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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 01:46:14 PM EST) Reading, Museums, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "Cursor's Fury". Museums. Links.


Reading
Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher is the third volume in the Codex Alera fantasy series. The series is definitely hitting its stride with this one: plenty of action, the hero's getting his act together, and there's some nice foreshadowing of a crucial gimmick at the end.

No point starting with this one though, may as well start at the beginning.

Also a bit wary of the way the gimmick where the hero is the only man without magical powers may be weakened by the development at the end. I do like the way he's forced to use the traditional Fantasy elements of ingenuity, bravery, powerful allies and unlikely coincidences to solve his problems instead.

Museums
Saw the Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries at the National Gallery. Fascinating exhibition, though it doesn't bring any visiting works into town. As the title says, it just shows various fakes, misidentified and misleadingly restored works.

The only annoyance is that for once they have huge captions by each painting, when of course you want to guess. But for once it's free, so it's well worth taking a look.

Also strolled round the corner to the National Portrait Gallery. The BP Portrait Award is pretty good as usual. Didn't seem to be any pickets or protestors in evidence, despite the rumours. Free.

For a fiver you can get into the Camille Silvy exhibition. Innovative Victorian photographer, mostly based in London. As you'd expect it's mostly portraits: he specialized in visiting card portraits which seem to have been popular at the time. But there are also some clever landscapes, with double exposures to get the clouds in; and some historically interesting pics with vehicles and tradesmen of the period. I liked it.

Web
Economics. Kurzarbeit benefit keeps Germans in work. The crisis of middle class America (via).

Video. Hideous Telepresence robot (via). 5 Seconds: End Zone. Lightning. Incepción. Flower fight. Quadrotor bot balances.

Random. Californians wear COBOL is my hero T-shirts. Zoomable IT Crowd basement panorama. Intimidator puzzle pistol.

Pics. Model Tube stations. Facebook alternatives. Very long exposures. Racist Tea Party cartoons: real or hoax? Gloup NSFW webcomic.

Articles. Charles Stross: Space colonization is implicitly incompatible with libertarian ideology. How did animals get from the Ark to isolated places, such as Australia? The Undeserving Disabled.

Sci/Tech. Chernobyl wildlife actually in decline.

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Will be checking out by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 02:24:03 PM EST
Both those exhibitions.

Have you been to the Surreal House at the Barbican? Off to that with an interior designer/restorer mate, it looks interesting

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Haven't seen that by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 02:27:47 PM EST
Might have to try to overcome my fear of getting lost there and never finding my way out.
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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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Heh by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 05:55:25 PM EST
I'm going on Thursday evening, so as well as a pithy Twitter review I'll unravel a ball of string or something.

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Yellow lines. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 07:06:19 PM EST
You can't miss them :-P

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