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Wow, Howard Tayler really didn't like Wolverine. I guess my instincts were correct - this movie barely even showed up on my radar.

Next week's Star Trek, on the other hand, I'm incredibly psyched for.

Last night I took another cooking class, somewhat on a whim, based on mail from the CSCA announcing a discount on their slightly undersubscribed Asian Dumplings class. Nina Simonds was teaching, and it sounded interesting, so I jumped at the opening.

Turns out it's her first time teaching at CSCA, and it showed. I suspect she is used to teaching much more formal settings, and didn't really have a sense of how much to dumb down her lesson for the audience. Which is fair, since the class contained people of varying backgrounds... She spent about half an hour at the top of the class talking about herself, which I guess is fair, but it was more of a recital of a resume than a learning experience.

I should write up that experience more completely sometime.

Last night I also rewatched the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Emissary." It was actually better than I remembered it. Maybe it's because I'm older, or maybe it's because I've already seen enough DS9 to understand the wormhole aliens better, but Sisko's first contact scene with them was actually some incredible sci-fi.

Oh, and in TV news, Chuck's season 2 finale was Monday, and was awesome. I'd talk about my attitudes about the prospects for season 3, but I'm afraid of spoiling things a little for those who haven't seen enough Chuck yet. I have season 1 available to loan out, if anyone wants to get hooked on a great little show! I'd call it a spy comedy with a hint of Clerks.

Let's see... reading. I finished Charles Stross's Halting State a while ago, which was okay... then I read Gridlinked by Neil Asher, which was a lot better; someday I'm going to need to read some of the followups there. In the meantime, when I find myself bored with no books around I've been reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on my iPhone using the Amazon Kindle app; an interesting read, if only for the eye-opening look at what literature was like back then.

Just yesterday, I finished The Nation by Neil GaimanTerry Pratchett. I'd recommend this as a book for parents to "let" their kids read once they're at a certain age; it's a great way to turn a kid's thoughts towards humanism and science, I'd say.

This finally clears the decks for me to get started on my list. From the Somerville Public Library, I have The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin. I'll be starting it shortly.


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May. 1st, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman^Terry Pratchett?
May. 1st, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
i was going to say. i'm fairly sure that author is not who you meant :)
May. 1st, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oops. Been doing that ever since Good Omens.
May. 1st, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Can you clarify which book you recommend for kids towards humanism? It's Pratchett's Nation? I'd like to add it to my goodreads list. Of course, if Good Omens is a good book, I can add that too :P

May. 1st, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I was recommending The Nation by Terry Pratchett, as good young adult fiction.

That said, if you haven't read Good Omens yet, you must. :)
May. 1st, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
She really talked about herself for half an hour? How long was the class in total?

You have way more patience than I do. After about 15 minutes, I would either have walked out, or perhaps started ostentatiously reading a book or some other activity that signals "This is not what I came here for: I'm really bored by this, and wish you'd start teaching the advertised course instead".

May. 1st, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Well, to be fair, she also seemed nervous and trying to figure out how to do this thing "right"... and mixed in some talk about where to get ingredients and what was coming and... yeah, maybe someone should have said something.

On the other hand, some of the other people seemed to be there because of the celebrity factor, and I think they were pretty happy with what they got.
May. 1st, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
Heh. My reaction to the celebrity factor is to avoid anything taught by a celebrity. It is almost never the best actual *learning* experience.
May. 1st, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
At least she's only a minor celebrity. It mostly worked out ok.
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