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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 01:56:45 PM EST) Reading, Watching, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Folding Knife". Watching: "Dreamscape". Links.


What I'm Reading
Finished The Folding Knife. K.J. Parker's latest book after "The Company". Again it's set in a Fantasy universe with imaginary places but no magic or fantasy creatures. As usual it's bleakly funny.

This is about Basso, a banker and statesman who is brilliant but tragically flawed. The book is smooth to read but satisfying, covering most of Basso's career.

Definitely worth reading. This or "The Company" would be excellent places to start with K.J. Parker as they're brisk standalone novels, not trilogies.

What I'm Watching
Saw Dreamscape on DVD at ammoniacal's suggestion. Not bad, fairly entertaining Eighties movie about a group who can enter people's dreams. Pretty fun to watch, though the lurches in tone from comedy to horror are a bit unnerving. Especially at the end when he uses his psychic powers to kill the bad guy though he's already been offered protection.

It's not really as good as Inception which was more consistent in tone, more original in the setup, and less predictable. Be interesting to see if in 26 years Inception looks equally cheesy.

Web
Economics. Confidence battered by bloodcurdling talk. US social security report. Why is the Wall Street Journal Mystified that Some Employers Are Having Trouble Finding Workers?.

Sci/Tech. German Digital Natives. Visualization of Wikipedia's lamest edit wars. Child porn planted as plot (via).

Articles. Red Plenty: the Soviet Union's consumerist dream. Essentialist language explanations. "Lost" and the price of a WTF.

Video. Tiny cannon blows stuff up (via DU). Badly drawn/animated cat safety advice (from).

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I can't read the spoilerated text . . . by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 04:09:57 PM EST
but I'm glad it held up over the ages for you. I think it would be a better experience on the big screen though.

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

Could be by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 3) #2 Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 04:14:05 PM EST
"Inception" definitely gets an advantage from the big screen. The Scrooge McDuck comic might be the best take on the theme of all though...
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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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Carl Barks is underappreciated here. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 12:37:19 AM EST
Cool site. Thanks for the link!

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

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WSJ Mystified by duxup (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 07:43:32 PM EST
My employer is hiring, but for our department it is college grads only.   Not hard to find bodies, but hard to have a clue if they can do the job.  We can possibly have our pick of the litter and what do we do?  Put restrictions that keep us from hiring qualified folk...

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