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  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    They’re reshowing a lot of the Canada Heritage Minutes on CTV this morning; is this something they do every year this week, or have they just been looping these continuously for 20 years?Report

  2. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    There’s about 5 minutes worth of the same thing in Saving Private Ryan as far as I’m concerned. I loved this movie, and then the frame story, particularly the end part, just kind of goes on too long and is too tear-jerky. I kind of want to say, “Allright! Enough already! I get the point!”. I still love it though.Report

  3. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    I’m in Juneau, fishing with my wife’s cousin.

    Life is good.Report

  4. Avatar Maribou says:

    Reading lots of stuff, most interestingly Brian Vaughan and Tony Harris’ comic Ex Machina which I had not gotten to before now. (I’d been reading Saga as part of my Hugo voting process and realized “oh yeah, I probably WOULD like that other one too”. I’m basically a Brian Vaughan fangirl at this point.)

    Watching the same batch of stuff you’d expect me to be watching – finishing up the Hamish MacBeth’s at the moment.

    Listening to the same podcasts, no new ones. (MORE than enough podcasts, may end up jettisoning a couple.)

    Saving the long Coode Street where they talk to Kim Stanley Robinson about Aurora for after I get to read it (waiting on a pre-order). Also looking forward to Jo Walton’s The Philosopher Kings and K.J. Parker’s Savages, which are sitting on my table waiting for me to be less behind on library books. When the KSR arrives I may just chuck it all in, library-book-wise, return ’em, and wallow in all my lovely new SFF for a while :).Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      Loved, loved, loved Ex Machina. More than Y. Pride of Baghdad is wonderful as well.

      I kind of stalled out on Saga.Report

    • Avatar Maribou says:

      I forgot to say, also, that Around the Block, an art-house take on the popular “white lady inspires a bunch of non-white high school kids to change their lives” scenario, was unexceptional EXCEPT for a handful of utterly superb performances, most notably Hunter Page-Lochard as the young male lead (protip, you wouldn’t know from the trailer that he gets more screen time than Ricci, but he totally does).

      Which is notable because a) maybe you, like me, watch movies mostly for the acting, and might like this one and b) he’s going to have a (smaller) role in Cleverman, a show that is going to come out this year? next year? in Australia. It couldn’t sound more like a show I would enjoy if it tried.Report

  5. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Rounding out the Foundation series, on the seventh and final book. After that, probably going back to crime (either Michael Connelly or the Lucas Davenport series).

    I finished Daredevil! V jnf xvaq bs ubcvat gung Xvatcva jbhyq npghnyyl jvttyr bhg bs vg, or noyr gb cerfreir fbzr qrterr bs univat n “tbbq anzr” naq nyy bs gung, fvapr uvf anzr vf cerggl zhpu jung ur unf. Gur pbfghzr jbexf, gubhtu V jvfu gurl unqa’g xrcg gur rlrf bcra.

    And one episode in to the new season of Game of Thrones.Report

    • There;s also the Second Foundation Trilogy (three books authorized by Asimov’s estate), but I don’t particularly recommend them.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        I’ll take a look if I ever get through Asimov’s writing and feel a hunger for more.

        I don’t suppose these books picked up where the fifth left off?Report

        • No, they’re set at various times before and during Foundation, since Hari Seldon is one of their main characters.

          There is an unauthorized sequel called Psychohistorical Crisis, by Donald Kingsbury, that takes place after Seldon’s Plan is complete. (Because it’s unauthorized, he does things like refer to the Mule as “Cloun-the-Stubborn”.) I read it a long time ago, and I recall it being very good but very complicated. I should probably read it again some time.

          Kingsbury is an interesting guy. He’s only written about three novels, one every ten years or so, The most famous is Courtship Rite, which is about a human colony on a planet where almost everything is poisonous, so humans practice cannibalism for lack of other foods. It’s also highly libertarian. (No snark; both are true and important to the story.)Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      The rumor that I have heard is that Daredevil Season Two won’t involve Kingpin.

      Which makes sense.

      Give him a season to recover.Report

      • Avatar trumwill says:

        Punisher! Punisher! Punisher! Can’t wait!

        Even so, in my mind someone like Kingpin actually works best as a side villain. He could make all kinds of mischief in a Daredevil-Punisher battle royale!

        But setting aside the whole “They didn’t do it how I would have done it”… I did like Daredevil.Report

        • Avatar Jaybird says:

          I thought they relied a little too much on the old ultra-v in the first 3 or 5 episodes. Once they tamed the violence down to “punching people” and “kicking people” and only bad guys (and, I suppose, reformed bad guys) used guns or other instruments, it found its feet.Report

  6. Avatar Chris says:

    We’re watching Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I’m half-heartedly watching season 2 of OITNB, but with the weather being so amazing, I’ve barely been in the house to watch TV.

    Rereading some old favorites.Report

    • Avatar aaron david says:

      I found the perfect book for you- Stanislaw Lem’s Cyberiad. It’s like Calvino writing SF! Here is a short story Right up your alleyReport

      • Avatar Chris says:

        Now you’ve joined Schilling in his quest to bankrupt me with book recommendations, I see.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        Aaron David,

        Working my way thru TBOTNS a second time. It’s a very different read, I have to say. It’s almost (almost!) an entirely different story. Which is a very strange thing to experience….

        I read a bunch of discussion threads where folks were trying to figure out exactly what the hell is going on in the book and a couple things mentioned and explored make quite a bit of sense, especially on a second reading. I won’t post them here cuz Spoilers!, but man it’s a lot of work trying to figure out even the most basic plot themes. And I mean that in a good way. One way to say it as that this feels like a truly interactive book. The reader needs to bring it when reading or the best bits won’t even be recognized.

