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Man, I have done very little work today! My boss is on vacation, and it's hard to motivate myself. Even though I have eight thousand things on my plate, and it would be nice if I finished them.

I had a great lunch! I ate pizza at my park! When I first discovered my park, I was planting myself in the middle of a football field. Now, I spread out my blanket by the side of the lake, just outside the park's entrance. There are Canada geese who hang out in the general vicinity (though not RIGHT where I put my blanket down, because there isn't really any goose poop there, which is nice). I like it when they hang out sort of near me, so that I can watch them. It's like being at a really cheap zoo! Also I think of bakerloo every single time, and how BRAVE I would appear to her, were she there at lunch with me. I will protect you from Canada geese, bakerloo!

TWO WEEKS. We will be at our campsite at Bonnaroo drinking (but not throwing up this year, hopefully) in TWO WEEKS. Man. I got Bonnaroo supplies delivered to me yesterday! Like a hat! And other things! Perhaps I will take a picture.

On Monday I went to Ben Schtune's annual barbeque, and the turkey burgers were delicious, as always. [If it's not a secret, you should totally email that BBQ sauce recipe to me, Ben.] Oh and corn, man, corn, you are so delicious. It is always nice to hang out with that whole Philly crowd. I only see them once every few months, but they are totally awesome.

And on Tuesday I went out for drinks with Chris and Emily, who had just turned 21. We went to Harper's, and no one got carded, so it wasn't all that EXCITING, but it's still terribly cool (and convenient) that they're legal now. The big drunken celebration is at Dave & Buster's tomorrow night. Man, I hope that they both make total and complete fools of themselves! That will be awesome. I haven't been to a 21st birthday celebration in years.

But before that, I'll be meeting petit_chou! And that will be fun and exciting as well, although I'm not sure what we're going to be doing. When I am meeting someone for the first time, or seeing someone I haven't seen in a long time, or hanging out with someone outside of work, or any of those things, well, man, I usually head out for some drinks! I mean, am I right or am I right? Gives you something to do, music to cover up awkward silences, and of course alcohol makes it easier to talk. Man, I am seriously so dry and super-sarcastic when I'm nervous, it's appalling. I guess it's a defense mechanism or something, which is silly, but I can't turn it off. It's frustrating. I'm working on it.

We made homemade pizzas last night and they were delicious. I still have dough for two more pies left. What an easy homemade dinner possibility! I'll certainly have one sometime next week; I'm all pizza'ed out for now.

I read I Am Not Spock and it . . . wasn't very good. I mean I learned some things, but MAN does that guy need an editor, his shit was ALL over the place and disjointed and distracting. Also he kept talking about, like, the Craft of Acting, and seems to have a very healthy ego. ALSO it caused me to have a dream yesterday afternoon wherein I was hanging out with Spock, but he was smiling and joking around with me and stuff and I realized that it wasn't Spock at all, it was Leonard freaking Nimoy, who is, by his own admission, not Spock! Man, subconcious, not cool, not cool at all!

I have I Am Spock coming to me eventually as well, hopefully that one will be more better written.

I continued reading House Harkkonnen at lunch today, aaaaaand . . . I dunno. I think I may stop reading them after all. He EXPLAINS too much. One of the neat things I like about Frank Herbert is that he generally doesn't tell you more facts about a particular thing than you absolutely need to know. (Man, what a sentence). Like, the scene I couldn't get through was that of a dinner party thrown by Fenring, which I guess is supposed to be a parallel to the one in Dune. And in this scene we're told that the "tradition" of t'rowing sopping towels on the floor was created by the Baron. What? So the storied and classic tradition that Leto eschews is only, like, thirty years old? Give me a break. Also, he explains the Baron's weight gain as a disease that Helen Goyoman Whatserface gave to him whilst he was raping her. I mean, come on. This shit is just such shit. I can't take it, I tell you.

Man, it is totally time to go home! This is great! I REALLY ought to do some goddamned work tomorrow, though.


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May. 27th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
protect me washu!
YOU ARE VERY BRAVE INDEED! Man, I would have been super freaking out. also, it was good to see you Monday.
May. 27th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
The "explaining things" bit is the exact reason the new Star Wars movies suck.

