Went to see the London production of Avenue Q: Sesame Street spoof with rude bits. Been meaning to see it since that The Internet is for Porn song that did the rounds a while back.
I'm not usually into musicals, but you can't really go wrong with a concept like that: ranged from at least mildly amusing to LOL-funny. Highlights: puppet sex and the Bad Idea Bears.
Production: some pretty clever set design and nifty puppet-swapping. Found the puppetry a bit disconcerting at first: the puppeteers wander around the stage and do the same body movements, expressions and speech; so at first your eyes seem more drawn to them, but you get used to it pretty quickly.
Audience: oddly seemed less USian than you usually get in the West End: maybe they've all already seen it in New York.
So, worth seeing if you fancy a change and can stomach West End prices. Might even be worth going for the stalls if you can: I think the puppetry may mean the sight-lines are tighter; and they seemed to be directing things straight forward.
So the next NASA manned launcher is to be Orion. Seems somewhat irrationally depressing. Seems to be pretty much just another Soyuz: capsule launched by rocket. Certainly seems likely to be much safer than the Shuttle, but also much lower in capacity and vastly less ambitious. Seems almost like the end of the reusable spaceship concept.
Also, seems almost like that for getting to the ISS they might as well just stick with Soyuz, since it's little different: it's untried technology, so is likely to be more dangerous,. If it's just being built out of national pride, why bother? At least the Shuttle's dangerousness was partly due to its ambition.
Also not sure that the basic Shuttle concept was a bad idea: stick it on top of the stack where it can't be hit by debris, get rid of the pointless military long-glide capacity; and something like the Shuttle might well work.
Not been reading much in this week: still busy at work.
Started Douglas Coupland's latest JPod, but haven't got very far. It's not bad, quite niftily done, but just seems very repetitive of his other books so far. Partly seems to be a retread of Microserfs, but with some zany family stuff bolted on.
Operation Don't Get Fatter
Up a couple of pounds after visiting the parents as expected.
Useful tips on video.
"And it's all in the best possible taste" corner. World Trade Center "coins" with towers on a hinge so you can stand them up, or...
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