        Again, thanks for the initial recommendation.

        (Oh, and I haven’t read the fifth book in the series, where (apparently) a bunch of weird issues get maybe-kinda-sorta resolved.)Report

        • Avatar aaron david says:

          Yeah, there is a bunch of things going on that you can’t even attempt to pick up on with the first reading. Mostly because you don’t think to look for them, but also because they operate outside the both the central plot (how he becomes Autarch) and also because that might not be the central plot (which you don’t know ’cause Wolfe misdirects you, or you misdirect yourself)Report

          • Avatar Stillwater says:

            Oh, at this point I’m not sure I could pick up on most of them, let alone all of them. Seems to me Wolfe has written this book from the outside in and presented it as a series of minimally revealed puzzles for the reader to figure out. A very intelligent and REALLY careful study of the entire book might reveal all the mysteries and plot devices/constructions. Course, I’m giving Wolfe a lot of credit here for constructing a much larger world than he explicitly reveals in the book, one he only hints at. And a coherent on at that. As of right now, I think I’m correct in attributing that much to him. 🙂Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        By the way, the old favorites I mentioned rereading are Zweig’s Der große Krieg der weißen Männer cycle and Broch’s The Death of Virgil. All books worth the time (though “the time” means something very different for Zweig and Broch).Report

        • Avatar aaron david says:

          I haven’t read any Zweig, but the wife loved Post Office Girl. The short story I linked is super quick, only take you about a minute. I really do think it is perfect for you.Report

          • Avatar Chris says:

            Different Zweig (Post Office Girl is Stephan, and also very good; the WWI cycle is Arnold).

            I will read the short story on the bus this afternoon, for sure.Report

  7. Avatar Francis says:

    Greece votes no. Life in Europe is about to get a lot more interesting. Is the EU only a political body? What happens when [Alabama, whose transfer payments {Social Security, highway funds} were denominated as loans] tells the rest of the world that they’re never getting paid back?

    In the US, we call that the price of union. In Europe, now what?Report

    • Avatar trumwill says:

      (Mindless Diversions posts are meant to be – relatively – politics free. In the future, “Open thread” style comments are best placed on to Linky Friday threads.)

      Anyhow, my response is here. You can scroll up a bit and see other comments.Report

  8. I just ran across this: a history of Western Civilization as taught by Eugen Weber, in 52 half-hour shows. It says it was originally broadcast on PBS in 1989. I watched a few minutes of the first one: he led off with a clip from Why Man Creates, which I’ve loved since I was small. I’ll watch an episode or two and report back.Report

  9. Avatar Kim says:

    Watching The Wire…
    Does anyone notice Elba’s accent in that? My friend has it tracked down to West London, and without looking it up either.
    I can’t freaking hear it at all…

    Also wondering why the FBI building in Baltimore has that odd warbling hum…Report

  10. Avatar aaron david says:

    During my scouting this week, I picked up some nice books, The Moon and Sixpence by Maughm, The Wayward Bus by Steinbeck and Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem. So my reading pile just got a little taller…

    Watched Moone Boy, which is quite funny, while still binging on Seinfeld.Report

  11. Avatar Hoosegow Flask says:

    I finally caught up on all the Walking Dead episodes that have been languishing on my DVR. I do enjoy the actors and the characters, but some things have me yelling at the TV.

    – “Url Abnu, V abgvprq lbh unir n uheg yrt. Jr unir n fhetrba jub zvtug or noyr gb uryc. Va gur zrnagvzr, jul qba’g lbh tb bhg fpniratvat sbe hf.”

    – “Trr, gurfr jnyxref ner pbairavragyl genccrq oruvaq n punvayvax srapr. Vg jbhyq gnxr whfg n srj zbzragf gb qvfcngpu gurz nyy naq znxr fher gurl jba’g rng hf yngre. Yrg’f whfg vtaber gurz.”

    – “Gur jbeguyrff cevrfg jubfr yvsr jr fnirq vf onq-zbhguvat hf gb gur yrnqre bs guvf frggyrzrag naq gelvat gb trg hf xvpxrq bhg. V’yy whfg xrrc guvf haqre zl ung.”

    – “Yrg’f tb sbe n jnyx va gur mbzovr vasrfgrq jbbqf. V qba’g jnag gb pneel bar bs gur cyragvshy evsyrf be fubgthaf, fb V’yy whfg gnxr 1 cvfgby.”

    “Bx, V qba’g arrq nal thaf ng nyy, V’yy whfg gnxr n xavsr.”

    Gur bire-gur-gbc tber jr’ir frra guvf frnfba ybbxf yvxr evqvphybhf O-zbivr ubeebe fcrpvny rssrpgf, rfcrpvnyyl Abnu’f qrngu. Vg ernyyl qvzvavfurq gur vzcnpg bs n flzcngurgvp punenpgre’f qrngu. Fbzrgvzrf yrff vf zber.Report

  12. Avatar Will Truman says:

    So I decided to watch an episode of Dukes of Hazzard because reasons. (No politics!)

    Imagine my surprise seeing (a very young!) Mr Belding (from Saved By The Bell) as one of the thuggy bad guys pulling a gun on the Dukes. He was apparently in three episodes! (as different characters).Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq says:

      Considering the average age of the Dukes audience, the producers probably thought that viewers would be too young or dumb to notice.Report