13 November 2005
I dreamed that my high school and college reunions were in different halves of the same hotel, so I gave in to the seemingly-inevitable and went, and spent the whole time introducing people to each other and trying to remember who they had been in the first place. And trying to get pancakes for Roo, who had been promised pancakes. I don't know what Roo was doing there, since he went to neither high school nor college with me, but once we had a Roo who wanted pancakes, it was obvious that Roo's pancakes should be a priority.
I have to say, I'm much more likely to try to make sure Roo gets pancakes in waking life than to go to either a high school or a college reunion. But if you know me from my previous life and have found this website, please do drop me a note and say hi.
I'm done with To Lie With Lions and have started Guns, Germs, and Steel, which of course everyone else read a million years ago, and you've all moved on to Collapse, but I'm not there yet. What I particularly like about this book is that the things it says aren't particularly counterintuitive so far, but it actually puts numbers to them. Instead of saying, "well, probably the timing of agriculture was affected by available wild cereals and other grasses," it says, "here are the world's N biggest-grained cereals, and here's how many of them are located in the following regions." It does all this concisely, too. So far, I can see what the fuss is about.
I also finished the free issue of Subterranean from my World Fantasy bag and read this week's New Scientist.
Mark and I are watching "Babylon 5," the whole series, in order. Sometimes Timprov is watching with us, when it's convenient, and sometimes not. (Timprov and I did this with Mark's occasional attendance with "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.") We've hit the beginning of Season 2 now, and it's extremely plotty. I'd forgotten how plotty. I started watching it with friends at college, and then we watched the reruns on the Scifi Channel for awhile, but I'm really terrible at sitting down at the same time every day or even every week to watch a TV show -- and even then, we came in on the middle and watched a bunch of episodes through the end and then started again at the beginning. It's interesting to see what they had to grow into and what they got right from the beginning. Ivanova is still my favorite TV character ever, no competition, no question.
(Although we are thinking through a reinterpretation of "M*A*S*H" on the assumption that Fr. Mulcahy is one of the Fair Folk and Klinger is a Pouka....)
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