Not just because they explain it, but because they immediately make huge, gaping inconsistencies. A fantasy world's a delicate net to noodle together, and an easy one to rip apart.
May. 27th, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY! "There are these things called lasguns and I guess they shoot lasers or something and if they hit a shield they'll blow up" is a lot easier to swallow (for me, at least) if you don't try to explain to me how the fuckers work.

Man, Brian Herbert goes ON and ON about the goddamned Holtzman effect, I want to clock him.
May. 27th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
Did you ever read the Dune Encyclopedia? You might hate it, but it's probably better written than those abominations.
May. 28th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
I dunno, I think that I might be more interested in reading fiction that has nothing to do with Dune, than an encyclopedia. I mean, does it read like an encyclopedia? That might be neat to have around if I was reading the series again, but I think I would lose interest if I just tried to sit down and read it.

So HELLO what book(s) did you end up reading?
May. 28th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)
I haven't been doing very well with reading lately and I feel bad because people (mostly YOU) gave me all this good advice! But I did finish Slaughterhouse Five last night. It was okay. I feel like I didn't get it. I'm also reading Bringing Down The House which Erin gave me for Christmas. It's about a big black woman and a great comedian who has fallen from glory... No really it's about MIT kids who won lots of money playing blackjack.

I have been rewatching the entire Farscape series. I'm almost at the end, probably when I get done with that I'll start reading something. Stephenson's The Confusion is out so it might be that. But I should also get Neuromancer.

Hey! You should get a Farscape CD from netflix! Then if you don't like it I'll stop bugging you about it 4-ever.

I had to look up that book entry I made. Here it is.
May. 28th, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)
Oh man, I fucking hate Farscape! Sorry! I was just yelling about it last night, in fact, it's the only thing on at two and three in the morning. Man. Naw, but really, I'll be giving it more of a chance I guess, since there isn't anything else on TV at two and three in the morning, and I've only seen about four episodes, and they all involved the blue chick getting really upset and whiny, and according to Mitch that is not the norm, and it's a coincidence that I've seen a few that are like that. I will keep you updated.

Also, was it filmed in Britain or something? Almost everybody has a British accent. But it's a Jim Henson production?
May. 28th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
It was filmed in New Zealand. I think it might have been their intention to make everyone but Crichton have an accent to make it seem more alien? Which I think would be a neat trick. But probably it's mainly because shit's cheap down there.

Man! I'm sorry you have a bad impression of the show. It could be that you just got a couple of bad episodes or it could be of course that you just plain don't like it. I realize it's kind of cheesy in some ways, but I thought you might be able to buy into it, given your acceptance of ST:TOS. I bet if I watched the show with someone else I'd get really self-conscious... but I don't. I'm just wrapped up in it. Man, the series gets SO GOOD at the end...

I wonder if I should pick out an episode I think would be good for you to see. What, does Mitch like it? Ask him. Zahn (the blue chick) might be my least favorite character, for what it's worth.
May. 28th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
just because you're somebodys son it doesn't mean the gene for good writing made it into your head.

I wish herbert were alive, or that someobdy better would write these... but it's just a money-making venture for him at this point.
May. 28th, 2004 03:56 am (UTC)
We can still go out for drinks! I'm very keen on Shirley Temples, as it happens. I'm excited to meet you!

And did you use the TJ's crust again?

May. 28th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
I've never been to Trader Joe's, the crusts were from Super G. But yes! And they were fantastic and so easy. I ended up making another one last night after all.
May. 28th, 2004 04:49 am (UTC)
Does he also fill in some historical details, like maybe a more complete explanation of the Butlerian Jihad, or some more history on the Bene Gesserit? I wouldn't have minded if Frankie had filled a few gaps there.

