Saw Moonrise Kingdom at the cinema, the latest ostentatiously quirky but uplifting Wes Anderson movie Well worth seeing if you like his other movies, good to watch.
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Saw Alien prequel Prometheus 3D at the cinema. Bit uneven really. Some great 3D cinematography and impressive effects, introduces some interesting ideas though without doing much with them. However it's pretty unfocused and doesn't build suspense well, juggles too many characters, subplots and locations. I'm pretty easily scared even by soft horror-comedies like "Drag Me to Hell" and "The Cabin in the Woods", With this I closed my eyes for some bits, but I was mostly feeling "urgh yuck" rather than "aargh": it looked disgusting but didn't have much tension.
What I'm Reading
Finished Moon over Soho, second in the series about a magician/policeman based in London. Another good one, fun and entertaining. Not exactly original though, very reminiscent of the Dresden Files, and has a bit too much plot in common with the last one.
Had a few days holiday in Berlin with Girl B, who speaks German. Definitely handy to travel with your own personal translator, though I think she got a bit fed up with doing all the talking.
We saw some of the sights but concentrated mostly on Berlin's excellent museums. The Pergamon is very impressive, specializes in huge rooms with large chunks of ancient cities inside, including a gate from the Hellenistic city of Pergamon, and a procession street from Babylon. Also good was the Gemäldegalerie with a big selection of paintings including some big names.
We also got out a bit, ate out in local restaurants and saw an acrobatic act in a cabaret. Berlin has a good atmosphere, surprisingly chilled-out for a fairly large city.
Sci/Tech. Google takes over most above-the-fold screen real estate, comparison. Windows 8 is scary. Exercise doesn't help depression if you're getting other treatment. Hydrogen-powered drone to fly for days. Is pop music becoming sadder?
Pics. Real life Banksy.
News/Politics. Businessman's shocking rant at Muslim airport worker: "Anthony Holt, 65, had become wound up after reading an article in the Daily Mail about the ‘victimisation of Christianity’ on a flight into Manchester." Anti-Jubilee protestor has hair set alight by firework at Newcastle EDL demonstration. Koch brothers increase academic influence
Articles. False fronts in the language wars. Stoicism in China, for libertarians, via. Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit . Maverick leaders: Silvio Berlusconi. Animal welfare in Georgian London. Charles Stross on SF and big ideas.
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