Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Catchall catchup

Cycling home after supper, about 19:30 on the 7th, the crescent moon low amongst stripes of cloud was very SF-art ish; as was the rising gibbous moon, about a week less half an hour later.

With the equinox, the sunrise alarm starts being useful again.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


One of the things I noted at Worldcon was the number of people around the convention center who I could say immediately were going to be attendees. And it's taken a while to figure out what it was I was noticing.

I think it must have been a lack of following current fashion. If legible clothing, then not just the manufacturer or some similar lifestyle thing; or anoraks; or just long hair in men; or tweedy jackets.

Harvest home

The last of the plum harvest came in not quite a couple of weeks ago; along with the bramleys. But this year the blackberry harvest is being amazing — in previous years, stopping to fill my lunchbox from the hedgerows on the way home from work would take about an hour. So far this year, half an hour has sufficed.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Film — The Sun

Third in a series about WWII leaders from Russian director Sokurov, who also did Russian Ark (though I haven't seen either of the previous works in this sequence), about the renunciation of divinity by Hirohito after the defeat. Within the palace, all the ritual continues unabated, in complete contrast to what we saw earlier in the year in Downfall.

All the dialog is in the appropriate language, with the Japanese and American as appropriate, and the print I saw was subtitled in English.

Amusingly, having caught the Sunday lunchtime showing, this was, in effect, a private performance.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Film — Consequences of Love

This Italian style/mood piece made for was nothing major, but I don't regret spending the time watching it.