Saturday, December 07, 2013

Last-Of-The-Year Currentlies

Current clothes: Blue jeans. Blue sweatshirt with a map of Alaska on it. White socks. Black belt.

Current mood: Kinda lethargic.

Current music: I haven't been listening to any music lately. Instead, I've been inhaling episodes of Brian Cox and Robin Ince's The Infinite Monkey Cage podcast as rapidly as possible. And wondering why on Earth I didn't know about the existence of this thing before.

Current annoyance: There are many, but the biggest one is that I seem to have slept on something wrong a few days ago, and ever since the muscles of my neck and shoulders have been one massive knot of pain. I can get it to loosen up some during the day, but every time I sleep, or even lie in one place long enough, everything stiffens up again. (Insert standard rant about wanting to know when I'll finally get to upload myself to my robot body here.)

Current thing: I was playing a lot of Kingdom Rush Frontiers, but I tend to kind of hunch forward intently when I'm playing that, and it just makes the pain in my neck worse, so I've mostly stopped for the moment.

Current desktop picture: I just switched to the picture of the TARDIS with a wreath on the door that I usually use this time of year. Maybe it'll help put me into the holiday spirit. Two and a half weeks 'til Christmas, and I'm really still not feeling it yet.

Current book: Fool on the Hill by Matt Ruff, an entertainingly offbeat fantasy novel.

Current song in head: I have had "The Things We Do for Love" by 10cc in my head for days now. I have no idea why. Heck, I didn't even know who sings that. I had to look it up just now.

Current refreshment: Nothing. But I need food.

Current DVD in player: Most recently, World War Z. Which... meh. It did have some decent moments, and it kept my interest enough that I didn't have to fight the impulse to wander off and check my e-mail every ten minutes (which seems to happen a lot with me and movies these days). But it didn't impress me. The plot was about a thousand shades of dumb, Brad Pitt was weirdly bland, and the zombies did not scare me.

Current worry: My rescheduled ladybits surgery is coming up on Tuesday. It really shouldn't be much of a big deal -- hell, I'd say it barely counts as surgery, since they're not even making any new incisions in my body -- but I am a tiny bit nervous, anyway. I'll be glad to have it over with.

Current thought: According to LibraryThing, I now own exactly 4,000 books. I feel as if I should hold some kind of party for Book #4000.


  1. Why not a book-buying party? You've earned it! :)

    And yeah, I was very unimpressed by World War Z as well. Max Brooks' original book has its not insignificant flaws, but it's surprisingly engaging. The movie? Not so much.

    1. Hey, I've got enough enablers already! :)

      And, yeah, World War Z the book was well worthwhile. The movie... Well, I went into it determined not to compare it to the book, as I'd heard they had pretty much nothing in common but the title and the fact that there's zombies. I think I succeeded at that pretty well, in fact, but sadly it didn't help. Actually, to the extent that the movie was influenced at all by the book, I think it was to the movie's detriment. The book has a global perspective and is all about how the zombie war was experienced in different places? OK, let's try to keep a point of contact there by having the hero of the movie fly all over the world for poorly justified reasons! The book has a large scope and features a protracted conflict? OK, well, then, we'll tack on a montage and a voiceover about how "the war goes on" at the end of the movie, even though it doesn't really fit with the movie's lone-hero-saves-humanity approach, which is the exact opposite of the book's. Of course, those are probably the least of the movie's problems, but they somehow just make the whole exercise seem even more pointless.