September 28th, 2003

Fishy Circumstances

Recently

* I had a very good lunch with forthright and curtana on Friday at By the Way Café, a place I'd been once before with Cat. The specials are still good - I've yet to eat anything off of their regular menu! This was my first chance to get to know either of them under non-transitory circumstances. We chatted the afternoon away and it was good. While I didn't do any work hours as a consequence, I can quite rightly claim that I spent the afternoon networking: after all, I don't often meet couples each of whose academic specialties relate so well to my own.

* I did, however, turn in a conference paper abstract on Friday, and added to my list of places to apply for funding this fall.

* I attended music night for the first time in months. It was good to do some singing again. All the regulars were there, as well as a number of visitors, perhaps 15 people in all.

* I should make quiche more often. I'd forgotten what a good meal it is.

* The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen proved an engrossing graphic novel, although clearly there's more plot to come. There was a major character or two left unaccounted for. I particularly liked the frame of Mina looking at a painting of a previous League, one which included Natty Bumpo, hero of (most notably) Last of the Mohicans. I can see why the movie adaptation chose Tom Sawyer over Natty for the movie, although personally, I think the latter would have fit in better to the original graphic novel.

* My mother went through a second major blackout in as many months, this time in Italy.

* haggisthesecond writes lovely synopses of classic novels "improved" by the addition of a serial killer.

* pittenweem hosted a games night. Settlers of Catan is still a good game, even if I'm still struggling ever to win a game of it. We also got in a game of Kill Doctor Lucky, while part of the gathering was busy fiddling with the still-in-progress wireless ethernetting.
Fishy Circumstances

Mythic politics

From a 1969 book entitled Hamlet's Mill...

"Tolkien's effort at reviving the genre [myth], whatever the talent employed, carry as much conviction as the traditional three-dollar bill."