I don't know why his kid is writing stuff that runs concurrently with the original books. Seems like the whole point of that universe is that it's HUGE, he could easily have written some stuff with all the BGs and Mentats and other groups that Dune fans love, and set it in a different time period so he didn't have to ruin the original characters. Hell, other than Leto II and The Ghola Formerly Known as Duncan Idaho, doesn't seem like Frank liked to keep his characters around for more than a couple books anyway.
May. 28th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)
actually i think they (meaning brian herbert & kevin anderson) wrote a book called The Butlerian Jihad. i'm actually tempted to read that one, because it doesn't seem like they could fuck with too much of frank's work.
May. 28th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
See the longish comment I wrote to Vince -- but yeah, they definitely wrote a book called The Butlerian Jihad, I believe that's the first book in another trilogy. But man, I read an excerpt of that, and I think they tried to explain how lasguns worked, and that pissed me off. I don't need to know! You tell me there are such things as lasguns, fine, I believe you! But you try to explain HOW it works, and I'm going to find flaws in your thinking, and then I get pissed off.
May. 28th, 2004 07:30 am (UTC)
The trilogy I'm reading now all take place about a generation before Dune -- in the first book Leto is fourteen through sixteen or so, Duncan is eight, etc. And yeah, it's ridiculous that they're doing THREE books so close to the original, especially when nothing is really going on.

I think they're in the process of getting through a Butlerian Jihad. But I read a free excerpt a year or two ago, and the explaining-things problem is much, much worse. Although you're right, the idea of the Butlerian Jihad is fucking fascinating, and it's so tempting.

I *believe* they wrote a trilogy that occurs *after* Chapterhouse -- in the intro to House Atreides, B. Herbert says that he found some notes that his dad made for a seventh book, and the House trilogy was written with that stuff in mind. Which, to be honest, seems sort of silly to me -- why should anything that happened BEFORE the Kwisatz Haderach have any affect on things that will happen 7000 years in the future? You know?

I sort of agree that I would like to hear more about the BG, but at the same time, it's hard to get rid of my predjudice, and whenever he says something that I think is stupid I'm like "well this isn't real." Because he's not Frank.

Ooh, here's another example of something I hated -- okay, so in Dune, I think F. Herbert referred to Piter as a "twisted Mentat". Which I understood at the time to just mean that, you know, he's a Mentat who works for a bad guy and therefore comes up with evil plans and stuff. But B. Herbert actually says that "twisted Mentat" is a specific term that refers to a Mentat who -- I don't remember, something was done differently in their training. And that just strikes me as SO STUPID. "Ooh, be careful, that one's a twisted mentat!" Give me a break.
May. 28th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
I always had the feeling that a twisted mentat WAS one that had something go wrong in their training... kind of? Like, somehow missed out on the ethics (I'm not sure ethics is the right word but I can't think of the right way to put it) and was flawed as a result. Doesn't he mention at some point some flaws in Pieter's abilities? Like he couldn't see how the Baron was... planning... something... guh, I don't remember.

But, nonetheles, fuck Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.
May. 28th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
I guess it's similar to the Star Wars problem, like someone else said. He just can't lay off the temptation to keep going back to things in the original series, and trying to explain or expand them. That seems really annoying, especially applied to Dune. The whole POINT is that Dune is NOT a generic sci-fi series. Who CARES if the physics behind lasguns and shields isn't entirely cler or consistent, or if it's not 100% determined how Mentats are created and operate? The whole series (minus maybe the first book) is all about exploring huge-scale ideas in politics, culture, and human evolution.

Anyway, I guess I really have nothing to say about the additional Dune books, except they still don't seem like a good idea and I probably won't bother reading them.
May. 28th, 2004 06:48 am (UTC)
Tonight is going to rule!
May. 28th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
No doubt!
May. 28th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC)
"Man, I hope that they both make total and complete fools of themselves!"

I promise not to disappoint
May. 29th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
quick question
do you have a digital camera?

can you make a 'enviornmental portrait' some time?
I can give you suggestions for making a good anonymous one if you want as well( simple silhouttes, reflections etc.).Im asking all my 'friends' on LJ to contribute after this weeknd.

the more rough and ready the better.
Jun. 18th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
Re: quick question
Oh man, I forgot to respond to this comment!

Yes, I have a digital camera, but I do not know what you mean by "environmental portrait", so your suggestions would be most welcome!

It might be too late to participate in whatever project you had in mind, but I'd still like to know ...
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