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09 July 2013 @ 11:18 am
Post-Holiday and then some...  
Between the 4th and the horrible heat-wave that finally backed off last Friday, I got nothing done except to finish and post my Idol entry. This week's was on music, and involved painful amounts of HTML coding. Also a little journey through some audio-editing software. :O

We had temps around 104-105 from Friday the 28th through Thursday the 4th, and it was awful. I got in more cycling than you might expect, because I went out much earlier than usual (I am NOT a morning person). I'm dreading our electric bill—most of that time, it was still 90o at 11pm, which means no opening of windows to cool things down. :( We spent the 4th at my brother's, which always includes his terrific firework display, and then an hour's drive home starting at 10pm. But it's kind of neat driving into Sacramento then, with 3-4 different official fireworks displays booming over the city.

The weekend before last, we watched Fight Club. I've put that off for years, because much of the premise revolts me. The story-telling was terrific, though—the first ten minutes were not at ALL what I would have expected. We're also watching Homeland, and periodic episodes of Star Trek:TOS via Netflix. Christopher likes the latter, but half the time he wants to watch Futurama instead (which I like, but my husband hates). We were in S2 of Doc Martin, until Netflix yanked it from streaming. Our daughter, meanwhile, has no interest in any of this stuff but has mainlined 2 seasons of the BBC Sherlock Holmes in her room. And thinks the two leads belong together, which as you know, is not uncommon among the show's fans.

I finally booked hotels for our Oregon vacation. Life was easier (and cheaper!) when we could stay with my sister, but sadly, that is no more. Finding affordable places near Portland's downtown is trickier than I'd like.

Ooh—finished and reviewed Reboot (started off well, then detoured badly through the YA romance genre for much of the middle), finished Price And Prejudice (shut up, I never read that in school!), and read One Plus One Equals Blue (a kid-to-teen book about a boy with synesthesia). Now I'm reading Michael Palin's The Truth for Amazon VINEs, so I'd better crank it up and review it too. If I can stop getting distracted by various free Kindle e-books...

bleodswean: solving problemsbleodswean on July 9th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
Can't tell you how relieved we are now that the heat has broken. Another day....would have been very bad.

Last week was such a terrible time for me. Heat made it quadrupely worse.

I love Fight Club!!! But I also love grown men swinging fists, so go figure. That story is just intense and two brilliant performances!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 9th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I was SO ready to be done with that heat. Gads. It's pathetic when it has been so bad that 94-97 seems like nothing in comparison. :O

I don't like fighting at all, so much of the movie was disturbing. But I can't fault the performances at all-- both were really good!
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on July 9th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I hated the movie of Fight Club. The book is freaking awesome, though--more storytelling and less focus on violence. In the book, the fighting isn't really as much the center of the story. It's just sort of the outward expression of what is going on in the main character's head and his relationship with Tyler.

(Can you tell I recommend the book?)

Netflix has been pissing me off with the way they keep yanking things off all the time. What the hell?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Flailhalfshellvenus on July 9th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
I watched the movie because I was starting to notice that people thought Palahniuk was such a good writer (he came up as #2, I think, on the "I write like..." meme for me, and then there was some discussion with whipchick and it went on from there).

I should definitely read the book, then!

And Netflix's randomness... you can't give them feedback about that kind of thing unless you want to call and wait on hold forever. Several other people were pissed off at having the middle of the series suddenly yanked. Because S1 and S5 are still available! But S2-S4 are not. Why?
whipchickwhipchick on July 10th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
I always feel like I should like Palahniuk more than I do :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 10th, 2013 04:53 am (UTC)
You know, now I'm thinking that it was n3m3sis42 herself who was such a big Palahniuk fan!

But I should give him a try. I've suffered through worse before!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fringe- Astrid Walter Cowhalfshellvenus on July 9th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
I forgot that the Bad Robot was also part of Lost! I think him more in keeping with Fringe.

I know what you mean about DID, though. I thought about your terrific post while watching it, and was glad that you'd written that up!