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Misc entertainment update

Going to see if I can’t get back in the habit of small updates rather than waiting for big epic weekends full of stuff to write about.

Aside from an unhealthy obsession with the news, which I don’t really feel I can be blamed for at the moment, I have managed to lift my eyes up from Twitter long enough to peek at a few other things.

I’ve started reading the Discworld series from the start, after having jumped around the canon over the years, I swear I had read The Colour of Magic before and found it middling but have no memory of any of the plot and rather enjoyed it. The Light Fantastic already shows his writing getting stronger imho and has hints at the end of those emotional blows he can land. Lots to go.

Taking a short break from that to finish the second of the Southern Reach trilogy. It’s good, though maybe not quite as fascinating as the first book. Part of that is on me for having read it in fits and bursts, eeriness doesn’t stand up well to distracted reading habits I suspect.

Visually John and I have been speeding through Steven Universe, which aside from being marvelous is the perfect length to squeeze in here and there when schedules are tight. We’ve just begun season two and the plot is getting thicker and deeper. The DCU (DCTVU?… okay Arrowverse I gueeess) is also continuing to entertain; Supergirl, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow-the last of which is exactly as fun as it should be and even more so in season 2 if you ask me. Is it nonsense? I guess, maybe-in the same way some of the best comic books are… and it addresses race in a time travel context more directly than any other show I can recall (aside maybe from Quantum Leap but well, that’s a whole other discussion). Only tangentially related to genre, we also have Boston Legal in the rotation for some good Spader/Shatner bonding. Which reminds me, I really do need to go back and watch everything James Spader ever did, because damn he’s good.

 

Movies and Music

I just had five days off in a row, which was nice even though I seem to have caught a cold that’s making the last day extremely low key.

Still, I managed to catch up with my friends Steve and Dan, who I hadn’t seen in a little while. We had some very good sushi at Sushi Raw and then headed over to the Kabuki with the intention of seeing Spy. Now when seeing something at the Kabuki it’s generally a good idea to get tickets in advance because of they have reserved seating, plus this was Saturday night to boot. But we had neglected to do so and figured we’d just head over and hope. Of course it was sold out so we picked the only other film in a similar time slot, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Luckily it was actually pretty good. Not the raunchy comedy we had planned for, but a sweet movie well acted, and quite funny in spots. It’s rare for me to go into a movie completely blind so that was a nice surprise.

Sunday followed a similar pattern in that I met friends for dinner someplace I hadn’t tried before and then headed to a show. In this case the restaurant was Basil Thai over on Folsom and the show was Pride Rock just across the street at the Oasis. I’d never been to the Oasis before and its a pretty cool venue that is much larger on the inside than it looks from outside. We were there to see PEPPERSPRAY who are described as “beloved SF drag queen rock n’ roll superband” on the Oasis website. They were fantastic and aside from dodging a crazy dude with poor personal space awareness who was dancing in the front row the evening was a smashing success.

The next three days were about mundane chores, generally chilling and catching up on reading and watching things. I finished reading Eight Skilled Gentlemen and started The Three-Body Problem I watched Let’s Be Cops, which is a juvenile but generally amusing comedy that comes across as a discarded Coach and Nick subplot from New Girl. I also blew through the new season of Orange Is the New Black, which continues to be just about perfect.