I've been catering to my reading habits today -- going between "The Worst Journey in the World" and "The Demolished Man". I'd meant to read the former when my sister went to Antarctica and I'd meant to read the latter after William Gibson mentioned it as an influence.
Cherry-Garrard's writing is remarkably British and thoughtful -- it stands out compared to the harsh, taxing conditions of his time there. Somehow, in spite of the death of the Polar team, it comes across as positivistic and hopeful.
Bester's novel was the first Hugo winner. He created a world which anticipated Dick's "The Minority Report" where psychics prevent murders and played around with the formatting a lot to make the psychic conversations seem a little different from the rest of the book. It has a little bit of flow that Gibson achieved, but definitely not his prose. I look forward to seeing where the story goes.
Speaking of science fiction, a friend of mine took this picture of San Francisco this evening. When I look at it, I hear the sounds of the movie "Blade Runner" in the back of my head and Harrison Ford's noir-cribbed voice-overs.
Sushi. That's what my ex-wife called me. Cold fish.
Speaking of which, zetshia_gudani and I finally made good on an old promise to stop in at our local sushi place as soon as we could. We ordered differently than usual -- normally we ask the itamae what's good and ask for it served as he thinks best.
There's definitely a great deal of trust in that, given my sensitivity to spice, but I've yet to regret it. Last night was more of an adventure than usual -- he served us amaebi (sweet shrimp) nigiri along with the heads.
My father grew up in Wyoming, so much of my dad's side of the family is directly involved in ranching or agriculture. The few times we've visited, my cousins have always delighted in trying to gross out the city kids. We were pretty well prepared for this because my dad loved to tell us exactly where our food came from and how it was made. A stomach of steel became a survival trait and it's served me well in life. You can walk up to me, hand me something edible, and ask me to eat it. And I will -- what's the worst thing that could happen, right?
I could see that zetshia_gudani was a smidge uncertain about eating the eyes and nervous system of a tempura encrusted shrimp head, so I coaxed her along a smidge. It was good.
I remembered that they're cash only during happy hour and left zetshia_gudani there while I ran to the bank at the other side of the complex. When I came back, I found out that they'd asked zetshia_gudani where I'd gone. She apparently told them the truth and insisted that I didn't have to do that.
I figure it must be because of credit card fees and I'm perpetually irrationally frightened that they're going to go out of business, so I don't mind playing along.
I'll try and remember next time to carry the cash on me. In the meantime, I mentioned to her that it would've a smidge slicker if she'd said that I'd dropped my wallet in the car or some such.
promiseoftin posted this meme. I haven't done one in a very long time, so what the heck?
Choose 10 of your favourite artists and answer the questions.
In no particular order:
1) Bad Religion
2) Logan Whitehurst & the Jr. Science Club
3) The Gone Jackals
4) The B-52s
5) 10,000 Maniacs
7) Spock's Beard
8) They Might Be Giants
10) Public Enemy
What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
(Devo) Whip It, almost certainly.
What is your favorite song of 8?
(They Might Be Giants) Probably "The House at the Top of the Tree", but "Birdhouse in Your Soul" makes it a close one.
What kind of impact has 1 left on your life?
(Bad Religion) Stranger Than Fiction was a random purchase on a whim. Because of how much I liked that album, I made a point of trying to buy used CDs periodically. Arguably, they're why my musical intake isn't merely what I hear on the radio. Good thing too, considering how infrequently I listen to the radio these days.
When I was a much less happy person, "Slumber" was a convincing song for my thoughts on suicide. I guess every teenager has that sort of song.
Recipe for Hate shaped a lot of my early political thoughts. I've grown away from those initial ideas of how the world ought to work, but it's still a great album.
They were also the first concert I went to. Board-Aid happened to fall on my 16th birthday and I skipped school to go.
What is your favorite lyric of 5?
Holidays must end as you know.
All is memory taken home with me:
the opera, the stolen tea, the sand drawing, the verging sea, all years ago.
How many times have you seen 4 live?
(The B-52s) I've never had the pleasure.
What is your favorite song by 7?
(Spock's Beard) "Thoughts", definitely.
Is there any song by 3 that makes you sad?
(The Gone Jackals) No way. That's manly, biker rock. It makes you angry, not sad.
What is your favorite song by 9?
(Splashdown) "Karma Slave" or "Mayan Pilot". Tough one, but I think I'm leaning towards "Karma Slave".
When did you first get into 2?
(Logan Whitehurst & the Jr. Science Club) #10 was talking to a guy she was interested in and he sent her "Calculator Love". Years later, before we started dating, I'd forgotten to do something and remarked that my brain had fallen out. She sent me Logan's "Your Brain Fell Out" in response and it was awesome.
How did you get into 3?
(The Gone Jackals) Two parter. The first bit was from playing "Full Throttle" -- this wonderful Lucasarts game about a biker. The second bit was from my drafting teacher in high school who was also a fan of that game and found out that The Gone Jackals had done most of the music for it.
What is your favorite song by 4?
(The B-52s) Mesopotamia. Six to eight thousand years ago, THEY LAID DOWN THE LAW!
How many times have you seen 9 live?
What is a good memory concerning 2?
(Logan Whitehurst & the Jr. Science Club) I had a pretty nasty accident at Burning Man. To be honest, I was pretty sure I was going to check out when it happened. Anyway, there was a Logan concert and I was going to miss it because of Burning Man. Shortly after the accident, I'd called #10 to tell her about it -- Life threatening experiences like that are terribly dramatic. Before the concert, she found a "get well soon" card with a wonderful pun -- ("What do you call a pachyderm that wants you to get better?" "A getwellephant!") -- and had Logan sign it afterwards.
He signed it: "Fun fact: Elephants are the largest crustaceans. Your friend, Logan Whitehurst". I was over the moon when I got it.
Is there a song by 8 that makes you sad?
(They Might Be Giants) I don't think it's possible for them to feel sad, let alone make someone feel sad! 8)
What is your favorite song of 1?
(Bad Religion) Tough one. "American Jesus" off of Recipe for Hate, "Slumber" from Stranger than Fiction, or "Materialist" from The Process of Belief. I think I'd go with "American Jesus".
How did you become a fan of 10?
(Public Enemy) Oh, that's easy. I used to skate. In the early days of the scene, Chuckie D was huge.
Whee -- it's 4 in the morning. I'm nowhere near done with this post, but I oughta get to sleep and I don't feel like trying to pick it back up again.