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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 01:04:17 AM EST) Reading, Watching, Me, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "Aloha from Hell", "Autobiography of Red". Job. Links.


What I'm Reading
Aloha from Hell by Richard Kadrey. Third in the Sandman Slim urban fantasy series. This one has the protagonist returning to Hell. Another good entry in the series, makes it a bit of a change to get out of LA for a bit. Good fun. This one brings a few storylines to a close, so I might leave it at this one for a bit.

What I'm Reading 2
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson. Long narrative free verse poem about the relationship between two people, named after the mythological figures Geryon and Herakles.

Seemed well-written and quite poignant.

I found some aspects a bit irritating. The descriptions of the book I read played up the mythological aspects, but they're fairly subtle: the characters are fairly modern. Also as an old skiffy fan I found the lack of coherent world-building a bit grating: they appear to be on a Mediterranean island, but they have school dances in basketball courts that seem to be like US high schools; one minute they're jockeying for landlines, the next someone is described as using a cameraphone. Geryon has wings and its off-handedly mentioned that he hasn't flown in years: I want to know what it would be like to fly. However, I'm probably not in the target audience for this sort of thing.

What I'm Watching
The Wolverine. Superhero action movie with Logan heading off the Japan and getting involved with intrigues between staggeringly stereotypical groups of businessmen, ninjas, samurai and Yakuza. Pacing, action and plot are decent enough. Could really have done with a tiny bit of acknowledgement that modern Japan isn't exactly like the Edo period though.

Me
Accepted a job offer, will be starting a new job on the 1st May. Put a few more details in the Whine Cellar

Links
Socioeconomics. Mondragon and the system problem. How politics makes us stupid:

Partisans with weak math skills were 25 percentage points likelier to get the answer right when it fit their ideology. Partisans with strong math skills were 45 percentage points likelier to get the answer right when it fit their ideology. The smarter the person is, the dumber politics can make them.
Articles. It’s Not Just Ukraine: US and Russian foreign policy. Deep Space Nine: The Gayest Star Trek. Politics. Front National politicians to make pork the only menu option in some French schools.

Video. The Expert: painfully accurate sketch about being the technical guy in a business meeting. Gravity: alternate scene.

Pics. Cost of university across the EU.

Random. L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department

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Fucking hell... by Metatone (4.00 / 4) #1 Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 09:17:56 AM EST
That "The Expert" video is incredibly close to the bone and painful to watch. It's worse than The Office. I'm having trouble making it all the way through.

The Ukraine article... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 11:26:40 AM EST
seems to want to lock us back into Cold War mindsets.

The wisecrack about gas supplies seems particularly misplaced - the 2009 cut off (so hardly one day a year) was a result of a huge dispute between Russia and the Ukraine over gas supply payments. Ukraine simply hadn't been paying for all the gas it was draining out of the pipeline.

I don't see the USA offering free gas to the Ukraine...

A 57 year old business by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 11:57:55 AM EST
Is a pretty good run in either hierarchical management or cooperative management modes. I'm not convinced a change of org will remove unpredictable systemic shifts.

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