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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 05:30:12 AM EST) Reading, Theatre, Me, Links (all tags)
Theater: "13". Reading. Links.

Saw 13 at the National Theatre. Long portentous play mixing up a lot of political and philosophical elements.

Features a kind of female David Cameron character as prime minister, a Christopher Hitchens pro-war anti-God character dying of lung cancer, an ambiguous messiah leading an anti-Iran-war campaign, and a host of minor characters. Pretty up to date with references to the London riots and protests against tuition fees.

The problems are that none of it really comes together, and the individual elements aren't really good enough to be interesting. The philosophy is a bit elementary. The politics is vague. The shared dream doesn't seem to lead anywhere.

Good points: an impressive rotating cube set.

Noticed that Shane Zaza played a very similar wacky-dim-nerd character to his Elvis in "Mongrel Island" at the Soho theatre. Hope he's not getting too typecast.

Overall, not brilliant, but reasonably watchable due to a hard-working cast and crew.


What I'm Reading
Lesbian Sex Secrets For Men: book of advice from lesbians to straight men.

Not much to say on this. Talks a lot about relationships and communication rather than physical stuff. A few bits are pretty dubious, like massaging away "toxins" and releasing energy.

Like most books on practical subjects, a lot of it is familiar, but the occasional suggestion that isn't can be pretty helpful.

Here's the latest weight graph. Proper weigh-ins confirm that unusually I didn't gain weight over Christmas, there's usually a January peak. I suspect I must have lost a couple of pounds in early December and regained them over Christmas. I was definitely eating a lot of calories, but avoided really massive constant snacking.

Graph here. (For some reason having trouble embedding the Flickr image.)

Economics. The collateral crunch gets monetary. The long-run effects of the Scramble for Africa. UK forecasts

Though we will not know for sure for another couple of weeks (and not for certain for many years), current evidence suggests the economy grew by 0.9% in 2011.

Every month, the Treasury publishes a compilation of around 40 independent economic forecasts. In January last year none of these - not one - had a growth forecast as low as 0.9%. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) came closest, with 1.1%, and there were a few others starting with a “1” but the consensus was for 2% growth - twice what was achieved - and one optimistic group (Liverpool Macro Research) predicted more than 3%.

Politics. Liam Byrnes and scroungers.

Random. Ancient Greek punishment retro game. Why are pubs called The Swan With Two Necks? What is a passenger action? The Nine Worthies, the Nine Worthies of London. The Phone Stack.

Pics. Goths up trees. The Hump Master.

Video. Pingu's THE THING. Multi-5-second-films: Kelsey's Maternal Instincts. Frog plays ant crusher. A Capella Prodigy, sounds a bit out of tune, via.

Sci/Tech. Anti-computer-vision dazzle, via. Threshold paywalls.

Articles. Sexism in Sherlock? Wilhelm Reich.

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I didn't get the title reference by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 09:04:58 AM EST
But it reminded me of this song on the arbitrariness of the universe

I assume it's a bit too Australia pop culture specific though.

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Title reference by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 10:42:03 AM EST
Particularly obscure and tangential today.
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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So that's why I prefer Holmes to Who. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 02:22:25 PM EST

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

You are a strange man indeed by lm (4.00 / 2) #4 Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 02:58:10 PM EST
... to prefer Holmes to Who.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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No Shit Sherlock by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 11:00:32 AM EST
Sherlock doesn't come out terribly well in the episode in question either; he seems willing to demonstrate the frailties of the pathologist and crush her hopes in order to demonstrate his mental superiority. Holmes has a streak of cruelty which is caused by the sword of his intellect.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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