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  1. Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Richard Linklater is was really cool! I didn't realize it was by him until the end when the credits rolled, but I can see his touch on it now I know to look. The story follows a fairly standard formula, but the actors pull it off exceptionally well. Thieves and Liars was also fairly entertaining, if a lot lighter fare. Guy with an art degree worked for a couple different companies installing security systems for art and now is going back and stealing a bunch of art for someone he owes a lot of money to. Inexplicable attraction to a super hot girl at a house he's robbing (he tends to do it during parties) leads to complications and shenanigans. Can't really complain though—had fun watching it overall.
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    New interview up at The Guardian. Pretty in-depth and interesting.
  3. Tried to read Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James but just… could not. It's on everyone's best of lists, but I was pretty well bored and lost within a couple of pages. For that kind of book to work for me, I've got to be quite heavily invested in the characters and the protagonist is not someone I would ever want to have a conversation with or anything like that. Some of the writing is quite eloquent and there were scenes that I enjoyed, but overall it couldn't hold my interest enough to continue. On the other hand, Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer was hilarious good fun! It's more of a YA read, but the AI is such a positive influence in the book that you can't help but want things to go well, even as they go oh so badly for a while. I think I read this one in about 3-4 hours in a single sitting. In some ways it reminds me of Agency just because they both have thoroughly enjoyable AIs in them. And… that's what I'm doing now is re-reading Agency so that it will be fresh in my mind when it drops pretty soon now!
  4. Same, same… hope everyone is well.
  5. Letterkenny S08… this was the perfect choice for a theme song for Katy! 😹
  6. Yeah, overall I still enjoyed it a lot, but with the above caveats. And I'm not even a chick—they basically all see Henry Cavil in leather pants and are like, "I'm in!" Also, I forgot that Letterkenny Season 8 dropped on the 25th and I've officially watched it all now. Some weird parts in the first couple episodes, but a lot of enjoyable stuff towards the end. Although THE ENTIRE LAST EPISODE consists almost exclusively of jokes delivered by the Mennonite Noah Dyck and I literally was covering my ears and humming just to drown out the non-stop puns once or twice…
  7. I kind of agree with your wife and I end up watching Love Actually about once a year at Christmas. If nothing, the voice over at the beginning always gives me a boost to make it through the holidays. The Witcher was excellent in many ways, but alas, managing to cue the viewer in on what era the current scene was taking place in was NOT one of them. The fight scenes, the overall story arc, the faithfulness to the original work—all great. But quite frequently you would have no freaking clue what so ever what time period you're in until someone mumbles something in an offhanded way like "Well that was a waste of 3 decades of my life" and you suddenly realize "OK, she doesn't age" and "Oh, apparently the writers fast forwarded time on us, but failed to mention…"
  8. I will say that I only have one eyeball, which apparently is the secret to never being nauseous lol. My one friend I stuck in it wanted out after about 90 seconds, so when I had the second friend try it, I told him to close one eye if he felt nauseous and he lasted about 10 minutes before he said he was starting to feel super dizzy. To be fair, other sim racers have mentioned that Dirt Rally is about the worst game you could ever start on because you're bouncing down a dirt road over rocks and bumps, occasionally airborne, etc etc… I will admit the first time I caught big air in Finland, I screamed like a little girl for the half an hour it felt like it took for the car to finally land.
  9. Oculus Rift S. They were on sale for $350 and work let me borrow a pair for a month beforehand so I knew they worked well with my system at home.
  10. So The Watchmen ended up being hella effective for all 9 episodes. I loved it! Too many spoilers to talk about it much without giving things away, but wow did they do a good job on the writing. I'm also 3 episodes into season 4 of The Expanse and OMG is it so much better on Amazon Prime. The UN leader is finally allowed to swear like she does in the books, Amos is doing the sociopath a little better in places and in general, it's all so good so far!
  11. So first off, I hate to admit it but VR goggles really do help with Dirt Rally 2. Bought some on Black Friday and I'm placing in the teens through the thirties out of about 3000 people nightly instead of 80 through 120. I'm almost to the 400 hour mark in this game, btw and I've only owned it since February. 😳 Also, this weekend I accidentally played all the way through The Last of Us again in two sittings. That game is still the most amazing movie masquerading as a video game ever! Like I couldn't stop playing because I wanted to see what happened next. I mean the opening scene is a heart wrenching intro to the "zombie plague" and the loss of the anti-hero's daughter. And the rest of it is about his gradually deepening bond with this 14-yo girl that he's escorting across the country. It really is almost like watching a movie with a very high amount of interaction and it's SO GOOD!
  12. The Future In Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz — Some of the ideas in this were great, and she's gotten a little better at characterization but the book still leans much more heavily on the ideas than the characters. On the other hand, she definitely wrote some of this from raw personal experience, I think, which makes it pretty intense in places. And you have to respect her for that. All in all, worth a look from the library at least. The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal — Second in the series about female astronauts in an alternate America. Still a lot of fun. This time they're training to go to Mars and actually journeying to Mars. As with the first book, a lot of exploration of issues of gender and race. The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz — I didn't actually finish this one. It was a very strange idea for a book, to be honest. Starving philosopher literally staggers into a booth where people are being interviewed to have a free meal at some restaurant of galaxy-wide reknown and is dragged into a strange life there. I was excruciatingly bored by about halfway through and I had a lot of other books to read so I just abandoned. The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley — This one was… really weird. It's some future corporate dystopia where the only way you can get health care and such is to sign up with a corporation and the only path most people have into a corporation is via the military. All the corps are fighting Mars, mostly because Mars broke free of their rule? And their troops are transported to Mars with some janky teleportation technology that goes terribly awry for some small percentage of the soldiers, making them skip randomly around in time. Naturally, hijinks ensue. I'm still not sure if I'd recommend the book—it's pretty unrelentingly bleak and I never did click completely with the main characters. Maybe worth a glance to see if he clicks better for you though. Radicalized by Cory Doctorow — While Cory and Annalee write a similar style of idea-and/or-morality-driven fiction, he's just a ton better at it than she is. I almost always like his characters and want to know more about them, and that's the case in this book of 4 short stories too. I especially enjoyed "American Bread", about hacking all the DRM'd machines in an apartment complex. This is on my list of books to buy now. Interference by Sue Burke — The follow-up to her first novel about a planet where plants domesticated animals instead of the other way around and also the colonists sent from Earth, this explores what happens when those whacky Earthers come to visit after many generations of colonists have lived in harmony with the plants. Still very interesting reading, and it doesn't skip forward through time as much as the first book so you get to bond with people more. Worth a read.
  13. How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real
  14. IMPOSSIBLE! (As in, it is apparently impossible to control the size of a gfycat image, so I had to make it link so it wasn't like 1200px high…)
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