in the top drawer. The construction process goes by something like “building the minutes.”

    My entire family, having found something like that, says “Must have been the little guys that build the minutes.”Report