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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Jun 16, 2007 at 05:01:12 AM EST) Reading, Watching, Theatre, ODGF (all tags)
Reading: "Blood Rights", "Tomorrow Stories Book 2", "Dead Beat". Theatre: "The 39 Steps". Embourgeoisification. ODGF.

Poll: Farmers markets?



What I'm Reading
Latest Dresden Files was book 6: Blood Rites. This one involves White Court vampires and the porn industry. White Court vampires feed on sexual energy so it makes sense. Ramps up the angst slightly after the last one: gets a bit Stephen Donaldson at the end as Harry ends up with a crippled hand, is marked by a demon, which gives him dangerous and unstable power.

Pacey as ever: for light reading can't recommend this series enough.

What I'm Reading 2
Another comic from Alan Moore's ABC series: Tomorrow Stories book 2. Didn't really get into this one. Goes a bit too far into retro-stylings and ironic comics self-referentiality. Also it's mostly divided up into little storylines only a few pages long, so there isn't really any narrative impetus. Not really worth bothering with.

Being a glutton for punishment though, I borrowed "Terra Obscura Book 2", another one in the same line.

What I'm Reading 3
Dresden Files book 7 was Dead Beat. One of the best yet: an apocalyptic air, some interesting character development and several of the plot strands from previous books coming together. Nice use of foreshadowing too, with plot elements from the start clicking together satisfactorily. And the title is magnificently punny it turns out that to animate zombies you have to continuously beat a drum. The ending with Harry Dresden riding a zombie tyrannosaurus called Sue into battle against a horde of zombie humans is just excellent

I think that might be the last one the library has in stock: may have to start buying the next few. I think there are only ten books so far though.

Managed to snag Book 2: Fool Moon which I omitted though, so I've got that to keep the fix going.

What I'm Watching
Saw "28 Weeks Later" at the cinema. Not quite as good as the first one, but still very good. Quite a relief to see a film that's not got a hopeless bloated running time: at a brisk 99 minutes keeps the tension high. Political subtext isn't overstated either.

The plot is very heavily foreshadowed, which I actually liked: I thought there was a nice sense of doomed inevitability as the child-lets-in-infection plot from the beginning was repeated on a bigger scale at the end. Other reviews complain that that makes it 'too predictable' though.

Overall, well worth seeing. Review, review.

Theatre
Went to see The 39 Steps at the Criterion. Absolutely superb. It's a comic take on the classic Thirties thriller. Tongue-in-cheek but very fast moving. The staging is incredible: four people take on a huge number of rows, often changing roles dozens of times with split-second timing within a single scene. You have to see it to believe it. It manages to recreate scenes from the film with hugely imaginative use of a handful of simple props.

Also, hysterically funny. You must see this one if you get half a chance.

Embourgeoisification
Gave in and bought a bunch of stuff at the Farmer's Market: lamb chops, steak and kidney pie, peas, tomatoes, spring onions, potatoes. To be fair, it is within walking distance (9AM to 2PM on Saturdays) and I do actually have to walk through it to get to Morrisons (the nearest supermarket).

Seems pretty expensive, though I don't tend to notice the price so much in a supermarket since you don't have to dig into your wallet for each item. People keep saying it's cheaper, but I think that must be compared to super-premium organic Marks and Spencers type stuff. Will report back on whether it tastes any different. Presumably it's good for keeping the food miles down and the farmers less suicidal anyway.

Update [2007-6-16 12:11:35 by TheophileEscargot]: Whoa, embourgeoisification seems to be an actual word. Guardian, FoE on farmers markets.

ODGF
Weight's definitely been creeping up. Problem with my very mild weightlifting is that it's hard to be sure what's muscle and what's fat. I can still fit into the same trousers, but they feel slightly tighter and I feel slightly wobblier when I run.

