We saw comedian Stephen Wright perform here in Albany two weeks ago. Since I bought our tickets at the last minute, we ended up in orchestra seats, fifth row, which made more of a difference than I would have expected. (The man does, actually, smile on occasion.) The structure of the show alternated between strings of apparently-random one-liners ("A friend of mine has a trophy wife . . . but apparently it wasn't first place."), and longer stories with one-liners hung on them as ornamentation, such as a long surreal tale that started with his parrot making long-distance calls and ended with a truck full of seatbelts crashing into a police car. We enjoyed ourselves, and I may look into some of his recorded performances.
In general household news, we got the inside of our new windows painted . . . something like four years after they were installed. And this week, I got a bad haircut—that people keep telling me they like, which makes it even more annoying!—and had our shower literally fall apart on me, the slide bar coming off the wall. But there was also a lot of house stuff accomplished and good food and the Giants & Patriots winning, so on the whole I'm feeling pretty good to end the week.
A selection of recent-ish delicious links:
- rushthatspeaks: Cataloguing - "the best cataloguer's note she'd seen since the one in her old Catholic Encyclopedia that reads _Beatific Vision: See God_"
- daegaer: Drabbles: Three Books Aziraphale Hasn't Read [And One He Has]
- brown_betty: Some thoughts on writing outside my experience
- ibarw: POC in SF Carnival, special IBARW edition!
- Alas, a blog » Blog Archive » He’s Gay, and He’s Native American: Rowling and Scalzi Claim Marginal Identities for Charcters After the Fact - "Why should it have to be the non-white characters and the homosexual characters whose marginal lives are illuminated not even in the marginalia of the text, but in the essays and justifications afterward?"
- Monday linkblogging, etc. « Precocious Curmudgeon - just because it's a great phrase: "general consensus that Matt Brady’s Newsarama interview with writer Brian Bendis was the kind of tounge-bath seldom seen outside of the cozy, secluded nests mother cats create to welcome their newborns."
- Cocktail Party Physics: they do it with mirrors - DLP explanation.
- corprewland :: LOLcat Wasteland - "1. IM IN UR WASTELAND BURYING UR DEAD // april hates u, makes lilacs, u no can has." [original: http://www.bartleby.com/201/1.html ]
- New Yorker Profile of David Simon - Very long detailed article on creator of "The Wire," writer of "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" & producer of subsequent TV show
- State number crunchers get lesson in art -- Page 1 -- Times Union - Albany NY - A museum exercise teaches auditors how analyzing paintings can improve observation skills
Finally, the first disc of the anime Now and Then, Here and There turns remarkably unpleasant and stupid after a, well, unremarkable opening episode. This is something recommended to Chad, not me, but absent convincing reasons to the contrary, I won't be watching any more even if Chad Netflixs the other two discs.