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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Aug 06, 2018 at 01:35:06 AM EST) Reading, MLP, Watching, Me (all tags)
Reading: "I Capture the Castle". Watching: "Ant-man and the Wasp". Me. Web.

What I'm Reading
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Cult novel about a dysfunctional bohemian family living in a house built in to an old castle. When the eldest sister starts a relationship with a rich American neighbour things start to change.

The book is beautifully written as the journal of the teenage younger sister, who's a compelling character: half-innocent, half-jaded at the family's poverty.

I found it a bit hard to suspend disbelief at some plot elements though Could anyone really believe in a bear escaping from a train in interwar England? A random adoptee becoming a film star?. Apparently the author was mostly a playwright, it's easier to believe in the short spell of a theatre play.

Overall though, a good book with colourful and compelling characters, deserves its cult status.

What I'm Watching
Saw Ant-Man and The Wasp at the cinema. Really enjoyed this one: like "Thor: Ragnarok" it's more of an action comedy than a straight movie. Was refreshingly fast and low-key after the ponderous "Infinity War". It plays well with the size-changing gimmicks for both action and comedy: the car chases have some originality and the baddie is a good match. Was also good to see the older generation of Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer getting some screen time.

Great fun, well worth seeing.

Running injury still showing slow improvement. Tried to do a longer run but the pain came back so I walked for stretches. No pain afterwards though.

Going to Germany for a week tomorrow to stay with mother in law. Dreading the heat: high of 34, and I can't even cope with the heat here. Hopefully the weather will break, if it's too hot to move not sure what we can do. The house is out in the sticks, it's not like there's an air-conditioned cinema or shopping mall to escape to. Kid is looking forward to it, can't sleep for excitement.

Socioeconomics. UKians call in sick at record lows. Job-switchers see pay gains.

Politics. Manchester bomber "rescued from Libya" was encouraged to go there in the first place. UK's tax havens fund the Institute of Economic Affairs

Random. Naked cyclist caught be speed camera in Germany.

Pics, Cold war KGB spy cameras.

Articles. Female pro basketball player on being challenged by men. Women SF writers of the Seventies in 10 parts: A-F, G, H, I-J, K, L, M, N-P, R-S, T-Z.

Sci/Tech. Four Thieves Vinegar Collective is a network of tech-fueled anarchists making DIY medicine. Preserving Flash games.

K5. As imdrkl said, bits of K5 are back on the Internet Archive, here are some of my stories. Looks like most of my diaries aren't there though. I think I have a backup somewhere.

Video. Long surfboard ride, POV.

< Internet Archive now shows K5 | Thanks Hulver. Thulver. >
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Weather tip by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Aug 06, 2018 at 03:20:38 AM EST
Find the nearest freibad, stay there. Stock up on large cartons of gazpacho. Worst case, sleep in the cellar.

What's the deal with The Canary these days? by Dr Thrustgood (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Aug 06, 2018 at 06:00:55 AM EST
I had them down as being as reliable as the Mail.

Reliability by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Aug 06, 2018 at 11:56:44 AM EST
They're not perfect, but not really worse than the rest of the media, and they sometimes publish stuff the others overlook.
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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Naked cyclist by Herring (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Aug 06, 2018 at 02:48:01 PM EST
On our normal run into Brighton, there is a 30mph speed camera here. If you PLF into the top of the descent then you can be closing on 50mph when you pass it. Bikes don't seem to set it off though. Granted, there's not that much metal in either mine or the boy's bikes. Maybe if we passed it in a right bunch we might be able to set it off.

They seem to have built a left turn off that road. That's annoying as previously you really could give it full beans down there and not be worried about traffic turning across you. You may well have to overtake cars in the 30 zone though.

Obviously Germans use different tech for their speed cameras.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

That’s a helluva long ride by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Aug 07, 2018 at 04:48:26 PM EST
I don’t think I’ve ever gotten over half a minute, at most.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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