On the other hand, I get hungry if I try to restrict calories further. Might have to start going for extreme measures. Seriously considering reducing my alcohol intake to an even lower level than 28 units per week, at least temporarily.
Operation Don`t Get Fatter Week 80

Saturday June 9 2007
Breakfast: Beef pasty, bread, tomato, tiny piece cheese
Lunch: Gammon, potatoes with butter, broad beans, carrots. HE crunch corner
Supper: Ham sandwich, tomato, olive
Snacks: Mini-maltesers
Booze: 1 beer
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+. Dumbbells 3x10 heavy, med, light

Sunday June 10 2007
Breakfast: Bread, pastrami, chicken soup. WW choc chip.
Lunch: Chicken madras, rice with butter. Cornetto
Supper: Ham sandwiches, tomato
Snacks: banana, 2 kiwi
Booze: 1 beer
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+

Monday June 11 2007
Breakfast: 2 Toast, ham, tomato
Lunch: Chicken baguette
Supper: Gammon, potatoes with butter, broad beans, carrots. HE crunch corner
Booze: 1 whisky
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+. 3.5 miles walking

Tuesday June 12 2007
Breakfast: 4 Toast, potted beef, 2 tomato
Lunch: Chicken sandwich, squash soup
Supper: Chilli, bread. Cornetto.
Snacks: 2 bananas
Booze: 1 beer
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+. Dumbbells 3x10 heavy, light. 1x10 med

Wednesday June 13 2007
Breakfast: Toast, ham, tomato
Lunch: Chicken wrap
Supper: Steak and kidney pie, potatoes with butter, ratatouille. Fruit corner
Booze: Small beer
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+. 1.75 miles walking

Thursday June 14 2007
Breakfast: Toast, potted beef, 2 tomato
Lunch: Chicken sandwich
Supper: Pastry starter. Lamb meatball tagine, couscous. Pastries.
Booze: 1 beer
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+. 1.75 miles walking

Friday June 15 2007
Breakfast: Cornflakes
Lunch: Chicken baguette
Supper: Curried mussels. Lamb curry, rice, nan, beans. Dessert
Booze: half bottle wine, 3 beers
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+. 1.75 miles walking

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I'll have to check the farmers market out by jump the ladder (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Jun 16, 2007 at 06:00:40 AM EST
It's just down the road for me also.

dead beat was awesome by R343L (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Jun 16, 2007 at 01:54:14 PM EST
And I agree wholeheartedly with respect to the giant-fricking-animated T-rex. woohoo!. Also, the Dresden being made a Warden is super awesome and amusing just for the, in subsequent books, frequent self-conflict he has with it. As for the hand, you may like what the hand injury triggers in Dresden and the story line, even if it seems a bit cliche at the moment.

As for farmer's markets, we really need to start going to one more often..

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

Never been to a farmers market by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Jun 18, 2007 at 12:56:39 AM EST
Because they're always on Saturday mornings, and I'm always in bed on a Saturday morning. I bet they're pretty good though.

Quick diet fix - thought of replacing the meat with fish? I've been doing that and it seems to work quite well. You're not going hungry but you're not taking in as much fat either. Still have meat once or twice a week though.

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Farmers markets by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jun 18, 2007 at 02:15:32 AM EST
We've been using Riverford for meat and vegetables the last couple of months.  You get no choice on what stuff you get, but the smug satisfaction that it's mostly organic and has less miles on it.

The veggies are very good, the meat is excellent.  You actually get a nice gravy out of the roasts - no water is injected to puff it all up.


I've asked this before, but by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Jun 18, 2007 at 04:50:01 AM EST
what is the underlying motivation for ODGF?

Operation Don't Get Fatter by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Jun 18, 2007 at 08:20:12 AM EST
The motivation is: to not get fatter. Doesn't seem to be working at the moment though...
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Is not getting fatter motivation enough? by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 04:14:32 AM EST
Why don't you want to get fatter? How do you measure the balance of the benefits of not getting fatter against the suffering you endure in your methods?

I'm honestly not trying to bait you, but am genuinely interested in motivation to endure things one doesn't enjoy.

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I'm not sure it can really be described as sufferi by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 09:46:17 AM EST
The weekly food and exercise list doesn't really show a great deal of hardship. 5BX exercises take 11 minutes, and the dumb-bell exercises take about 45.

I'm sure we've been through this before. The principle benefits are:
1. Convenience: being able to run faster, walk around for longer, sweat less on the Tube.
2. Health
3. Aesthetics

Also, it's no harder to maintain weight at a moderate level than a high level. I would still have to eat the same number of calories to maintain a weight of say 15 stone; but I'd be less able to burn them through exercise, and would have to contend with the comedy value of being fat and asking for diet coke and low-calories food...
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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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