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* 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.

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snowdrifted
Sep. 28th, 2003 05:49 pm (UTC)
Quiche really is a good meal. And the filling is so easy, all you have to do is make the crust. So nice with a salad. :)
owlfish
Sep. 28th, 2003 06:01 pm (UTC)
I've been cheating and making crustless quiche, so it's actually quite a quick meal. I've yet to do the work of making a proper quiche-with-crust. I agree about the salad!
evieb
Sep. 29th, 2003 03:06 am (UTC)
I loved the graphic novel of League of Extrodinary Gentlemen. I have just finished the second volume as it has recently finished in comic form. I hated the second volume and hope they never do a film of that. The level and nature of sex in it was rather unnecesary for a start.

I don't know whether to look forward to or dread the film version. I think I will wait until Elaine has seen it before I book a babysitter. She is another LoEG fan and has similar enough tastes in films that I can base the when to see it off of her. I will see it eventually, but as we need a babysitter to go to the cinema (or take it in turns) I have to choose which films I see very carefully.
owlfish
Sep. 29th, 2003 06:21 am (UTC)
Before the movie came out, several friends offered to loan me the graphic novel to read. I turned it down then, on the basis that that way I could be more of a clean slate for the movie and could read the graphic novel afterwards and not judge the movie by its standards.

Now that I've read, I can compare: the two might has well be products of parallel universes for all their commonalities and differences. One major way in which the movie is less dark - no rape scenes implied or shown whatsoever. The movie's not great, but it had some fun things in it. The scenes in Venice were just whacky. Whether you should see it or not, I leave that up to the judgement of your friend. It's a mostly entertaining but quite problematic movie all by itself, without even adding in comparison to the graphic novel. Still, for various reasons, I'm glad I've seen it.
haggisthesecond
Sep. 29th, 2003 05:39 am (UTC)
thanks for the name-check! glad you were amused...
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