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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 11:06:54 AM EST) Reading, Museums, Steam, MLP (all tags)
Reading: JPod


Museums
Went to White Cube (warning: seriously crappy website: skip intro is supposed to be an archaic joke now, people) to see the Dark Matter exhibition: a conceptual art collection where all the items are black. Seemed rather lacking in lustre: didn't find it very enlightening. Included a Damien Hirst of a large diamond shape made up of dead flies. All seems a bit repetitive when you just put a load of black geometric shapes together: hard to see what the artists are supposed to be doing differently to each other.

Free, uncrowded.

Also dropped in at the British Museum and had look at the Durga image: Bengali craftsmen are making a big straw and clay scene to be ceremonially destroyed in the Thames in a month or two. Definitely impressive to see them at work. Must be annoying to do your job in front of such a big crowd though.

Reading
Finished JPod by Douglas Coupland, but not much more to add to this. Pretty well done, one of his lighter weight books, but very repetitive of Microserfs and his earlier books. You know the drill: irony-drenched pop culture and people with cushy office jobs complaining about them.

Reviews: Guardian; January; IHT sums it up:

To Coupland's credit, the technologically sophisticated but socially alienated universe that he anticipated in 1995 is an even more tangible and complicated entity in 2006 - a time when people really do speak in regurgitated sound bites from "The Simpsons," and are labeled autistic simply because they are shy, and are granted preposterous job descriptions like being part of a "world-building team" when they possess little control over the world in which they live - and that gives him license to revisit this territory in "JPod." If it's more difficult to recognize the profundity of his insights this time, we should still appreciate Coupland for his consistency in making them. I know every Big Mac I've eaten from Key West to Vancouver has probably tasted the same, but I'd be lying if I said they haven't all been damned tasty.
Steam
Haven't done one of these in a while.

Spring onions: absolutely superb in the steamer. Tangy and with a pleasant crunchiness retained in the bulbs.

Marrow: pretty good too. Tastier than a courgette <USian>zucchini</USian>. Problem is that it's quite hard to get through a whole marrow as side dishes when you live alone. Lasts quite a long time in the fridge though.

Web
Wikipedia featured pictures.

This "Pine Creek Ranch" place came up as a Google ad in someone's diary. From the assessment, looks like it's offering a cure for teenagerhood.

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JPOD by Dr Thrustgood (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 11:33:01 AM EST
After the godawful Hey Nostradamus! (poor retread of Girlfriend in a Coma, Life After God and little - if any - characterisation) I was pretty pleased with JPOD.

Sure, it doesn't have the depth of Eleanor Rigby, but I thoroughly enjoyed the subtle references to Generation X and Microserfs, retreads aside.

So there.



Oh by Dr Thrustgood (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 11:34:14 AM EST
That mention of Life after God reminds me; how in the fuck do doggles exist, and why isn't there a fluffy Doggles instead? I demand justice!



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Marrow? by ana (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 12:43:06 PM EST
Like the gooey stuff from inside the bones? Why does that come in some particular unit size?

Regular, or decaf abomination? --Kellnerin

Marrow by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 12:54:42 PM EST
Marrow
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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watermelon? by ana (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 12:56:04 PM EST
Steamed watermelon!? (nt) by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 01:02:10 PM EST

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[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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Nothing like a watermelon by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 01:02:21 PM EST
Watermelons are sweet and round, marrows are long and savoury.
Marrow
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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It's like a big courgette by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 12:12:54 AM EST
Sorry, zuccini. I can see why you're confused...

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It's political correctness gone mad!

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Your wikipedia images link ... by Ignore Amos (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 02:46:49 PM EST
... is going to seriously cut into my productivity this week.

Teenagerhood usually cures itself by lm (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 04:24:31 PM EST
Although if one joins a fraternity, adolescence sometimes ends up being permanent.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
depends on the fraternity. by garlic (4.00 / 1) #12 Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 05:08:14 AM EST
JPod by bob6 (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 10:55:58 PM EST
I enjoyed it, but some parts are obviously not meant to be read. It kind of annoys me to flip pages filled with figures, ideograms and three-letter words.

Your point about the repetition of themes doesn't bother me. We know from the start that Coupland has preferred themes he develops in following novels: tech workers, fucked up families, contemporary folklore, etc.

Cheers.
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