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By TheophileEscargot (Tue Feb 28, 2017 at 06:51:14 AM EST) Reading, MLP, Watching, Me (all tags)
Reading: "Everything Belongs to the Future", "Men Explain Things To Me", "Night School". Watching. Me. Links.


What I'm Reading
Everything Belongs to the Future. Science fiction by Laurie Penny, set in a near-ish future where the rich have rejuvenation technology.

Was looking forward to this as I've liked her non-fiction a lot, but as fiction it was poor. It shoehorns an awful lot of Issues into too small a space which got a bit too left-wing didactic (bear in mind I've enjoyed most of China Mieville's novels, even "Iron Council".) It didn't seem to have many compensating virtues: the characters are flat and interchangeable, the plot is revealed in flashback without surprises, and the world-building is sketchy. Not great,

What I'm Reading 2
Men Explain Things To Me. Short collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit. The title one is the most interesting, but it's been over the Internet already. The others are moderately interesting, but didn't really say much that's new. Did make a good point about the slow progress of feminism, that considering its trying to make up for thousands of years of patriarchy even slow progress is impressive.

What I'm Reading 3
Night School by Lee Child. The latest Jack Reacher thriller again goes back to his army days, with him called in to work alongside the CIA and the FBI investigating a disturbingly large currency transaction from a terrorist group. I liked this one: has a lot of tension, some good interplay between the terrorist groups, and the usual action. Thought it could have made a bit more use of the other agency guys who fade conveniently into the background. Overall though, pretty solid.

What I'm Watching
Saw the Ghostbusters remake. Decent comedy remake with a decent balance between tribute and a original content.

Slightly less surprised at the hostility from the misogynist nerd brigade as (perhaps due to the pre-production hatred) it aims a hollow laser right at them with mockery of YouTube comments, and an overentitled self-pitying nerd villain who's all but wearing a Gamergate T-shirt.

Not bad, worth a look.

Me
Things have thankfully quietened down after the horrific release schedule. Pressure will be back soon as we try to cram stuff into the next release, but it's OK at the moment.

Toddler has a slight temperature so I've taken the day off to look after him: he's clingy/needy/irritable but asleep at the moment.

He wanted to go on the Piccadilly Line (he's obsessed with trains0 so took him on a long trip into town, and he agreed to a quick look around the British Museum. I would have like more time in Prints and Drawings but he was getting cranky by then.

Links
Socioeconomics. "Real life is lived in time lags and in disequilibria". Neoliberalism & productivity.

Random. Tintin's law.

Video. Music played by shooting pistols at metal plates.

Politics. 6 Things You Learn In The Alt-Right Media Bubble

Sci/Tech. Good StackOverflow answer on how to parse [X]HTML with RegEx . Spot the woman.

Pics. 1980s Tube Escalator/shoe accidents. Swimwear model on bow of skiff at Marineland, 1938.

Random. Small mobile phone, see reviews.

Articles. History of the False Bum Why is "Casablanca" movie losing respect? The Age of Consent. No love lost: Antipathy, antagonism and anger in Singles magazine, 1977-1982.

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Ghostbusters by hulver (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Feb 28, 2017 at 12:25:55 PM EST
I agree with you. I thought it was funny.

Everytime I see it in my Kodi Library, the rating makes me chuckle because it's so low. You go and read some of the comments on something like IMDB and it's bizarre.

Real hate out there.
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Ooooh, cracked.com is not banned by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Feb 28, 2017 at 02:28:00 PM EST
it was for a while, banned from the work web.


Ghostbusters by jimgon (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Mar 02, 2017 at 05:48:56 AM EST
my teenage daughter enjoyed the movie. I didn't care for it, but it's not aimed toward me so I'm fine. It's my daughter's movie and that's good.  




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I was disappointed by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Mar 03, 2017 at 06:28:02 AM EST
I thought that the plot and most of the characters lacked depth. The acting crew was definitely underutilized, they mostly played caricatures rather than characters.

But it was kind of fun. Much better than some other nostalgia remakes like Starsky and Hutch.


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