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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 09:07:41 AM EST) Reading, Watching, Me, Museums (all tags)
Reading: The Penelopiad.

What I'm Reading
Continuing the Ulysses / Odyssey theme read The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. Short volume telling the story of Odysseus' wife Penelope, from her point of view in the Grecian afterlife. It's constructed with a chorus from the maids who were killed by Telemachus and Odysseus at the end, in the most disturbing part of the original.

In spite of that it's pretty light, entertaining reading: read it in a single session. It's packaged very like a chick-lit book, and seems to be meant to be accessible.

Book does its job and is a good read. Problem is it's bit predictable. I think one of Atwood's problems is that she's a bit lazy when it comes to exploring ideas. When she has an idea, she explains what it is and goes through the obvious motions; but she never really takes an unexpected path or follows it deeper than the reader would or plays with the reader's expectations. So it's a bit anticlimactic to watch everything unfold just as expected. Decent bit of summer reading though.

What I'm Watching
Annie Hall Saw Annie Hall on DVD, as part of my "alleged classics I haven't bothered with" series. Pretty good Woody Allen movie, with some shrewd observations: laughed out loud in a few places. Some of the satire of California seems pretty dated now though. Also, even though he's playing an exaggerated character, the nerd-schtick seems less convincing now that the real Allen appears to be a fairly manipulative, domineering character. Quite a diversity of touches, from the little animations to the what-they're-thinking subtitles to the stepping-out-of-character stuff: seems to have been quite innovative.

Also like the bit where they're splitting up their possessions and Annie is going through a box of badges. "I guess these are all yours. Impeach Eisenhower... impeach Nixon... impeach Lyndon Johnson... impeach Reagan..." #A4C4C2

Went to see the Constable exhibition at Tate Britain. Visiting not too bad: went there for 10AM on a Sunday and was fairly cool at that time (wearing shorts and short sleeves anyway). Only one child, but unusually that was a German family, and as soon as it started howling the parents removed it from the gallery so as not to disturb people. Strange behaviour: no UKian parents would dream of doing such a thing.

Pretty interesting. They've got a lot of big six-foot canvases, and display them next to the full-size oil sketches; quick, blurred versions of the same scenes done to capture the light and moment. Very much like impressionistic paintings, though Constable reworked his canvases substantially afterwards, merrily moving boats, carts and buildings around to improve the composition.

Also an interesting gadget: a screen mapped to a camera or sensor facing the visitor, which flicks sections between an actual painting and an X-ray of a previous version, so you can move in and out and watch the figures disappear.

Sleep. Dunno if this happens to other people. Haven't been sleeping well for a while, but have got 4 to 5 hours per night, which leaves me slightly black-eyed but fairly functional. Then I got one really good, full night's sleep of over 8 hours... and the next day I'm utterly knackered, grouchy, irritable and with a complete lack of ability to concentrate.

The light might be the problem though I've put up an extra improvised curtain. Might try looking for one of those eye-masks neurotic housewives wear in movies.

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Sun by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 09:25:08 AM EST
It always takes me a good month to adjust to the sign rising before I need to get up.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Sleep by TurboThy (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 12:56:00 PM EST
Usually sleep no more than 6 hours per night. When I then get 8-9 hours on a weekend, I invariably get a splitting headache ...
Sommerhus til salg, første række til Kattegat.
You've got to post pics by calla (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 05:17:49 PM EST
of you in the eye-mask.

Eye-masks are so kitschy.

"Are Linux chicks worth it?" fencepost

I disagree. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 07:20:55 PM EST
Any time is a good time to satirise California.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Constable exhibition by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 12:15:32 AM EST
The lighting has been criticised, there's meant to be a lot of glare on the paintings.

It's political correctness gone mad!

Not sure if it's the lighting by R Mutt (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 12:18:22 AM EST
But most of the smaller paintings are behind glass, which means you get glare reflected.

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I never feel refreshed in the mornings by priestess (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 12:29:10 AM EST
I can sleep for 16 hours or 4 and still feel the same at like 8am when I have to get up: Horrible.

It's the morning thing that does it to me, hardly seems to matter how much sleep I have.

Chat to the virtual me...

feel you on the sleep... by bobdole (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Jun 14, 2006 at 12:27:00 PM EST
for some reason somebody is putting down new pipes or something on the street next to my house. So every morning at 0705 they start digging and doing stuff. Has been going on for at least a week.

I guess it wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fact that we decided that all of june work doesn't start until 10...which means I'm supposed to sleep until ~9 :-(. I'm taking friday off, which means I'm gonna sleep until noon, then just do nothing all day.

This waking up at seven and the long hours to make up for friday means I'm usually passed out by one... really sucks, pretty much the whole day is gonzo...
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