Saw All About Eve: 1950s melodrama about an ambitious ingenue insinuating her way into an acting career. For some reason I got the impression it was supposed to be a subtle exhibition of acting and wit, but it's actually an utterly cheesy display of hamming it up. Pretty enjoyable though, with some good moments, though it does beat the point home with a mallet a bit. Could have done with some cutting.
Worth watching providing you've got a high enough cheese threshold.
What I'm Watching 2
Saw "A Scanner Darkly" at the cinema and thought it was superb. Seems to be the first Dickian Dick movie: brilliantly disturbing in the way reality shifts around the protagonists. Also the first two-thirds is incredibly funny, though maybe you have to have been there: the drugged conversations are hilariously realistic.
Liked the rotoscoped animation: seems to be photos in the distance, but they morph into cartoon as you get closer. The scramble suits are particularly good. Also happened to notice the script for Blade Runner scrolling in one of the windows.
Gets a little depressing at the end. Seems to resolve things and end up a lot clearer than the book. Liked the way they preserved Dick's credits to his burned out friends at the end.
Links.Book quotes; book and film wikipedia; Guardian reviews, slideshow. Also has a rather dubious Dick movie quiz: I was pretty sure that the fictional SF writer Kilgore Trout was based on Theodore Sturgeon.
Operation Don't Get Fatter
Back down to 11st 6 after last week's rise: that might have just been a measurement glitch. Weight seems to fluctuate more than it did during the Operation Become Less Fat phase. I suppose I was eating very consistently back then.
Going home to see the parents this weekend.
Still pretty busy at work: have been working moderately late most nights, but no weekends so far. Hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew.
Stumbled across this term MUPS: Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms. Seems to be being used to group together things like Morgellons, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and so on. More details here and here.
More useful stuff from Wikipedia: Offensive terms for every nationality.
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