Weekend open thread

Estonia was cool, if a bit small for my tastes.

On to more important matters: what’s coming up here, and everything I’ve been doing which is unrelated to my current location. First off, I’ve been getting my fix of British comedy in the form of Yes, Prime Minister, a lovely piece of work which has acquainted me with lines such as “Minutes are not to record events, they are to protect people!” and something about Britain’s nuclear deterrent which ended with “It costs fifteen billion pounds, and therefore it must be magnificent!”[1]

It was something along those lines, anyway. Second, last night I made my way through the first two hundred pages of The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I would tentatively describe as Ocean’s Eleven in an Italian Renaissance-inspired fantasy setting. So far I’m liking it very much.

Third, I recently finished the first two parts of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy, which ended up being boring, but that’s always the problem when authors whose names aren’t Dostoevsky try to philosophize in their books. What kept me going was the incredible character writing. I’ve never been that deep inside someone else’s head.

I did mention stuff that’s coming up here. Those plans are exactly same, actually, so I won’t repeat them here.

[1] And just now, “What about a monocle?”

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