Dropped in at Tate Modern to see a couple of things. Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour is the kind of thing it would be nice to like. Modern art, but based on colour and form rather than concept and incestuous references to other artists.
Some of it's interesting, like a series of dozens of identically-sized, uniformly-coloured squares, but each painted with a subtly different texture. Some of the installations are quite nice, especially "Grand Nucleus" which looks impressive.
Overall though, nothing particularly affecting there though.
Also saw the Dali and film exhibition. Quite a few paintings, very loosely themed around film, as in "this was painted in the same decade that he did some film projects".
Watched the recently created Destino project. This was to be a Disney animation of Dali designs: doesn't seem to have got very far, but someone's recently used CGI to "complete" it. You can see Dali's storyboards just outside the room. Interesting imagery but pretty disjointed. Also the animation is a odd hybrid of retro styling and modern animation, with some rotating camera angles that could never have been part of the original plan.
Neither was very crowded, thanks to hefty admission charges. No kids that I saw.
What I'm Reading
Went back to Dresden Files book 2 which I'd missed out: Fool Moon. Pretty good, though I'm missing out on the continuing plot, and some of the plot is already known.
Acquired the last two outstanding books in Forbidden Planet at the weekend. So will get through those, and then just have to wait for Book 10 to come out.
Have put the more serious reading pretty much on hold. Just a few chapters into Ali Allawi's The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace. Very dryly written and heavy on the acronyms, but still very depressing.
Finished the 36 lecture TTC course From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History by Kenneth J. Hammond. Excellent course, crisply and informatively going through the whole of Chinese history.
So, I've been three days without drinking any alcohol. Strangely, haven't had any trouble sleeping. Been sleeping much longer than normal in fact, 7-9 hours rather than 5-6: probably due to the cooling of the weather though.
Feel very short on time to do stuff though: way overdue to give the flat it's theoretically-weekly clean.
Biggish project went live last week, with only a few teething problems, which we'd been working on for months. I don't expect a drink or a cake or anything, but wish the business would say "thank you". Instead there's just a tailing off of the emails about "bugs" that are features they didn't bother testing.
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