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Rambling Ramble of Ramblehood

I'm mostly better now and looking forward to getting back to work.

The nice thing about being sick and having a Kindle is how easy it makes it to not have to get out of bed when you're bored. Just read a different book. And then if you run out, um, buy a few more. (I gotta say, the comfort reading is nicely priced. Star Trek novels average about >$3 a pop.) Some books I particularly liked:

The English American by Alison Larkin. A very lovely written book about being adotped and discovering your birth family and all the fun and pain inherent in that. Highly recommended actually.

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl. Reichl was the restaurant critic for the NYT back in the 90s. (Remember the 90s? Remember NYC in the 90s?) Because the food biz is what it is, she made disguises so she could go to restaurants and get treated like everyone else--sometimes, horribly, sometimes, fabulously. Very entertaining and engaging. Also: great to read about fancy food when you yourself are living off of jello.

I also watched Netflix movies. I heart the Netflix.

Darkon is a bland documentary about an interesting subject: LARPs and the LARPing RPers who RP them. I'm sure this would make fascinating viewing for someone who doesn't know what the SCA is or has never played IFGS, or, frankly, someone who has never been to a Renaissance Festival. If you have? It's a shitload of wasted opportunities. Take the fat white boys talking about how they yearn for ways to prove themselves and have comraderie. And then talk to the black dude who just got back from Iraq where his men were killed by an eight year old girl with a bomb strapped to her chest. And wonder why they didn't talk to that dude more. Why was he playing Darkon? We'll never know.

Eastern Promises: Do you love Viggo Mortensen? Well this is the movie for you. It's also the movie for you if you like Russian mob stories, immigration issues, or just like tattoos and violence. Really fucking good, and I generally don't like mob movies.


Finishing up wedding stuff. I will not run away.

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