August 6th, 2006

Martian Successor Nadesico, Nadesico (worldly passion)

Martian Successor Nadesico, eps 5-8

Calibrating our viewing expectations for "manic," and playing "spot the undercutting," makes this go down a lot easier. Though I still hate the romantic stuff, parody or no.

(And for all those reasons, the scene in the icon made me laugh for quite a long time. There's just something indescribably funny about robots who aid meditation by bopping people over the head with sticks while intoning, "Worldly passions bad. Worldly passions bad.")

Quick spoiler comments behind the cut. I suppose it's time to reiterate my spoiler policy: if it's from any episode after what I've seen, I don't want to know about it; and just as importantly, if it's a reference to something in a later episode, I don't want to know about it. This includes statements that something will be important later, or a big secret about something will be revealed, and the like. Some might think this is excessive, but I don't. Hints like that do damage my watching, and besides, if I draw a hard line here, of no references to any later episodes, then people won't keep flippin' testing me over it.

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Week in Review

Yesterday, my folks stopped by for the night, on the way back from the Finger Lakes. They brought us a couple bottles of wine; we drank most of the "Bobsled Red", which as a mix is hardly fancy but is very drinkable. There's about two glasses left and I had to restrain myself from finishing it tonight, since I was making cookies after dinner.

The weather finally broke late this week, and once again I lost a should-have-been productive day to sitting outside and reading (The Lies of Locke Lamora, coming soon to a booklog near you). In my defense, I was just short enough on sleep to make concentration difficult.


  • I haven't gotten around to watching any of the many "Total Eclipse of the Heart" videos out there, but apparently they are something.
  • The dog has started eating birdseed off the ground. I don't think it can be doing her any harm, as it's passing right through, but if anyone has information otherwise, please do let us know.
  • Does anyone know anything about The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, by Gordon Dahlquist? There's a full-page ad for it on the back cover of this month's Locus, with a blurb by Diana Gabaldon that caught my eye; I spent a while flipping through it in the bookstore, and it seemed readable, but it's a long darn book to start without knowing more about.
  • Why is Bubble Shooter so addictive?