I’ve Been Reading:
Warren Ellis – Crooked Little Vein
William Gibson – Spook Country
Drew Curtis – It’s Not News, It’s Fark
Penny Arcade – Birds are Weird
Ellis’s book is a fine novel, but somewhat less dark, and much less dense than I was anticipating. I’ll be buying the next one, though. Gibson is on form for Spook Country – his usual mix of The Internerds, Confused People, and Scary Folks With Guns. The Fark book is supposed to be a big eye-opener about what the media does instead of reporting news .. I guess it might be to some. It is funny, however. And Penny Arcade – as usual, the commentary alone is worth the price, if you’re a fan.
I’ve Been Watching:
The Tomorrow People (British Sci-Fi Circa 1973)
Well, I remember this 70’s british sci-fi show as being very cool indeed. Surely, it will have aged well, like a fine wine, and not be a laughably bad exercise in 70’s clothing and haircuts and terrible acting and special effects? Sadly, nay. Spooks is fine, nasty, sneaky spy stuff. A whole lot less wakka-cha-wakka music and driving around fast in big dumb cars than that OTHER MI5 series, The Professionals. I’m up to season 2, enjoying it so far. Dexter, also, just started season 2. This is a great show. I’m not sure how long the concept will hold out, but right now it’s great fun.
I’ve Been Thinking:
Annette and I have been planning our podcast, and I’ve been doing some of the tech infrastructure side of it – mixer, a couple of decent headsets with good mics, server space, etc. Annette did an excellent job of putting together the software (Blogging, RSS feed for subscription, etc) side of things – she rules so much.
I’ve Been Drinking:
I am out of Port. This is no good thing. I shall purchase more, with speed.